Roundhouse IRA | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fun offering in the can here from bells. its a red ipa at its heart, but it has some honey in it too, a cool touch which makes this a pretty interesting beer, even though its not at all my favorite of their hoppy stuff. very very malty as its heart, toasted and rich and red, better for fall than spring, with the honey adding bright floral sweetness to the already caramelized sweetness from the grain. when a beer is sweet and you need it to be hoppy, you add a ton of hops to try and surmount that, which is exactly what they have done here, so the beer is bold in both facets, and the hops seem almost too much, like they might have been better off leaving it in the pale ale range or something, but hop oiliness is really high, and the bitterness is even higher, its all too much really, and one can ended up feeling like a lot of beer to me, bitter hop burps for miles, and a lot of grain weight in the belly. i like what the honey adds, the flavor is unique for sure, and its great with the base malts here. the hops have a fully compatible flavor profile, but i think there is just too much of them, too much bitterness, they never really embrace the malt base the way they could in lower dose. cool beer though, definitely something a little different in the ipa world, which tends to breed a lot of samey beers. i like this direction.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It smelled strongly of pine. Some citrus notes, too. It tasted piney and resiny with a burnt toast maltiness. Bitter and tasty. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Brewery, Inc. "Roundhouse"
12 fl. oz. can, "16421 PKGD 15:33 091416" and sampled on 022117
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Brewed with honey. Very hazy, even cloudy, red-copper body beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white foam that steadily settles into a rocky cap while leaving some very nice lacing behind. Aromas of clean mineralish yeast and a light fruitiness (citrus, some red fruits) over delicately caramelish malt. The flavor follows with little change. Sweetish with honey perhaps? Median bitterness. Slightly acidic. Dry fruity finish. Looking back, very nice lacing! Easy drinking with a lot of character. When I think of caramel I consider it to be either golden, reddish, brown, and then darker and this has a definite reddish caramel note to it, but also honey, which is interesting. Superbly balanced, rounded, and polished. Really an all-around beer that should appeal to many.

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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IRA on tap at Bells Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.

Don't let the Beeradvocate classification 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 oberon
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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