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Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer of War

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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The first release in Bellís Planet Series, Mars (The Bringer of War) is a double IPA with a complex hop character and a malty backbone. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, lemon, lime and pineapple are all present in both the aroma and flavor. Hopped at a ratio of about 3.4 pounds of hops per barrel, the recipe for Mars was developed from a trial batch called Larryís Latest Double IPA brewed in our original brewery located adjacent to the Eccentric Cafť in downtown Kalamazoo.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tykechandler (207) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
julesy831 (6) - - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
Really great beer that we were lucky a friend shared with us. Please make more of this!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2588) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle much thanks to Dan. Pours out a somewhat clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of fruity hops, some pine, grass and not that much of a touch of alcohol despite the higher ABV. Taste is complex, tropical fruits, lemon, pine and a touch of sweet malts for balance and maybe a bit of doughy bread with a bitter finish. Another well done IPA by Bellís.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6119) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle at home fresh (from notes). Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a big malty base with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and toasted bread beneath a wave of pine resin and citrus hops, some tropical fruit, moderate bitterness. This was a good start to the series but it has gone downhill from here.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2015
This stuff pretty much evaporated from existence the instant it hit shelves where I live so I was surprised to find a bottle of it while I was out of town. Western NY beer geeks just donít have the Bellís love I guess. Giving this the benefit of the doubt on some points because this is hardly fresh so this review will be a little milder than it would be otherwise but, still, I feel that Bellís should be doing a better job of making sure I donít buy old beer w/ their name on the label so Iím pretty much going to give this rotten old double IPA the score it deserves. Donít worry Larry Bell will be just fine.

OK, so this is an amber colored brew, quite cloudy w/ just a small white head of mixed bubbles. This is a big, sweet brew w/ tropical fruit in the nose. At this point, I would describe it as a hoppy barleywine if anything. It actually smells reasonably nice but the sticky sweetness combine w/ woody, resinous bitterness in an unpleasant way. It is thick but not too heavy on the palate but still not exactly a pleasure to drink or sip on. Thereís also a light touch of alcohol in the back of the throat. It finishes w/ lingering sweetness and that old hop bitterness I mentioned earlier. If you see a dusty, expensive six pack of this in some liquor store that is probably stocking it by accident, scroll right on past. This beer may have been nice at one point but itís really sub-par now.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (1923) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, bottled on July 29, 2014, from shrubber85, poured into a snifter. Hazy orange with medium off-white head. Aroma is pine hops, medium body, good small-bubble lacing. Taste is pine hops, some tropical fruit, malt backbone, hints of alcohol, and bitter finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (2989) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle - Pours amber with a filmy off-white head. Nose is spicy, with grassy herbal hops, astringent, sweet and bready malt. Taste is dry, astringent malt with lightly spicy hops, grassy. Real sharp, with a syrupy sweet finish. Slick and syrupy in the mouth with mellow carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2377) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear amber brown with a good 1" ivory head, bands of lace. Strong aroma of pine hops. This is one of those rare beers in which malt and hops are both very strong, and dance through the finish hand in hand. A power alcohol trip, no doubt, but the malt and hop combo is hard to beat.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (55) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Color is a cloudy, orange-amber. Nice lace. Lots of tropical juice, like orange, papaya and banana in the nose. Tastes of tropical juice also with some heat from the alcohol coming through, but only adding to the sweetness. Add some melon and mango and finishes peppery and resinous. Full bodied and creamy with a small bite. Pleased I was handed this one by a friend. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (733) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Excellent DIPA notes of Grapefruit, Clear Copper pour with big off-white head. Citrusy throughout balanced by a caramel malt backbone. Smooth 10 percenter!!! fuck yes.


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