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

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 77
Gots: 169 | FT: 12
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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

ryantho00, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 09/07/14

A: Pour is red like the planet. Okay maybe more like a nice crimsoned amber color with a considerable amount of haze running through the body. A dense layer of cakey tan suds forms over and holds true for quite a while. Super sticky lacing webs across the glass after every sip.

S: The nose brings some serious caramelized pineapple character. Sweet and fruity just like pineapple syrup with a all of that sticky Crystal malt presence. There is some further hops of pine and citrus lying underneath. Really quite fruity with plenty of sugary malt there.

T: The flavor is super juicy in both malt sweetness and resinous hops. I get a fruity mélange of pineapple, mandarin orange, lemon-lime and assorted stone fruits, with a light tropical presence. The beer has an upper level of bitterness to it and some softer notes of pine surfacing. There is plenty of malt to go around but in good balance and this all comes together like a pineapple cake. Really nice with some alcohol warmth noted on the back end.

M: Thicker more moderate to full bodied but with good carbonation to keep it creamy on the palate. High level of perceived bitterness with some light drying towards the finish. Sticky and resinous with a good deal of alcohol warmth.

D: More of a sippin’ DIPA right here. Big in every way. I don’t think I could drink much of this one but I did enjoy it quite a bit. Really interested in what hops were utilized cause man Dat Pineapple! I think the Planet Tour series is an awesome idea and now that we get Bells distributed here in SoCal I can’t wait to try the others.

Nugganooch, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

DanGeo, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Smokesnotes, Sunday at 04:00 PM
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

MadScientist, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SanFranJake, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

sabitu, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DaftPatrick, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

warnerry, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

chip26, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nice differentiation for Bell's in the DIPA game but I wouldn't say it's any better than normal west coast DIPA's you can get off the shelf. I would drink this for sure but I am not going out of my way for it.

barhoc11, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

77apm, Sep 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Beerhunter247, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MitchShepherd, Sep 17, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, fiery orange with thick, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Definite hop oils in the aroma. Tart grapefruit, orange, pine and tropical notes. Some caramel as well.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malty core of caramel and bread. But the star is the hops, with loads of grapefruit, orange, pine and tropical notes. More hoppy and oily than bitter.

Feel: Carbonation mostly in check. Full body that is surprisingly creamy. Oily and boozy with a dry finish.

Overall: Simply stunning. I wish that this would take the place of Oracle on a yearly basis.

bsp77, Aug 30, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

deebo, Sep 07, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber to orange in color with a cloudy profile. A half inch of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Prominent citrus hop aroma is present. The flavor is razor sharp bitter citrus hops with a light malt backbone fighting to keep this beast in check. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy with a nice deep hoppy bitter burn.

Franziskaner, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

bpfrush, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

dogfishandi, Sep 13, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 07/31/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a hint of red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a s good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, sweet, and earthy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus, pine, and caramel. Juicy citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Lots of earthy and herbal hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Big malt presence with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy and oily hop driven aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sharp and juicy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront citrus hops with ripe and bitter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Dank notes of pine resin and grassy hops. Solid malt backing presence with notes of sweet caramel, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely bitter and oily. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, chewy, and very drying on the finish. Alcohol is felt but the heat is fairly mild.

Overall: Another great Double IPA from Bell’s that stands well with the Oracle and Hopslam. Nice big mix of citrus and piney hops with a nice caramel malt backing.

MattyG85, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

butters_mcgee, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Cynic-ale, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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Bell's Mars from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.