Roundhouse India Red Ale Brewed With Honey by Bell’s Brewery
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery
Beer Style: India Red Ale
Beer God’s Notes
Original Tasting Notes: reminded me of a rye hopslam. Lots of flavors going on here.
Honestly, my first thought was that this was a rye Hopslam. It has a lot of the same flavor profiles and the addition of honey gives it the same body.
I was not sure what to expect when I opened up Roundhouse, but now that I’ve had it I must have more. It’s the perfect in-between beer. It’s still hoppy and a little bitter, but it’s also a little warm with the addition of the rye and honey. It honestly makes a really nice non-pumpkin or oktoberfest fall beer.
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.