Oaked IPA - Round Barn Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2008

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Photo of MichPaul
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this beer around lately and was never really that anxious to try it. I did have a few given to me recently, so I'm trying my first of this type today. I was pleasantly surprised!
The appearance was is a bright cloudy amber, with a single finger head. Nice lacing that continues down the glass while drinking.
Very nice aroma, pine citrus and the like.
This beer is very hop forward, with a good med/high carbonation.
Overall, I was pleased with this IPA. I would recommend it to anyone that is a hophead/IPA fan. (524 characters)

Photo of cnally
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by a good friend.

A- Pours a very hazy deep gold color with 2 fingers of white head that has good retention.

S- A mixture of fresh cut oak and an American IPA with lots of citrusy hops bouncing around. The oak mellows out the citrus and add a wonderful depth to this beer.

T- Hops seem more muted on the palate with the oak aging. The oak aging adds a smoothness aspect to it. The fresh cut oak really balances out the bitter flavors from the IPA.

M- Medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors seem to coat the mouth and stick.

O- The more I try oak aged IPA's the more I like them. Glad this one was sent my way. (655 characters)

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish yellow. Darker than I was expecting. A lot of off-white head that doesn't dissipate really at all. Good lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation. Smells very piney and hoppy. A hint of oak on the nose. Actually smells very good! Tastes very sweet and malty. A bit of hops on the tongue. Mostly piney but not a lot of hops. There is a hint of almost fruitiness on the tongue. The oak is barely detectable. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. (462 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GbVDave for the opportunity. Pours a finger of light tan head over a cloudy and particulated peach colored liquid. Smells piney hops with mild raw oak and layers of vanillins. Nice fruity esters, berry-like. Can't quite put my finger on it...kriek-like. Bisuit malt and peaches. Some DMS.

Tates piney hops with some citrus (dull oranges and juicy tangerine) for complexity. Sourish berry, like a lemon and red berry drink puckered with some cranberry. Peppery zing amid fine, but sharp carbonation. Oak is dry, yet tame, and mostly appears in the dry finish as a pleasing vanilla. Quite dry, actually, with lingering and complex aftertaste. Clean alcohol is a contributor, but not distracting. Md-light body has some creaminess about it. Some patchy lacing.

Very drinkable, which is quite the surprise to me. Oak and IPA are just not flavors that mix well for me, but this one pulls it off quite nicely. As I think about it, it's an underlying berry character that pulls it all together. (999 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of clint1019
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep gold in color witha frothy white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

S - A sweet butterscotch aroma with a nice floral aroma.

T - A very nice sweet malt flavor with a oaky hint to it and a very nice hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

O - Actually this is a very nice IPA. I didn't get much of a oaky taste as the label indicates, but overalla decent IPA (394 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (871 characters)

Photo of Sdesenberg
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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). (487 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Received as an extra from gratefulbeerhead.

A - Clear yellow-gold with two fingers of dense, sticky white foam that drops plenty of lace.

S - Caramel malt, some mellow oakiness, zesty citrus hop aroma. Not as big as I might have expected.

T - Pithy bitterness from start to finish, though the malt does make its presence known. Hop flavor is citrusy - orange, lemon - and somewhat herbaceous. I don't pick up too much oak flavor, though there may be some tannins contributing to the very dry finish. Very nicely balanced.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, but gets to be a bit astringent.

D - I would drink it again, although the beer could stand to be improved. Chiefly, some [additional?] dry-hopping would make for a more interesting nose. Still, I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to sample. (841 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Somewhat hazy yellow-orange body, thin white head that leaves some foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, slightly hoppy. Seems sweet and well-balanced from the nose. Somewhat dry.

Taste: Sweet on the up-front, with a dry hoppy middle, and whoa! here comes the oak on the finish. Strongly woody aftertaste, very dry, but somehow it works together with the rest of the beer. The oak is present but not quite overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, no real carbonation, hops a little lower than expected.

Drinkability: This would be more of an occasional treat for me. It's a weird idea, an oak-aged IPA, but the execution makes good on the promise. Worth a try for any fan of IPAs, and those who are also a fan of oaked beers will find a nice treat. (780 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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 . (469 characters)

Photo of Kidfrogger
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to michigan. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a hazy pale amber colored body with a minuscule off white colored head. the head is no more than a crown within 10 seconds. it leaves very little lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront. herbal and floral hops at the end. i can barely detect this is oaked. smell is pretty weak overall.

T- the taste is stronger than the smell, which is a good thing. toffee and caramel malts at first. pretty sweet. a good deal of hops in this one as well. floral, grassy, and herbal. the oak comes through much stronger than in the smell. kind of astringent. extremely well balanced.

M- thin and light with too much carbonation. lingering bitter aftertaste.

D- one of the most balanced oak aged ipas that ive had. easy to down a few of, but not the greatest beer on earth. id get bored after a couple and look for something else. (973 characters)

Photo of fryman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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). (891 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tangelo orange with lemon yellow edges and multiple streams of ascending bubbles. The upper third of the glass is filled with a good looking chunk of yellowed ivory colored foam that leaves thin, interconnected rings of lace as it deflates.

The aroma features American C-hops and no oakiness than I'm able to detect. Warming ramps up the intensity just enough to earn the next highest score. Apparently, oak chips were added to the kettles, the beer wasn't aged in oak barrels. For whatever that's worth.

This is an above average American IPA, but that's as far as it goes. It's on the thinnish side and doesn't have quite enough hoppiness for the style. To be fair, hop flavor and bitterness are cumulative and are becoming more prominent as the ounces flow by.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a hint of toasted bread, and the hops are primarily white grapefruity. Probably Centennial. There might be a bit of woodiness, but I wouldn't have guessed it if the beer had a different name. A crisp, drying finish helps drinkability.

The mouthfeel is closer to APA than IPA. That's probably because there isn't a ton of malt. Why don't these guys publish ABVs? My guess is somewhere in the vicinity of 6.0-6.5%. The carbonation is serviceable.

Oak-Aged IPA is enjoyable beer that does almost enough to be considered a good example of the style. It's still the best thing that I've had from Round Barn Brewery so far. Then again, I rarely meet a hoppy American IPA that I don't like. (1,484 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy, deep golden-tangerine body with a half finger bone white head that leaves some lacing on the glass with each sip but does not stick.

Aroma: light overall, some oak, citrus-floral in the mix

Flavors: the mild-moderate oak flavor seems to mix well with some muted hops, mild citrus at best, I based my 4 rating on this beer and not on an IPA style. Based on an IPA style I would go lower.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, dry, oak spice that is reminding me of my oak sea salt that I use in cooking, piney on the finish and aftertaste along with the oak, nothing overpowering

To the Point: IPA fans or Hop Heads might be disappointed or a little disappointed but, I like the touch of oak. For someone who likes cigars and some cigars have oaky notes … well this would be worth buying and enjoying with a fine cigar. Look forward to a few reviews on my cigar blog with this beer.

Worthy to try … ahrrr … interesting to try? Yes. For the cigar smoker it is a must pairing. I paired it with a Liga Privada #9 and it was a very pleasing pairing. (1,072 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (402 characters)

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Oaked IPA from Round Barn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.