Mélange No. 9
Bruery Terreux

Mélange No. 9Mélange No. 9
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American Wild Ale
4.34 | pDev: 9.45%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mélange No. 9Mélange No. 9
Notes: This sour ale was the winner of our Hoarders Society blending competition. A combination of our sour blonde, Sour in the Rye, and White Oak Sap along with Ginger and Coconut.

Hoarders Society exclusive for 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is tart, like Apple cider. Tastes like Apple cider. Very tart but refreshing. Smooth tasting. No hoppy bitterness at all. Good summer brew.

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dd53grif from Michigan, May 16, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely burnished honey color with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses notes of ginger and acetic acid. The taste on this beer is super tart - we're talking a tartness that will take enamel of teeth. There are also hints of coconut with are really quite pleasant and interesting. Mouthfeel is Light in body with a lively carbonation and an overpowering astringency. Overall, flavorful but too acidic.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Jun 01, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch One

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep golden orange topped by a half finger of dense and rocky white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of light sourness, oak, ginger and coconut with a slight vanilla undertone
T: Taste is a nice bright sourness followed by the cocount and ginger along with that slight vanilla note from the barrels. Nice pleasant sourness throughout while the ginger and coconut play a nice supporting role. On the swallow there's more coconut and ginger with some lingering pleasant sourness, oak, and vanilla.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but on the low end while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a fantastic blend with some great adjuncts. The balance of flavors here is really superb which gives this beer a great amount of complexity. Still drinking well after all these years and one of my favorite blends that they do.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Mar 21, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my more favorite Melange beers, this one is all tropical sour bourbony. A color somewhere around copper and amber with a full on 4/5" white head and good retention especially for a wild ale. Mild oak notes, coconut, lime, ginger and bourbon jump out in the nose. Definitely one of the more unique beers out there.

Taste continues with the same deliciousness that was in the aroma. I really like the interplay of coconut, lime, lemon, ginger and bourbon, yet it has a sourness in the (3-4) range on a 1-10 scale, which is nice restraint from the Bruery. No tongue ripping here.

The body is nice and light, I like the blend of a sour blonde ale with Sour in the Rye and barrel aged wheatwine. The bourbon kick to it is light and totally makes sense with all the other flavors going on here. The alcohol isn't even perceptible. This beer just crushes everything it set out to do.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am stoked to try this beer. I have wanted this beer for a while now. Poured into my Bruery glass at 40 degrees. A two finger head with fair retention. The color of the beer is an amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. A few carbonation bubbles persist.

The nose of the beer is tropical, oak, yeast, vanilla, ginger, bourbon, earth, floral, citrus, and honey.

The flavors are bourbon, earth, floral, citrus, honey, earthy, ginger, coconut, wheat, tropical, oak, yeast, and sea.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and bright. The body of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is awesome. The flavors blended well. The balance of this beer is incredible. I wish I had more.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of barrel vanilla, moderate coconut, light spice and sourness.

A: Copper color, clear with a thinnish uneven head that quickly forms a fine ring around the glass.

T: Vanilla flavor, coupled with toasty coconuts, lots of barrel character, slightly sweet malt, light spice and a slightly sour finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great coconut, and vanilla profile with an interesting barrel presence that is nicely offset by a moderately light clean sourness.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Nov 14, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a surprisingly clear amber body with a fizzy paper white head that disappeared as quickly as it got here. No lacing or retention with this head.

S - Oak, acidity and citrus. May'be some ginger spices. Coconut is not to be found. Seems like the blend without the adjuncts is dominating. Typical bruery blonde/oude tart combination.

T - Very tart, acidic, bright and citrus on the first sip. Ginger spices and oak peak in midway. Coconut comes on at the end when the tartness fades away somewhat.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a very dry finish.

O - Really the only disappointing aspect of this beer is the smell, which to me was dominated by the tartness. But, man this is one tasty beer!

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cvm4 from Mississippi, Jun 08, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 wax-sealed bottle poured into a Rare Barrel wine glass

A: Copper-tan in color, a medium pour produces a small head the quickly recedes to a film. Barely a trace of lacing.

S: More tart than expected, citrusy. There's a zesty floral note, possibly from the ginger, although it doesn't smell specifically like ginger. Oak and alcohol round the bouquet.

T: The flavors are tart and zesty as well, and this is well blended - not much of a 'Melange' here, at least on the palate. And you cannot really parse the added ginger and coconut. INstead, there is plenty lemony sourness, unripe berries, oak and a bit of alcohol. Quite singular on the palate, with a short, sour finish.

M: Light and effervescent for an 8% sour beer.

From reading other reviews, I may have sat on this too long to pick out the added ginger and coconut, but it doesn't matter. This beer is delicious as it is. It's really tart, but refreshing in small sips. Well done.

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rand from California, Jan 15, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, the reviews are surprisingly low for this one. I didn't get much ginger, but this is basically Sour in the Rye with Coconut, and it is freaking amazing. I would love to get another bottle of this. 4.5/5

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tclipse from Virginia, Dec 12, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears clear copper in color with no visible head formation.

The aroma includes ginger and basic bruery blonde sour notes smelling lemony lactic and acidic with vinegar aspects. Really not much else going on but maybe a little brine.

The taste is sour bordering on acidic with a sharp lemon twist that blends and seemingly camoflauges the ginger addition but its there with some sips. No grain backing, no barrel character and very well integrated alcohol.

This is medium to light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall not bad but also not something I feel like I need more of. I keep trying these Bruery AWA's thinking I gotta like one sooner or later and that is just rarely the case...

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stakem from Pennsylvania, May 28, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden orange with minimal head. A swirl can kick up a begrudging head. Orange grapefruit and just a hint of coconut on the nose. Taste bring a very interesting combo of tropical fruit and coconut - like a tart piña colada. Very unique and interesting beer. Finish is exceptionally clean.

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mschantz from Colorado, Mar 18, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks!

Radiant orange body with a thin cap that hisses and fades within seconds. Coconut, yeast, funk, oak, alcohol, tropical fruit aromas. Lots of coconut in the flavor. Sweet coconut milk with a potpourri of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, guava. Quite tasty indeed.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Mar 18, 2015
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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a pale golden apricot color with some minimal froth.
(S)- Big notes of ginger and coconut with a great fruity tartness.
(T)- A great tartness overall. Taste very similar to the greatest fruit salad you ever had. Big notes of pineapple and coconut with a slightly creamy center.
(M)- A great carbonation level. Great tartness and fruit combo with just the right amount of spice.
(O)- By far, one of the Bruery's best blends to date. Great tartness with an even better fruit profile.

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sweemzander from Illinois, Nov 25, 2014
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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with a modest head that leaves a squiggle of lace

Smell: Lactic tones of coconut, ginger, oak and lemon

Taste: The combination of the lactic sourness and the coconut dominates the front end, with the oak, lemon and ginger tones developing in the middle; the Bourbon is subtle, but makes an appearance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There are a lot of beers out there these days and so many of them have similarities to other beers so it is exciting to come across something that is truly different - a coconut sour!

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Nov 24, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Color is a dense (golden) orange, with a small white head. The lacing is subtle upon the head’s quick dissipation

S: Aroma includes that of coconut oil, vanilla, ginger, oak, lemon, pineapple, fruits of sorts, and has a lactic acid/sourness to it. Quite tropical, unique, and cumbersomely interesting

T: Lactic, acidic, sour and tartness are present in a fashionable manner. Luscious complexity of tropical flavors, hints of wood, and accompanies of lemon, pineapple, coconut, vinegar, ginger, coriander, and butter and coconut notes. The coconut plays a big role here, and does a superb job. Letting this sit/warm up a bit provides for a unique experience of intricacy

M: Medium to Full body, and light to medium carbonation

O: I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this fella, but I myself thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to those in search of something beyond the ordinary. Letting it warm up a bit before delving into it, and spending a fair (not obnoxiously) amount of time with each sip, is key to enjoying Melange #9

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M-Fox24 from New Jersey, Oct 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is pale, hazy, golden coloring, with no head. Nose of white grape, coconut, tart notes, toasted grain, and subtle sourness. Flavors are very tart, with chardonnay, apple, a toasted grain backbone, and hints of cinnamon spice. Light, crisp body, with a very tart and dry aftertaste. The finish is clean, dry, and crisp. Very nice. A lot of white wine characteristics. Solid.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

A: Pours a hazed orange color. A white head forms, and fizzes out in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted coconut with some lactic milk, sugar, malty sweetness, lactic acid. Not enjoying the nose.
T: Yep, not particularly enjoying this. Coconut for sure, toasted malts and a lactic acid, spoiled milk flavor that I don't like. Really sweet, the coconut milk like favor, acidic tartness, and sugary sweetness do not mesh for me.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. A sticky, dirty, muddled mouthfeel. Not something I care to drink again.

No definition here at all, and not something I enjoy. The Bruery is always worth trying, but you will undoubtebly get misses and messes like this. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold wax-capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 1/29/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a hazy, almost completely opaque, orange hay color with some token pale bubbles that start at a finger and a half but quickly disappear. No retention. No lace.

Aromas are tart with oak, ginger, hay and just a hint of sugar.

Flavor is sour with an over arcing tartness. Luckily I allowed it to warm a bit before reviewing- the flavors open up quite nicely as the regrigerator's chill wears off. A nice toasted coconut flavor intermingled with rye, hay, oak, vague marmalade, ginger, faint vanilla, ocassional traces of bourbon, a hint of caramel and very little alcohol presence. The sour macaroon description from a previous review is pretty accurate.

Medium feel with a sharp pop on the tongue yet not exactly much in the way of carbonation. Tart wet hay, coconut milk, rye, barrel and a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Less a Melange and more a Sour in the Rye remix. It retains most of SITR character with a pleasant twist of coconut and subtle ginger. Still an enjoyable brew. I don't know that I'll hold on to my last bottle much longer because I don't want it to lose the coconut that really makes this beer special.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muted, fruit juicy looking, pale orange and golden, tropical looking, hazy body with a short half finger cap of fizzy white head that barely lingers before completely disappearing without even a trace of a collar or lace.

S - Lots of stuff going on in here. Nilla Wafers up front topped with coconut. Tropically fruity, touches of pineapple, orange marmalade, ginger. A bit yeasty, a trace of sweet malt base, a little bit woody, marginally tart/sour - far less than expected.

T - Sour happily comes out in the flavor giving a lightly puckering and mouth watering experience - not super intense...just about right, I think. Huge coconut - a mix of pulpy and toasty flavors. Ginger isn't quite as forward in the flavor profile, but still manages a big presence - spicy against the coconut and sour flavors. Lightly fruity in the sourness - still getting pineapple in there...a bit of a pina colada effect going on. Can't say I am getting any trace of time in a bourbon barrel as shown on the label however, although I am questioning myself on this on occasional sips - sometimes not sure if I am getting a bit of gingery bite or bourbon warmth. At any rate, you will at the very least have to search for the bourbon.

M - A bit on the thin side, definitely light in carbonation...not still - definitely noticeable life, but it is barely kicking. Lighter intensity sourness - enough to water the mouth, but not much beyond that. Nice, mild ginger spicy feel that comes and goes depending on the sip.

O - A bit of an unusual beer. Lots of nice tropical notes, rather intense coconut character, mild ginger spice, and a mid-level sourness. Rather enjoyable. Goes down easy for an 8% beer - somewhat candy/dessert-like beer. A beer where the sum is greater than the parts - I really like this and find that the overall is higher than the individual components - has some flaws, but overall, it works pretty well for me.

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portia99 from Massachusetts, May 27, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, funk, and slight ginger and coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with sour ginger and coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a much better ginger and coconut presence in the taste.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, May 20, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml waxed bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8% ABV

A - Hazy rustic honey colored with a head that audibly fizzles out into nothing almost instantaneously - it must be pretty damn acidic!

S - With it's vanishing head, it's hard to grab a nose from the brew but suggestions of pineapple and toasted coconut overlap wet straw and a lightly tart funkiness.

T - Toasted coconut lightly dusted with cinnamon crosses the tongue with a slightly sweet caramel maple syrup-kissed malt background and funky acidic finish.

M - Light and undercarbonated for the audible fizz the beer's head lets out, this tart beer finishes with a lovely dryness and nod to puckering sourness.

O - Melange No. 9's interesting blend of coconut, cinnamon, and maple works splendidly in this "light" sour that finishes slightly still and tart for a completely unique brew.

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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin, May 03, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge coconut nose with a hint of tartness and some earthiness. The coconut is right there for you almost like coconut water or milk. The ginger gives a sharp bite and some spice to help balance. The tartness is a tad lactic and mostly in the finish. This beer was really interesting. I would recommend to anyone who jumped on the coconut beer craze. This has huge coconut flavor. My first ginger experience in a beer like this, and it really added that spice and almost earthy quality. I couldn't drink a lot of this as there is a lot of flavor and plenty of sweetness alongside that acidity, but it sure was fun to try.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, May 01, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky dark golden color with not much of a head. smell of the typical golden sour with a lot of coconut on the back. taste is extremely complex. its definitely got that SITR base but with a good amount of coconut and ginger...all three flavors are easily distinguishable and blend so well together. not super puckering but just enough...VERY drinkable. even better as it warmed. medium body with mild carbonation

overall i definitely enjoyed this more than i thought i would. i want another.

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Axnjxn from North Carolina, Apr 25, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Starts with a decent fizzy head that fades instantly, hazy orange murky slight reddish beer.

Nose is loaded With coconut, raw coconut and milk like, little yam like earthy note and sweetness, little macaroon coconut, sweet caramel candy malt, hint of tart fruit and sour malt maybe.

Taste is very nice, lots of coconut again, mostly raw coconut with little toasted note, coconut milk and earthy water, plenty of sour blond, little tart fruity note, mild sour malt with little caramel touch. No ginger though, very light toasted vanilla oak barrel, very faint bourbon. Finish is a little sticky, more coconut milk and sour malt, little tart fruit and sour blond, mild acidic note.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky and syrupy, mild flemmy, little coconut oily feel, decent but lighter carb, very light warming booze.

Overall pretty delicious.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden honey hue with a one finger head that fades almost immediately to leave no head, halo, or lacing.

S - Aromas of the typical sour blonde bruery aromas, followed by loads upon loads of raw and roasted coconut. Not getting much ginger, the coconut is more raw than toasted.

T - Taste is super sour blonde, very very tart, and then WHAM coconut. Enormous coconut notes, the bourbon is super faint, as is the ginger. The coconut flesh and milk are super super prominent. Like a tart sour macaroon!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly crisp, coconut oil. Actually kind of contradicts itself.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, but much more sour and tart than I would have liked. Still, this was a tasty beer.

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Mar 15, 2014
Mélange No. 9 from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 243 ratings