Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 96
Gots: 193 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mars is the first beer release in the "Planet Series," inspired by the symphony written by composer Gustav Holst. Mars is a Double IPA with an intense hop profile and malty backbone. The hop flavor and aroma is complex, with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus. A generous addition of Munich malt gives Mars it's toasty, deep malt character.

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often described as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth. The rotational period and seasonal cycles of Mars are likewise similar to those of Earth, as is the tilt that produces the seasons. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the second highest known mountain within the Solar System (the tallest on a planet), and of Valles Marineris, one of the largest canyons. The smooth Borealis basin in the northern hemisphere covers 40% of the planet and may be a giant impact feature. Mars has two known moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped.

(Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014)
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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle about 6 months old

L - Bronze hello with not much clarity. 1 finger of head and lace left all over the glass. Beautiful color for a DIPA!

S - Huge malty backbone and sugarcane sweetness! Citrus hops..

T - Like the smell, malty and sweet with citrus notes. Super malty and sweet for a DIPA. Delicious!

F - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth and the High ABV is very well hidden

O - Bells can brew IPA's thats for sure. They diversify on this one. Big and malty with this one and not such a focus on hops. Bells always.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just read about the removal of the quick ratings. So this still won't be an old school review. … But I got a little. Bottled July 31, opened Dec 16, 5.5 months young. I likes 'em rich and malty, and this one is. Caramel comes thru loud and proud, rich and smooth. Hops are not so sharp, but they come in a strong wave of flavor, mostly, and bitterness supporting. It all blended real well. Smelled well too. Citrus, caramel, some boozy heat.

At 5.5 months reminds me of Bigfoot when fresh, though I think Bigfoot has sharper hops. Bigfoot could safely be called a DIPA when it is fresh, and for a while after.

I suppose the move back to old school reviews is good. Quick ratings could make a guy lazy. The tone of the message from management makes it sound like there are some douches hanging around here.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts. The tropical fruits—mostly pineapples—become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a mélange of different hop flavors and starts out with some pine resin and is followed by pineapples towards the finish. There are strong notes of underlying caramel malts and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
O: Initially this beer seemed like an aggressive Imperial IPA but once it started warming up and gaining complexity from the pineapple aromas and flavors, it really started peaking my interest. The only drawback is the hints of alcohol in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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