Innis & Gunn Limited Edition IPA | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Naerhu on 04-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very understated English IPA. Aroma of sour funkiness soaked in wood,some tranlucent soapy head, nad a lightly but rich apple juice colored body, orangey. Taste is quite subdued, aged and mellow, with some citrus. Very light, I recommend and have given this out as a transition craft beer. A little whisky on back of the tongue, and most pleasant with cheese and garlic bread and patatoes. Nice indeed, just too laid back for the big scores.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of liquor (rum), lemon zest and some malt – very different to say the least. Taste is very weird with some rums notes and zest flavour as well as some pastry? Not sure what to make of this but I am glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -50%

Photo of Derek
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LCBO winter release, Dec 2007, caramel-coloured box, 6.4%.

A: Bronze with copper-caramel highlights, white head, no retention, some lacing.

S: Initially it's almost skunk-like, but that subsides into floral, mineral/earthy-citrus & sweet caramel aromas.

T: Sweet caramel isn't quite balanced by the bitterness (I wouldn't call this an IPA), some earthy citrus flavour with hints of vanilla and wood.

M: Moderate body has a little too much residual sugar for the style, but it is slightly creamy.

D: It's alright, but I'm not really a fan.

Perhaps the price tag reflects that "Today this is the only IPA that has been matured in oak".

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Limited Edition IPA. 330ml clear bottle from inside a fancy, almond coloured box. One of 68,000 produced. ABV of 6.4% Best before December 2008 and enjoyed 30/05/08.

The beer was poured down the middle of the glass which resulted in a circular tornado of bubbles that stormed up into a peachy white foam. Tiny dots of carbonation steadily climb upwards making the head increasingly thicker on the edges. Perfect clarity. The brewers describe the colour as "sunshine"; I might say 'honey' is a little closer.

The aroma is rather alluring - an incredibly mellow oak character that blends perfectly with notes of honey, hops, and orange peel. The wood stands out immensely although does nothing to hamper the delicate hops and biscuit malts. Actually, the wood seems to bring balance to the duality of citrus tang and sweet butterscotch.

A slight warming sensation begins each sip. A tiny zing of carbonation zaps the roof the mouth. Beyond these initial sensations, the beer is nothing but mellow. The texture is rich, silky, and very smooth. Innis and Gunn allow you to make no mistake - they are, indeed, masters of oak aging.

The taste, like the aroma, blends a delicate balance of citrus tang with dry, refined oak. Flavours include lemon zest, orange peel, sweet honey and pure vanilla. The malts introduce a hint of butterscotch and doughy biscuits.

This was incredibly mellow, and I suppose as result, mellowing! It reminds me, slightly, of a buttery chardonnay. The zestfulness made this unexpectedly refreshing. Like a fine scotch, however, this can also be contemplative. It is a refined beverage, one which only became better and more complex as it warmed.

The brewers boast this to have a "sublime balance of flavours, textures, and aromas" ... indeed, it does! Innis and Gunn deserve far more credit for their craft. They continue to do wonderful things with the barrel.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 25 Oct. 2007, served cool in Innis&Gunn's own broad-rimmed goblet.

A: bright orangey golden in colour; the carbonation comes pretty lively at first full of med. and tiny bubbles; a pillowy white head gradually settles to a thin carpet sustaining throughout the drink.
S: the prominent scent of Goldings hops--the juicy orange aroma--is noticeable even from a distance... a close sniff brings out Innis&Gunn's hallmark note, the silky-smooth vanilla-ish oaky scent like lightly-toasted new oak barrels, balanced with a faint touch of honey, preserved plums, and surprisingly low presence of pale malts. Plus, although the aroma is very focused, not a single hint of alc. is there for this 6.4% offering! Very nice indeed, but I'm doubtful of the impacts of oak-ageing on the supposedly fullsome yet balanced profile of IPA b/w bold hoppyness and abundant malts--the oaky aroma seems to outperform everything else, or perhaps hops and malts are both aggressively softened by barrel-ageing?
T: the bitter-sweet palate of tangy, orange-zesty hops with a healthy dose of sourness dominates from the very beginning, followed by spicy and floral edges of Styrian Goldings (just as what it says on the box!), softly sweet vanilla-ish flavour, plus bitter biscuity malts on the other hand. The dry-hopping in oak barrels seems to soak up the unique oaky scent, rendering a rather mixed, aromatic, vanilla-hoppy palate... the aftertaste sees more "flat-bodied" hoppyness in action (in contrast to US hops' oily and vertical performance), in the form of intensifying and complex bitterness only Chinese herb-medicine soup could compare with... very dry, tannic and chewy hoppy finish.
M&D: overall the mouthfeel shows slightly more fizziness than the others in Innis&Gunn's range; the palate is colourful, starting from juicy orange's bitter-sweetness through a short mid-palate of pale malts towards the ever-lasting bitter, zesty hoppyness until the dry finish. The style is IPA alright, yet distinctive from any other one on the market. The oak-ageing has indeed done some magic to the traditional recipe, and what a nice move it is. Judging from its smoothness against 6.4%abv., and the impeccable dryish bitterness of hops, the drinkability of this beer is simply excellent. Might a little longer ageing help soften the fizzy edge and make it even smoother? I'm not sure, and will see how my "four-pack" evolves as time goes by. Recommended!!

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a clear, dark gold with a fine, bright white head. The foam lasted quite a while, eventually settling to a solid ring and leaving some spotty lacing behind. The aroma was big in the oaky/whiskey department, fairly earthy and woody with a light vanilla. In the background was a bit of hop fruitiness and tropical fruit character. Moderate bitterness with a lot of fruit, pineapple and apple skin, with a bit of oak and alcohol. It finished quick and balanced. Medium/light bodied with soft carbonation, there was a light warmth and dryness that worked well. Not bad at all. I was a little surprised at how mild the oak was in the flavour after the intense character it gave to the aroma.

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Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, massively thick white head, rocky/chunky, chunky lacing, good retention, solid layer. Smell is butterscotch, citrus, some floral, bready malt, vanilla and oak, acidic, sour fruits/citrus tartness, neat. Taste is rich caramel, butter, oak/vanilla, peach, pears, not a whole lot going on but neat flavours, rich oaky citrus finish, some spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, kind of spritzy. Interesting, not as good as the Scotch ale.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle in presentation box bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a pale golden / light rusty orange colour... Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy then faded to light rocky layer... barely any carbonation.... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Definite strong oaky / woody / whisky notes, nice fruitiness (oranges, ripe bananas, some lemons), very light malts, creaminess, spicy / pine hop bitterness, some floral honey notes, quite earthy...

Taste – mmm... not sure about this... Pretty strong hop bitterness mixed with quite strong oakiness - quite harsh initially, quite sweet - verging on sickly, some corn notes, creamy, light fruitiness (lemony, apples, light grapefruits), grassy / floral notes, some saltiness... flavours mellow slightly towards the end...

M&D - Quite smooth and creamy... Light body.... Probably a little too sickly to be drinkable..

Overall - An average beer. I'm just not sure about an oak aged IPA - not really my cup of tea... maybe worth a try once...

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a fancy caramel coloured box, with an explanation of their brewing process/decisions on one side, and a break down of characteristics on the other side. Regular clear Innis & Gunn bottle inside. Pours out a clear light amber, the clarity is rather impressive for an IPA. Two-finger cream-coloured head that recedes quickly to a very thin cap.

Rich toffee malt on the nose, with trademark vanilla bean combined with oak presence that is the signature of this brewery. Very faint citrus zest.

Flavour is refined yet faint. Malt, alcohol and hops seem to blend into one. Hops are very mild, only really becoming independently apparent in the aftertaste as a slight herbal presence.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, even watery at times, but fills out on the finish.

This was enjoyable, but didn't quite live up to the hype and description of it on the box. Not hoppy in the least, yet the oak and vanilla add a nice touch. For the price I'll stick to the regular Innis & Gunn, this is a one shot deal for me as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml clear bottle packaged in a copper coloured box. best before 06 Dec 08. bottle says that it is one of only 68,000 produced. sampled jan 25/08.

pours golden yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big vanilla and bourbon nose. alcohol. caramel sweetness. bit of grapefruit and tangerine. bready malt. red wine. bit of raisin.

taste is nice. vanilla and bourbon again. i still get a bunch of red wine character too. toffee. caramel. light grapefruit. light orange and tangerine sweetness. bready malt. light alcohol. low bitterness level - too low for the style. slightly earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. well balanced. a nice english beer with great barrel character, but it just doesn't taste like an ipa to me. the bitterness is lower than expected, even from an english ipa. the hop presence seems muted, though i'd expect that from the extended time in the barrel. however, it's still an enjoyable beer. i really think that the barrel character is much more balanced and enjoyable than the regular I+G, which is just a giant vanilla bomb.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a fancy carton. One of only 68,000 made, though not individually numbered.

It pours a pale bronze color with a wispy small head the leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. The smell is and tart, sickly sweet with oak flavors. Doughy malts manage to shine through but hops arent noticeable behind the onslought of oaky, vanilla extract smells.

This beer has definitely come in to a lot of contact with oak, its really distracting on first sip. Vanilla pods, tannins and a faint smokeyness are dominant flavors throughout. Some sickly buttery flavors - possibly something to do with oak and yeast esters mixing in some ungodly way- is also noticeable. Its kind of like crunch n munch, but not as appealing. Herbal hops are too light and subordinate to the brash wood flavors. This is hardly an IPA, even by modern British standards. The mouthfeel is medium full with a pleasant carbonation consistency. The finish is all sweetish oak flavors.

I didnt enjoy this beer, it was a train wreck of oaky excess. Im not a fan of heavily oaked beers in general so I tried to be generous with the scoring. If you appreciate oaky Whiskey, this might be your beer, it surely isnt mine.

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a dense, but not especially stiff white foam.

S - Oaky and whiskey-like with vanilla, butter and toffee notes.

T - Buttery and woody/oaky. There's a touch of tartness on the tongue. Bitterness is very low. There are hints of lemon/citrus hopping but the taste profile is mostly about the oak and malt.

M - Very smooth, medium body and carbonation. Really nice feel.

D - Not bad. Similar to regular I&G (granted I haven't had one of those in a while). Interesting oakiness, but doesn't really pop.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had picked one of these up while out in Banff / Jasper, but sadly, it was pretty bad. The skunkiness was kind of unusual - it wasn't TOTALLY dead, and some of the malty sweetness came through. It was pretty vile and I ended up pouring it and figured I'd try it again from a different store in a different city.

A: A light golden amber hue, sporting a thick white head that makes itself at home and sticks around a while

S: A nice balance of hop and oakiness. The aging was about perfect at 60 days. Somewhat floral and citrus - like the fruits fresh on the tree. A soft malty backbone, typical of the English styles, which is typically nice.

T: Sweet barley and hoppiness. Not particularly bitter at all... that's not a bad thing, really. The oak is on the milder side, but does add a little bit of character.

M + D: Refreshing, sparkling. Finishes rather dry. This was certainly better than the first bottle that I had. I'd consider it again, and would welcome it if offered. Not too bad at all... give it a shot.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fair sized head, little retention and some lacing. Has a clear dark golden color.

Smells rather unpleasant to me. Starts of skunky then, vanilla/butterscotch, oak and alcohol.

Well the taste doesn't really do it for me. Notes of caramel, vanilla, lots of oakiness and a shy hop profile. This is my least favorite of the L.C.B.O winter release.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date not on box, but bottle stamped D7 Dec D8.

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

Split this bottle with a mate who hated the oak aged influences in this beer, but I enjoyed it.

Golden color. Zippy vanilla and hops dominate aroma. Light body with nice balance of light toasty malt (with Islay-like background) vanilla and clean delicious bitterness.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light goldy-brown, slight haze, spongey layer of off-white foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: lush malt with a lacing of whisky-oak essence, orange, mold (in a good way... like stilton)

Flavor: initially malty sweet, but then quickly transitions through a slight tartness to a sharp enteric bitterness; oak, whisky, vanilla, peach-pit almonds; finishes very dry with a bitter, almondy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, crisp texture

Othe comments: Nice aroma and initial flavor, but the bitterness is a bit too sharp. If I ate a berry or some vegetation that tasted like this, I'd be worried that I just ingested some alkaloid poison! It's that kind of sharp bitterness. I have another bottle of this which I will cellar for about a year to see if it mellows.

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Photo of Shadman
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been sitting on this one for awhile now.

Crystal clear amber orange so they got the color down pat. Decent head and lacing, but no real retention. An average EIPA looks-wise.

Lots of buttery sweet malts with a hint of rum raisin. Not a whiff of hop to be had though. Must have been fresh as there was no skunk smell. Mind you it does come in it's own individual box.

Bit of an alcohol bite up front followed by some nice whiskey vanilla. Definitely can taste the oak in the back end.

A tough watery in the middle, but all in all quite smooth.

Not sure where the Brothers are going with their product line because for something that was supposed to be India Pale Ale this one tastes an awful lot like their Oak Aged Ale that can be had for a fraction of the price. I'll be passing on another.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The coloring is a very nice dark amber/orange....and there's somewhat of a oak stain to it. As usual, the box and bottle add sophistication to the product. Head is somewhat fizzy and settles to a ring around the glass. There is also some moderate lacing but not as much as I would have liked to see.

S- The aroma is quite complex, however the dominant smell is sweet caramel malts....almost like smelling a melted macintosh toffee bar. There is also a fruitiness to this, with sweet apples, as well as very mild citrus notes. There is also some yeasty aromas to this as well...smells rich and the oak is noticeable as well.

T- Tastes very nice! It is similar to how it smells....the caramel malt really comes through, but not as sweet. There is a nice vanilla oak flavor as well as the rich biscuit, bread flavors. The hop presence isn't really noticeable except right at the finish, there is just a slight zest.

M- Rich, creamy and smooth define this to a tee. The carbonation is low, allowing the liquid to flow over the palate gently. This allowed me to really pick up on the complex flavors and enjoy. At the same time, there is a slightly refreshing character to this brew that I really like. And like the other I&G products, the alcohol was hardly noticeable, especially considering this is a little stronger than the average beer.

D- As much as I like this, I'd stop after one. A mature beer for a mature beer drinker, I would very much enjoy this with a meal or as a nightcap. I really like that fact that this has so much flavor and is truly a sipping beer. Another great job!

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Photo of elricorico
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in colour with a two finger white head. Recedes but leaves lacing.

Strong scent of vanilla in the nose, coupled with a slightly citrus hop aroma. Too much vanilla for my tastes, but not offensive.

A vanilla sweetness and scotch impression are most notable in the front of the tongue. Finish is like a hard liquor. Interesting, certainly out of the ordinary.

Prickly carbonation and a little bit of liquor like body. A little more coarse than I like, but not bad.

Certainly not what one expects when pouring an IPA. Worth checking out, I like it a bit better than the standard Innis and Gunn.

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Photo of crwills
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle, came in a box, had it on New Years. I think it may have been the 2007 edition, though I could be wrong.

Anyway, poured a light orange or deep gold into a pint glass, with a small white head that stuck around as bubbles. I think this is oak aged, but it doesn't come off as quite so vanilla-y in the aroma or flavour as the normal Limited Edition does. Somewhat tart or citrusy, with some hop presence but a big malt backbone as well. Fairly well balanced. Not my favourite, but different and interesting.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the 2007 edition. Poured out a nice orange colour. Almost reminded me of freshly squeezed orange juice, but with a more copper colour. Decent, two finger head that lasted throughout. Very little lacing, though. Could have been the glass, however. It was freshly washed. Definitely an oak aged beer. First sniff reminded me of a campfire. After that initial shock, I discovered some oranges, limes, lemon, vanilla and grass, with some dry bread as well. Strong oak taste. A little off putting. Once the tongue got desensitized, it picked up some dry crackers, citrus, and a bit of hay. Aftertaste was actually a bit sweet, with some vanilla and honey. Mouthfeel was a bit creamy, with a small amount of carbonation. Decent beer, and I have another glass to age. However, the strong oak presence was a bit too strong for me.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aggresive pour results in medium foamy head, quickly disapears. Quite pale, clear, with a little tint of orange.

Oak really comes out on the nose. Lovely vanilla aroma with some nice caramel sweetness from the malt. Very nice smelling beer.

Surprisingly subtle taste. Sweet english malt up front with a little bit of grain more suited to a continental lager. A little bit of typically English fruit, but not that much really. Hops are very floral and offer a hint of honey, quite nice and very Scottish. Oak is there all the way through with vanilla at the forefront, but not the same whiskey character you get from the usual IG.

Quite thin but because of the lack of any real bitterness, not as nice in the mouth as other English ales. Quenching though.

An IPA from Innis and Gunn? I was nervous about this one, I thought the oak would be overpowering. It wasn't, at all, in fact it was much lighter than their normal ale. This is a good one, glad I got my 3/68,000!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a while back and it was delicious!

A nice golden "sunshine" colour with a decent head that leaves lots of lacing.

Vanilla, oak, oranges and hops form a complex mouthwatering aroma.

The taste is like it smells, "zesty hops" as the box says and more vanilla and finishes oakey and smokey.

Not as good as there original beer but wow was this ever a nice treat, I can't wait until they release the next batch, I'll buy a case next time.

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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to grub for the chance to sample this wonderful beer.
this samples box was dated best before december 2008.

what a great presentation comes in a box to protect the beer from UV (samuel smith please take note) pours a bright brilliant coppery orange with a pillowy white head that drops like real whipped cream when it gets warm.
the aroma is marvelous a scotch undertone; rich with malt, hint of vanilla, little wood, little citrus.
the flavor is light on the pallette, malty but not heavy, just enough hop bitterness to balance the malt, some hop spice, little lemon zest, biscuity, finishes with a lingering citrus/vanilla/biscuit flavor.

over all one of the best oak aged beer i have ever had.

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Innis & Gunn Limited Edition IPA from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 33 ratings