Grape Expectations | Round Barn Brewery

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3.42 w/ 23 ratings

Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by jale on 07-08-2011

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of blissfulNemo
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Round Barn Brewery's Grape Expectations at Boyne Country Provisions. This one caught my eye while I was looking for new beers to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that takes on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and fizzy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave much lacing behind. This is pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had better lacing and head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the the grape juice being the first to show up and it actually imparts a nice and natural grape juice aroma that's followed by the pink peppercorns which impart a noticeable peppery aroma with some floral aromas also coming through. Up next comes the malts with some sweet malts, corn, doughy, grainy and pale malt like aroma. This beer had a nice a aroma, but I wish the base was a little less grainy.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the grapes still being the first to show up and it still imparts that nice and natural grape juice aspect and it's followed by the peppercorn which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same aspects. Up next comes some estery yeast followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts and graininess still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a slight bit of tartness and it has a pretty grape juice like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer that lives up to it's name, but I wish the base beer was better and not so grainy.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly refreshing, crisp, a little on the sweet side, a little fizzy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of fizzy carbonation, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid example of the style, it lives up to it's name and I like the direction they were going in, but I think it could have been executed better with a better tasting base beer. This beer didn't have the greatest drinkability, one is enough for me, it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both good and Liked how well the grape and peppercorns came through. What I like the least about this beer is the base beer, the estery yeast and the drinkability, those three aspects could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I won't turn one down and can't say it's a must try beer unless you really like grape beers. All in all There were parts of this beer that I really liked and parts that I did not, i kind of fall right in the middle when it comes to this beer. It's not a favorite Round Barn beer and it's a little above average for the style. Solid job guys, but with a better base beer this could be very nice.

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Photo of ffshore545
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Trainman4beer
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Grape juice finish rules the day. Some may like it, different, but may need a bit of time for flavors to mellow.

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Photo of MispeledStalion
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpatton94
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reppend
4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dont expect any grape flavor. That being said, I like this beer for what it is: a light, crisp, pale ale. A refreshing beer on a hot summer night.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of booga73
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Diggy
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of lakersgt1
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of elNopalero
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber-gold color, although I kept expecting it to have a purplish-orange tinge…
only because it smells to be exactly like grape Faygo. And that’s not appealing. There’s a touch of grape jelly on it.

Tastes like a middle-of-the-road wheat beer, mixed with the grape soda. There’s a hint of bittering backing the grape jelly wheat beer blend. Bleah.

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Photo of AlMarzo
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of swtchuck
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of kwittlieff
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of IrishHockey
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My dad is a fan of this brewery and brought me back this growler for Fathers Day.

A: looks like a nice beer. Crisp, clear, copper gold. Had a nice pillow of foam on the top after I poured from the growler

S: smells a lot like a wine/ beer with grapes. Not a wine person, so that's really the best way I can describe it. It's a malty, grape smell. Not bad by any means. Very interesting

T: ok, I'll admit I was dreading this. I don't like wines, I don't like grape juice. Both pointing to me not liking this beer... Really it's not bad. It's odd in a good way, and goes down real easy in the heat. The first 16ozs (served in a tulip) were gone in 15 minutes.

M: above average. Not super creamy, but crisp like a good summer beer should be

O: I like it. It's a good summer beer. I don't think I would seek it out, but I'd drink it again. If you like grapes/ wine/ beer and are in the area of the brewery, check it out. You might like it


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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear golden blonde with three fingers of fizzy rocky head, that drops slowly to a nice cap.

Aromas of unoaked white wine, grainy malt, no hop aroma.

Flavors of grape juice, grainy malt, crackers, but no hops. A slight astringency in the short finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a winey astringent bitterness, good level of carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer. Very sessionable for a 7% brew.

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Photo of jale
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the tasting room exit 6 off I-94.

A: Pours a clear light gold with a finger of white head.

S: Mostly grape aroma with only the slightest hint of malt.

T: Mildly sweet grape juice upfront followed by light hop bitterness. Very light malt finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation

O: A decent light summer beer.

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Grape Expectations from Round Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 34.8% out of 100 with 23 ratings
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