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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
bottled, pasteurised, regular
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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.

Pale gold
Freshly mown grass, clean grapefruit and pine trees
Rich vanilla from the oak, with lots of zestness and a light bitterness from the hops
Full bodies, but still crisp and refreshing.

Graham77's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (412) - - OCT 13, 2013
330ml bottle purchased in Asda. Pours deep gold with a reasonable head. Aroma is predominantly vanilla and caramel. This light sweetness is noticeable in flavour also but is countered by a medium/high bitterness from the hops. IMO the claimed "layers of zesty flavour" from the hops do not appear, instead being muted by the typical I&G vanilla/oak flavour. A quality beer but again not really my type of quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NORSAND (73) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2016
Pours medium light golden colour with a short lasting white head. Nose: Litterally toasted oak, butter, light caramel and then - and only then - some fruity, hoppy notes of pine and sweet citrus. Taste: Slightly sweet and oaky arrival, with maize and hints of burnt sugar. In the middle there is a rich and slight to medium sweet taste of caramel, lightly burnt sugar and fruity hops, supported by a rich carbonation. The caramel sweetness collides a bit with the hoppy bitterness but in general it works quite well. The exit is soft, with no particular component distinguishing itself until after a while when the bitterness outlives the other tastes. This tastes more like a (slightly sweet) barrel aged beer than like an IPA, which should be taken into consideration when pairing it with food. I’m not totally convinced that 19th century British beer barrels tasted this much like freshly toasted 1990s Californian Chardonnay oak barrels but I tend to like this beer all the same. Perhaps because it’s different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexmate (33) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
A really fruit and slighty sweet ale. Has the caramel sort of flavours Innis and Gunn are known for, but this is lighter than the regular version. Some apple, vanilla and citrus flavours with a hoppy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bierdimpfe (208) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Slightly veiled dark straw color with powerful activity. Creamy and frothy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with very good legs. Aromas of toffee, sweet grains, faint floral and metal. Flavors of roasted grains, a hint of corn, lemon, floral and herbal spices. High bitterness ans slightly syrupy. Faint bread feel but nice crispiness. Smooth slick medium body with perfect amount of carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with a bready roasted malt feel and some sweet grains on the tongue. Overall below average quality for this craft, offering faint flavors, weak hops, and no oak presence. Good freshness and well balanced sharpness and sugars, but missing the complexion and quality from other Innis & Gunn beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
puren (630) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - JUL 2, 2016
klarowne, głęboko złote, obfita drobna trwała piana pozostawia śladową koronkę;
bardzo delikatny, jakieś owoce, trochę nut belgijskich;
ciało średnie, puszyste, średnio nasycone, troszkę zalepiające, ze słodkim finiszem;
gorzkawy karmel, miód gryczany, drewno, cukrowy i rumowy posmak;
nijakie, zbyt słodkie, nie ma aromatu, nudy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPoole (188) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2016
Pours clear gold with a small quick fading white head. Aroma is toasted oats, malt and wood. Taste is much like the aroma with a light bitter. Good beer but wish it had more bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle. Woody vanilla, esters (apple), toffee. Fruity, medium bitter taste. Low on hoppiness, yet tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcosmontesi (1) - - JUN 19, 2016 does not count
Uma cerveja com bom aroma, boa aparência, baixo corpo e retrogosto de ipa americanas.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (518) - - MAY 28, 2016
A scottish, golden, IPA with low white head and with roasted oats. Aroma is hops, malt, light yeast, fresh fruit, light peach, bisquit. Taste is bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rotaman14 (551) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
Skunky and grainy aroma with a slight woody note and some apricot. Tastes malty-sweet, medium bitterness with some vanilla and sugar hints. Body is on the fuller side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SvanteL (243) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Guldgul med litet vitt skum. Söt doft med aprikos och mango men även lite gräs och örter. Även smaken är rätt söt med viss fruktighet och lite vanilj och trä, en skaplig beska och sträv träsmak balanserar upp på slutet.

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