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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
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
This is ok. The aromas a baked bread, vanilla, and a touch of diacetyl. The beer is amber with a fizzy fading white head and no lacing. The tastes really bring out the oak with notes of vanilla and butterscotch and a baked sugar cookie. The beer is medium bodied and very much on the sweet side but finishes dry with a very mild bitterness. Honestly I think the oaking may have been a little overdone for this particular beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
6/20/12. On tap. Light caramel pour with a small khaki head. Very mild aroma with caramel, diacetyl, and a tad of baked bread. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with butter, molasses, a bit of wood, and lingering bread and crackers. Meh.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
glfuller (2) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
wish it had a bit more body. SOur mash flavors come through and ballance well with the malt. really an exception beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Malty alcohol aroma with hints of grain. Clear red-orange color with a small white head. Sweet and bitter beginning with the bitterness building and the sweetness fading in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark copper pour, light off-white head, brief lacing. Gamey aroma with some cloying Scotch whiskey notes permeating throughout. Flavor is slightly cloying with some rye mintiness, some earthy peat notes, an overabundance of Scotch. Somewhat of a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, kind of messy - don’t know - the whole barrel aging thing is kind of wearing thin on me....if I want Scotch - I will order it, on the rocks please.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours clear copper color with white head. Fruity aroma with some caramel and oak. Caramel flavor with some nutty and fruity notes with hints of oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
libertine (232) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2012
pours amber with a ton of white head.no lacing.aroma of oak and toast.flavor is caramel.oak and has a malty sweetness.heavy carbonation with a medium body and a buttery mouthfeel.finish is woody and dry.leaves that same dryness in your mouth after you have had a glass of cranberry juice.this is the first innis and gunn product ive tried.solid but with the over the top oak its something i would only have one of at any given time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pours deep amber into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Sweet hay, oak and summer fruit aromas. Sweet oak and toasted caramel upfront turning to tart fruit before the lasting mild earthy peat finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beercam (14) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
good solid beer, quite a head roughly 2.5 inches poured. Not a hoppy beer at all. Consistent with I&G’s other beers. Slight sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Clear golden pour with a small quick fading head. Aroma was similar to an original. Good bit of vanilla, almost cream soda like with small notes of wood. Flavors were somewhat sweeter than the original with a slight tang in the finish. Finish lasted long after each sip, slightly bitter with a vanilla staying on the palate for days. Mouthfeel was smooth with standard carbonation. IMHO would appeal to the masses, much like their other offerings.


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