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Oaked IPA - Round Barn Brewery

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Oaked IPAOaked IPA

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 adamant1912
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mgroothuis
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TravisMBinns
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Sdesenberg
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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 clint1019
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden IPA with straw gold highlights and a thin white head on top. In the bottle, the oak is more concentrated than the draft sample I had at the tasting room. Here, it feels a bit out of balance, and very strong on the wood. If you like oak--this is your beer. Very light malt and some floral notes in the nose--woodiness covers both a bit. Strong bite on the front of the tongue, and the same oak fighting with it a bit. Dry finish. I liked the beer a lot more on draft, mostly because the oak played its normal supporting role.

Photo of fryman
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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 jale
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the tasting room exit 6 off I-94.

A: Pours a clear gold with a finger of white head.

S: Hop aroma followed by a hint of antiseptic and fresh raw oak.

T: Light earthy-woody oak upfront followed by complex hop flavors. Piney and some citrus.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: This was aged with oak granules(WTF) I thought the oak used in this was fresh and gave it some bad flavors.

Photo of nsmartell
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle to a standard pint glass. (From my notes on 05-20-10.)

Appearance: Pours cloudy orange with a billowy off-white head.

Smell: Muted oak and citrus hops. Not very inviting.

Taste: Citrusy hops and faint taste of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky.

Drinkability: Not very drinkable. Pretty disappointing actually.

Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Kidfrogger
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of cnally
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
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 TheKtulu7
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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 morimech
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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 mgbickel
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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 trbergman
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber hue. Nice tall head with a real foamy cap that lingers for the duration. Large chunks of lace.

S: Not alot going on here. Hints of caramel, pine, and light citrus.

T: Same as aroma. Light sweet malts, with hints of pine and citrus. No oak at all.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Like the beer just okay.

Photo of youngleo
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a one fingered head that didnt hang around very long. Left some lacing. Head was slighly offwhite in color. IPA itself was golden in color and had some brownish notes. Smelled very light. Maybe some citrus. I thought it tasted very light also. Just some citrus. Not really hoppy. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste that hung around awhile. Felt good in the mouth. I thought carbonation was right. I dont know what the alcohol content is, the bottle didnt say. I think you could make this a session beer. I didnt feel the alcohol content was as high as other IPAs I have tasted.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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 .

Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave!

Pours amber-yellow into my sam adams pint. One finger of stark white head forms a cloud-like head. Eventually it recedes to a layer of foam leaving spotty lacing and great retention throughout.

Smell is a bit muted overall. Dry Hopping would do wonders for this beer. Really digging to find the grassy, herbal hop flavors. Subtle vanilla oakiness. Toffee-like malt. And a dash of citrus.

Initial bitterness, but overall this is fairly well balanced. subtle wood notes with hop flavor dominating. Toasted malts and a bit of caramel in the background.

Substantial mouthfeel, finishes fruity and surprisingly dry. Definitely sessionable.

Oaked IPA from Round Barn Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.