06 September 2009

Beer Review, Round Barn Oak-Aged IPA

Round Barn Oak-Aged IPA (bottle)
Baroda, MI
Unknown ABV

Appearance: Somewhat hazy yellow-orange body, thin white head that leaves some foam on the sides of the glass. 4.0/5

Smell: Citrusy, slightly hoppy. Seems sweet and well-balanced from the nose. Somewhat dry. 4.0/5

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. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, no real carbonation, hops a little lower than expected. 4.0/5

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. 3.5/5

Overall: 3.95/5

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