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Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale

Rating: 3.15

Another Scottish beer now and what will be my 12th beer from Innis & Gunn alone, one of my most visited brewers with 2014 in particular being a popular one for me trying their beers. This one marked a rare occasion when I spotted a new Innis & Gunn beer in a supermarket and instantly knew it was a new one that I hadn’t already tried, they have an annoying habit of releasing different beer with very similar name or the same beer with multiple, very different names. This one appears to be a summer seasonal, new for 2014 and one that was initially launched in Canada around July this year and now it’s available in the UK as well. Apparently the rare oak part of the name refers to just that, the fact that the beer is matured over a rare Scottish oak that hasn’t been used to make beers in centuries; interestingly though there isn’t much mention of which rare oak is being used but I’m sure it won’t matter too much and I’ll drink it all the same.

Innis & Gunn Rare Oake Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Amber to copper in colour with a fairly clear body and a foamy, white head on top that is quite bare and patchy in the centre of the beers surface after about a minute.
Aroma (6/10): Sweet malts on the nose initially with some caramel and faint hints of vanilla. There is some faint alcohol to this one with a wood like, presumably oak aroma and further malts. The beer wasn’t bad on the nose but it could definitely have been stronger and more pronounced but it was pleasant enough.
Taste (6/10): Sweet malts that match the nose well, there is some light caramel and butterscotch coming through soon after before some vanilla and oak notes make themselves known. I could detect some faint alcohol flavours as well but the beer wasn’t particularly boozy and it wasn’t the strongest either.
Palate (3/5): Smooth and fairly light bodied, perhaps light medium and with plenty of sweetness from the start. There is touches of alcohol which was surprising given the relatively low abv. of this one and the beer features medium carbonation as well.

Overall (11/20): I was quite disappointed by this Innis & Gunn offering, it ranks alongside their Lager Beer and Rum Cask offerings as among the worst of the 12 beers from the Edinburgh brewery that I have tried to date and isn’t one I’d recommend picking up. The beer was far too basic and weak in both taste and aroma for my liking, with the exception of sweet malts and the breweries butterscotch calling card there wasn’t a whole lot going on with this one and it failed to hit the stop. The fact that some of the alcohol was also noticeable in a 5.8% beer was quite disappointing too, this one doesn’t come anywhere near what the brewery is capable of I’m afraid.

Brewed In:  Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Silverburn, Glasgow)
Price: £1.65

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