Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mister_moose
4.71/5  rDev +33.8%
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 zmcguire
4.67/5  rDev +32.7%
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 woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
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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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Dave1999
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very light pale amber with a bright white head.

The smell has some nice citrus hops and spicy woodiness.

The taste is much like the smell citrus hops and wood. Not very bitter and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is extremely light, with mild carbonation. I would've like some more body but at under 6% abv can't really complain.

This was a very well made beer, has more citrus flavor than most British IPAs. An easy drinking summer IPA, without that carbonated water taste I sometimes find in lighter bodied beers.

Innis and gunn are probably my favorite brewery from my home city.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Andrewharemza
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale gold with an average, short lived, white head. Sweet vanilla aroma with oak, citrus, peach and grass. Sweet, fruity, citrus flavour with vanilla, oak, grass and a light metallic, dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
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 UKBeerman
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I got mine at Jungle Jim's near Cincinnati. It came in a bottled 4 pack...none on tap anywhere in the area I could find. It has a clear bright golden to orange color, no haze at all. The aroma was very hoppy and pleasant to me...though it has that strong green onion-grassy smell that some European beers have ( sorry...that is the only way I can think to describe it ) to it that some might call skunky...which surprised me. I repeat i found it pleasant and pretty complex. You can also discover the woody notes. The mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected. The head was a bright white that started strong and dropped away after a minute or so to a thin lacing. It was not as hoppy on the tongue as most IPA's. I will buy again....

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Photo of matuto
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle (exp. 05/2016), in a glass mug. Cloudy and yellow to light amber liquid. Dense foam, in good quantity. Faint aroma of malts and the oak wood. Medium to light body and great amount of bitterness on its aftertaste, which is dry too. Great drinkability.

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Photo of Shpud
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third time trying this beer. I'm drinking it on January 15th, 2016 from a four bottle variety pack from the LCBO. The best before date is May 2016. This beer pours a very pleasant straw yellow colour with great clarity and nice carbonation. The head is fairly thin and dissipates fairly quickly. Initial thoughts on aroma are citrus and a light oak or bourbon. This beer is very refreshing and amazingly comes in as one of my favourites from Innis & Gunn. Mouth feel is clean and crisp. I really enjoy the way this beer is put together. I wish I could buy this by the case.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a sampler six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Feb. 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright golden-blonde colour, clear as day and topped with one finger of frothy, sparkling white head. It slowly seeps away over a period of minutes, leaving a few rings of lace stuck to the glass, and eventually a dense cap with collar. The aroma is an interesting blend of floral, citrusy hop notes, and tropes more typical of I&G like toffee, vanilla and some light oak.

An enjoyable English-style IPA with the oak-aging qualities giving it a unique twist. Toffee and some biscuity malt notes come through initially. This is followed by lighter notes of oak and vanilla, brown sugar and orange citrus; finally finishing with a leafy hop bitterness that briefly leaves a slight astringent feel behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel comparable to most of this brewery's lighter products. This one grew on me over the glass, and (along with the Irish Whiskey Cask) is probably one of my favourites of their 'regular' rotating seasonals.

Final Grade: 3.89, a solid B+. Innis & Gunn's Toasted Oak IPA may not have what it takes to satisfy fans of the American style, but it's still a great English-style IPA that I would absolutely pick up again. I'm not as high on this brewery as I was when I first discovered them, but it's good to see that they can still kick out more-than-just-serviceable products once in a while. Good sampler, with this beer probably being the highlight of it; pick it up if you spot it in Ontario.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Crystal clear golden yellow pour with a quickly fading two finger foamy head with minimal lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued but more citrusy than the other beers I've had from them. Hints of lemon, caramel, butterscotch, subtle hops, vanilla, and as it warmed, huge butter notes. The taste is totally dominated by the butter. Never had a beer with so much buttery flavor. Hints of lemon, caramel, vanilla, and some subtle oak. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, this was a really interesting beer. The butter really blew my mind. Didn't really get the toasted oak, but I actually liked the buttery flavor and wished I had another.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle (good for them!), a part of the current I&G mixed pack. Sigh, aging IPAs over oak, when will the people learn? When?!!!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random splatters of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of sharp pine needle and generic citrus rind bitterness, earthy yeast, bready, crackery caramel malt, lightly-toasted fresh barrel staves, and a bit of dry vanilla. So far, so very not Innis & Gunn (I mean, um, good!). The taste is gritty, crackery caramel malt up front, followed by a restrained buttery oakiness, muddled forest floor detritus, stale orange peel, hollow vanilla notes, and a subtle yeastiness.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, the body medium-light in weight, plainly smooth, with a small metallic streak running through in its rubber boots. It finishes off-dry, barely, the grainy caramel malt toned down even further, as the pine/citrus hoppiness gains a certain floral attribute.

Well, they got me here - I would be hard-pressed to identify this as an Innis & Gunn product, given the lack of that overly sweet caramel maltiness and egregious oakiness that seems to be the house style. With this one, the hop bitterness is definitely the star, albeit in an old-world, English manner, which is a-ok. The toasted wood is understated to say the least, which is another plus. Worth seeking out to prove that tigers can indeed change their spots.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Innis and Gunn is a great brewery that I constantly come back to. This one is new to CT so I thought I would try it. I was happy to see that they are using colored bottles instead of clear glass which doesn't eliminate any sunlight. The appearance was a nice dark yellow with a lot of wood on the nose. The taste was a bit shocking to be honest. There was little to no hops in it and was mostly the toasty flavor of the oak. But the flavor was really good. On the end of the taste you get a bit of a floral bite that gives a nice finish. I loved it. Also I liked the moutfeel as well as it was medium thick which complemented the mellow flavor. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of JayQue
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like AIPAs better than English IPAs but this one was an interesting brew. Had one on-tap at Tapped Gastro pub in Virginia Beach. Pours a beautiful crystal clear dark gold color with a small white head. Average o less head retention and fairly good lacing on the glass. With a better longer lasting head, this beer would have high marks for appearance. Aroma is very good, the oak really stands out and there is somewhat of a floral aspect as well. Taste ins pretty good too. The oak once again really stands out. Some mild bitterness and balancing caramel malt, but I like more bitter IPAs. On the whole, this is a worth-while brew especially for those that like oak flavoring.

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Photo of scotorum
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"BBE" Feb.15. Your guess is as good as mine what that means, but almost certainly it means it is not so fresh.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch tall white head which receded quickly to spotty lacing.'

s: Fruit cup leaning to citrus.

t: Mild fruit cup forward over a light malt base. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, moderate carbonation tingle.

o: A very nice summer ale, enough fruit to lend flavor without overpowering the malt. Did not get even a hint of the "Toasted Oak" though, despite the fact this is supposed to be oak aged. Still, this would hold its own with almost any American "Summer Ale" or light, low-hopped pale ale. Easy drinking and refreshing, and at 5.6% definitey sessionable and one of the lowest ABV I&Gs. However, at $2+ per serving there are a few comparable, American-made summer ales out there at a better price.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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 DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Decent amount of hops here. Slight hint of sour.

T- Not much oak at all if any. Low hops. Very mild brew. Expected a lot more.

M- Dry and tart

O- Disappointing for an oak aged brew. Not much oak at all. Mild flavors and not complex at all. Many better brews from these people.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Grilled cheese sandwiches.


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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2FL.OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thick white head.

Smell: Smell of grassy, floral Euro hops. Slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor. Slight bubblegum and banana. Touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little light, but refreshing!

Overall: A very nice and pleasant, light, fruit/floral flavored beer!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn 'Toasted Oak IPA' @ 5.6% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottle's purchased for $2.50 each
A-pour is a pale light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-oaked aging
T-crisp & clean tasting English IPA
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-just an ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2 oz bottle?

Appearance Amberish orange golden hue, fat creamy white head that settles rather fast.

Smell,, Is damn good ! Toasted roasted sweet buttery maybe a hint of vanilla from the oak.

Taste , I don't understand the low reviews I have read so far , Not a typical IPA Bitter but yet the mellow oak and a sweetness distracts the hop character. Its has a citrus twang on the back of the flavor.. They should call it something else I think instead of an Ipa and maybe it wouldn't get flack on the aging. The Taste is really good upon that though.

Mouthfeel slight stickiness . Light , medium plus on the carbonation. Not an over powering Cloy as some Ipa's have which again I enjoy. Has slight Bite on the tongue. A very refreshing taste. Easy drinking.

Overall Even though its aged 41 days prior, and it may not be a typical IPA , Its very enjoyable. If it was just a few dollars cheaper on the four pack I would buy this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%

330 ml bottle purchased as part of the sampler pack from the LCBO. Cost is about $2.40 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Clear coppery bronze color, with some golden highlights. Capped by over a finger of head which dissipates down to a thin layer of foam on top. A few bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell - Hints of vanilla and oak, as per the usual Innis and Gunn fare, but also some significant hints of toffee and a slightly sour malt backbone.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, oak and vanilla, with some mild bitterness coming through and a slightly dry vinous flavor shining through.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, and a dry finish.

Overall - Pretty much what you'd expect from I&G if they were to do an EIPA, but nonetheless it is quite tasty and is one of their most distinctive beers that I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 4/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, toffee, toasted oak, light vanilla, and herbal/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, toffee, cracker, bread, vanilla, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/oak earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, toffee, cracker, bread, toasted oak, vanilla, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant oak aged English IPA. All around good complexity and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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