I haven’t had many oak aged IPA’s so it was my lack of experience with the style combined with my love for Great Divide that caused me to pick up Rumble Oak Aged India Pale Ale (typically sold in 6 packs, I picked up this single 12oz bottle at Bottlecraft for $1.95).
According to Great Divide’s website, Rumble is an American IPA brewed with Pacific Northwest hops and aged on French and American oak (but there’s no mention of how long it is aged). It’s listed as 7.1% ABV and the IBUs aren’t listed.
Rumble is darker in color and sweeter in both smell and taste than many American IPAs. That’s not to say that it isn’t a solid beer however. Pretty much everything one would expect from an oak aged American IPA makes an appearance. Earthy oak, hints of vanilla and sweet caramel are front and center which all give way to a more bitter finish full of piney hops. The carbonation was lower than I expected, but certainly wasn’t flat and didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of the beer.
I was afraid this beer could be too malty and sweet but even as it warmed up it didn’t become overly sweet and was still pleasant to drink. I don’t have much to compare it to, but this is a great example of what I would expect from and oak aged American IPA.