Roundhouse | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,357
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
590
pDev:
8.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can fated 9/12/17 poured into a teku glass

Translucent reddish orange liquid , thick, billowy , frothy two finger off white foam cap , good lacings

Aroma of pineapple, citrus, peach

Taste of tropical hops over malts

Good sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Burnt hazy red, with a darker hue at the top and a dense, khaki foam that recedes slowly.

Smell is mildly dank with pine and orange.

Taste is sweet orange, grapefruit and lemon at first, followed by woody pine and faint toast. Toasty nut emerges more with time.

Frothy and nicely crisp with a full body and semi-dry finish.

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

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

darker than expected color. smell is piney bitter hops. the head lingered and made thick rings on the pint glass (draft pour). not getting any honey taste. think amber mixed with a lot of bitter hops. Nice beer!

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Photo of luke12345
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick caramel pour with a foamy head, partially my fault on head size. Easy smell, nothing super dank. Real smooth taste with not much aftertaste. Great beer out of a can!

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briancooper45
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The clear reddish amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2" light tan fluffy head with lots of bubbles that merge to become larger ones while leaving behind a ring and a few long leggy patches of lacing as it recedes to a thick ring around the glass and some persistent foam on the surface. Sipping clears the side of the glass leaving a few small scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas feature the citric hops with some additional fruit such as pineapple supporting the citrus. The malts are in here as well with a nice caramel and toasted character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some bitterness along with the citrus and pineapple. Some sweetness from the toasty caramel malt softens the bitterness a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of slight prickliness from the persistent small bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the citrus, pineapple and toasty malt sweetness move to the back of the palate and fade away leaving the persistent bitterness that becomes a nicely dry ending that goes on for quite a while.

On the whole a well made beer that is enjoyable to drink and I'd like to have it again. However, the flavors are just intense enough that I'd probably not have more than one an evening.
Worth a try.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.9/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of scott2269
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bcsbeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I am on a CANQuest (tm) for a little while to give myself a break from eradicating The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I've been away for so long that it's good to be back.

From the CAN: "India Red Ale Brewed with Honey"; "This IRA frestires bright, juicy, tropical fruit and citrus aromas balanced with a judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts."

I am becoming accustomed to a gentle Glug following the Crack! since I just do not feel like ChANcing a mess that I will have to clean up afterwards. My in-glass swirl led to the creation of two fingers of puffy, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting mélange of caramel & honey sweetness, tropical fruitiness, light citrusiness and an AmeriCAN hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste began with a honey & caramel sweetness, but slowly, the tropical fruity & grapefruit hops flavors began to assert themselves. I liked the way that so many varying flavors worked so well together. It was a really interesting take on a passed-over style from the early days of microbrewing. Finish was semi-dry and it was an eminently drinkable beer. I could see this being kind of dangerous in the cooler at the beach, given its ABV and drinkability.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roundhouse from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 590 ratings