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Oaked IPA | Round Barn Brewery

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Oaked IPAOaked IPA

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2008

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Photo of morimech
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of alleykatking
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of youngleo
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 .

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Photo of mentor
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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