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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: 372
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 81 | FT: 5
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: 372 | Reviews: 74
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

A a a a a a a

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown (we're off to a good start) with mahogany tints. Light tan head that fizzles to nada. Uniform bottle art, which I've come to terms with.

S: First of all, restrained hops, good for them! Warm toffee/toasted malt, some outright wood. Bitter chocolate wafts in and out. They're doing a lot for such a simple style.

T: Hm. The toasty malt is still the forerunner, but there's a villain of nail polisher behind it, which carries through to the finish. The new, earthy-dirty note only enhances this. On top of that, the nuances of wood, toffee, chocolate have all but disappeared.

M: Nothing special, nothing (too) bad. Medium body, kinda fizzy, slightly chalky.

O: It was on track to a great beer until the chemical aspect of the flavor emerged, at which point I cried a single tear.

Photo of kmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It looks like I'm in the minority here, but this totally fell flat for me. Absolutely one-note with hardly any flavor and no aftertaste. I took a few sips and drain-poured the rest. Have not had a single offering from the Planet Series that I've enjoyed.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked up locally (finally hit town, and in singles no less, but a ticker is gonna tick) enjoyed in a bells mini snifter.

a - brown ale gonna be brown mostly opaque but to the light partially transparent. thin fizzy head gone quick.

s - nose is very roasted. brown sugar malt but super earthy. like dirt.

t/m/o - toasted brown sugar. really comes together on the flavor profile. big and robust taste and body is also big. brown sugar makes w lots of earth but bold tasty almost coffee infused brown. feels imperial. quote enjoyable. one of the better beers in this series.

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brown is very malty and syrupy. A lot of molasses and caramel. A lot of nutty flavors as well. Some roasted malts. A bit of sweetness. Sticky and almost cloying. Has a big earthy hoppy flavor showing as well. A bit of hop resin shows in the finish.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter, bottled 2/15/15, hints of malty and chocolate and finishes smooth with a hint of booze on the finish.

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

Nice roasty flavor,little choc flavor, very tasty brown ale

Photo of Sparty1224
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 2/15/15, making this almost 2 months old.

A: Pours a murky, dark brown color. Subtle white head around the edges.

S: Lots of malt here. Caramel, cinnamon, almond, nutmeg, pecan, dark raisin. Smells like a traditional brown ale, with maybe a slightly more alcoholic note to it.

T: Lots of sweet, bready malts. Caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, almond, dark fruits.

M: Full bodied, good carbonation. The extra ABV is noticeable in the finish, but still not boozy by any means.

O: As with the last two Planet releases, this one had some hype from the creativity surrounding it, but just didn't match it in reality. An imperial brown ale is not a style you see often, so I was excited to see how this came out, and it's really just an extra malty, standard brown ale. I was hoping for more of a crisp hop presence in the ABV boost, but instead just got more sweet, syrupy malts. Overall, it's not an exciting beer, but is drinkable and smooth. I suppose it accompanies the music well here. But all in all, it's a forgettable beer in the series. It'd be a nice fall warmer, but here in April, it's just out of place. Ranking thus far: Mars>Mercury>Jupiter>Venus

Recommendation: Check it out if you're keeping up with the series. Otherwise, feel free to pass on it.

Photo of gsmit
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy and sweet brown ale.

Aroma is nothing to write home about... Simple brown ale.

Taste starts with a faint cinnamon flavor and ends with a hoppy, non floral bitterness.

Photo of Yourahoser
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Kind of what to expect from an imperial brown. I like the creamy, smooth mouth feel and there is a nice toasty malt flavor. This is better than a lot of brown ales but if you don't like the style you may not like this.

Photo of deebo
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this last week for $3.49. Bottled on 2/14/15. Poured into a pint glass with a 1/4" of tan head that quickly recedes on top of a murky dark brown brew. Aromas of multiple malts are all over the place and delicious. Notes of Dutch Cocoa, toffee, toasted nuts all hit hard. The taste isn't as robust as the aroma as the roasted, slighty sweet malt finishes quick and I'm hit with some hoppy bitterness and a low/moderate vapory alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is lighter in body than if expect and there is a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to accentuate the bitterness. Overall I'm let down after being sucked in by the aroma.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber-ish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the surface of the beer with a couple of thinner patches of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and just a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of nutty, toasted, and caramel malts which impart a light amount of sweetness in the beer. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: One of the more interesting brown ales that I have tried recently (this is a style that has definitely fallen out of favor and innovation by brewers in recent years). Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of hotpauko
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Highly drinkable brown with nice malty smoky flavors but surprisingly not strong flavors from Bells. Somewhat average compared to a few others. The ABV of 8 is barely noticeable. Ok but will not seek again.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.