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Innis & Gunn American IPA

Rating: 3.2

Trust Innis & Gunn to cause yet more confusion with their beer names but this is another example of just that. I picked this one up recently in an Aldi supermarket thinking I would finally get to try their ‘original’ IPA having previously seen it on a number of occasions in various Glasgow bars but it had all but disappeared in recent years until it started reappearing over the last couple of weeks at various supermarkets. Sadly it turns out that this one is actually a different beer, the original being a 7.7% version but this one only comes in at 5.6%. The beer is occasionally listed online as the brewery’s ‘American IPA’ but I’ll list it as their 5.6% IPA here and hopefully I’ll get to try the original at some point too.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a fairly light looking but very clear amber, the beer is topped with quite a nice, two centimetre tall head that is very foamy and thick looking. The head forms a dome shape at the top of the beer and holds quite well, leaving a little lacing on the sides as it eventually starts to recede but it is a nice looking beer.
Aroma (6/10): Opening with a good amount of hops, certainly more than I’d expected going in and it was quite pleasant as a result with a good combination of citrus and pine, touches of orange and lemon managed to make an appearance too. It wasn’t an overly strong beer but it got my attention straight away thanks to the hops but also the subtle sweetness that brought in the middle of the beer. Some biscuit notes and a faint touch of caramel feature as well before some herbal notes and an almost tropical aroma see things out nicely; it’s just a shame it wasn’t that little bit stronger.
Taste (6/10): Much like the nose, the taste opened with a nice helping of citrus along with plenty of pine hops but nothing was overly bitter. There was some light tropical flavours that came through earlier than they did with the nose but were about the same strength, they did give the beer a relatively fresh taste though. Around the middle some biscuit malts and the odd earthy flavours showed with some sweetness from subtle caramel malts making themselves known as well. It’s not too complex a beer but it was a pleasant one with herbal and floral flavours seeing things out but there was a little too much perfume showing for my liking at times.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and quite crisp, the beer has a lot of floral touches and seems dry in the early going too. It’s a balanced beer that has some sweetness showing off the back of some caramel malts and the odd fruit but for the most part it was a semi-bitter, fresh beer but also one that was a touch lighter than I’d have liked at times sadly.

Overall (12/20): Not a bad stab at an American style IPA from Innis & Gunn considering their beers usually take more of a traditional route but this one was pleasant enough at times whilst still being miles behind what other brewery’s are putting out at the moment. It’s got some nice citrus and pine touches in the early going, a few biscuit flavours and the lighter caramel notes add some variety too but overall the beer is quite basic and predictable as well as being quite floral towards the end with a lot of perfume-like flavours showing too sadly.

Brewed In:  Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2017
Also Known As: Innis & Gunn American IPA
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Glasgow)
Price: £1.49

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