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Innis & Gunn Gunpowder IPA

Rating: 3.6

One of two new beers from Innis & Gunn that were released last year and are now stocked in Asda supermarkets where I picked them up over the weekend. This particular offering is an English style IPA from the brewery that will go down as my sixteenth review of a beer from the Edinburgh based brewery. I wasn’t too sure about this particular offering, I’d assumed it to be another run-of-the-mill IPA but I was excited about the bottle of Blood Red Sky from the brewery that I picked up at the same time so decided to give this one a go too. The beer will be my first review of a new Innis & Gunn beer since I tried their American IPA in July of last year and to be honest, I wouldn’t be totally surprised if the two are derived from the same recipe with just enough tweaking to make them different beers; both do come in at 5.6% abv. but this one seemed more English in style than the bottle I reviewed here last year so hopefully they’re not too similar.

Appearance (4/5): A fairly bright amber with a clear body that was quite still looking and topped with a thin, foamy white head that turned to a patchy surface lacing after thirty seconds or so; it was a basic looking beer but it seemed about what you’d expect for the style I guess.
Aroma (6/10): Quite malty with a lot of biscuit in the early going and some earthy hop and floral touches further on. The beer had some light citrus in the background then a few grains towards the end but it wasn’t quite as fresh as I’d have liked.
Taste (7/10): Biscuit malts and earthy flavours kick things off here with some bread malts a little further on and touches of bitterness bringing in the middle of the beer. Again it’s not an overly fresh offering but there was some pine and citrus coming through before some toasted malts and caramel seen things out.
Palate (4/5):  Lively and well carbonated, this one wasn’t quite as fresh as I’d have liked but it was pleasant enough with some malts featuring heavily throughout and adding to the sweetness at points too. The finish was a clean, dry one and the bitterness wasn’t too bad but I’d have liked to see some of the floral touches feature more strongly than they did.

Overall (14/20): This one was a beer that started to grow on me after a subdued and basic start, there was some earthy malts and biscuit in the early going but things started to improve with the pine and citrus flavours that came after without it ever really seeming too lively or fresh. It was a balanced and easy to drink offering that was well worth trying but I’m not sure it’s a beer that I’d pick up again.

Brewed In: Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2017
Type: English IPA
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Asda (Glasgow)
Price: £1.50

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  1. March 9, 2018 at 10:09

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