Gotta love Twitter. I saw a promo for the Bourbon Pale Ale from Innis & Gunn’s UK account, so I tagged the Canadian account and asked if there were any samples available in Ontario. A couple of direct messages later and we received these two bottles express shipped. They’re not available in Ontario yet, but they will be soon.
So it’s said clearly, we received these products for free from the supplier. That won’t influence our review of the product, but you all know we’re pretty big on Innis & Gunn around here. They didn’t ask for any consideration at all, not even an embargo until the product is available in-market. I don’t even think we’re “required” to do this review; they just sent some stuff to some fans.
We’re writing the review because, well, at this point I get a nosebleed if I don’t write down tasting notes when I try something new, but also to SHOW OFF WE GOT FREE SHIT Y’ALL.
The details here are mostly in the name: Bourbon Pale Ale, or a pale ale aged in bourbon casks – or more correctly in this case, I believe, run through the Oakerator for 22 days. We’ve gone over this tech before, and while purists may howl, you simply can’t argue with Innis & Gunn’s results. Here’s what we thought:
Dan – black cherry, ginger, fennel, licorice
Simon – hop front, savoury, fresh
Alex – lemon, fruit
Dan – light but fullbodied, woody sweet cherry, caramel with slight citrus rind bitterness
Simon – sweet with bitter notes, light but robust, orange present
Alex – citrus
Dan – soft & clean with a slight bitterness (in a good way)
Simon – clean and short, slight pop
Alex – slight bitterness, short
Dan – 9.5/10
Simon – 8/10
Alex – 8/10
Innis & Gunn Bourbon Pale Ale – 6% 300ml – $?? – UK
Try it? Yes! Buy it! When it gets here!