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Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012

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Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: Scottish Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

bottled
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unknown

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A light and fruity beer with notes of candied apple and marzipan. The combination of biscuit malt and citrus hops tingle the palate only diminishing after the first sip to allow the signature Innis & Gunn vanilla and oak notes to shine through. Because of this combination of Scottish malted barley and mouth-watering zesty American hops, ‘Independence Day’ beer is a great partner to BBQ dishes.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2012
11.2oz bottle. Clear glass, great label. Medium brown color, white foam. A touch of smoke, oak chips, loads of malt, nutty smell, hints of butter. Tastes sweet, nice caramel. HUGE OAK. A touch of smoke. A bit of burn in the finish. Happy 236th Birthday USA. Even the Scottish know how great it is to be American! (3385)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1144) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2012
330 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $2.99 Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6707) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours the same clear amber that in was in the bottle, only once it’s in the glass it picks up a small off white head around the edges. Malty and sweet, toast and a light hint of wood. Nice and malty, light plum and prune notes on the nose. Malty and sweet, toast and a whole lot of carbonation. Malt, toast, long light bitterness on the finish with some nice wood tones and more lingering sweet malt. Drank this on the Fourth of July, because freedom! ’Mur’ka, fuck yeah!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (948) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
330ml bottle into an Innis and Gunn tulip. Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Not great head retention and lacing. Aroma is full of caramel and coffee. A lot of citrus aromas too. Peaches and oranges come to mind. Oak is really in the background and not very detectable. The flavor has lots of caramel up front with nice oak undertones that are more noticeable as the beer warms. Once again there is a lot of fresh fruit and even some earthy hops in the background. Bitterness is moderate but is a little heavier than other Innis and Gunn beers I have had. Slightly sticky, full mouthfeel. Overall, a decent beer but not that much different than other I&G brews. Nonetheless it is a pleasant drinking experience and I could put back a couple on a hot day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn’t stick around for too long. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like caramel malt, apples, vanilla and a bit of nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, apples, oak, vanilla, and a little bit of butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a decent enough overall brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Side_Smitty (477) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with a minimal head. Aroma is caramel and thistle - a little spice as well. Flavor reminds me of a Twisted Thistle with some extra caramel flavors. The beer has that slightly astringent ’tea’ thing going on. Not bad and very easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Clear and light red orange color with virtually no lacing. Creamy caramel and vanilla nose with hints of candied apple. The palate has a candied apple feel with almost a cider aspect. Definitely not too heavy which is true to the Innis and Gunn fashion. Probably could drink one or two of these on a hot 4th of July afternoon but might lean on other less sweet options.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (2845) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
The aroma is oak, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel. The appearance is clear red/amber, white head. The flavor is butterscotch, diacetyl, vanilla, not much whiskey. The finish is sweet, butterscotch, light pine hops. Medium i body. Not bad, not great. Really like most Innis and Gunn.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1265) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle, this beer had a clear red pour with a little bronze and brown color at the sides of the glass, the pour made about a one finger faint off-white head that receded to a thin cover, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of he glass, this beer had aromas of light malt with rum like liquor and wood, and faint caramel, the flavors were light malt, caramel, liquor and wood, and it had a light bitterness after the finish, the mouth feel was a little less than medium, the mouth feel felt light for a 7% alc. drink, a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3802) - - JUN 23, 2012
bottle. clear tan with no head. vanilla, oak, and caramel nose. a light body with smooth carbonation. the flavors are nutty with burnt caramel and vanilla. innis and gunn do a great job with barrel aging. nice to see them do some experimenting within their niche.


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