Innis & Gunn Frank & Sense

Reviewed by on November 29, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Innis & Gunn

  • Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Rated On: November 29, 2017

  • Best Before: July 2018

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Golden Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Innis & Gunn’s current seasonal offering, a so-called festive brew, apparently made with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Fairly inexpensive, if it really was.

This 500ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered and disfigured streaky lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy pale malt, some estery floral character, a bit of flinty stoniness, faint juicy citrus notes, and further leafy, earthy, and herbal green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser cereal graininess, more bitter florals, some strange fragrant spiciness, an edgy and soapy minerality, muddled domestic citrus flesh, and more leafy, weedy, and musky herbal verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with just a touch of hop acridity (I can’t believe that I’m writing this) maybe messing with the ideal here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt steadfastly persisting, among the heady lingering floral essences.

Overall – yeah, this is a bit of an odd bird, in that I’m not yet convinced that they actually used any of the (really) old-school ingredients, mostly because their purported qualities do not differ all that much from any variety of modern hops.  Besides all that, this is indeed a tasty brew, nice and bitter, yet balanced.  Worth checking out, no matter the seasonal connotations.

Brady White



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