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Roundhouse Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Roundhouse Ale
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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 167
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 29.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: luciusgilmer on 02-25-2009

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 167
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent mahogany - I didn’t get much head, but that is an artifact of the pour. Aroma is monumentally hoppy, equal parts woody and evergreen, will get any IPA fan’s mouth a-waterin’! Flavor is hoppy, hoppy and hoppy - with a hint of, is that rye? Citrus undertone is equal parts Mandarin orange and grapefruit. Texture has firm body and lots of fizz, leaving a very hoppy and tingly finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish brown with a dense light brown head that falls off leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is plenty hoppy, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and with a moderate malt character. Crusty bread, toast, what and a touch of rye are present. The palate opens a little mineraly and chalky with moderate hop flavor, mild bitterness. Malt is noticeable but muddled with toasted wheat bread being the most prominent note. Drying on the finish with moderate carbonation, this is a little fizzier than I'd like. Solid, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%

There's nothing like a "red-pale" to sing the praises in contradictory terms to what brewers can do with beer. Its India pale ale grounding employs the toasty sweetness of Irish and American red ale for something uniquely balanced and flavored.

Its deep honey-amber hues tell the eye to expect richer sweetness and texture while its off-white froth billows to the rim. Its high citrus perfume compensates for the anticipated sweetness with candied red grapefruit and tangerine with a flowery tone that transpires. Its seared sweetness is laden with toffee, bread crust and honey-roasted pecan.

The bulk of sweetness recedes quickly, leaving behind the malty substrate of fresh-baked bread, crusted toast, and nutty tones while the hop flavor extends on the palate with citrus and tropical pineapple, passionfruit and mango.

Its bitter finish pulls forth in the far finish and begins to take command in the way that's expected of American IPA. Still, a balance of malt memory lingers on the palate and prevents complete dryness. Its medium body finishes malty-dry and lingers cleanly with pine sap and citrus pith.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Piney, resiny, and floral hops are accompanied by a fairly sweet, caramelly aroma, and contrasted by light citrus notes. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel malt, becoming floral, then resiny, then piney, perfumey, and bitter in the finish. A little too bitter and perfumey in flavor for me.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Growler picked up in Atlanta June, 2014

A - Deep amber, with a 1 finger of tan head, and tons of lacing left on the glass. Slight clarity.

S - Huge citrusy hop aroma, slightly sweet malting. Brown sugar. Smells awesome

T - A hoppy red IPA just like the smell suggests. Well balanced, all around goodness. Sweet finish and lots of citrus and grapefruit hops.

M - Medium carbonation and oily slick taste

O - An awesome Red IPA. Bell's nails it. Again. Try this if you can find it! I don't think they bottled it so draft only.

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Photo of kilo_005
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft.
A: not much head but some pleasant lacing. Also the beer is much darker in color than youd expect for the style
S: I just don't think it has as much of that standard citrus pine smell you get in other ales like this. Just think in contrast to something like a fresh hopped beer from Stone
T: the taste however is there. Right on. Delicious citrus peal and bitterness that lingers. Really good here
M: normal. A bit of carbonation.
O: I think if you're going in this style you've got to go big. The taste is right on but it falls short on the aroma and overall experience. But I guess that's what HopSlam is for!!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


Let us now sing the praises of the Roundhouse! Seriously, I loved this beer.

This pours with an intense malty caramel color. There’s hints of grapefruit and pine notes. It’s green and dank in all the right ways, with a slightly spicy peppery whisper. Each sip has this wonderful combination of grapefruit and pine with the right amount of carbonation to keep it light. Wonderful finish. Just fantastic all around. My favorite beer of the holidays.

Formerly (this is why I take notes. I forgot that I had this before. Loved it then as I love it now!):

I kept thinking about this brew long after I had it. In fact, I went back to the Eccentric Café on Oberon day of all times hoping for another pint of it. Alas, they removed it from the board. Here’s hoping it comes back—in bottle form, so I can take some with me to share and enjoy!

This pours a dark ruby-amber color. I get a thick resiny grapefruit-pine hop aroma. The flavor strikes a pleasing balance between malt and hop, with a great piney-resiny flavor that emerges. I thought this brew was simply wonderful, an all around enjoyable RedPA that raised the bar on my expectations for the style.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe in a 16oz nonic glass.

A- An deep ruby red with a light khaki head. Good degree of clarity.

S- Sweet caramel malts with tropical hop presence 0f guava and papaya to match. Very juicy, really gets your mouth watering.

T- Nice short bitter punch that is quickly overtaken by the sweet malts and the citrus of the hops. Very smooth and easy drinking.

M- Medium but on the heavier end of medium. Still surprisingly easy drinking, glad they have the ABV at 7% any more would take away from the drinkability.

O- Another outstanding beer from Bell's that should be available in bottles. It is definitely more of a red IPA than a higher hopped Red ale. But what ever you call, call it delicious.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IRA on tap at Bells Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.
4 3.8 3.8 3.9 4
Don't let the Beeradvocate clasification or the appearance fool you. This is basically a red colored IPA. It may have marginally more malts than average, nonetheless, this is a hop forward beer with all of the hop aroma and flavor of a typical American IPA, or at least a hoppy APA. The quality is not typical but rather clearly above average in virtually all respects. Recommended!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

A hazy auburn color. The smell is slightly hoppy with fruity-sweet tropical notes. The taste was WAY more bitter than anticipated. Loaded with hops. But the malt balance helps a lot, with a sweetish-dry finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Billed as Roundhouse IRA (Indian Red Ale).

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of malty sweetness along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and has an interesting combination of citrusy hops in an amber ale.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep reddish orange. a touch hazy but mostly clear. a foamy off white head that hung around for a long time.

Smell: citrus hops, toffee, caramel malts. the sweet and bitter are both strong

Taste: again its a battle between big bitter hops and strong sweet malts. citrus hops, toffee and caramel, a nice little touch of alcohol. Nicely balanced and definitely delicious

Mouthfeel: starts of with a slight bitterness but quickly gives way to an extremely nice sweet and creamy feel. not overly hot or heavy.

Overall: Bell's should release their imperial red ales more often and in bottles. This beer is amazing and so is this one goes to eleven. a beer similar to these as a seasonal release would be killer

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, served in a plastic cup (to enjoy on the patio!).

Hazy dark red in appearance, with good retention and mild lacing. Nose has some berries, grapefruit and other citrus with caramel malt notes tossed in. Palate is dominated by big caramel malt notes, and a ton more citrus with a bit of pine and citrus rind in the finish. Moderate lingering bitterness, medium full body and medium carbonation. A really solid hopped up red ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bell's.

A - Medium amber colour with a small amoutn of white head.

S - Sweet caramel malts at first followed by, citrus and floral hop aromas with a good bitterness present.

T - Good balance. Sweet caramel malts that are well balanced by floral, herbal and light citrus hops. A good bitterness is present.

M - Light to medium body. Moderae caronation.

O - An extrememly well done beer that is second only to nugget nectar for the style in my experience.

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Photo of b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to pint at Eccentric. Let it be noted that this is a india red ale, not an irish red ale. There's just no category for this new style...yet. Appearance is great. Reddish with the core of a good IPA. Smell is good; hops ans malt are both present. Tastes great! The balance of the malt and the hops is excellent - with a red twist. The mouthfeel was great too. I was worried it would be too heavy, but it's not. Overall, a great in-house brew and one of their best that isn't bottled.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cafe...12oz pour served in a pilsner glass.

Wow...this is a good deal darker than I thought it would be. Crystal clear and dark amber/ruby in color. Served with a thin layer eggshell head that vanished quickly.

The nose is a hop bomb...lots of resin on top of a sugary-caramel, toasted grain backbone.

As the nose indicates, your palate is smacked with the pine-ness of the hops right away. They fade toward the center where the sweetness of brown sugar and malts emerge. At the end of the drink, the bitterness of the hops take the lead again.

Medium bodied, semi-slick with medium carbonation.

Man...this is a great beer...very much in the same ballpark as Nugget Nectar. Complex with bunches of layers in the taste and nose. Bell's needs to get this one in bottles ASAP!!

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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery tasting room. Pretty pretty good for the style. A very good hoppy nose. Yellow body surprisingly. Like an IPA with a good malt, and citrus edge. A little acidic. Like a 1.5X IPA in bitterness with malt backing. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly-remodeled Eccentic Cafe.

Pours a moderately-dark red color with a good off-white head that lasts around for awhile. Good spotty lacing as it eventually falls. The nose hits with hops right away. Good notes of pine start the show off, followed up by some citrus and earthy hops. Good balance between everything. The taste hits hard with the hops as well and adds in a bit of slightly-sweet and bready malt. Mouthfeel is fairly full and pretty bitter in the finish. Drinks quite well. This was labeled as an India Red Ale when I was there. Not sure if this is a change in recipe.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe. I don't think this beer is intended to be an Irish Red Ale, rather a India Red Ale..so I have reviewed it as an American IPA.

A: pours red and clear. Thin head and no lacing. All of the taps at the cafe seemed to be coming out under carbonated... this one appeared the same.

S: big aromatic juicy citrus hops: mango, pineapple; notes of pine and resin, along with some malty notes of caramel. This smells delicious!

T: some bittering hops up front followed by juicy tropical hops. Sweet bready malts in the middle. This beer reminds me a lot of Surly Furious in balance and hop character.

MF: medium body, smooth

D: this is an excellent beer. This was my highlight while visiting the Eccentric Cafe. Would love to see this in bottles!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cafe, drank from a pint glass. They call this an IRA, India Red ale. This was the star of the day...A dark copper with amber, clear, good looking. A tax head with good retention and lacing...The aroma is GREAT. Hoppy pine resin balanced perfectly with rye and a caramel malt backbone. Essentially a malty ipa with some rye...The taste is equally good, caramel with rye with a pine hop finish. So drinkable and really good.

High recommendation.

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Photo of adamette
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Poured from tap at Eccentric Café into a clean, clear glass.

A Dark amber with creamy head. 4.0

S Dark, potent amber smell with a kick of alcohol. Strong, confident smell. 4.0

T Strong medium roast malt amber, tart, a bit rough with barley, hops and the alcohol is not really well hidden. 3.5

M High mouthfeel with that harshness, alcohol presence. 3.5

D Moderate as the harshness would drive the drinkability down for me. 3.0

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw the Roundhouse Ale listed on the Bell's Eccentric Cafe board, where it is described as an Irish Red Ale. Their cafe has an actual roundhouse (something to do with the railroad industry) right outside, near where you park.

Tasting based on beer from tap poured into a glass (pilsener style).

A: really nice rich red copper color.

S: A floral aroma, nice hops scents, though they don't dominate.

T: Rich and malty, if not as distinguished as a few other of their beers. A bit bitter.

M: Really solid feel in the mouth, it's nicely carbonated, it goes down well and tastes good.

D: Easy enough to drink several, and just interesting enough to try more than one.

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Roundhouse Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.