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Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Sample at the Far Out! Space Tasting #2 on 10/01/2015. Clear copper color with a thick foamy off-white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, piney hops and malt. Medium to full-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, pithy citrus and caramel malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hops aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (432) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Where: A gift enjoyed at a tasting event, thanks Maxbier and dlovell2. Appearance: Pours hazy orange amber and light amount of visible carbonation, half finger beige head. Aroma: Moderate pine resin and tropical fruit hops. Taste: A mix of different hop flavors, caramel malts and hints of alcohol. Palate: Medium-bodied and rather crisp. Overall: Complex and great flavors. Love this planet series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (522) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2015
tap at cafe. excellent imperial IPA. 2nd of the planet series i’ve tried. hope to try them all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5257) - 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 (4940) - 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 (3920) - 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 (5029) - 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 (1735) - 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 (607) - 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 (2999) - 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.

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