Oaked IPA | Round Barn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States
roundbarnbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.97%
 
 
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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BellsFan
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of sweethome
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MichPaul
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mgroothuis
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TravisMBinns
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Sdesenberg
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

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Photo of clint1019
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of fryman
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jale
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Kidfrogger
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of cnally
4.32/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Oaked IPA from Round Barn Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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