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.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 592
Photo of elNopalero
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
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 uberabr
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of mgbickel
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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Photo of homebrew311
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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 SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 drunkenmess
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just love rye IPAs. Most certainly do.
Full of fruit and citrus flavor with a nice raw rye bite to smack you in the mouth. Very beautiful looking brew, dark amber with a ruby red glow. Off white head. Finishes sort of bitter with your mouth watering. Glad to have tried it. Cheers!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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 BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 PaulyB83
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 mschrei
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter for reviewing purposes but much better when drunk from can. Two months old at review but still tasting great. Color more brown than red, very dark with mild lacing. Mild hop and malt scent. Smooth hop/malt balanced taste, slightly crisp citrus backing with no bitterness at all. Great beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a slightly hazy/cloudy, mainly clear, amber copper color with an off-white/slightly tan head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured with good retention. Head eventually settles to a solid thick foamy surface layer of foam with a nice thick ring that lines the inside of the glass and good lacing. Big aromas of toasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a bit of nuttiness that followed by some tropical fruits of mango and pineapple and a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty much the same with toasted caramel malt sweetness with a nice bit of brown sugar and nuttiness followed by mango, pineapple, citrusy, and piney, resinous hops. Good mix of flavors that compliment each other nicely. Light bitterness from the hop profile here. Has a slightly crisp, slightly chewy, mostly smooth, frothy, and slightly creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, fairly dry mouthfeel. Easy to drink in the good way. Another very good effort here from Bell's.


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Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick caramel pour with a foamy head, partially my fault on head size. Easy smell, nothing super dank. Real smooth taste with not much aftertaste. Great beer out of a can!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear brick red color with a large head. The aroma features classic candied red malts, piney, resinous hops, and cinnamon raisin toast. The flavor has big sweet malts, honey, raisin, maple, resin, orange peel, grapefruit peel, and salted mango. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and sticky. Overall this is a decadent beer, but it still retains balance thanks to the big resiny hops.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is mostly pine and caramel. The taste is nuts, caramel and piney hops.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable. Honey was an asset to a decent body, flavor and malt bill consistent with abv. Decent hoppiness..maybe more PA than IPA, but still very tasty

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 RyanPoff
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Amber off-white head, strong retention. Very good.

S: Floral hops, tropical notes, strong booze.

T: The tropical notes and hops predominate. Nice malty background, with the booze kicking in on the finish.

M: Light, peppy, refreshing.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice copper color with a nice inch of head. Lacing is present with good retention.

Smell: Aromas of caramel, bready malts, and smaller notes of grapefruit and hops.

Taste: The bready malts and caramel dominate the taste over the hops. The honey is present but is not so forward that it overpowers and makes this beer too sweet. Pretty balanced IRA but wish it had a tad more hop presence on the taste.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid IRA from the crew at Bell's. Only overall minor complaint with this beer is that I wish it was a bit more hoppy since they are calling it an India Red Ale. I recommend giving this brew a shot if still available and I will be revisiting this beer next year if brewed again!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this can chilled in a willybecker

The color is dark copper bordering on bronze with thick cream which settles to a very fine bead translucent clarity and lace clings in a web-like pattern. The smell has a mix of citrus in the hop aroma with a slight orange-like smell and mild malt scent with sweet odor and honey aroma. The feel has smooth bitterness with moderate sweetness and medium carbonation with light toasted texture and semi-dry finish with mild alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with tangy citrus type hop flavor with red grapefruit and slight dry toast in the malt with a mild tangerine type flavor with floral hop qualities and light bitterness with gentle honey in the residual sweetness which keeps it balanced. The mild toastiness of an amber is present with light stonefruit aspect in the back from yeast and a slight pine-like hop in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this, such a good amber or more like an 'Imperial amber' with enough hops to fit the Red IPA label I suppose I like the way the hops are seemless with a not overly sweet quality-that makes it seem like less than 7%, I could drink multiples of this-great amber

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Roundhouse from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 592 ratings