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)
BEER INFO

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

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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4.12
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9.95%
 
 
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Photo of Michiganman2325
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber/honey with a decent foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Strong notes of resin, stone fruit, and citrus, complementing light caramel notes from the malt.

Taste: The taste is well-balanced. Lovely pine and grapefruit peel flavors mingle with the sweet and creamy malt. The finish lingers on resin notes more than I prefer.

Mouthfeel: It is a very wet beer, as it lingers long after the palate has been coated. It has a medium carbonation which helps to keep this DIPA drinkable. Quite a silky yet refreshing body.

Overall: It is a very pleasant DIPA. The beer itself is slightly boozy, the malt component slightly cloyingly sweet, and the hop profile is slightly more resinous than i prefer, but it is still a wonderful beer.

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OHbeertraveler
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Imperialjake
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mars has a medium, off-white head, a semi-opaque, orange appearance, bubbles, and not much glass lacing. The aroma is of some apricot, some dankness, some strange sauce notes (marinade?), and bread. Taste is of quasi-barley wine, bordering of turned fruit, low bitterness, and lots of booze. Mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is mostly dry. RJT

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Photo of MJ64
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I picked up a six pack of Bell's Mars at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last time and I didn't want to make the same mistake again, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a very hazy burnt orange color that didn't change when held to the light and it had almost two and half fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a fruity candy aroma being the first to show and it imparts some big pineapple mango and citrus juice aromas with some added sweetness that makes it candied like and it's followed by the rest of the hops which impart a little green hops and dank aromas. Up next comes some doughy yeast and that's followed by the alcohol which is noticeable and that goes into the malts which impart some pale malt, bready, sweet malt and slightly grainy aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma, I really like the hop profile, but it's a little on the sweet and boozy side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same candied fruit and citrus juice aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the dank and green hops seem to show up just a little more than they did in the aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that leads into some alcohol which shows up just about as much as it did in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's just a little more booze followed by a lower amount of high bitterness and it had a sweet, fruit and hoppy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the hop profile is nice and it's pretty much just what I would expect from a good DIPA from Bell's.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, slightly warming, sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is goo and it works well with this beer, but I wish it was a little less sticky.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it was pretty similar to how I was expecting it to be, but it's still different from Hopslam and Oracle. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one is the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and I think the stickiness, booze, and sweetness would start to ware on a me. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile, it's good and it's the star of the show. What I like the least about this beer is the stickiness and booze, I wish they were both toned down a little. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something I feel the need to stock up on and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice DIPA. A;; in all I enjoyed this beer and it's another good DIPA from Bell's. IT's not a favorite beer from Bell''s and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a good tasting DIPA that was very true to style, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big powerful malty IPA with bitter back end hops.

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Photo of epyon396
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brianz81
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting with this, but what I got was: Hopslam, without the honey. It's bold in flavor, but lacks some of the complexity of the Hopslam. This is not a beer for the novice. It's jam packed with hops, and ABV. It's a good sipping beer, with a nice after taste. A 6 pack is too much for one sitting, for me. I tend to drink 2, and go to something a bit more low key. However, I do really enjoy trying to pick out the flavors. This would be a very difficult brew to replicate.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fern22
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwakwhore
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange pour with ample white head. Good retention and lacing.
Candied fruit on the nose. Malt accents predominate but there is a good hop presence in the finish.
A little bit of a syrupy mouth feel, but that is too be expected in a beer like this.
I will get this again.

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Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice burnt orange with great lacing. Nose is maybe apricot but not much.

Taste is a nice blend of hops, caramel and malt. More malt than many IPA but it is a nice change. Smooth and not bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly.

Well done.

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Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad Bell's has made it to Texas! Had this on draft in a snifter. Beautiful bronze orange color withe a great white head and excellent lacing. Very fragrant sweet floral smell. A pleasant taste that included many things: candied citrus fruit, orange, caramel and a bit of boozey pine. Hope we get more Bell's offerings like this!

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Photo of florisj135
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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