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Roundhouse IRA | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Roundhouse IRARoundhouse IRA

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate.

Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together.

The India Red Ale style is a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue.

Roundhouse was first brewed at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo in 2009.

Added by luciusgilmer on 02-25-2009

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 341
Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 2.39. Canned 9/14/16. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a murky yet vibrant cherrywood hue with about two fingers of fingers of ecrue froth. A lingering, splotchy haze reaches out to a ful crown, leaving substantial trails of lacing.

Smells of citrus, caramel, pine, toast and a faint sweetness. Not bad.

Flavors of citrus peel, pine, orange pulp, caramel, grass, bread and just a slight dollop of honey. The hops and malts are balanced well and this goes down easy.

Medium, mildly resinous feel with softly fluffy carbonation. Finishes with a combination of pine, citrus and honey wheat bread.

Another worthy addition to Bell's lineup, Roundhouse is a pretty darn drinkable American red ale. The great balance of hops, malt and subtle sweetness make this one well worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate to strong amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large mottled patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and stone fruit/peach hops over the top of moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts and a light aroma of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and stone fruit/peach. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Initially slightly chewy with some light oily slickness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a pretty decent balance between the sweetness of the honey + malts and the bitterness of the hops. Enjoyable, albeit slightly different than some of the others on the market, combination of hops flavors + aromas for an Amber/Red.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Bright Amber pour, off white head lasts and leaves rings of lace. Aroma and taste are full of sweet caramel malt, piney hops peek through towards the end and leave a lasting bitterness. This red IPA is a bit on the sweet side, maybe from the honey. Medium semi soft feel. Overall decent brew, just a little malty for my current taste.

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. 9/14/16 can date. Appearance: Medium brown with some amber, clear, with a thick off white head that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma: Toasted and caramel malt with tropical fruit notes of pineapple, lemon, and mango hop notes. Taste: Moderate malt sweetness with some toast, caramel, and light nuttiness, that turns to a juicy, sweet fruitiness that is distinctly pineapple with a hint of resin. Bitterness is moderately strong. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry and resinous on the tongue with some toasted malt. Overall: A modern take on a Red IPA using hops that deliver a juicy tropical fruit aroma and flavor as opposed to the typical citrus and resin. Very drinkable and well balanced for the style.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, batch 16360, PKGD 083116
A - red-brown colored ale with an incredibly persistent ivory colored head that eventually fades to a thick foam
S - huge nose with loads of caramel malt and grain coupled with juicy tropical and citric hops
T - flavor is as big as aroma with bold notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, mandarin, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, pine
M - full body, moderate carbonation, finishing bitter with plenty of residual malt backbone for balance
O - I love a hoppy red ale, and this is phenomenal! A must try! I'll need to get more of this soon.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, piney & a little grapefruit once warmn\

T: Piney, dry, toasty, a little grapefruit up front. More toastyness as this warms, pineyness, grassyness & dryness too. Finishes toasty, grassy

MF: Medium.chewy body with subdued carbonation, nice balance

Not bad, not a must try, but worth a try, drinks easy

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, dark ruddy honey color with a small head that poofs. nose; floral hops, citrus rind, & light pine. taste; light caramel malt, citrus pith, piney hops, light rye spice, light ethanol, & vegetal bell pepper. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. surprisingly easy on the malt for a red. on the simple side, but interesting spicy & easy to drink.

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Photo of Artronium
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HopSlam's red headed step child. Pardon the pun. A very good single red. Tastes just like the brewer's description. Much better than 21st Amendment's Toaster Pastry and North Coast's Red Seal. The benchmarks for me; even though they're imperials, are Oscar Blue's G'KNIGHT and Port's Shark Attack. Honorable mention to Great Lakes Nosferatu and Ale Smith's Evil Dead Red. I'm going to stock up on Roundhouse.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice head on top of a dark maple syrup color. Malts, caramel and bready notes waft up to the nose. Very nice taste of hops and balanced with strong malt presence. The honey taste comes through on the finish. A very nice beer and would go well with barbeque or burgers topped with carmelized onions.

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Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On the bottom it says: "16421 PKGD 15:27 091416 049499"

Appearance: The body is a bit murky with a dirty orange-brown appearance. The head is short and mousse textured with a tobacco yellow-white color. Not much retention but it leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: It has a bit of a dusty smell with a mellow malt aroma and just a light touch of orange.

Taste: There is a light bitter pine resin and pith flavor. This flavor follows through the entirety of the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice medium-to-light body with a moderate bitterness and a nice dry finish. It is very drinkable.

Overall: It was a pretty mediocre beer that just didn't have much to offer. It isn't a bad beer, it just isn't a very good one. The beer touts itself as an "India Red Ale" yet the hops are very muted. For a beer that was a day over a month old and in a can it just didn't seem fresh. Based on this experience it isn't one I would recommend or drink again. Pass on this unless somebody buys it for you.

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Photo of dar482
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a deep amber color, good clarity.

The aroma is malt forward, hints of tropical candied fruit, caramel.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, hints more of that candied tropical, but in general, an extremely bland red ale. Candy and caramel malt sweetness, tame flavors, onto a resiny finish. There is an off putting aftertaste that lingers.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep copper to amber. orange glow as well. ruby hints. thick medium caramel to white head

S: Hops, honey, citrus, resin, malt sweet fruit.

T: honey, citrus pith, floral notes, grass, candied fruit. some hops, bitter resin. some caramel and oats also.

F: good amount of thickness to coat the palate, crisp bite to finish

O: Veryyyy impressed with this. basically like an IRA of Hopslam. smart and very good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at House of Brews, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing, sweet aroma of citrus, caramel, malt, and hops.

A: A big flavor of a good amount of hops, citrus (orange, especially), light pine notes, caramel, pineapple, light malt notes, a decent bit of rye, and a hint of honey. A surprisingly complex flavor for an amber beer. This has a very balanced quality, with the fruit and hops mixing well together.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Roundhouse is a solidly made, very likable amber. An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color, with a lacing tan head
S: honey and fruity hops
T: I get fruit, light pine and honey
F: creamy, good mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish
O: I'm not a fan of red IPAs, but this is very nice

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours my favorite clear deep amber color for a beer . The smell was spot on with sweet and citrusy fruits dominating a caramel malt undertone. The flavor carried a more malty profile (which I enjoy), but like with HopSlam for me, the presence of honey makes it a bit too sweet. Good bitterness that follows, and overall a beer that I would gladly enjoy again. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/30/2016. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, honey, spicy rye, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, honey, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, spicy rye, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, orange rind, pepper, pine, caramel, honey, spicy rye, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, honey, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an awesome red IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, honey, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Love the hop profile, and it is pretty dank feeling overall. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a caramel, amber red color with a creamy, tan colored head, lots of lacing, light carbonation, beer is clear.

A: Slight pine, floral, citrus, light toasted caramel, no alcohol, smells solid.

T: Citrus peel, pine needles, moderate bitterness, citrus and pine notes linger in the aftertaste with subtle flavors of toasted caramel, dry finish.

M: Light medium bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation, dry finish.

O: Another solid offering from Bell's, great combination of hop notes and toasted caramel, a great offering for end of summer beers in so Cal, very tasty.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a nonic a rich amber with a full one finger light tannish colored head atop.Juicy grapefruit stands out most to me in the nose with an underlying floral element as well,surprisingly not much of a malt presence to be found.Much dryer than expected on the palate as well,sharp citric notes as well some pine resin,the malt base is more nutty but with some caramel giving off mild sweetness,then more of a dry spicy kick to finish it out.I really like a hopped up red and Bell's delivers the goods here,great job!

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Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the package format. Deep red color with a finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, floral qualities that may come from the hops or the honey, and caramel from the malt. Not as balanced in flavor as the aroma as this is an IPA at heart. Strong hop flavors of citrus, a lot of orange and a bit of lemon, a bit of pine and a touch of earth. Has some caramel flavors that thankfully stops short of delivering that artificial flavor that many red ales suffer from. The honey does dry out the finish as it really fermented out. Nice carbonation that pairs well with the body and flavors of the beer. Another very good beer from Bell's. Look forward to buying it again.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 finger beige head. smell is roasted caramel with citrus peel and rye. Taste has pine and citrus hops on the front end assertive and slight bitter , roasted toasted caramel malts play in with rye and honey. slight bitter mouthfeel with spicy toasted malt finish.not a big fan of ambers but this one with the spice and honey is tasty.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a two finger off white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, caramel malts and piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel malts, orange, grapefruit peel, piney hops and a nice rye kick.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very smooth easy drinking imperial red. Enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden brown with reddish tints, a finger of head, but not much retention to speak of.

S - Malts, caramel, toffee, citrus hops, fruity.

T - Hops up front - citrus, piney, a bit dank, and matched up in a big way with a solid malt back bone - caramel, toffee. Finishes bitter and hoppy on the back of the palate. Crisp and easy quaffable.

O - Really solid offering from Bells that is worth a shot.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines stemless wine glass

This beer pours a brilliant rust color with amber highlights. It is topped with several inches of tan head that rings as I consume.

Aromas of spicy rye and citrus waft from the glass. The rye is quite pronounced.

There is a nice balance between the rye and hops. They are complimentary and create very good flavor. It is spicy and citrusy.

Moderate mouthfeel

This is a silky smooth IRA. It is easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can pkgd 8-31-16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a transparent dark red/Amber with no visible carb. 1 finger of khaki head that seems to be sticking around pretty well. Lacing is excellent.

S: very familiar smell for these IRA's and strong ales; kind of sweet tropical and mild dank pine; like a pineapple upside-down cake, to be perfectly honest. Brown sugar or caramelized sucrose with a tropical twinge.

T: now that's good. Arrives way milder than others in this style; toasted malt, pineapple, slightly tart, the tiniest hint of pine on the arrival. Mid palate is Texas sheet cake, sweet, but not excessively so. Finish is malt complexity with a mild lingering pine.

M: heavier side of midweight with more carbonation than the appearance lets on, but not very much by any measure. Some lingering slickness, but much less than others in the style.

O: Tastes like Brown Shugga with the volume turned way down. For me, that is a very good thing. This is classic Bell's: craftsmanship with an eye to drinkability. Envelope pushers be damned. Not my favorite style, so I can't see making this a regular, but in the style it's maybe my #2 behind Seventh Son ASA.

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Photo of Vixie
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear red color with an inch or so of an off white head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a lot of lacing both on the top of the beer and the sides of the glass.

Definite hop smell here, not much else.

Kind of sweet at first, caramel and toffee. The hops kick in pretty quickly, with pine and floral notes.

Feel is ok, maybe a bit on the thin side.

I am not a big fan of hops, so beers that tend to be heavy on the hops don't have a lot of appeal to me. That being said, I do like trying new beers, even hoppy ones, and this is one of the better highly hopped beers I have tried. It is one I wouldn't want a lot of, but definitely glad I gave it a try, as I am trying to experience more flavors.

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Roundhouse IRA from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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