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Innis & Gunn Scottish Pale AleInnis & Gunn Scottish Pale Ale
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Innis & Gunn Scottish Pale AleInnis & Gunn Scottish Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rarbring on 06-26-2012

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Photo of killcore
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigleague
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in Vegas.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of SmashPants
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: embossed 330mL clear bottle with the standard Innis & Gunn label.

Appearance: poured into my Innis & Gunn tulip glass - a crystal clear light amber hue with fine carbonation across the entire profile. The head is quite dissapointing - a small, fluffing white head pops up and entirely vanishes almost immediately.

Aroma: pale malts, lemon citrus, vanilla and some sugars. Fairly light, which is nice since it is also quite sweet.

Taste: quite sweet to taste - almost a bit cloying. A sweet malt backbone with the vanilla and sugar flavours taking a back seat.

Aftertaste: some hop bitterness and citrus tartness comes through in the finish.

Mouth feel: fairly heavy in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: a decent pale ale, but nothing to write home about. Not as good as the usual Innis & Gunn offering. Certainly not worth the price of AU$110+ a case of 24 x 330mL case (2014).

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up a little while back from a B&M store. Described as an oak-aged pale ale hopped with Super Styrian, East Kent Goldings and Styrian Goldings.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of sugar, vanilla, oak, stewed leaves and faint fruity yeast. No obvious hops to speak of. Surprisingly sweet - not far off cloying.

Tastes of woody malt with a sweet character and a dry finish. Notes of oak, vanilla, sugar, light malt, stewed leaves and fruity yeast esters. Somewhat sweet; verging on cloying for a beer. Seemingly well-attenuated, followed by a subtle, lingering bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and a pretty insubstantial body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet oaky malt, stewed leaves and a twinge of vanilla.

Hmmm - not a resounding success. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour have a distinctly sweet, woody quality that dominates the character. Little in the way of hop notes. Lacklustre body; surprisingly thin given the strength. Overall this is similar to I&Gs Blonde ale with an overdone oakiness and a sweetness that I presume is extracted from the wood. While aging on oak could work with strong, dark brews, the flavour just doesn't sit well with paler malts. I'm loath to condemn it completely but it's not a winner. No need to seek it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TerryW
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet to be really enjoyable. Doughy as well. Just doesn't work for me on the flavour side.

Clear golden brew under a moderate head that settles to a cap. Only a bit of lace. Average looking beer.

Nose is vanilla and oak, not as interesting as some of I&Gs other offerings. Soft, sweet nose. Very sweet to taste. Vanilla and oak, slight hint of hoppy bitterness to finish, but too much like drinking a glass of sugared water. Thin bodied.

Not one of the brewery's better offerings.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, served slightly chilled. As much as I generally like Innis & Gunn offerings, I really wish they'd lay off using these goofy clear glass bottles. The move to start canning their flagship oaked ale is certainly a move in the right direction... but I digress.

Pours a bright, clear golden-amber colour, topped with a half centimeter of dense, creamy white head. It's small put persistent, with the thin cap remaining present at the surface for nearly the entirety of the drink, and lacing the glass nicely with each sip. The aroma is, unsurprisingly, somewhat skunky, but otherwise enjoyable - much of the usual malty I&G bouquet is present, including oak, toffee and a hint of vanilla, along with some apricot, wet hay and a slight citrusy zest.

The taste offers nothing particularly out of the ordinary for an I&G product, with lots of the expected big, sweet, malty flavours - though the hop profile is somewhat bolder than I tend to expect from this brewery. Vanilla comes through at first with some force, alongside some toffee and honey sweetness. Oak and bourbon notes intermingle pleasantly with some apricot and raisin fruitiness, followed by a finish of grassy, leafy, English-style hoppage. The aftertaste is somewhat bittersweet, with the oak and leafy hops lingering longer than the caramel/toffee malt sweetness. Medium-bodied, with a slick, somewhat syrupy feel on the palate, and mild carbonation to help facilitate this. Fairly drinkable, although more appropriate for slow, deliberate sipping.

Final Grade: 3.59, an acceptable B grade. Like the majority of their offerings, Innis & Gunn's Scottish Pale Ale doesn't stray very far from the original recipe to which they owe much of their success. This particular brew does come across as more balanced, due primarily to the firmer hop presence - but rest assured, there is just as much oak and vanilla as you'd expect. If you're already a fan of I&G (as I am), you'll probably like this stuff, but if you've been underwhelmed by their offerings on previous tastings then I doubt this is going to convert you. A good beer, but not something to seek out; I can see myself getting this again in the fall/winter months, though I can't come up with any convincing reasons to select this over their original oaked ale, or the rum cask for that matter.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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