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
Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 592
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish orange color with off-white colored head. Light fruits, pine, and a caramel maltiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with light fruit, little pine and nice malt backbone.

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

Deep red gold color with thick tan cap and good lacing.

Aroma of rich caramel malt, toffee, bright pine and tropical hops.

Taste is heavily malt forward with an emphasis on caramel toffee flavors. I don't know if roasted malt is used but there is a noticeable lack of roast malt bitterness. Hops have some tropical fruit influence underscored by pine. Very complex melange of interwoven flavors that carry an air of sweetness without actually tasting sweet. Everything comes together nicely.

Chewy full texture that is almost silky in feel.

Outstanding achievement here in a full blown style. Very likable stuff.

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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 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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Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bells are straight up one of my go to breweries. So i'll preface this by saying this was a beer of theirs that I had slept on for a while. Has an unmistakable 'Bells' ale taste to it - that you find in some of their bigger hopped up efforts that have the honey sweetness added to balance it out. So Roundhouse is not harsh. It is fairly medium-full bodied, with the liberal malt backend. Hops are prominent but never bust out to overwhelm the profile. Bells have delivered another very well made brew and this one is definitely an original and enjoyable Red Ale.

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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 breakingbland
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can as a cloudy orange/brown with a scant head that devolved in to a layer of foam. The aroma is sweet with piney hops. The taste is like the aroma but with a fairly strong honey component. The hoppiness fades rather quickly, leaving a lingering honey sweetness. The carbonation is on the low side, and the body is a bit thin. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium amber, with a red hue when held to the light, and a small light tan head.

S: Juicy and sweet, tropical fruits and stone fruits abounding. and a lovely caramel character.

T: Juicy hops, with citrus bitterness, and a honey and caramel finish.

M: Medium in feel, high carbonation, and a lightly dry finish with a moderate bitter cling.

O: Overall pretty damn tasty. Nice hops, but not overtly bitter.

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Photo of Jmalpha1
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of cans, poured it into a tulip glass. I had mixed feelings about this beer. I really enjoyed it, but as a "red ipa" I was expecting more red and more ipa than it had. Granted, I still really liked the balanced malt and hoppiness but I kept wanting more of both. I would say it's closer to a hoppy amber than a red ipa. Still a very solid beer, but there are other Reds/red ipas that I'll go for when I want that style.
tl;dr: great beer, but if you REALLY want a traditional red or red ipa, try another one.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red Tail Ale was my favorite first craft. This one surpasses that memory.
A: Pours a "red-pale", slightly hazed beautiful amber, without must lasting head or lace.
S: Combines toast, sweetness of Irish red ale balanced with hoppy bite, sun-baked grass, and herbs.
T: Follows the smell and adds more toffee, bread crust and honey. Really fine red ale flavor.
F: And creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Medium body finishes malty-dry and clean and bitter. Nice final twist of the dive.
O: one of America's finest red ales.

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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 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 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 TripleSun
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm still new to red ales but this one seemed very good. I loved the honey/malt mix in the nose and the mouth wasn't too heavy with caramel and bready malts. Nice carbonation and overall another very good beer from Bells

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this beer at my old neighbors. It poured a clear amber with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is malty and touch pine. The taste is sweeter throughout but has some pine presence. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a moderately dark golden amber hue, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel drizzled brown bread, pineapple juice, grapefruit hops, pine resin, and some nuttiness.

This is pretty great. It's incredibly drinkable, with a great zesty hop flavor, super juicy, with a pretty intense bitterness on the finish. The malt backbone is important, too, and tastes very good, very bready, mildly sweet with caramel. There's a pretty good bitterness here, too, finishes pretty dry.

This is lighter bodied, pretty dry, and very drinkable.

This is a really nice one from Bell's, one of the better hoppy reds that I've ever had.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy reddish amber color with a two finger, dense, khaki colored head that settles to a rocky one finger cap and leaves many sticky webs of lacing.

Smell is pineapple, grapefruit, peach and dank pine along with a hint of bready and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is similar but more balanced. The malts make the hop flavors much more muted than in the smell unfortunately. And the main hop flavor I'm getting is more floral than anything else.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall a good beer, but I wish the taste was as good as the smell. Too malty for me, but I prefer a super hoppy dank Red Ale. Modern Times Blazing World really sets the standard for me.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 9/14/16. Hazy amber pour that is nearly red when held to light. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of rich sweet peach and pineapple over a light citrus blend. Underneath are notes of caramel and toasted biscuit.

Light medium body that is smooth but not slick. World class carbonation / body balance. The middle is nicely effervescent while the finish delivers a finely bubbled prickly aspect.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a slightly tart citrus that flows into peach and pineapple at the middle. From the middle on, peach and pineapple reach their apex. The toasted malts provide a backdrop that begins early, peaks mid palate and fades towards the finish. Caramel makes an appearance just past the middle and provides the apex of the slightly sweet base. Bitterness is mild and spruce like in the middle, then shifts to grapefruit and pine towards the finish. The finish is dry and has a touch of alcohol astringency and flavor. Pine / grapefruit linger.

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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 Apellonious
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 9/14/16 poured into an IPA (IRA?) glass.

Deep mohagney red, fairly clear with a one finger head that moves quickly to a thin lace, but retains well on the side of the glass. Honey, pine, caramel, and biscuit on the nose. The taste is right in line, with some ice tea and lemon notes. The mouthfeel is medium light, not quite watery, and the carbonation is medium low. Pretty tasty, and goes down fast.

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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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Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at Whole Foods ... why not. It's Bell's. They seldom screw up. If ever.

Overall, solid stuff. My initial thought was that it tasted like a red and more bitter Hopslam. After a few cans after the fact (not in succession) I came to the conclusion that the similarities are few and far between. There's a faint Hopslam essence (that I'm likely imagining because it's Bell's), but the toasty "redness" and fairly intense hop bitterness makes this its own entity. I can dig it. Quite floral with some nice tropical notes coming through as it warms up. Worth a try, for sure.

Shocker, right?

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