Frank & Sense | Innis & Gunn

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Frank & SenseFrank & Sense

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by biboergosum on 10-15-2017

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Photo of DaPan
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FadetoBock
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Easton70
2.04/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought a bottle of this before Christmas and forgot I had it. It pours crystal clear, slightly darker than lager and has a sweetish, citrus aroma. The taste is quite harsh and a bit sickly. It has a really strong aftertaste that’s a bit off putting. It was apparently “matured over Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh”. I had to look the other two up because, although I’ve heard them as part of the Nativity since I was a kid, I didn’t know what they were. So, it turns out that both are apparently some gum resins from trees in Africa now used in the essential oil industry.

My advice, keep it away from beers.

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shagal
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper and filtered with almost no carbonation, and topped with 4 fingers of yellow tinged head. The head leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, oranges, frankincense for sure as I used to burn it at Christmas and take the essential oil. Not as sure how myrrh smells, but a very fragrant wood sappy smell, almost of cedar is in there as well.

Totally tastes like an English Pale Ale, with a boost from the additional ingredients. The most striking features that make it different from others in the style are a sharp, almost wood like bitterness that lingers hard on the tongue, as well as a slightly sourdough quality that is prevalent. There are hints of orange blossom, and a good biscuit quality as well.

Light body, dry and tannic finish, with minimal carbonation.

Got this in Bracebridge LCBO, drinking Christmas Evening, Dec 25th 2017, in St Jean Port Joli, Quebec. Wasn't sure what to expect but went for any Christmas beer I could find in Ontario. I love the idea behind this brew, and so for that and its execution I think its a great beer.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. LCBO purchase inside some specialty wrapped parchment / paper. Cost was $7.95. Served cold into a tulip.

Appearance - brilliant gold color, multiple fingers of head, great clarity, head retention, a good looking beer.

Smell - Earthy hops with fruity aspects, decidedly English in style. Some subtle spices and I'm not 100% sure about the frankincense and myrrh, but whatever they contribute to this beer, it helps.

Taste - Moderately bitter, light fruitiness with orchard fruits leading the way and finishes with a leafy bitter hop bill. Some malt through to give it a grainy taste as well. A touch of exotic spice adds just enough to separate this from the pretenders. Really good pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with medium-light body, moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall -A pleasant surprise. Had my doubts about this one, but finally Innis & Gunn has created an $8 pale ale, that I may purchase again.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of staubot
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml, paper-wrapped bottle - a so-called festive brew, made with gold, frankincense, and myrrh, apparently. Pretty inexpensive, if it really was.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered and disfigured streaky lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy pale malt, some estery floral character, a bit of flinty stoniness, faint juicy citrus notes, and further leafy, earthy, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser cereal graininess, more bitter florals, some strange fragrant spiciness, an edgy and soapy minerality, muddled domestic citrus flesh, and more leafy, weedy, and musky herbal verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with just a touch of hop acridity (I can't believe that I'm writing this) maybe messing with the ideal here. It finishes off-dry, the malt steadfastly persisting, among the heady lingering floral essences.

Overall - yeah, this is a bit of an odd bird, in that I'm not yet convinced that they actually used any of the (really) old-school ingredients, mostly because their purported qualities do not differ all that much from any variety of modern hops. Besides all that, this is indeed a tasty brew, nice and bitter, yet balanced. Worth checking out, no matter the seasonal connotations.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the bag this beer comes in and again, love the simple labelling to go along with it! The beer itself pours a heavy golden color with coppery orange hues....mainly transparent with perhaps some chill hazing. The head is very frothy and dense, off white in color with an array of tight tiny bubbles all congregating together! Lacing appears very well too with a good assortment of thick filmy foam clinging to the side of the glass! A superb looking brew!

S- A large floral aroma is present to my nostrils, along with plenty of crisp hop bitterness and caramel malts to help balance things out. In terms of sweetness, muted honey, aromatic and exotic spice, rounded oak subtleness and yeast/bread/biscuit wholesomeness. The finish is clean and refreshing. Overall a very nice Golden Ale!

T- There is most definitely a clean citrus flavor right up at the front of the taste, alongside soapy notes for some reason. There is also a leafy green vegetable/herbal character and heavily floral hops that make this dry from start to finish, and provide a cleansing finish that lingers well after the taste. I do again get some caramel/toffee/honeyed sweetness, aromatic spice that I haven't really encountered before and the oaked process provides a little bit of a woody/Earthy flavor. I am really enjoying this unique flavor profile!

M/O- Light and crisp on the palate, this is a slightly tart, flavorful golden Ale that is quite different than what is out in the market and I think the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh add a very different (in a good way) spin on this style. I find it highly drinkable and the more I'm getting into it, the more I'm enjoying it. This is the experimental homerun that I expect from I&G! Nice work!

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Frank & Sense from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 13 ratings