Toasted Oak IPA – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)


Toasted Oak IPA – Innis & Gunn, 5.6% ABV, 330ml, (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

“This IPA’s intense hop character comes from a brewing technique unique to Innis & Gunn. We add hops 3 times during brewing, each one creating additional layers of zesty flavour and aroma. We then finish the beer over specially toasted oak to give it the rich, rounded character of authentic IPAs from the 1800s.”


  • Style: (oak) Barrel-Aged English IPA
  • Taste: Malt liquor sweet soft nondescript hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3 – 330ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours clear golden amber without much head, a thin layer of micro-fine retention, steady scattered streams all around.

Nose: gummy sweet liquid malt, lightly rank. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra-biting crisp, thick malts

Mid-palate: (MAIN) bitter malt, subtle oak

Finish: (lvl-5)-sweetness, dry malt liquor, lager-like sweetness, soft-subtle hopped bitter finish.

Summary: Malty smooth but a very understated hop character; mostly the typical I&G sweetness takes over the palate – still, it’s smooth and drinkable but hardly memorable. Most importantly it doesn’t have the toasted oak flavour as advertised.