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Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
The first release in Bell’s 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 Larry’s Latest Double IPA brewed in our original brewery located adjacent to the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5170) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2015
12oz bottle shared by Ryan to start a tasting. Filtered orange tan. Foamy, oily head. Piny sweet aroma. Reminiscent of Hopslam in some ways, more hops, less honey. Resinous, intense hop tones. Pretty great. Sweet orange hop vine. Intense aftertaste, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4809) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Poured an amber color with aromas of tropical fruit, pine, light caramel, some sweetness, and a touch of bread. Flavors were tropical fruit, and hops up front, followed by some caramel, and sweetness in the aftertaste. Decent overall, could drink a few of these without getting too upset.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Old aroma, old hops, maybe a bit of grapefruit, some very strange spice that should go on chicken or steak. maybe mint as well. Very herbal, a lot of herbs, mint, it’s really intense with the spices. Bitterness if faded not a fan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer. Dirty yellow cloudy color with a nice Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and sugar.

Flavor is influenced by a large fruit character with a traces of pine in the finish. The body is thicker with a huge malt bill with the texture becoming a bit syrupy. Bitterness lingers for a good duration. Not bad, age does not hurt it at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
12oz bottle from trade with umich03jm. Thanks, Jason! Held on to these so I could do the whole series together. Pours orange brown gold with a beige head. As expected, this has gone all Barleywine. Honey, toffee, bread. Some residual pine bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer for the Ratebeer Camp extravaganza. Pours cloudy dark orange with a thin white head. Aromas of fruit hops and citrus and caramel. Taste is caramel malt pine citrus rind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Nice mango, papaya, and guava additions but way to thick, sweet, and sticky for an Imperial IPA. This is reminiscent of a candied orange gummy. Where is the enamel peeling, biting, rip your face off hop-bomb that I was looking forward to? IIPA or hoppy Barleywine...you be the judge.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4770) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2015
A little oxidized, aroma is strongly of oak, toffee, grapefruit, and dried apricot. Murky ochre, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Grapefruit and apricot, woody accents. Biting grapefruit peel finish. Medium body, frothy, oily, and smooth. Hell yeah, that’s a pretty tasty beer. Great complexity, good balance. Nicely crafted and executed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (101) - 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 (1385) - 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.

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