Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012

Innis & Gunn
Formerly brewed at Wellpark (Tennent Caledonian - C&C Group)

Style: Scottish Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Clear bottle and bronze in appearance. Small head and slightly smoked flavour. Unusual but not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
8th July 2012
Clear amber beer. Big fluffy cream coloured head. Smooth start to the palate but it turns crispy. Light and airy as well. Sweet vanilla oak and coconut cream. Whisper of bubblegum. Finishes crispy. Nice enough but really needs something else going on.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrW (630) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle, somewhere in Edinburgh. Malty, grainy. Amber, head, quickly fading. Sweet, waterish, caramel, weak. Lemonade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onkelgobber (162) - Edinburgh, - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Appellation Wines Edinburgh. Pours dark amber with a smallish off white head with tiny bubbles. Aroma is typical Innis and Gunn with a lot of sweetness from the oak. Toffee, raisins and maybe honey. Not very strong though. Taste has a fairly clean mixture of the toffee sweetness and some hops dryness. It is reasonable well balanced, but not overly exciting. The 7% are fairly well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
Botella. Deep amber colour. (Dark) fruity like and toasty malty caramel aroma with some wood and whiskey. Ok mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, dark fruity like, toasty malty and caramel with woody whisky bit, mild vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle @ Paps. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty oaky vanilla and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty weak oaky vanilla flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty oaky vanilla finish with hints of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4518) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle from Great Spirits. Pours light brown with a thin khaki head that leaves no lacing. Big whiskey on the nose but very sweet as well. Very sweet on the tongue as well finishes clean. A bit one note for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (5001) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from b&m Chester-le-Street. A red-brown beer with sweet red fruity and vanilla flavours followed by sweet oak on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1198) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts reasonably well, but does not leave much lacing. The aroma is very similar to the standard Innis and Gunn beer, with strong candied fruit and mild oak notes. The taste, however, differs a lot more. The stronger hops are immediately evident up front, bringing in peppery spice notes. These are joined by the sweeter candied fruit flavour of the base beer, an odd but strangely harmonious mix. Woody, buttery oak comes in towards the finish, where it is joined by more spicy hops. There is a strong aftertaste of candied ginger. This is one of Innis and Gunns stranger, but better efforts. The hops are at just the right level to complement the sweet flavours of the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14887) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle from Half Time. Pours clear copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is a bit bready with notes of light fruit, and maybe vanilla. Med body. Flavor is rather bready in a slight roast caramel way, and theres certainly vanilla - maybe even a touch of oak astringency. Seems rather fruity. Not exactly dry finish, but close enough. I like it.

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