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Innis & Gunn 15 Barrel Aged DIPA | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn 15 Barrel Aged DIPAInnis & Gunn 15 Barrel Aged DIPA

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, if not slightly chill hazed golden amber color and from appearances alone, contains about as much carbonation as a beer will allow! The head is alright, that being just off white in coloration, somewhat thin, but what is there, is a dense creamy, well retaining layer over the brew. The lacing is subdued at best, and some scant sticky foam clings to the side of the glass without slowly maneuvering back into the liquid. Overall it looks okay, just nothing spectacular.

S- Faint malt sweetness and some hop resin I suppose, but honestly not what I was anticipating when I opened it up. The sweetness is somewhat honeyed and floral, while the hop quality, I agree, seems to have taken a back seat to the oak aging process. Raw grains and some dry grass are noted as well, with perhaps some muted citrus zest right at the finish.

T- Well this really doesn't taste much like an IPA, let alone a DIPA at all, which is actually somewhat relieving, as I was a little worried at some huge bitter hop boldness....hardly any at all! The wood aging I'm guessing has neutralized this aspect of the flavor, and the woody sweetness is really what I taste upfront and for a good portion of the experience. Honey-vanilla subtlety, grassy tones, and cracker like biscuit round things out.....totally misses the mark style wise in this department, but is actually quite nice and reminds me along the lines of an EPA on the palate.

M/O- This has a rather creamy texture, and the carbonation is heavy yet silky in it's own right. The alcohol is very well hidden, only showing itself right at the finish, and the body I would put at medium. To my surprise, I find the drinkability to be good and could enjoy more than one in a sitting, and even though the hop profile seems muted, it still cuts through spicy wings and salted fries well! Not the best offering by I&G, but still a decent brew that I would have again....needs to be in another category however.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle in a carton from the LCBO; best before Nov 2019 and served slightly chilled. Cheers to 1.5 decades of beer!

Pours crystal clear, with a medium golden-hued body capped off with one centimetre of foamy off-white head that holds together for roughly two minutes' time. A bubbly collar of soapy froth lingers on, circling a few patchy islands of film; scant lace at best. Looks a bit plain, but the nose is another story entirely - I'm getting plenty of oak and boozy whisky right off the bat, accented by hints of toffee, vanilla, red licorice candy and a relatively robust hop aroma that includes earthy, resiny, herbal notes and suggestions of orange peel. The ethanol is unusually potent for a mere 7.4%, but I suppose Scotch barrels will do that.

Not bad; the barrel aspects tend to overwhelm the hops, causing this to drink more like a strong ale than a DIPA. I'm getting notes of toffee and some grainy, bready malt sweetness, together with oak wood, vanilla and Scotch whisky. These latter flavours remain strong into the back end of the sip, where they're joined by some hints of orange zest and an herbal, woodsy, rather earthy hop bitterness; the aftertaste is boozy, with some caramelized malt sweetness lingering on. Weakly numbing the palate, it's medium in body, with average carbonation levels that gently tickle the tongue; feels smooth, but with relatively low drinkability.

Final Grade: 3.66, a passable B. A little boozier than is typical, but for the most part I'd say that 15 Barrel Aged DIPA doesn't deviate too far from the usual Innis & Gunn experience - the oak, vanilla and toffee are all present and accounted for, with the Highland whisky barrel and earthy hop contributions providing a unique, albeit underwhelming spin to that template. I have never been a huge fan of barrel-aged IPAs... in my experience, any potential benefits from the barrel are outweighed by the risk of the hops fading, or of the resultant flavours clashing in one way or another. This beer hasn't done much to convince me otherwise, but I don't regret the purchase - if you've enjoyed I&G products in the past, give it a look.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - their 15th anniversary offering, and as poor a decision as using the word 'compliment' incorrectly in the marketing blurb. Well, here goes...

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent splotchy lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, weak oaken notes, and very little else. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, faint orange and lemon citrus peel, an ethereal vanillan barrel woodiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters.

The carbonation is pretty tame in its ephemeral frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really a cause for concern at this particular point in the game. It finishes off-dry, the malt the only lingering concern.

Overall - yeah, big fucking surprise, I&G's version of this unnecessary IPA treatment thankfully comes in at merely underwhelming, as opposed to outright offensive, as is the norm. I get barely any hop or barrel character, and mostly malt. If you didn't tell me otherwise, I would peg this as an above average ESB.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $4.95 CDN. Review from notes.

Appearance - Clear, rich, golden color with a finger of loose and fluffy white head. Modest carbonation. Moderate head retention and next to no lacing.

Smell - Earthy with wood barrels, some citrus and orange marmalade in particular. Vinous notes make me think grape and grape skin and a touch of orange pith as well.

Taste - Pretty close to the nose, with more wood, slightly less grape and an equal amount of orange marmalade. The signature house vanilla flavor and slight bit of booze make its way to my tastebuds as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sticky, but not quite syrupy. Carbonation is quite light and dry finish. Meshes very nicely with taste profile.

Overall - An interesting take, but to this BA, it's like a toned down English Barleywine more than anything else. The aging and wood notes are nice and orange marmalade is one of winter's best flavors. Not for everyone but I rather enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LocalBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

orange zest taste with some oak very nice and easy to drink little boozy with smell of vanilla and honey good amount of head with good lacing on the glass over all good finish.

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Innis & Gunn 15 Barrel Aged DIPA from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7 ratings