Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War) | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War)

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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.

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Photo of clausm76
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutBruin2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big American Barleywine style beer. Malty and hoppy and heavy.

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Photo of km02600
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Palm tulip. Body is coppery/rusty-amber with a 2-finger bubbly light-khaki-colored head. Good lacing left behind.

S: Caramel malt and grapefruity hops with a heavy dose of pine. Leans more toward the sweeter side of things overall.

T: Caramel malt, toasted bread foundation. Followed by pine needles, piney resin, candied orange peels, some lemony bitterness at the finish, and alcohol. Definitely a high-ABV offering, as the booze is prominent at the finish.

M: Good creamy feel with mild, fine carbonation. Call it medium to heavy in heft.

O: Very good stuff. Drinks more like a Barleywine than a DIPA, or maybe more like an Imperial Red IPA. Brings me back about 5-6 years in beer memory. Old school.

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Photo of Nace4
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep, dark amber hue that is topped with a thick, frothy, khaki colored head that dissipates ultra slowly to a rocky layer with a neck that is retained. Carbonation is ultra low, giving it a bit of a creamy appearance. 4.25/5 The aroma is somewhat subdued with aromas of caramel and wheat bread that both provide a light sweetness along with candi sugar, pine, and citrus. Pine is the prevalent hop aroma that I notice. 3.5/5 The flavor profile is not as sweet as the aroma with the wheat bread kicking things off somewhat lightly before transitioning into pine and tropical fruits, but nothing is very intense here. This beer does come across as somewhat deep and dark which is interesting for the style. Bitterness is fairly light for the style with not much lingering. 3.5/5 This beer comes across as wetting and only slightly drying with really no lingering dryness. 3.5/5 For me, this was a decent DIPA, but not near any of my favorite DIPAs in terms of flavor and aroma. The appearance was awesome, but the aroma and flavor lacked punch for me. 3.5/5

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Photo of KShophead
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange almost amber color. Mostly clear but a tad cloudy when held to the light. Thin off-white head dissipates steadily leaving just a partial ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of sweet orange and grapefruit flesh. Maybe bit of black tea and herbal hops there. Caramely malt note comes through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of sweet orange, grapefruit, lots of pine and sap, a bit on the sweet side, yet with a strong malt backbone that makes this balance across complex flavors. Some bitterness on the finish with a lingering herbal note. Bit of an alcohol burn on the back end.

Feel is a bit heavier as expected for the style. Moderate carbonation. Smooth almost syrupy and oily.

Overall a nice DIPA - pretty well balanced and quite flavorful.

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Photo of Tone
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong piney hops, strong citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, earthiness, hint of spicy hops, and slight tea. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, strong sweet malt, strong citrus hops, slight piney hops, hint of tea, strong alcohol, and slight earthiness. Overall, good blend, body, appearance, aroma, and feel.

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Photo of MGoeltz
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SMKilp
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes because computers are dumb.

Rich glowing amber body with hints of bloody orange when held totally the light. Almost like what some meds will do to your output.

Nose is resinous with thick layers of sap and woodiness that slides into a grainy/malty edge.

Stone fruit and resin are the first things I note. Kind of reminds me of when I played cello And waxing the bow string. A touch woody and just hella heavy pine.

Body is creamy smoothe incredible. Carbonation is fine pinpricks that almost give it a tart note, but without the flavour part of tartness. Bitter pine underlined.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Translucent tea in appearance, sticky off white one finger foam cap with good lacings

Aroma of malt, pine, citrus, slight sweetness from the malt

Strong Malt presence with pine hop notes

Smooth the bitterness lingers but doesn't bite

Good beer

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Photo of buzzy
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of detroitpat
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottled 4/14/17 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a murky orange/red with a half finger head that moves to a slim off tan lace fairly quickly. The aroma is of malt, citrus, maple...almost barleywineesque, and some pine on the finish. Like an American Saturn. The taste is right in line with the aroma. The feel is heavy, though the carbonation is fairly light. Overall, I am glad this returned, as I missed it during the original Planet series release. Here's hoping Saturn and Uranus follow.

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Bell's Mars (The Bringer Of War) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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