Rare Oak Pale Ale | Innis & Gunn

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Rare Oak Pale AleRare Oak Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by biboergosum on 07-27-2014

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 25
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Photo of beerdrifter
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Crystal clear yellow-amber pour with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued with hints of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a bit of oak, and a touch of lemon. The taste is a bit more bold with some nice butterscotch and vanilla along with hints of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, oak, and tea. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy, leaning a bit towards the sweet side, but still pretty drinkable. Overall, I'm starting to get bored with Innis & Gunn. When I first tried their beers I was really impressed, but lately they've all started tasting the same and losing their complexity.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Dubbed as such due to it having been aged over rare Scottish oak (they don't specify which vector), and finished with something called Sweet Gale, which I'm going to take a moment to look up.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of overhead coral atoll lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet oaken caramel and vanilla, bready pale malt, a strange vegetal and resinous flora character, soft acetone notes, and muddled dark fruit. The taste is dominated by that sweet, woody, and leafy floral essence, that I am proclaiming to be the Myrica gale in action, over top of a plain grainy pale maltiness, with some neutered bruised drupe fruitiness, and rather subdued caramel and vanilla oak chip notes.

The carbonation is fairly dainty on its feet, manifesting in a mere trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the alcohol (or maybe the gale, I dunno) stepping on a few toes here. It finishes off-dry, in a somewhat bitter, sweet veggie sense, the malt and oak getting used now to playing second fiddle.

Interesting, to say the least - that finishing guest star really elbows the 'rare' (maybe they implied a different meaning of the word) oakiness out of the way - no small task for this brewery's offerings. In the end, this just seems more a way to illustrate the wayback machine method of historical and geeky brewing, than anything else.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%

Photo of Bugs318
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManE
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fantastic beer!

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Photo of sjones5045
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/27/15 Home

Pours amber yellow with thin fizzy head. Not much retention or really any to speak about. The smell is decent. Kind of sweet hoppy with a caramel sort of sent. The taste is pretty good too. You can get some of the hops mixed with an oak finish that is really smooth. The finish is almost cream soda like. Overall pretty good beer. Innis and Gunn for some reason is pretty underrated. This is an easy drinking different kind of be that I feel many can appreciate.

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Photo of glass_house
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with orange tint.

Smells of oak and sweet toffee.

Tastes very okay up front, then mellows out with vanilla and subtle fruits...raisin. the finish is very herbal, medicinal almost. Not a fan of the finish. Falls flat and feels off putting with the rest of the flavors in the beer.

I didn't have a problem with the carbonation as others noted, but the finish was a bit too much for my palate. Overall, some might find it a worthy dessert beer, but I wouldn't down another.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a Chimay snifter. This most excellent pale pours a clear golden color with a hint of orange with a nice head of white foam that dissipates to a thick ring and thin pool of foam with spotty lacing. Nose is subtle but prevalent are the aromas of oak, light vanilla, honey, and floral hops. Flavors far surpass the nose with sweet oak, light vanilla, and honey malt flavors dancing on all sides, then coming to rest on a background of mild herbal hops. Smooth carbonated and lively mouth feel makes this one a great session ale with a light sweet aftertaste.
Balanced. A wonderful thing. The Scots nailed it!
This one is a fantastic anytime of the year ale to find and enjoy!


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Photo of DaveBar
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

A- Opens well but pours next to no head. Dark clear gold color

S- Not a lot here. Was expecting something but got next to nothing other than some malt. Not even an hops

T- Way lacking here. Not much of anything. Very boring and uninspired. Touch of bubble gum.

M- Mediocre at best.

O- Don't much care for this ho hum beer. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok beer would go well with..... Pork chops in a mushroom sauce.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows banana, caramel, some vanilla, very sweet-smelling.
Semi sweet flavours, with more caramel, vanilla, soft herbal notes and a little peach.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CurtisD
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesLeung
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of silverking
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a loose white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: mildy wood smell, oak tannin, peppery noble hops

T: slightly sweet up front, light hop flavors, light oak presence, finish is sweeter

M: light with lower carbonation

O: has a lager like sweetness, lacks some of the complexity of other offerings from this brewery

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Photo of SebD
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, toasted malts, some floral/herbal notes, light oak and very faint vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel/butterscotch, toasty/buiscuity malts, some floral undertones, light oak and faint vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a med carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by somewhat bland flavors and aromas. Definitely not the best beer from the Innis & Gunn line up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Always so much promise & always so much 'meh' delivery.

A sweet note & a (rare for I&G) taste (vague, though) of hops
Just out of interest do they use oak chips coz batches too big for barrels?

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