Roundhouse | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark copper. Filtered. Huge fluffy head that lingers.

Aroma: Fruit and a touch of honey. Tropics.

Taste: Malty explosion of butter, caramel. Fruity, sweet, decadent, delicious. The honey is there but it's refined. Hops tease the palate with just enough bitters but don't dominate. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is resinous.

This one is a delight!

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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roundhouse has a thick, bone-colored head, a very hazy, rust-red appearance, some ascending bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of bold, juicy, citrusy hos oils, with a background white bread crust malt. Taste is of strong, bitter, juicy, fruity hop resins and white bread crust, with some tannin and an underlying honey note. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Roundhouse finishes medium dry.


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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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 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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Roundhouse from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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