Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky
Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Blood Red SkyInnis & Gunn Blood Red Sky
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Style:
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #22
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,434
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
98
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85
Very Good
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jamesstoops
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a good one!

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reb1138
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Otherwise good, but completely ruined by the artificial sweetener aftertaste. It reminds me of Pepsi Max found in Europe.

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Photo of James94
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear chestnut, lasting lacing and head
S: Vanilla, wood, strawberry ice cream, lollipops, alcohol, butter
T: Toffee, vanilla, malts
F: A nice feel, but a tad too sweet

O: 3.5

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Photo of Dave1999
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrklnvl
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CodyBasden
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark red with white head that leaves lacing, smells like a normal beer you would think it smelled more like vanilla since it's aged in rum barrels, really strong roasted barley taste with a tad bit of vanilla rum taste, nice heavy feel nice carbonation

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Photo of StretchZep
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a clear, dark coffee color with white head. Sweet toasted malts and earthy on the nose. Taste followed, sweet caramel and vanilla with a spicy finish. Medium to full bodied. Not boozy in taste or smell which can sometimes be the case with barrel aged brews.

Would recommend.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.86 (Including tax and discount)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.255/oz) from Total Wine-Forum, Selma, TX. Reviewed 4/3/19.
Stamped “BBE JAN 19” on shoulder in invisible ink. On shelf at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee cup.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, red-amber, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, dense, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a four mm ring with lace prominences and a thin complete cap with a heaped rocky island.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide bands of tiny to small bubbles, connected to the next lower band by wide columns. Also, see above.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Predominantly malt but some weak floral hops appear as well.
Flavor – 3.5 – Malt rules, followed closely by rum barrel. The floral hops are ephemeral at best. No alcohol (6.8% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Saved by the rum barrel!

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Photo of ironmark666
1.92/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of harpus
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Innis & Gunn "Blood Red Sky"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BBE APR 19" and sampled on 29 April 2019
$ @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a completely clear, fingerprints-through-the-glass, dark mahogany brown with highlights of dark orange that's almost reddish but not quite there. The head is a two inch cap of light tan foam. In the nose you get a soft note of floral perfume, a bit of rum, some sweetish and very lightly caramelish malt, some yeasty fruitiness, and just a hint of the oak from the barrels. On to the flavor, it's not surprisingly the same. The rum is stronger, and the caramelish accent to the malt is limited. The yeasty fruitiness reminds me of pear and apple. It's not that bitter but it is balanced, and the oak, and perhaps the rum (?), helps to dry it in the finish. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Looking back, the head dropped fairly quickly at first but still maintained a solid, creamy quarter inch or so, and it still has an almost completely solid surface covering. The lacing covers the entirety of the glass above the liquid as well. In the end the base beer seems as if it would be absolutely fine on its own, and the rum barrels give it enough character to make it all that more interesting. Worth trying.
Review #6,564

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in Nov. 2018.Pours a deep rich crimson color with a billowing light beige head that leaves 'globs' of lace behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Vanilla tinged toasted oak and a metallic/iron tinge in the nose along some earthy tones.Earthy and a little metallic on the palate before some sweetish brown sugar, rum, and vanilla notes come in the finish.The deep metallic notes in the nose and little less aggressive on the palate keeps this from being really top notch,it does have some nice things going on though.

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Photo of TerryW
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear auburn. Thick frothy head.
Fruit and caramel aroma. Mild oak and vanilla comes through.
Rum is apparent upon tasting. Toffee and raisin.
Medium body. The alcohol is hardly noticed.
My highest rated Innis & Gunn.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, the last of six purchased at the LCBO a month or two back. Best before Apr 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours crystal clear, with a reddish-copper hue and one finger of frothy, beige-coloured head that lingers for a few minutes. A thin cap and collar of creamy foam stick around significantly longer, with an attractive swath of messy lacing also left in its wake. Looks great, and the aroma is fine, too - plenty of rum, but I'm also getting some leafy, earthy hops, some oak wood and campfire smoke. Toffee malts and mild suggestions of vanilla also show up, moreso as it warms; near boilerplate I&G, but there's nothing wrong with re-using what works.

A good Scottish-type ale, with the Jamaican rum and oak barrel aspects nicely complementing the base red ale. Brown sugar sweetness and caramelized malts are also very prominent, with notes of vanilla and earthy, smoky flavours developing towards the back end of an increasingly boozy-sweet sip, which transitions into an off-dry, vaguely tannic aftertaste. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide a small amount of crispness to its generally smooth, satisfying texture. Reasonably drinkable for its abv, but that's how you get yourself into trouble...

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+. Innis & Gunn's Blood Red Sky certainly won't disappoint their loyal fans, including this (semi-lapsed) one. It does remind me of their older Rum Aged recipe, but not entirely - the smoke in particular is not something I recall being present. I've never been big on rum, but this beer (and its ancestor) are fine by me. I'm not crazy about committing to six-packs on a regular basis, but put this in a pint can and I'd return to it at least as often as I do their Original.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle approaching it's BB date (stamped) in a pint glass.
Clear, very dark, reddish-brown body with a decent tan head.
There's a complex clash of notes in the aroma. Nonetheless, these are fairly well balanced ad harmonious in the flavor. Hints of dark dried fruits, toffee, brown sugar, Jamaican rum, vanilla, light spices and faint wood. Nice bitter-sweet, toffee infused, aftertaste.
Smooth, medium+ body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 475 ml. bottle with a smudged stamped date. Sampled on March 24, 2018

The look is one of the nicest parts of this beer with a red-hued amber brown under a modest cream colored head that fades to a ring.

The aroma expresses an interesting array of white bread, crackers, sweet malts, vanilla and cherry, and wood.

Medium-full body and smooth. Warming.

The mild sweet malts are brightened up by a kind of dark fruit zestiness that leads to a mild to moderate bitter end.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky has a very thick, spongy, ivory head, a clear, deep copper red, bubbly appearance, and heavy glass lacing. Aroma is of rich, bread crust, malt, light molasses, and tannins. Taste is of all of those elements, with strong sweetness and balancing hop bitterness. There is some vanilla and wood, too. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Blood Red Sky finishes medium dry.

RJT

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Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 98 ratings