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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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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 95 | FT: 8
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

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: 423 | Reviews: 86
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!


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.

Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 2/14/15

A: Very dark brown, opaque, just under 3 fingers width of khaki colored head which is dense and has very good retention before dissipating down. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Sweet dark malts, subtle cocoa, cream, a bit roasty. I like the aroma but as a whole its very subtle. 3.5

T: Roasted malt, some bitterness, semi-sweet cocoa, creamed coffee, fairly sweet which compliments the roast and dark notes quite well. Surprising amount of bitterness. Interesting brew, different than most brown ales, but I like it quite a bit. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is pretty high for the style and is completely unnoticeable, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Good beer, not great. Probably my least favorite of the “planets series” to date, but def worth a try. 3.75

Photo of EJJ1848
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Did I accidentally drink a friends spitter ?

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Either this or Mars is my favorite of the series. They were both the most normal and not gross

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Some caramel and roasted nuts in the nose but on the lighter side.Malt driven flavors with caramel and mild brown sugar notes,faint nuttiness in the finish,it nevers gets overly sweet.I can appreciate this beer although a hophead,not something I would drink everyday bit it's pretty solid.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, deep mahogany brown color with a halo of off-white head. Nose of rich, roasted nut sweetness, hints of cream, and earthy highlights. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with nutty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate notes, and an earthy backbone. Mid-bodied, which supports all the sweet notes well. The aftertaste is roasted and sugary sweet, with a cloying sweet linger following a smooth, slow finish. Not bad.

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A chestnut pout with an ecru cap; stringy lacing action

Smell: Toffee and coffee, with nuts and a hint of cinnamon

Taste: Toffee and coffee, up front, with fusel alcohol tones building; some nuts and cinnamon arrive in the middle, but the finish is slightly metallic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: So far, none of the recent planetary voyages has been particularly rewarding; maybe as we get further from the Sun's warmth things will improve

Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown in color to the point that barely any light seeps through. There's a quarter inch of dense oddly colored tan head. Lots of lacing going on. I smell a bit of caramel and a hint of toffee. I taste a light notes of toffee and some nutty malt in the back of the palate. There's not much action in the front of the palate. The mouth is initially very foamy due to that dense head. It is otherwise sticky and lightly chewy.

Photo of craftbrew502
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.