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Toasted Oak IPA | Innis & Gunn

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,470
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
341
pDev:
14.04%
Bros Score:
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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4.89/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mister_moose
4.71/5  rDev +35%
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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4.67/5  rDev +33.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andytoothstone
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
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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4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a sweet smell that almost smells like candy. It is an English style IPA so it doesn't have the hard hoppy flavor and ends with a dry finish.

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4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subtle, but delicious and beautifully balanced easy drinking beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am pulling stuff out of my refrigerator that I had completely forgotten about! I am not kidding when I say that the bottle backlog is out of control. I will be glad to return to The CANQuest (tm) when all is said & done.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged Like No Other Beer"; "Hand-Crafted Scottish Beer"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Oak Aged India Pale Ale Bursting With Zesty Hop Character"; "This IPA's intense hop character comes from a brewing technique unique to Innis & Gunn. We add hops 3 times, during brewing, each one creating additional layers of zesty flavour and aroma. We then finish the beer over specially toasted oak to give it the rich, rounded character of authentic IPAs from the 1800s."; "Carefully Matured for 41 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Kirsty A Russell [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

As usual, I Pop!ped the cap to begin a gentle pour. This produced just under two fingers of fluffy, tawny head with much better retention than I expected. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and naturally the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon stopped by for a taste. Nose held the earthy tones of English hops, think East Kent Goldings or Fuggles, along with the wooden scent of oak. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was key on/in this one. It is unabashedly an EIPA NOT an AIPA and so the question becomes how do the hops meld with the oak. In this case, quite well! The inherent earthiness of the English hops was enhanced by the wooden oakiness, allowing the tastes of both to be perceptible. Oak can overwhelm subtlties, but not in this case. Finish was semi-dry since it was nowhere near sweet, but I have had much drier IPAs, both English & American. This was probably my favorite of the lot (thus far).

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thetomb
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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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.

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4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 341 ratings
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