Bell’s Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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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.

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3.8
Bacchus66 (349) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2017
From tap. Pours hazed orange amber with a frothy off white head. Full aroma of tropical fruit snd pine. Flavors are grapefruit, tangerine, thick sweet malt. Slightly syrupy texture. Long lingering bitter orange finish with an alcohol hit. This one’s a big dog for sure.

4.2
jaredgulas (3) - - JUL 7, 2017 does not count
Truly one of the best double IPAs. Strong yet clean finish. A beer deserving and worthy of the name Mars. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
ganache (5898) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle from State Line, PKG 04/13/2017. Nose heavy pine and caramel, dough, a little spice, sweet. Pour rich reddish amber with a large and dense foamy beige head. Taste is very sweet, very rich, strong dough, strong and slightly singing alcohol, booze getting up into the grape areas, foamy and lightly soft full body, not all that crisp, quite heavy caramel and pine. Don’t know if there was more fruit two months ago, but there isn’t all that much right now. Still getting some melon, tangerine, aloe in with the other notes, lightly green/vegetal. Mouthfeel is very fine and Bell’sian, clean, concludes with a ringing finish of perfume. [2017.07.04: 3.1]

4.7
Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Bottle. Holy perfect beer. Rusty and ruddy orange, with a giant head. The aroma is downright angelic, rife with rich hops and seduction. The beer drinks with an incredibly well-balanced full-on malt basis and generous, well concocted hop recipe. This is some exceptional stuff. (#6676, 6/27/2017)

3.8
BeerInHeaven (449) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2017
pours a cloudy orange gold with a thick beige head. Floral citrus aroma. Thick oily mouth feel. Pleasant bitter from start to finish with some orange citrus and tropical fruit notes. The bitter slowly fades after the finish. A good double IPA.

3.2
tom10101 (6084) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle (12 oz) shared with JulienHuxley. Slightly hazy orangey-golden with a medium off-white head leaving some lacing. Aroma is of pine, alcohol and a bit of citrus. Taste is harsh with pine, alcohol, citrus, spicy malts and medium bitterness. Medium to full body. Medium-moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Piney and warming finish. This is quite swilly, I don’t understand the high ratings on this one.

2.9
JulienHuxley (5807) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle shared with Tom, bottled April 7th 2017. Clear copper pour with thin white head. Aroma is malty, leafy hops, caramel, pine resin. Taste is sweet, boozy and bitter. Wtf is wrong with you guys? Are we in 2017? This beer came out less than three years ago and you still make it average 3.85 definitely not up to a modern standard of IIPA.

4.7
Hopper8 (178) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Beautiful amber golden pour with a nice tight white head and a lovely aroma of tropical and floral hops. The taste includes more malt than I expected, but it’s kinda nice because of it, but it makes the bitterness on the backend maybe a little more present than it needs to be. Overall, definitely a good DIPA.

4.1
kyzr (1546) - Montana, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Copper pour with great big off white nose. Big dank fruity nose. Flavor of apricot, citrus, pine and touch of bread. Great mouth feel and alcohol is well hidden.

3.3
HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 12, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2017 Bottle. A- Dank, grassy, pine, apricot, papaya, mango, citrus. A- Orange color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Caramel, pine, citrus, mango, bitter. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- Shockingly not aggressive at all. Now, there is still plenty of bitterness but it’s not abrasive at least. Tons of dank tropical fruits on the nose. More caramel malt as it warms. Not really my thing but I could appreciate it.


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