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Indecision Ale | Round Barn Brewery

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Indecision AleIndecision Ale

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnnieNepal on 11-03-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 34
Reviews by Mavigo:
Photo of Mavigo
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from the local grocery. Served in a chalice.

A: Holy smokes, do not pour this too fast! Pours a deep rich amber-ruby color with a huge caramel colored head that lasts a few minutes before dying down to a thing layer with bits of lacing.

S: Very interesting, hard to put my finger on it but it's quite good. Smells of wheat, barley, malts, yeast, has some woody essences to it. A bit smokey as well.

T: Very smooth and balanced, mellow as well. I guess I haven't had anything like this but it sits with me quite well. Tastes a bit different from other amber ales that I've had. Got wheat, barley, malts, interesting yeast strain, spices.

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, has a smoky, earthy feel to it.

O: Overall this was quite a pleasant surprise, I haven't had anything unique like this before, the name says all. I really enjoyed it though, I'd recommend it too. Buy local.

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Photo of bwood06
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this when my wife and I stopped by Round Barn while doing the local wine trail and thought this one sounded interesting. With a moderate pour this beer produces a head that is 1 finger in height and is a light frothy appearance. The head dissipates rather quickly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is a deep amber in color and clear with moderate to high carbonation readily visible. 3.5/5 The aroma reminds me of a Vienna lager in that is relatively sweet but not quite as sweet as a Marzen. The sweetness is based on the malt profile with a sweet caramel note as well as a medium toasted wheat bread aroma. Dark stone fruit, in this case dates, come through right behind the caramel and bread, adding to the sweetness. There is an herbal hoppy profile to the nose as well as a bit of grass. No real spiciness comes through, distinguishing this from a Vienna. 3.75/5 The same caramel and medium toasted wheat bread from the aroma comes through on the palate as well, although there is quite a bit of raw graininess to the flavor too. The dark stone fruit present in the aroma comes out somewhat in the flavor but not as much as in the aroma. Grass and herbal hops are noticeable on the back end, providing a moderate bitterness that lingers after swallowing. Significant carbonation burn up front dissipates fairly quickly to a wet, watery feel that persists throughout the profile. Light drying on the back end with a light lingering dryness after swallowing. 3.5/5 Light and watery, with flavors that are strong at times, and undertones at best at others. This beer is definitely indecision at it's finest and obviously does not know what to be. Some sips the flavors comes across really well and other sips they don't. When it's good, it's good. When it's watery, not so much. Very drinkable regardless. 3.5/5

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Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of firkingroovin
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
2.47/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Whoa! This is like Mentos in Coke! Foamed up so fast almost shot out of bottle and out of glass. One finger of beer 7 of foam.

After the head settles there is slight ring and no lacing. Golden amber color but somewhat hazy. Not much smell to make note of. I can't get past the carbonation. This is so overly carbonated it is tough to drink, if you can get past the pour.

The mouthfeel is so unpleasant I don't want to drink it. It foams up in your mouth when you sip and hold in your mouth. Biting on your tongue and burns down your throat.

I don't even care about commenting on the taste. Overall they need to fix this if all bottles come out like the one I bought. I am glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of AdamThomas
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Dave2234
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Nachos4two
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Very highly carbonated, took a while to pour the glass. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Pretty poor aromas with strong yeast fruitiness and some light-moderate malt and hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malts and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. I let the carbonation dissipate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall despite carbonation and aroma problems, this was a pretty solid amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vader06
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVan
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of amalburg
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LloydDobler
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of booga73
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Rollin633
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of bluHatter
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LehighAce06
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


After sending an e-mail to Round Barn about the issues I had with their previous bottle (they mentioned it was a fermentation tank issue), I unexpectedly got sent a six-pack of Indecision Ale.

Appearance: Pours beautifully. Without being aggressive, filled my pint glass to the brim. Beautiful slightly hazy dark amber oclor with a sand colored head on top. Fantastic lacing, and the head sticks around. Loving it so far.

Smell: Different than the infected/messed up bottle. The apple note isn't so much there so much as a sweet "dirty malt" sort of aroma. Smells like an amber ale with a bit more sweetness to it. I suppose there's a fruity essence there as well, but it's very slight.

Taste/feel: Far better than the other bottle... far, far better. While the last one was insanely carbonated and unbelievably thin, this one has a nice body and moderate carbonation with a bit of prickliness. The flavor is like a combo of a brown and amber ale. There's a caramel sweetness that an amber would provide (although it has an "off" sweetness to it), but then a chocolate characteristic that'd be found in a brown. Not a legendary beer by any means, but actually not bad. There does seem to be a feeling of... cheapness? In the flavor? But it's still decent. Almost tastes like there could be adjuncts in it.

Again, thanks a lot Round Barn for the unexpected sixer. This brew is completely different than the last bottle I had, and I like it. Not quite as good as the Oronoko Stout, but this isn't bad at all.


The short review? I'll solve the "indecision" -- don't buy this shitty "beer."

The long? Well, it still won't be all that long.

Appearance: I read ahead of time that this beer was a gusher, so I made sure to take it slowly out of the fridge and not move it much to minimize it. Welp, within seconds anyway, it gushed all over the place for about 3-5 minutes, so it's a good thing I was near a bathroom... it would have been a LOVELY mess otherwise. I had a pint of foam and ultimately lost about 3 ounces out of the beer. Nice start, Round Barn! (1.5/5)

Smell: Sweet. Sort of Belgian-y apple. Spicy. Sweet. A bit of malt. Actually quite nice. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Dreadful. Certainly one of the worst beers I've ever had. Thin like water, harsh carbonation that prickles the tongue so it drinks like a pop. Artificial sweetness sort of thing going on in the finish... it's like drinking dirty copper water. Aftertaste has the decent apple characteristic, but it's also loaded with that horrific artificial sweetener/copper flavor that really just ruins it all. (1.75/5 and 1/5)

Not a good beer. At all. Truthfully awful. I'd much sooner drink an adjunct lager than this atrocious home brew gone wrong. Round Barn, next time you're Indecisive? Don't brew the God damned beer. This beer is so bad, it tried drain pouring itself the moment I popped the cap.

1.5/5 overall simply because of the smell and the nanosecond of reasonable apple flavor.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Indecision Ale from Round Barn Brewery
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