Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #5,595
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Notes: 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: 134 | Ratings: 597
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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 b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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 mgbickel
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Sammy
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly-remodeled Eccentic Cafe.

Pours a moderately-dark red color with a good off-white head that lasts around for awhile. Good spotty lacing as it eventually falls. The nose hits with hops right away. Good notes of pine start the show off, followed up by some citrus and earthy hops. Good balance between everything. The taste hits hard with the hops as well and adds in a bit of slightly-sweet and bready malt. Mouthfeel is fairly full and pretty bitter in the finish. Drinks quite well. This was labeled as an India Red Ale when I was there. Not sure if this is a change in recipe.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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 jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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 adamette
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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 luciusgilmer
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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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