Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak India Pale Ale (IPA)

5.6% ABV, £2.45 for 330ml

Score: 89/100

What they say:

India Pale Ale first made its name in the 19th century. Here’s hoping our pioneering IPA can make its mark too.

Its fervent hoppy character hails from the unique addition of large quantities of hops at three separate points during brewing. The result is a beer that’s rounded yet refreshing, with delicate floral notes and oodles of zesty freshness.

Colour: Pale gold

Smell: Freshly mown grass, clean grapefruit and pine trees

Taste: Rich vanilla from the oak, with lots of zestiness and a light bitterness from the hops

Finish: Full bodied, but still crisp and refreshing.

Malt: Innis & Gunn Ale Malt, Wheat

Hops: Goldings, Styrian Goldings

Maturation: 41 days; Over lightly toasted American Oakerators®

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

What I say:

The toasted oak India pale ale (IPA) from Innis & Gunn. India pale ale is a beer brewed from pale malt originally intended for export (to India). IPA is usually well-fermented removing most of the sugars and (occasionally) resulting in slightly higher than average beer ABV. The result is very hoppy and supposedly travels well; and so was a good product to export during colonial times.

Colour:

Chestnut

Nose:

Toffee and floral, fruity pear drops and very hoppy

Taste:

Peachy, floury, doughy/bread, oaky and strong hops

Would I buy it again:

We found this IPA pretty one-dimensional and uncomplex from Innis & Gunn, a real shame as flowery (not floury) IPA is a real favourite of ours and is a welcome summer drink. I suspect the over toasting of the oak; or over-oaking of the IPA, drives this more into a full beer like quality that is insubstantiated with the remaining flavour characteristics. The end result is an entertaining concept that doesn’t fully deliver. It is safe to say we won’t be buying this one again.