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Bell's Mars - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's MarsBell's Mars

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 57
Gots: 157 | 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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.4%

From a bottle, pours a hazy dark golden orange with a full fluffy pure white head. There is alot of carbonation and bubbles.

The nose is resin and pine followed by mango and more citrus. The nose is really balanced without a dominating hop characteristic overpowering the other. You can also really pull out the malt backbone with a little caramel and biscuit.

The flavor is citrus zest, tropical fruit, heavy malt and moderately sweet. The alcohol is very present and hits you from the beginning. Lots of pine, mango and resin on the bitter citrus rind finish.

This is good, I like it, but I am torn because it is an absolutely palate crusher. After drinking the whole bottle, I can pull away one characteristic I loved above the rest. Not because everything is perfect, but rather because every flavor or note seemed to be fighting each other. Don't expect to taste anything after this.

nmann08, Sep 09, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

The aroma is this brew's raison d'etre. White gumball, navel orange, . . . . .

It's also a handsome hazy straw color, with a smallish sticky-looking bright head.

The sweetness on the front of the tongue is thrilling, but a grapefruit rind bitterness eclipses the sweet almost instatntly. Malt struggles to be known as a neutral, doughy, dinner roll flavor.

The whole package reminds one of Victory Dirt Wolf or Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, but with more body. The feeling in the mouth is chewy, creamy.

martyl1000, Yesterday at 02:53 AM
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

miffsudd, Yesterday at 02:18 AM
Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It is almost an auburn color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet almost like candy. I'm guessing this beer fell off in the month and a half since bottling. I get some caramel and alcohol. There are some ever faint hops.

The taste is similar to the smell. It starts out with caramel malt, followed by warming alcohol, which is nice. The finish is bitter. I get no citrus or pine, just bitter.

It has a nice thick mouthfeel for a DIPA.

It comes across more as an American barleywine at this point. I am kicking myself for not picking this up sooner. Actually, I only tried it due to the kindness of a fellow beer enthusiast. It doesn't taste bad, just not as described due to faded hops.

buschbeer, Yesterday at 01:55 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mikexw, Yesterday at 12:21 AM
Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 7/31/14

Pours a glowing reddened amber, appropriately enough, much like the image of Mars on the label. A dense, creamy head lasts for a minute before settling to a milky cap. Beautiful drippy lacing. Smell is sort of rich and heavy with pine and spice. Caramel, very slight mango, melon, and alcohol. Flavor definitely has a big hop presence, but its balanced by a wave of toasted caramel malt resulting in something more American Barleywine than DIPA. Still, the flavors come together rather nicely; the hops bring a sappy, tangerine, and lemon tea quality while the malts bring toffee and biscuits. Bitter and sticky, the body is a little heavy, but things never turn too boozy or cloying. Pretty good all around.

Side note: We JUST got this in NC despite being released well over a month ago, so I don't know who dropped the ball, but I have to assume this has fallen off some while sitting around for weeks. Still, a solid Barleywine-esque beverage to get my Friday started.

wedge, Friday at 11:18 PM
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Bell's Mars from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.