Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
325
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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10
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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hop, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal hop, wood, and slight citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid aroma, but the flavors are a bit clashing in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased and enjoyed in Largoward, Fife, Scotland.

The toasted oak comes out most in the aroma; it's suite subtle in tasting although there's a touch of vanilla. Hoppy but with mild bitterness and some caramel from the malts.

O: a nice and distinct English IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer concepts, but usually lacking a bit on deliciousness. At least they're using brown bottles now.

Pours a light fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent spotty lacing, very clear honey golden color.

Nose has that similar tannic slight chemically like note as many of their beers do, well chemically is more like cooked vegetables and herbal mushroomy rotting grass like hops, herbal earthy vegetal U.K. style bad hops, with that tannic oak flesh and some toasted wood almost like a pallet and not oak chips/cubes. Mild fruity hop note as well..

Taste brings a light sweet almost skunky like base beer, a little molasses and raw sugar malt extract, semi sweet too, with some straight raw molasses flavors, and fair malty characters. Then hops, earthy herbal vegetal U.K. hops again, cooked straw and grass, fair bitterness and some phenolic like almost tannic hops, but obvious tannic wood and raw wood again, and a little mushroomy earthy slight pine note to the hops as well. Finish is a little sticky sweet but somewhat dry, more earthy piney mushroomy forest floor hops, with a little vegetal note, and fermented grass.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, hint syrupy and gritty.

Overall not very good, I could see IPA as it's more original U.K. style IPA like, but hops are quite bleh, not the kind I like at all, and the wood is a little tannic and not so tasty, and even the malts are like raw molasses and also not so tasty. Nothing really much about this beer I like. They always seem to have interesting ideas and concepts, but either just use the wrong ingredients, or fail to deliver on it.

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4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.04/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper completely filtered sad looking IPA actually, fine speckled bright white head speckled even lacing. Aroma hints of oak barrel aging, a bit of booze, charred oak, and fruit character going on. Flavors are bland watery bitterness with the oak barrel notes giving me hints of dirty socks aged on hop water and oak chips, it's just a sad experience overall. On the plus side I was excited to see this beer in a brown bottle, but the flavor is terrible I literally can't finish it there are no redeeming qualities to give the beer credit for a watery cluster of muddled hops and oak chips and faint booziness. Mouthfeel is thin higher than normal carbonation, the hops here may ruin someone who could potentially become a hophead. Overall, I'm pretty much done getting burnt by Innis & Gunn, pretty much mediocre to terrible across the board.

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Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn does that wood aging thing well. While doing it with an IPA is uncommon, these folks decided to do it anyways. This would be a good time to make use of the brand's glassware which I won. From a dark glassed 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The color is a very pale orange with a clean body. Topping it is a head which is somewhat creamy and thick. Head retention and lacing are decent. There are some interesting citric notes in the aroma, like bitter citrus peel. Not as pungent as the American counterparts, though still enough to capture your attention. A light whisper of oak creeps out as well.

The light sweetness at the start is typical of Innis and Gunn. Afterwards follow the line of modest citric and herbal hops. The oak breaks down the wall and adds layers of sweet white sugar coating to the citric notes. In comes vanilla too. I was beginning to think that there would be an arms race between the sweet and hoppy, however the more I drink the better the two meld. It goes in three stages; sweet, hoppy, and sweet again. It has a lighter mouthfeel with gentle carbonation, which is arguably the best aspect of the beer.

Here is a pleasing effort which harmonizes oak and IPA. It's not a top pick, but certainly different to warrant a pickup.

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3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 28, 2014.

It is an attractive looking yellow-golden color with a lingering soft white head. Some lacing.

The aroma has a decent toasted biscuit character, vanilla, and grass. The oak barrel seems to become more notable as the beer warms.

The body is just about medium

The taste has a fascinating array of flavors including some toasted malt, zesty citrus, grass, and vanilla. There is a kind of musty cellar bite to it too.

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
3.51 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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