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By Rachel Sutherland

Meet Rachel, the woman behind the beer.

Having been working at Innis & Gunn HQ for nearly ten months now, I thought it was about time I introduced myself.  My name is Rachel, I’m a 30+ year old brewing geek obsessed with all things beer.  I have the arduous task of looking after our beer whilst it’s brewing and maturing and then making sure everything tastes tip top at the end.  It’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it.

Having spent a decade in the beer business, I wanted to find a way to not only describe the different flavours in our beers, but also how intense the flavours are.  As a child of the eighties, I remember my Button Moon Viewfinder, so I was really excited to see the Innis & Gunn Viewfinder being developed, which can be used to view the delicious flavours in our beers. 

The classic tasting notes are still there, but I spent some time tasting and comparing all our beers (like I said, a hard life!) and have ranked the intensity of the different flavours so you can see how the beers compare to each other, and also how each individual beer tastes.  Everyone’s palate is different and we all detect aromas to a different intensity.

I thought I’d share with you some of the things I do when assessing the flavour of a beer. Innis & Gunn Original is a great place to start: 

Step one is always taking a look at the beer.  I like to taste mine in a stemmed glass with a wide brim so I can really get my nose in there.  Our glass is designed perfectly for this.  Oh, and I don’t have my beer too cold as this suppresses the flavours and aromas.  I fill my glass about a third full and then take a look at the colour of the beer and the foam. Innis & Gunn Original should be a deep golden honey to copper colour, with a creamy head of tightly formed bubbles. 

Next I swirl the glass and take a good sniff, almost all the flavour actually comes from the aroma so it’s not a step to be missed.  The first thing to hit is a combination of vanilla and caramel notes from the oak maturation, a touch of citrusy aroma hops and biscuity notes, like horlicks, from our Innis & Gunn ale malt. 

Next I take a sip.  This isn’t wine tasting so there’s nothing complex here.  Just take a small mouthful, hold it on your tongue for a couple of seconds and then swallow.  There is a combination of hop bitterness and malt sweetness that is fairly intense, this gradually gives way to a caramel like flavour , finishing with some gentle spicy notes that leave a warming sensation on the palate. 

So I’d love to know what you think our beers taste like.  Feel free to disagree with me.  It’s interesting to hear which flavours other people experience. Just add your comments next to the Viewfinder on the Range Pages for each beer and we can have a chat.

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