Toasted Oak IPA
Innis & Gunn

Toasted Oak IPAToasted Oak IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #308
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,206
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 14%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
347
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Innis & Gunn
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  113
SCORE
80
Good
Toasted Oak IPAToasted Oak IPA
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of mister_moose
4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Being a hop head of some degree, IPA is a bit of a misnomer on this beer. Even the more reserved British style IPA doesn't accurately reflect this beer. It's very soft on the palate, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and light oak. It slides down without a bitter finish and leaves you asking for more. There are only 2 beers I go outside domestic production for, Innis and Gunn, and Sam Smith. Unique, well crafted, and apparently under rated. Don't let the pedestrian score deceive you, go get some.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy bright orange. Fruity and woody smell and taste. Too sweet and very low bitterness for an IPA.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – A pale almost clear golden amber colour with a finger of tight cropped white foam head. The head has reasonable retention and leaves plenty of spider lace in the glass and there is also very heavy CO2 activity.

Smell – Toasted oak aroma is very evident, there is also lemony zest style hops, moderate bitter hops, and a lovely fresh leafy note to the aroma almost like stinging nettles. There are some fine notes of the sweet malts

Taste – A very fresh tasting beer. There is a very nice under current of sweet malts that serves as a foundation flavour holding up the toasted oak from the barrel. The next most evident flavour is the lemon and bitter earthy hops which seems to battle for supremacy in this brew. Finally just before you finish there is a new woody hop flavour almost piney and very distinct from the toasted oak but complimentary all the same.

Mouthfeel – The feel of this one is full and creamy with ample body. It has a slightly dry finish at the end with some mild astringency and the slightest hint of metallic pinch at the very back of the throat.

Overall – This one is very good. Over all it has great hop flavour from the triple hopping method of the brewing process with some very fine malts underpinning the whole experience. All in all a wonderful beer I am sad to say is now retired. At least I got to try it once. And here is hoping I come across a rogue bottle or two in the near future before they are all snapped up.

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Photo of zmcguire
4.67/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I agree with mister_moose post exactly.. Very drinkable, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and a light oak. Not for hop heads but refreshing for its style

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Photo of ludachris
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A steady pour yields one finger of soapy white head. It wastes no time boiling down to a ring. The body is a perfectly clear polished gold hue. A small amount of carbonation is visible. Its looks are more reminiscent of a sturdy lager.

Sweet oak and butterscotch with a lick of diacetyl fill out most of the nose. Spritzy orange and lemon peel are fairly tame in comparison. Its hop character is more floral and earthy. Orange zest and soft oak become the dominant characters as it warms. Simple and under pronounced.

Thankfully, the taste is much more zippy and alive. A sheet of orange zest and lemon peel asserts itself early. Almost equally apparent is the softly toasted, subtly sweet oak. As the finish nears, I'm left with a bready and buttery impression with a pinch of dryness imparted by its florality.

Slightly undercarbonated with a smooth creaminess throughout. It's spritzy and decently refreshing. Light to medium bodied; not lacking in weight.

I found this to be an interesting idea but average interpretation. It had potential but that seemed to be watered down. Kick up the hopping rate, make the oak character more robust and add a few points to its ABV rating and I would have enjoyed this a lot more. It's still quite sessionable, just not my cup of tea for an EIPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Things have been slipping lately between I/G and myself, but we're gonna keep trying to make things work, continuing the process here. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild balsa and very light grass. The taste holds notes of flowers, vague young wood, and vague stonefruit. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. Maybe it was the oak-aging, maybe it was a weak base to begin with; whatever the case, I/G just haven't been getting it done for a while now. Shame, really.

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Photo of JamesLeung
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CalebM
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma is resin, wood, honey and vanilla. Nice.
The taste starts slow, mildly bitter, then turn vanilla and woody with a mild pine bitter finish.
The texture is soft, yet a little fizzy.
The IPA and oak play well together.

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Photo of FrazFraz
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer blew my mind it was like they took an easy to drink English IPA and aged it in the barrels that they use for their regular Scottish ale. Color is to be expected for an IPA a clear amber yellow color with a 1/2 inch of head and great lacing. Smell is sweet with toasted oak, Vanilla, a touch of hebal hops, tea leaves, and some sweet caramel malts. Taste is great sweet oak, vanilla, and herbal hops highlight. Body is more medium and syrup like.

Overall its a pretty great beer above average and definitely one of their better tries at an oak aged beer. Worth picking up for $2.50.

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Photo of andytoothstone
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

great smell and look, taste more sour after a while.

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Photo of ADZA
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For once a beer from these guys in a brown bottle and it pours a clear golden hue with sudsy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is wow it's lemon and lime with mandarin and if u really have a good smell hiding is some oak and funk,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are all about the hops with lemon,lime,sherbet,mandarins,a touch of caramel malts and finished with a warming oakiness with the bitterness there but a touch subdued from the oak ageing and overall it's quite a sessionable little drop and yeah I'd drink it again cheers.

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Photo of Naz0
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of luke12345
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BHansen214
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pale gold, clear, with a creamy white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Not much lacing.

S-A nice amount of oak up-front, some vanilla, earthiness and some citrus notes underlying. Nice, but not overly complex. It is difficult to ascertain all the nuances (a bit muddled)

T- This is a peculiar melding of flavors. Oak,woody, vanilla, and some citrus notes intertwine. Finished with a lingering grassy/earthy bitterness (which is fairly subdued).

F-This one finishes quite dry. Medium-high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel, which go very well
together. Quite quaffable indeed.

O-I enjoyed this one. The oak adds an interesting aspect to this beer. Labelled as an IPA, this will no doubt be disappointing if one is looking for a "hop bomb". But this is unique, and it's flavor profile brings enough complexity to the table for it to be worth a try.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 347 ratings