Oaked IPA - Round Barn Brewery
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4.48/5 rDev +25.8%
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.
05-24-2012 20:00:59 | More by MichPaul
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
09-30-2010 01:24:53 | More by cnally
4.25/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
12-07-2010 03:39:29 | More by StoneTSR
4.23/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
08-31-2012 21:34:39 | More by rfbenavi80
4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
05-30-2012 02:22:52 | More by sweethome
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
09-02-2012 19:48:46 | More by Fusion_Pirate
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
12-05-2009 09:53:01 | More by mentor
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-20-2011 00:51:00 | More by Urbancaver
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
09-23-2009 00:39:20 | More by GbVDave
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
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
12-04-2011 22:01:52 | More by clint1019
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
06-17-2010 00:02:24 | More by mgbickel
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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).
12-11-2011 00:32:54 | More by Sdesenberg
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
04-22-2010 04:06:12 | More by trbergman
Oaked IPA from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.