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.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 592
Photo of NathanBeets
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Without a doubt my least favorite brew from Bell’s.

If you see it, I guess I would buy a can just to give it a shot. But I regret buying the six pack.

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Photo of dar482
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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 teromous
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
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 tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine resin, toffee, and a touch of honey as the beer warms. Medium bodied, bitter, and medium-high carbonation. One of the more bitter Bells beers I have had. Solid red ale. Nothing that screams out to me that I need to get this again, but it is solid.

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Photo of delta490
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a deep Amber, moderately cloudy with a thin but persistent light tan head that leaves rings of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is bright and fruity, with a subtle sweetness in the background. The taste though, while not bad, is pretty bland. Especially for a Bell's beer. Faint hops, faint malts, and barely any flavor. The body is light, almost thin with some nice lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Crunchyrev
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bells normally is solid. Hadn't had Roundhouse before. Very enjoyable. Honey at first. Kind of traditional red in the middle and then hoppy IPA bitter flower finish. Solid

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, pineapple fruit, caramel malt, slight hop to clean finish. Same with the nose. Mahogany/Red hue, semi clear, delicate lace to smaller head. Medium body. Balance for most part, maybe a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of spicy hops, slight piney hops, slight sweet malt, tea, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is quite high. Tastes of strong tea, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, spicy hops, slight piney hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, tea and bitterness dominate.

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Photo of adamette
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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 WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of caramel and toasted malt. Not real hoppy or bitter. Some zesty, citrusy fruit and honey. Has a real candied flavor. Body is a bit syrupy. This strikes me as what a combination of Hopslam and Nugget Nectar might taste like. Decent beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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 DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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 bmeehan
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't taste the honey it promises, but the hoppiness of this beer is one that I can tolerate. It's got a kick, as is expected, but it's not so over-the-top that it's not enjoyable. It's strong, but it levels out and it's definitely drinkable, even if it's hoppier than I'd usually like.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper colour. Smells like tropical fruits, sweet malts, citrus hops, cereal grains, and heavy. Tastes like red, sweet, cereal malts body throughout the beer; has a bitter finish, grapefruit pithy-ness, passion fruit, and floral notes at the end.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass via draft at Mike's Place in Berea, OH.

Dark Amber color with a smallish head. Sticky lacing clings strongly the sides of the glass.

Light aroma of malt and hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste is tart fruit and caramel malt. Sweet but not overbearing. Pretty well balanced.

This is pretty well done. A nicely balanced red. I would have again but knowing what Bell's can do with the style (this one goes to 11), it's nothing I would long for...

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Has a cloudy amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is full of caramel malts, hops are present, light honey, smooth and to easy drinking at this abv. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/3/17,so about 10 months old. do"h!

murky brownish red body with small off white head leading to decent enough lacing.

aroma is malty.

all malt on the taste, slight hop hit towards the end.

well above medium on the mouth, slightly bittersweet on the finish.

overall, given the age, drinkable and not unpleasant in any way. I'm a little ticked off at myself for picking this up at a trusted place and not checking the date properly. will re-review if i ever come across a fresher one.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 7.5%

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a noticeable red tint. High, fluffy light tan head. Low clarity

Smell- Dark grainy, aroma similar to dark bread. Hops and honey linger in the nose as well.

Taste- A dark malt base, rye like. Builds sweeter, some caramel as well. Honey is another taste that comes in, adding more sweetness. Hop bitterness mixes, more of a grassy bitter hop rather than grapefruit or pine. Ends with an earthy bitterness, still retaining some of that honey taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An interesting red ale. Smooth, subtle flavors that blend well. NIce addition with the honey. Nice rye like malt profile as well.

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Photo of Vixie
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Ri0
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter. Darker amber with some rust color and 3 finger dirty white head that slowly fades into a cap and leaves webbed lacing all over my glass. Sweet and roasted malts, caramel with some breadiness. Bitter piney hops follow along with citrus. Sweet malts and honey caramel up front overtaken by hops in the middle and finish. Some citrus, more bitter pine and a bit of earthiness dominate after the malts. Finish is a nice pine bitter. Medium body and very good carbonation with a bitter and dry finish. Enjoyable at $5.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler. Haven’t had this in years. Deep amber. Big off-white head. Smells of amber malts. Rye. Grapefruit hops. Tastes hoppier than it smells. Also sweeter than it smells. Grapefruit hops. Sweet caramel malts. Strong spicy rye finish. Medium to medium heavy. Creamy body. Really nice with an excellent rye flavor.

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