Bellís Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle only 2 weeks old Pours dark orange hue with a small soapy white head and very minimal lacing. Nose is sort of cloying sweet fruits, medicinal, estery, alcohol heat. husky and even some oxidization going on. hmm.... Flavors are very sweet almost annoyingly so. Quite a bit of alcohol heat, lemons, big overly ripe citrus, husky and the mentioned alcohol heat. This beer is sort of a mess. Why the high ratings? Im not impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1841) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 22, 2017
It feels like naming a beer after a planet adds a sense of gravity to the occasion. Maybe itís just me, but if I were a brewer Iíd feel a large sense of responsibility to represent an entire planet well. Maybe thatís just me. Anyway, enough rambling. The brewers at Bellís need not worry about presenting an underwhelming beer to represent Mars. Mars pours amber with some haze. Pine and tropical hop oils on the nose with just a hint of malt. Flavor follows along. Fruity, tropical oils, piney resin, and just a bit caramel/biscuit malt to steady the hop-forward balance. Itís an appropriately aggressive Imperial ale for the bringer of war.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1532) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2017
12 oz bottle of the new batch. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with an off-white head. Sweet fresh grapefruit hop aroma, tropical and toasty malt suggestions. Juicy grapefruit flavor, some orange peel, again with tropical and now some floral hops. Just the right amount of malty sweetness makes for a great experience. Quite good stuff. And it goes great with chips & salsa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Msdrbeat (680) - East Lansing, USA - APR 18, 2017
Bottled. Pours like the color of Marsí surface. Crisply hoppy yet balanced. Everything I hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (263) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2017
UPDATED: APR 18, 2017 Hoppy molasses nose with hint of pine. Amber with lasting 1.5 finger head. Thick mouth feel with brown sugar and resin flavours. Almost Sweet finish. With alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1656) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2017
Bottled. Pours clear golden honey, white head. Aroma is orange, grapefruit, malty, little honey, caramel, kinds less honey-ish hopslam. Flavor is caramel up front, kinda sweet sugar, orange, grapefruit, then dissolves into very bitter piney. Really nice full syrupy mouthfeel. Full and not overly carbonated without being under-carbed. Really great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle:   Amberish, dirty, on the orange side, moderate to large foamy off-white head, with nice lacing.   Citrusy hop nose, somewhat candied.   Sweet citrus peel and some alcohol as well.   Sweet and syrupy on the tongue.   Lots of citrus bits, candied citrus peel and some pith.   Not terribly bitter, but moreso sweet.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   A bit simple overall, but its fairly big.   Big and citrusy sweet with a bit of warming alcohol.   I can dig it.   Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (1460) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Really only could drink in small doses. Really chewy. This bottle is a bit old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (2644) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
At drowlandís amazing symphony listening planets tasting! So awesome! In fairness, we had this a bit after it was brewed. Still pretty tasty. Tropical, malty, and big all around DIPA. Again maybe a bit staler, but that might be due to saving it. Release it first??? Still good beer. Bells knows the score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12596) - 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.

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