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Oaked IPA - Round Barn Brewery

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Oaked IPAOaked IPA

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BA SCORE
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2008

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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavor is a light toasty pale malt right up front and then fades to a piny . resin type hop , earthy , with the oak sitting way in the background , medium bitterness at first with a long bitter hop finish , this beer seems to change flavors 3 times in your mouth , nice . A crisp clean mouthfeel , with a light to medium body . Not sure why but this is way better than I had expected Nice job Round Barn . If you get a chance try Round Barns Cranberry wine We love it .

More User Reviews:
Photo of snoopy5023
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I tried it on a customer recommendation. Poured out light muddy. Head dissipated very quickly. Smelled alright. Taste was like non-flavorable, it was not chilled too much to take the taste away, but I've tasted better from a big box store. Definitely not craft worthy.
just a warning, in my opinion

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden-orange body with a thin wispy white head and a quick carbonation.

S- The mellow woody hops has some green spice notes to it with a raw oak hint in the finish.

T- The mellow hops has a soft wet oak note to follow with some spicy oak flavor growing in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz.

O- This beer has a nice simple balance of hops and raw oak that really is quite sessionable.

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured briskly into a room-temperature weizen glass, Oak-Aged IPA put forth about a half-fnger of bone white head, quickly dying down to almost nothing. Nice lacing with solid retention on the glass. Color is cloudy copper. Great look, all in all.

S: A rich hoppy presence hits immediately with tones of vanilla, toffee, mandarin orange and dank wood. Very inviting and intriguing smell!

T: I get fruity, resinous hops up front with more of that vanilla and woodiness to balance out the experience in the finish. I wouldn't mind a a tad more malt in the equation, but this is pleasantly balanced and subtle overall.

M: Great mouthfeel. Very low carbonation which goes down smooth and finishes dry like most solid IPAs.

O: Round Barn's Oak-Aged IPA is a pleasant experience. Nothing blows you away, but the whole package is superbly balanced. You can tell that these guys have years of experience doing what they do. They're not out to change the world of beer- they're simply carving out their own, elegant niche in a crowded world of American IPAs.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Round Barn Oaken IPA is decent...not too bitter. The beer poured a clear orange with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries malt and hint of hops. The taste is a well balance beer that is a bit more sweet than bitter. The hops that are present have touches of citrus. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of morimech
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light amber color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is really strange. Definately not IPA-like. What the hell is that... nutmeg? cinammon? Smells like a winter warmer as strange as that might be. Maybe it is the oak that is casting off these aromas. I do pick up some wood under the other things. The flavor is a little more traditional. But there are some off flavos as well. Some nice citrus and pale malt flavors. Not as hopped up as an American IPA should be and bitterness is a bit low. I do not want to completely trash this beer so I scored it a 3 as I did enjoy the flavor overall. The body and carbonation were both done well. Could stand to have a little more body though. I would really like to try this beer again just to see if I got an aberration.

Photo of alleykatking
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a hazy yellow color. Two finger white head that goes down after a minute. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some light caramel malts in the front end of this. Floral hops mix in with some light citrus hops as well. Some oaky aroma in the back end of the nose. Nothing really else going on. The overall aroma is muted.

T- Light floral hops in the front of this. Some caramel malts in the middle of the beer with some light citrus hops in here. Some oaky flavors come through but....it is not a whole oak flavor. The flavor of oak is very off-tasting. Some citrus hops in the back end of this with a light bitter hop bite.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bitter hops left on the palate with a off oak flavor in the aftertaste. Flavors were muted and muddled overall.

D- Easy drinkable beer. Muted flavors all over the board though when I drink it. The oak flavor isn't what comes to my mind when I drink this beer. Oak powder is more of the flavor I pick up.

Photo of Sdesenberg
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of 12 oz bottles at a local store for 9.99. Pours a nice deep bronze color with about one finger of bright head which dissipates quickly but leaves lots of sticky lacing. Smell is good, but a little mild (though I have a slight cold) and the mouthfeel is good but not great. The flavor is good. Citrus and spice, pine and hop oils as you would expect, but none are overbearing or obnoxious. Overall a good local Michigan IPA! (but not quite as good as Two Hearted Ale).

Photo of StoutHunter
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Round Barn Brewery's Wood Oaked IPA last week for $2.89 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've only had a couple beers from Round Barn and so far I haven't had the greatest luck with them, but this one caught my eye and I thought I should give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple with the wood being represented in the background, but I think the name Wood Oaked IPA is a little redundant and stupid, it's not too eye catching. It poured a cloudy darker golden color and it took it more of a copper color when held to the light with a a little over a fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but i wish the lacing was a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the oak being the first to show up and it imparts some woody, oak and light vanilla like aromas that lead right into the malts which impart some nice toasted malt, caramel malt and sweet malt like aromas, Up next comes the hops which are on the lighter side and they only impart a slight spicy hop aroma. The aroma was ok, but it didn't really have enough hops in the aroma to live up to being called an IPA.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel and toasted malts seeming to stick out the most and there's some light doughy yeast flavors in the background. Up next comes the oak which shows up nicely and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish comes the hops which barely show up and they impart that same light spicy hop aspect with just a slight bit of bitterness and not even close to the amount that I would expect from the style and it had some malty and oaky flavors in the aftertaste. This was an ok tasting beer, but the hop aspect was really lacking and that held this beer back.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of an Oaked IPA simply because the hops hardly showed up and I think it would be hard for me to guess that the base of this beer is an IPA if I tried it without knowing what it was. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not too filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention so I think one would be enough for me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were equally nice and along with the oak flavors and aromas they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of hops, it was just hard to distinguish this as an IPA with such a light hop profile and hardly any bitterness to match it, that was this beers biggest downfall. I might try this beer, if I knew for sure it was super fresh, but with no bottling date or local distribution I don't see that happening anytime soon. I can't say I would recommend this as a good Oaked IPA and I don't think it's that hard to find a better example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't what I was hoping it to be and in the end it left me wanting a lot more hops. Oronoko Stout is still my least favorite Round Barn beer, but this might just be my new least favorite Oaked IPA. and I'm still not a fan of this brewery. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work and some more hops.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale orange-brown beer, ostensibly an IPA, is surprisingly light in all respects: not strongly oaked, not strongly hopped, but—nevertheless—a very, very well-balanced effort. Solidly sweet, with a clean, wine-hop nose that asserts itself strongly, this ale hints at its oakiness and hides its IPA notes significantly. It may, in fact, be mis-categorized; but, irrespective of that issue of nomenclature, the beer itself is quite good. A nice gift to receive—from a brewery I've never visited and of which I'd never heard—this is a very drinkable beer, especially in autumnal moments when a sweet, woody brew is the perfect pair to crisp, cooling air.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy and pale peach color. Some swirls of suspended yeast sediment were spied floating in the glass. The light khaki head was about 3 fingers thick and quite rocky. Retention was excellent and rings, ropes, and gobs of lacey webs were left behind.

S: Mild citrus hops with some toasty malt and a nice layer of dry oak. As it warms, I was able to notice fresh tangerine and floral/herbal hops.

T: Same as above. Tangerine and more citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) play nice with bits of moist oak, white pepper, and a pinch of caramel.

M: Starts off fruity and juicy and quickly turns bitter/hoppy and finally dry and spicy for the finish (more than likely from the oak). Pretty sticky and slightly astringent...nice.

D: Another great beer from Round Barn! It sucks that their beer is no longer offered for sale at their tasting room on I94 at exit 6. Otherwise we'd stop and pick up their beer every time on the way home from MI. I got their email update a few months ago that said something like "Oak Aged IPA is out but we can no longer sell beer at our tasting room at Exit 6, come to the winery in Baroda..." That's a little off the beaten path for us when we're traveling with three dogs in the car. Thankfully they have decent distro. in MI and I'm always able to find their stuff at Siciliano's.

Photo of sweethome
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy golden color. Light, white head with a little lacing.

Nose is true to name with oak dancing in on citrusy hops. Lemon zest. Oak is there, but noverly pronounced.

Entry is clean, dry, crisp - opens nicely to smooth middle when a blast of hop bittering kicks in. Flavors of honey malts, fresh fruits, hint of melon, and oak backing throughout. Again, oak does not overpower, but works nicely.

The bittering is very well done on the finish - long snappy bitterness. Flavors of wild-flower honey, crystal malt. Floral hop flavors. Mouthfeel didn't quite hold up.

A nice surprise. Considering this is relatively new entrant to craft beer scene, no bottle issues, no off flavors, and packs nice hop smack down in a new and interesting. One to seek out and try.

Photo of fryman
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy golden orange. Modest head that faded quickly.

S- Oak is prominent but blends well with piney hops. Sweet malt aroma is also present

T- Taste is very oaky, but not really objectionable. The strong oak does muddy the hop character a bit, but generally the two marry well. Clean bitterness in the finish with just a little sweetness.

M- Mouthfeel is very nice. Moderate smooth, velvety body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Nice beer. Stands out as distinct from a lot of other IPAs because of the notable oak character. The only drawback is the oakiness is a little on the strong side.

Photo of RocktheProject
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from the bottle:

On the nose are ambiguous malt notes, reminiscent of a Lager.

On the palate, the "oaked" character comes across more like ginger, a note which even dissipates with slight spice on the back of the palate. There's not much else; not impressively hoppy, and that same ambiguous malt from before reluctantly shows up before altogether disappearing, leaving the ginger behind, cloaked in an odd sweetness.

Very light body for an IPA.
I wouldn't turn this down if it were handed to me, but I wouldn't seek it out, and I won't buy it again.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Brand new brewery to my area, drinking with full memory of the Great Divide Oak-Aged IPA from Firkin a couple years ago. Right on. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises coconut shavings, light mushroom, and a touch of biscuit. The hell...? The taste brings in more of the same, with less of an earthy character (so long, shiitake) and more of a plain oak one. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I have no idea what happened here, but it sure as hell doesn't seem like any oaked IPA I've ever come across before, much less many normal IPAs, for that matter.

Photo of BMoney575
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-1-09

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, with a huge, foamy white head. The head lasts forever, and covers the glass with sticky bits of lacing.

Smell is all soapy hops, enough citrus to really smell like dish soap. A little too clean, but still intriguing.

Taste is just like the smell, the slight oak flavor just help to add sweetness to the soapy taste. So soapy, it tastes like they forgot to rinse out the bottle after they cleaned it. Not all bad, just a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is good, decent carbonation to keep things spicy.

Drinkability is decent, the flavor just becomes a bit too much.

Overall, an ambitious beer from a small brewery, and a very good try.

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass that gave this brew a very generous head.

A - A rich, dark golden color with a thick, cream-white head. Left horizontal bars of lacing in places.

S - A wonderfully complex scent, and while I'm still working on refining my smell- and taste-distinguishing capabilities, I could pinpoint a woody/foresty scent with also a bit of sweet caramel.

T - The oaky taste remains from the scent, although the taste has less of the caramel that the smell promotes, providing a more bitter taste than the smell, but not as bitter as I expected. The oak flavor lingers for several seconds after the swallow, much like a good, smooth whiskey.

M - Slightly prickly/frothy, almost thin.

D - The beer encourages a long drink time. On the other hand, it didn't encourage the strong desire for another.

EDIT: Cleaned up grammar (deleted "as bitter as bitter" redundancy).

Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A modest pour left a 2-finger, light khaki head that immediately fell to 1-finger and stayed as a foamy 1/2-finger that leaves great stick on the glass. The body was an orange-yellow that was slightly hazed with medium carbonation.

S- Initial clean, citrus hops and earthy hops. Decent malt backbone. Not as pungent as I would like from an IPA.

T- Great balance of grainy, bready, malts that take on the oak flavor with a solid dose of citrus and pine-like hops (just a touch of spicy too). The balance keeps throughout with hops getting a slight edge in the aftertaste.

M- Very solid. Fairly viscus with pretty light carbonation. A bit of a prickle from a healthy hop addition.

D- It's a nice drinker. Full flavored, yet able to polish off more than 1 in a sitting. Any ABV is well hidden. I'd drink it again. Not too pricey either.

Photo of david131
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A hazy, yellow beer with thousands of micro floaters. The white head is thick and creamy with excellent retention.

S- Smells floral and fruity. Pretty nice but very subtle. Like a really muted Two Hearted Ale.

T- Very mild flavors of fruit and flowers. I tried my damnedest to get some oak flavors out of it, but couldn't. Enjoyable for what is there.

M- Carbonation is where it should be and leaves a dry and crisp aftertaste like you would expect.

D- Well, whatever. There is nothing wrong with this beer, there is just nothing that stands out much- especially for an oak aged IPA. It drinks decently I suppose.

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of white foam formed quickly and receded slightly, hanging around thick and sticky leaving lots of lace behind. The body is a watery honey gold and crystal clear.

The aromas from this are a prefect combination of pine hops and lemon zest...very nice, not lemon scented Pine-Sol. There is something else on the nose...wildflower like...maybe honeysuckle?

Hmmm...hops hit the palate first and they stick around throughout the drink. The first wave is more sweet and fruity. The middle brings on a flowery/perfume flavor that fades into a bitter hop finish. Something sweet (honey) peeks out right after the swallow...

Medium mouth feel, oily and slick, moderate carbonation.

Yeah...this is drinkable...pretty darn tasty and refreshing. I will have to pick up a few more of these next time I am in MI!

Photo of Kidfrogger
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA I have had lately. Starts well and ends well. The oak can certainly be tasted as well as the hops, both linger. Tastes a little smokey, which I like The color isn't quite the bronze the bottle claimed but close. Over all a decent IPA. I would by a sixer but probably take a month or more to finish.

Photo of cnally
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Round Barn, another happy review.

The beer is a lightly hazy gold color in the body, with a striking white head that sets nicely.

The aroma is dominated by piney hops, very much so. The toasted malt comes through nicely.

They really get the thing right here. A pine hop bitterness is the dominant characteristic, but what is very unique is this beer has an earthy tone not usually seen in IPAs. I get a little ginger root flavor, the oak really flavored this in a different way.

Even mouthfeel and very nice body.

Delicious but a little heady due to the deep earthy flavors.

Photo of Wildman
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy yellow color and formed a huge off white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. Acted a bit like a float. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, pine and citrus. The flavor was of hops, citrus and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish slightly sweet. Fairly pedestrian IPA and falls under session style.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

We're the bears who sing for Duke.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Yellow-tinted, cloudy orange with a clean and fluffy homogeneous head. Yup, homogeneous just made it into a beer review, but this is the only word that comes to mind when looking at these bubbles. Very good looking beer. Only lacking in the lacing department.

SMELL: Nice nose. Typical IPA, piney and floral hoppy smell. Hints of fruit and caramel round it out.

TASTE: The Oak-Aged IPA has three distinct phases of each sip. I can not remember a beer with such well defined divisions in flavor throughout the sip. Phase 1: The hops - tastes just like it smells, pine, flowers, fruit and caramel. Phase 2: Smoky, malty, yet bitter. Phase 3: A gorgeous, spicy, brown-sugar-like finish - tastes like late fall.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and mouth coating. Not too much sparkle. So far, this is the weak link for the Oak-Aged IPA.

OVERALL: As with the other Round Barn products I've had the opportunity to taste, the IPA is delicious. An excellent that seems to have aged very well over the course of four months or so. The IPA was not my favorite beer at the brewery, but it now gives the Harvest Ale a run for its money as my favorite Round Barn beer.

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Oaked IPA from Round Barn Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.