Toasted Oak IPA
Innis & Gunn

Toasted Oak IPAToasted Oak IPA
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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
English IPA
Ranked #102
Ranked #28,316
3.49 | pDev: 14.04%
May 17, 2021
Oct 17, 2013
Toasted Oak IPAToasted Oak IPA
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Rated: 3.6 by PvtSnowball from Florida

May 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Schoeni from Germany

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Light amber colour average head, doesn't last long. Aroma is grassy, fresh, green apple, very floral. Taste very refreshing, malty and def. more on the citrus-side. Very creamy mouthfeel, notes of tropical fruits, only little bitter at the end, and I am really doing hard to detect the toasted oak here! All in all also too boozy for the stated ABVs. Maybe real extract differs and it even has more ABVs, I don't know. Notice: A good Ale but not top notch.
Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 3.2 by R_Kole from Canada (AB)

Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by georgeanthorpe from England

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Nov 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Voss from Italy

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
My first I&G beer, an IPA, a style I'm not a huge fan of until it has something more than hop flavor and bubblegum smell.
So this is a toasted oak IPA, seems interesting.
Light gold color, a decent head and a honest smell of hops.
Taste is not bad, not aggressive and smoothed by the oak, very rounded for a beer of this style.
I enjoyed it with some barrel aged feta and cheddar.
A good one, nothing so impressive but good.
Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 3.34 by sineone from Canada (ON)

Aug 29, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 3 by BeerTest from Florida

May 04, 2017
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
- very grainy,honey,grassy,spicy,vanilla
-spicy,grassy,peach,water-soaked grains,light acidity,vanilla
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Overly grainy BA English Bitter.
May 01, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Apr 26, 2017
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Reviewed by BRiddoch from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured golden and clear with a very small head. Smell of hops and slightly skunky. a little bitterness with no clear taste of oak. Bubbly throughout. Not a bad beer, but not quite what I expected.
Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by cknoch from Canada (AB)

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 3.34 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by SirDirtJoe from Mexico

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3 by mikr from New Jersey

Oct 13, 2016
Rated: 2.19 by JamFuel from Sweden

Oct 02, 2016
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Innis & Gunn claims that by "adding hops 3 times" and then "finishing the beer over toasted oak" that it has the "character of authentic British IPAs from the 1800s". Oh dear. Where to begin? How about with the appearance - IPAs from that time period weren't so clear, let alone daisy yellow. The oak really can't have been too toasted or this would be much darker in colour.

In fact, all spirits begin clear - it's the aging in wooden barrels for long periods of time that give whiskeys, rums and the like their amber complexion. (That, or caramel colouring.) I mention this just to bring up the fact that Toasted Oak IPA, like all Innis & Gunn beers to my knowledge, is not actually aged in a barrel. You may ask: how does it work then?

Barrel-aging is an extremely expensive, specialized and labour intensive process - but soaking oak chips in a particular spirit, say bourbon or Irish whiskey, or in this case simply toasting them, and then throwing them into a batch of beer and letting them float around for a while, that's much easier. With this process you get the wood or spirit but none of their complexities.

Indeed, this aroma has no shortage of freshly-splintered wood to it. It's like being in shop class and building a birdhouse all over again. It has a slight resiny quality, likely teased out by the hops. But that's about all I can say about it, which is disappointing considering oak aging has the potential to offer notes of biscuit, butter, vanilla, smoke, nuts, coffee, leather...

... not to mention toast which, despite being in the name, is curiously absent everywhere else. In fact, the flavour couldn't be further from toasty - it tastes like some kind of tropical island drink. Where's the little toothpick umbrella? It's intensely sugary and vivid tastes of mango, papaya and coconut dominate the palate with virtually no bitterness to keep them in check.

I'll admit to finding Toasted Oak IPA mildly enjoyable - the thing's practically a fruit smoothie! But rating to style, just to recap: British IPAs of the 1800s (or present day for that matter) were not aged on oak chips, did not have pale school bus yellow complexions and certainly did not taste like a Thai dessert. Oh, and they definitely contained at least some bitterness.

Why is it that every Innis & Gunn review I write winds up reading like a kindergarten lesson? I'm not a historian but almost any craft beer drinker could point out what's wrong with this offering or, more accurately, its marketing. Of course, that's just it - marketing is often the best thing about Innis & Gunn beers... unless of course you truly enjoy superficial sweetness.
Sep 30, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is one of those “commercial” ones that I tend to save just for enjoying when I have company and don’t need to really say what has already been said in these reviews. But being my last bottle it’s always good exercise to take a critical look at even the common beer. But, I will keep this one brief as I hypothesize that this is fairly run-of-the-mill brew and probably a good IPA for those who like a mellower hop profile or need to work into the style. So here it goes.

Appearance: Clear, golden amber, decent carbonation and a quick foamy off white head that dissipates fairly swiftly.

Aromatics: Very muted tones, the toasty oak is in there, but doesn’t pronounce itself too much, there are subtleties in sweet floral and malt- the bitter earthy/piney that usually comes from the hops in an IPA is absent, as is any citrus character. So basically, nothing to scare aware the average joe beer guy.

Taste: Very delicate bitter, more earth green flavours than say a citrus peel bitter. Toasted oak shows through though on the finish and likes to sit at the sides of the tongue. There is also a gentle spiciness to it that is probably more psychologically sensed than actual.

Feel: Pretty smooth and unassuming, though light carbonation takes its time to make sure the flavour is delivered across the palate, it is not overly crisp. Fairly light bodies for an IPA, but I kind of like that. Cleary formulated to be modest in its IPA boldness and balanced so there is no competing flavours between the hops and malts.

Overall: I like Innis & Gunn for there quality brew over the common North American offerings. They still have a pretty good respect for the craft of brewing even though their operation is no doubt not considered a micro-brewery but also not as large as a Labatts/Molson. They have the vibe of a Rickards or Sleemans to me. Anyhoo, a decent enough IPA not really lacking anything, but also nothing really extraordinary to give either. Just and overall pleasant brew to enjoy - by North American standards a little shy on the bitter, but it is good for those who want to switch it ups and try something other than a common commercial brew without getting trapped into a school lesson on what an IPA is.
Sep 18, 2016
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Artwork: Identical to pretty much all other Innis & Gunn labels. This one is somewhat easier to distinguish due to the teal-colored details.

Appearance: Amber with decent head that dissipates quickly

Nose: Oak, malts, fresh-baked bread

Taste: Sweet, no hops, some candy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation. Quite viscous.

Overall: Another pretty enjoyable beer by I&G. So far my least favorite of their beers is their Original Ale (their flagship) perhaps because it's the one with the most pronounced oak character (which I'm not a huge fan of). The oak in this particular beer is there but it's not overwhelming and complements all the other aromas/flavors really nicely.
Aug 25, 2016
Rated: 3.18 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut

Aug 16, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by RBorsato from Virginia

Aug 03, 2016
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Reviewed by mmilyko from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
IPA fans don't seem to care for this much, but as a non-IPA fan always looking for beers in that style that I do like, this one does the trick. I find the hoppyness (sic) mellowed considerably by the toasted oak barrel aging. Never had an Innis & Gunn I didn't like, and despite the off-preference "IPA" label, I quite enjoyed this.
Jul 23, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

Jul 14, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by 1988sqft from England

Jul 06, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

Jun 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a perfect golden hue. Translucent. Not a huge amount of aroma. It's a sweet sappy, with a touch of oak, and not too much bitterness. Not a huge fan.
Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by beerinabottle from Ireland

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber orange color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of English hops, oranges, mild oak, chamomile and sweet flowers.
Flavor with notes of charred wood, slightly toasted malts, smoke, English hops, ginger, grapefruit-orange citrusy, resin and tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a mild but lingering woody note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
I did like this English IPA. It is refreshing, crisp with nice citrusy orange-grapefruit notes and a smoke-tobacco twist.
May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 21, 2016
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Reviewed by JPadilla from Florida

3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Completely loved it the first time I tried it, but I may have been a little drunk back then. This time I found the taste and smell too skunk-like and with a horrible aftertaste... Had it in World of Beer (where sometimes they serve past due date bottles) and I couldn't find the "best by date" on the bottle. I will try it again from a fresh bottle.
May 20, 2016
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