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Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War

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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (84) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Huge malt aroma with lots of citrus, taste is amazing as well, lots of lemon and some straw berry, really nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EtTuCthulhu (1356) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2015
The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with lots of fine-grain sediment and a medium off-white head that fades quickly. The aroma blends caramel and bread malts with resin and floral hops, and the taste is mildly bitter, slightly sour, and slightly sweet with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. The palate fuses a medium-full, slick texture, and an average carbonation. Overall, this is just a meh DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (1448) - CROATIA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, 355 ml at Breukelen Beer Merchants, Brooklyn. Pours hazy amber with off-white head. Citrus and fruit hops in aroma. Caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit in flavor. Medium to full bodied. Balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

   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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2722) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3297) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2156) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (3087) - 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.

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