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 mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass: color is darker amber, hazy, head is light tan, head laces the glass lightly.

Smell is very enticing blend of hops and malt: nice toast and caramel notes, then citrus/fruity hops - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more emphasis on the malt with great toast, caramel flavors that transition to the pleasant hop bitterness and fruitiness. Hop flavors follow aroma with pineapple, mango/peach/grapefruit noticeable.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, then sharper bitterness and some smoothness from the honey addition.

Overall a good red ale with pleasant aroma and flavors. Would love to try this ale on cask to appreciate the malt/hop/honey subtleties better

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

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, amber-copper coloring with a foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of resinous hops bitterness, rich caramel sweetness, and subtle citrus highlights. Flavors are bitter pine pitch and tropical fruit sweet forward. Solid caramel backbone, roasted and sweet. Well balanced, with a resinous, piney hops and rich caramel aftertaste. The finish is slick and crisp, with a lingering bitterness and citrus blend. Tasty beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 10-1-16 for $1.83. Packaged on 8/31/16.

Beer poured amber brown with a beautiful white head on the initial pour.

Nose has hints of citrus and caramel malts.

Taste was very nice, a nice toasted caramel malt baseline that has the right amount of sweetness combined nicely with citrus and tropical fruits with no lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall i have consistently loved hoppy caramel malt base beers over the years. This brew is another one that hits the palate's sweet spot. Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a medium to dark golden brown... clear, and with 2 fingers of off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Sweet and malty... tropical fruits and hops.

T/F: Great rich toasted malt backbone... not overly sweet, and this merges very nicely with a tropical/citrus and fruity hop profile. Pineapple and mango are present, as well as some slight floral character. It doesn't come off as terribly bitter... well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Well carbonated and medium in body. A bit of sweetness and fruit linger on the palate.

O: A delicious Imperial Red... great mix of malts and fruity hops. A great offering from Bell's.

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Photo of Strike00
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours golden with a red tint. An off white head on the thinner side.
S: Smells nice and hoppy, doesn't have the sweet smell I expected.
T: awesome. Clear taste of the Red ale style with some nice hop characteristic. Not as hoppy as the smell however. Some sweetness coming through in the end.
F: sticky smooth with carbonation on the lighter side.

O: Red ales are one of my favorite styles and I always love a good hoppy beer so this one didn't disappoint.

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

I picked up a can of Bell's Roundhouse IRA at Oppermanns in Midland. I've been meaning to try this beer and I'm interested to see what Bell's can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into an IPA glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a red amber color that took more of an amber color when held to the light with a fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice citrus rind and fruity aroma with some tropical fruit and orange rind aromas coming through and there's some soapy and dank hops showing up in the background. Up next comes some doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart a bready, sweet malt, caramel malt, lightly toasted malt and light caramel like aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it's nicely balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the nice aspects that they did in the aroma and this time they are more on the fruity side with none of those soapy hops coming through and there's just a little bit of dank hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a little doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the hops are highlighted nicely and all the flavors work well together.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it was nice and unique, I liked the west coast style hop profile, I haven't found that in too many other Bells beers before. This beer had good drinkability, I could drink a few of them without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile and the balance, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there's not a thing that's wrong with it and there isn't anything that doesn't belong. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good example of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was impressed with how unique and well balanced it is. It's not a favorite Bells beer but it's one of the better example of the style I've had. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

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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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty orange color with a billowing three finger beige head. Fair retention and lacing.

Big notes of tangy pink grapefruit, orange rind, cantaloupe and burnt toffee.

At first sip, it's briefly resinous and dry with notes of pine sap and lemon zest. A rich burnt sugar, caramel and toffee flavor develops mid palate, slowly revealing bright tropical notes of grapefruits, oranges, guava and melon in it's wake. There are notes of slightly bitter roasted malt with coconut cream and honey here and there. It ends on more bitter notes of lemon oil, pine sap and grapefruit pith.

Body is light with moderate carbonation. Malty and tropical, finishes dry. Slightly boozy.

Overall Comments:
A really hoppy amber ale with bright notes of tropical citrus and a generously rich roasted caramel malt bill. It pairs very nicely with food. A little boozy at times but still an excellent beer.

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

From a 12 ounce can, this reddish-amber brew is topped with a nice white head. The aroma is a suped-up mix of spicy hops and toasted malt. It's like an overpowered throwback red ale. Warming, malty, bitter, and flavorful. I get a little tropical fruit, some solid dark-brown bread-like malt, and a lot of alcohol presence. Full in body and excellent.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz black can with the red corner of a boxing ring being ita focal artwork. Throw in some a shade of yellow and you have a lovely can. Poured into a Bell's standard American pint glass.

A - semi hazy amber red with some orange highlights. Head pours big leaving stick all the way down.

S - fruity notes of peach and pineapple. Sticky hop oils and a resinous pine with hints of sweet honey and caramel malts.

T - juicy hits of peach fruit up front lays perfectly in line to the hop resin and sticky sweet caramel. Honey is subtle but adds a lovely complexity alongside toasted malts. Hop spices in the finish blend perfectly with its sticky sweetness.

M - this is Bell's at its finest. Taking a fairly average craft beer abv and making it flavorful and thick. Stickiness adds to this fantastic texture. A beautifully slow moving feel.

O - this imperial red ale may come off on the sweet side to most hop heads, but the fact is this isn't inteneed to display only it's hop goodness. The balance to this is very nice with its sugary sweetness and sticky caramel and toasted malts. I very much enjoyed this offering from Bells.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with an inch and a half of dense and creamy brown foam. I smell piney hops and caramel malt. The taste is surprisingly caramel to nutty in taste with a very deeply bitter piney hop finish. The mouth is very sticky and lightly chewy.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red with large head that dissipates into small clumps of foam. Smells of citrus and rose. Scent is bright and strong. Sweet berry flavor upfront in the hops, followed by mild, syrup flavors. Love the smell, feel a little more moderate about the taste.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Grille Taphouse in York PA. Pours a clear amber with a modest off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, but nicely balanced by roasted malts. Slight caramel overtones in the mix too. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Very smooth, dry finish. Very drinkable and very good.

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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 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 GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Roundhouse India Red Ale
12 oz. can dated 083016 ($1.89 from Copper Vine) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A- 1-finger tan head drops to a foamy lace and leaves awesome stick. The body starts with a slightly hazy quality and eventually clears to shop lighter carbonation.

S- Big, hoppy aroma with sugary sweet malts. Grapefruit and tropical fruits.

T- Awesome balance. Grapefruit hops up front. Pineapple and sweet, grainy malts through the middle. Medicinal/herbal/spicy hop finish.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bone dry.

O- An awesome "Red IPA." I'd call it a big, balanced, Midwest style IPA, just the way I like it! Affordable to boot.
A-4.25, S-4,T- 4,M- 4, O-4

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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 brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque amber with a frothy off-white 2 finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Grassy hops, caramel and citrus.

T: A nice balance of grassy hops, citrus and toasted caramel. A little bitter bite on the finish. Peach and pineapple meet honey and caramel. It works!

M: Medium with medium, juicy carbonation.

O: Even at 7.5%, this one is very sessionable. An easy drinker and one that I would seek out again. Another winner from Bell's.

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

12oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 2.39. Canned 9/14/16. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a murky yet vibrant cherrywood hue with about two fingers of fingers of ecrue froth. A lingering, splotchy haze reaches out to a ful crown, leaving substantial trails of lacing.

Smells of citrus, caramel, pine, toast and a faint sweetness. Not bad.

Flavors of citrus peel, pine, orange pulp, caramel, grass, bread and just a slight dollop of honey. The hops and malts are balanced well and this goes down easy.

Medium, mildly resinous feel with softly fluffy carbonation. Finishes with a combination of pine, citrus and honey wheat bread.

Another worthy addition to Bell's lineup, Roundhouse is a pretty darn drinkable American red ale. The great balance of hops, malt and subtle sweetness make this one well worth a try.

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