Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)

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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 105 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The fourth release in our Planets Series shines the spotlight on specialty malts, while the hops take on more of a supporting role. Brewed with seven different varieties of malt and hopped for a balanced bitterness, this Imperial Brown Ale has bready, biscuity, toasty notes along with light chocolate and roast flavors. This beer is robust, warming and satisfying like the piece of music it was named after.
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Ratings: 453 | Reviews: 94
Photo of ajm5108
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lots of anonymous medium grain malt, some light hazlenut but there is some dark berry and bitter hop follow through that just didn't work for me

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early April for $2.79. Packaged on 2/14/15.

Beer poured a light brown with an OK head that dissipated quickly.

Nose was a touch roasty and some chocolate.

Taste has a toasted and slightly roasted malt backbone, some cocoa, and a decent amount of hoping that kept the sweetness grounded.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid strong brown ale. Another nice effort by Bell's!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 2.99. Bottled 2/14/15. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque, muddy brown with about a three quarter finger beige head. A thick collar rests over the edges where the golden brown liquid allows a little light through. A little haze lingers on the surface but no lace left on the glass.

Smells of chocolate, dull sugar, roasted malts, bague nuts and a hint of coffee. Not bad at all.

The flavor is all about the malts. Chocolate, mild roast, burnt caramel, grainy toast, biscuit, faint brown sugar, a little nutty, vague earthy hop bitterness and a slight warming alcohol. A great balance of malt flavors.

Creamy, medium body with moderately soft carbonation. A malty blend of cocoa, burnt caramel and toasted grain continues in the finish.

Jupiter is a damn fine brown ale. In tribute to my personal favorite movement of Holst's suite Bells hit a fine mixture of specialty malts and allowed them to shine. I'm not a big fan of the style but rather wish I'd been able to pick up several of these.

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mysteriously murky dark brown with a light tan head. The color is very dark with lighter notes around the edges when held up to a light...kind of a Barleywine color with the onslaught of malts. The head is a finger and a half thick with amazing legs. Great staying power that slightly hides the thin film of lace.

It even smells brown. There's nothing to indicate a single hop was even considered when brewing this beer. It's nothing but malts, presenting a slightly earthy, vaguely chocolate character.

There is some hop presence in the taste, but it's there just to provide some balance from all the dark malts. Again, it's got an earthy taste with some slight roasty and chocolate notes. No one single flavor stands out, it's more a concoction of malts that provide the taste. Slight alcohol, phenol-like taste in the finish.

At first sip, it's very creamy. Once the grainy, roasty malts work over the palate, the creamy goes away and the grainy evolves. Faint alcohol warmth and a slight medicinal feel comes alive as the beer works it's way back.

It's an easy sipper with no real weaknesses. A good beer in the cooler months, but is home on the table in any weather.

Photo of Pencible
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: This poured a murky mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like strawberry shortcake, with a little caramel.
T: It tasted like sugary caramel and dried strawberries, with some earthy barley. It had a clean, mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was an interesting brew, with a sweet scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. Well hidden alcohol too, so it was really easy to drink. Not sure this is my preference, but it was a nice unique drink to try once.

Photo of elNopalero
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite possibly the best brown ale I have ever tasted. A week after and I still think about it.

Continuing my tour of the planets. This pours a cocoa caramel born with a creamy cap of foam. I get a hint of the green and sticky hops tucked away in the aroma. Mostly caramel Malts and some light toasty goodness. It's tasty with a sticky sweet backing and just enough body. Slightly nutty, with some toffee and the faintest hint of toasted coconut, this beer is a delight for the senses. As "a showcase for specialty malts" this beer also reminds me that I'm serve rely lacking in a good vocabulary to describe the nuances it brings. Ni modo, this is good stuff.

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottles 2/15/15

A- pours an amber-brown color with a rub hue, small off-white foamy head reduces to a ring around the glass after settling

S- nutty brown malts with hints of chocolate, toffee, woodsy, caramel & cinnamon

T- big malty sweetness up front gives flavors of toasted hazelnuts, toffee/caramel & earthy yeast. Toasted bread crust and cocoa finish

M- viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a chewy mouthfeel and a creamy finish, slightly warming

O- a high ABV brown that is quite balanced, one of the better browns I've had in a while

Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly opaque brown color. There was a bit of a brown head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is a little lighter than expected. Maybe some chocolate, nuttiness and vanilla. The taste is good. It is well balanced. Nutty, some chocolate and vanilla. A subdued sweetness. Faint pine and earthy hops. Nice.

Photo of Cytoplasman
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is brown and cloudy with no head. Smells of gingerbread and malts. Taste caramel, malt, and very subtle hops. It feels syrupy with a bit of carbonation. This is a damn good brown ale!

Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium brown color with a very nice, big amber glow when held up to the light with a slightly tan head that is well over an inch thick when first poured. Head settles to a solid 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick with very good lacing., and eventually a solid 1/4 inch with good retention. Aromas of cocoa and roasted nuts, vanilla, and hints of caramel malt sweetness. Flavors of roasted nuts upfront that gives way to a nicely pronounced cocoa sweetness followed by the aforementioned vanilla and hints of caramel malts. Rounded out with a bit of herbal hops, Very nice flavor profile and mix of flavors. There is a lingering dark chocolate and roasted but bitterness, but it is very pleasant and not overpowering. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth, frothy, and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for an 8% ABV beer, as the alcohol is well masked. One of the best beers from Bell's I've had in awhile. Worth a try for sure!

Eric

Photo of maximum12
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Planet series score: one very good, one very bad. And here comes the tie-breaker (for now at least): 12 ounces of imperial brown. Check. Checkcheck.

The pour is Roman brown, red showing at the margins. The nose is startlingly decadent for a brown ale: Jobs-rich chocolate, bitter cocoa, whipping cream, bit of maple nut & toffee. Really a great nose in a category that mostly fails at this category: but who really cares? Let’s get to what’s important, eh?

Jupiter is a brown that’s clearly been juicing. The nuttiness that’s fairly tame in the nose bursts into the secondary, pursued by fleet chocolate, quick caramel, earthy bitterness bringing up the rear. Tiny flecks or roast & herbal herbiness round it out, but it’s the nuts that cling to the palate. Totally light & easy drinking for an 8% ABV beer; I’d have guessed 5%.

This should have been labelled an Imperial Nut Brown Ale, except then nobody would have bought it, since there have been so many abominations with similar monikers. This I’d drink again in spades or hearts: very good beer.

Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with half a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet cocoa and nutty aromas with vanilla and a touch of caramel. Simple, but quite nice.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate with nutty flavors and some darker malt notes. The finish is slightly charred and bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely drinkable.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Not generally the biggest fan of brown ales, but I like this one.

Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with thick tan head.

Smell: Dark fruit, nuts, chocolate and spice. Dry and sweet aroma.

Taste: Rich malts of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Some spiciness from the hops at the finish, along with a distinct nuttiness.

Feel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry considering the upfront sweetness.

Overall: Excellent ramped up brown ale. The dry, nutty, spicy finish goes a long way to adding complexity and balance to what could have been an overload of sweetness.

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 2/14/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Opaque hazy brown with a 1/2-finger tan head that settles fairly quickly
S: Nice brown sugar/molasses/cocoa/malt
T: Largely matches the nose. Tons of malt/brown sugar notes, a bit earthy
M: Fairly full-bodied, a touch sweet with a fairly short finish
O: Solid but not spectacular. A fairly decent match for the music though

Photo of KevChiTown
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm, chewy, smooth. Good brown ale to me it puts the planet series back on track

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of bottle into shaker pint. Toasted malt aroma, bread, sweet caramel. Taste is cream, malt, brown bread, biscuit, bitter chocolate; one of the better brown ales I've had recently. Especially the mouthfeel, thick, rich, and creamy, with none of the feel of the 8% ABV. Drinks like smooth, silky velvet

Photo of Big_V
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Meh...found this to be boring and flavorless

Photo of barnzy78
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Batch #13923, PKGD 2/15/15
A - very cloudy brown colored ale, very thick pour, minimal creamy ivory head
S - malty nose, caramel, bread, milk chocolate, earthy hops
T - malty but well balanced with bread crust, caramel, chocolate, earthy hops
M - full bodied and very creamy
O - decent imperial brown, so to speak. When I poured it I wasn't so sure, but flavor-wise it was good.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - brown liquid with tan head

Smell - cocoa, caramel, toffee, nuts, cola

taste - much the same as the smell - cocoa, toffee, caramel, nuts, cola, brown bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, good balance of flavor, I thought at this ABV, the beer might be a little boozy, but that isn't the case

Overall - solid brown ale that I enjoyed drinking

Price Point - $2.49/12 oz single

Photo of tjsmith910
1.8/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

this was a bad brew for me. to piney tasting. almost like wet tree bard
k. !st bad brew Ive had from Bell's

Photo of JamesMN
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 2/14/15.

Appearance: Murky dark brown/maroon. Poured about a finger of tan foam which has quickly subsided leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma: Almost nothing on the nose expect for light cream and a touch of toasted malt.

Taste: It's been a while since I've had a brown ale but at 8% ABV I was expecting a boatload of toasty malt flavor. However, there is a serious lack of presence in this one. Yet somehow it is never watery and has a certain depth. The flavor, though mild, is nice. Toasty malts with a hint of sweet cream. A nice hop bitterness seeping through to balance things. Hoppy finish leads to a cascade of cream in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, which is a strange sensation when the flavor is so mild. Average carbonation and decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not sure how I feel about this one. Very mild flavor, never watery, full in body. Strange combination but it sort of works. Would I drink it again? Not likely, but good to try a one-off type beer like this.

Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours standard cola brown but there must be some serious hops in here. The lacing is slightly off white and creates an opaque wall of nice layers down the glass.

Roasted malts create a sheen of toffee and toast. Hops are prominent with a spicy and herbal kick that plays with the alcohol well.

Initial reaction to the flavor is that it's very hoppy, spicy and green herbal flavors mingle well with the roasted malt, browned cane sugar and dry cocoa. Nuances from the malt arrive late with some allspice and hazelnuts. Ends a bit astringent but the rest of the flavors quickly lift from the palate.

Medium bodied, the high alcohol is balanced with the spicy hops. Adequate carbonation and excellently balanced.

A terrific example of an American brown, less syrupy and cloying then DFH indian brown but with the same amount of complex hops and alcohol bite.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours bright dark brown under a clingy 2” light tan foam collar with very fine bubbles. Slowly descends to about ½”.
S: Moderate cocoa and grain aromas, light toast.
T: Chocolate with some cocoa graininess.
M: Creamy big body, very soft carbonation, slight warming.
O: A robust, well balanced, easy to drink American brown ale.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, light brown, not much of a head to speak of.

S: Citrus and wheat. Wait a minute, I thought this was a brown ale.

T: OK, it tastes like a brown ale. Caramel malts, sweet, charred chocolate with a dry finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Honestly, this was just OK. Ever since Mars, the rest of the planets in this series haven't been in the same solar system. Perhaps the Saturn will bring it back into the stratosphere.

Photo of stickydankhop
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

fellow hop head head here. This beer was nutty and malty. it is worth trying once. Pretty good representation of style of beer.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.