Mars (The Bringer Of War)
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #732
Ranked #3,120
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Mars (The Bringer Of War)Mars (The Bringer Of War)
Notes: 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/31/14; drank 8/30/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange hue. HUGE off-white head (careful pouring!); thick lace.

Caramel & raspberry nose, like a nice American barleywine.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Strawberry, raspberry, caramel & oak flavors up front; mango when it warms.

Similar to Devil Dancer/Double Crooked Tree (aka this straddles the line between DIPA & American barleywine). Strong.

May 12, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of piney, citrus and toasted caramel. Strong malty presence with piney bitterness.

Mar 03, 2019
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky umber with a large fluffy head that hangs around. nose; caramel, grain-heavy bread, grapefruit zest, pine resin, light ethanol, & citrus hops. taste; big caramel malt, blood orange, grapefruit, light pineapple, piney citrus hops, maple syrup, & sweet bread. munich malts give this ipa a big caramel "red ale" backbone that is almost rye spicy. medium carbonation, slightly heavy mouthfeel, & amazingly calm for a 10% beer, though it does have a touch of heat. tastes like a frankenstein brew; part dipa, part barleywine, part red ale; delicious!

Nov 20, 2018
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breakingbland from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured as a somewhat opaque orange/gold (not deep red as stated). The head was a light cream-colored 1/4" of foam. The aroma was sweet -- candy-like -- with citrus and pineapple hops. This beer is quite sweet with a citrus and earthy hops in the background. The carbonation seemed a bit light and offered no bite. The body was appropriate.

Overall, this is a good beer. However, it suffers from being almost too sweet and would be even better if it were more balanced.

Apr 07, 2018
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Quackershnoc from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange, caramel, copper color; pillowy light tan head; visible carbonation

Aroma: hops; pine; caramel malt notes; some lemon and orange citrus in there too

Taste: man, this is really good; hops sustained throughout the whole taste; some of the citrus starts out; moves into some of the sweeter caramel malt notes in the middle; finishes hoppy, piney, and a little spice... rye maybe?; big lemon and pineapple on the back end as well; aftertaste is almost all hops and pine

Mouthfeel: thick; viscous; full-bodied

Overall Impression: this is a truly great beer, so glad the lady at ABC told me they had some!; reminds me a lot of Hopslam (I would love to compare the two side by side); hoppy throughout, but not just an explosion; other flavors weaving their way through makes it really nice; just fantastic

From notes taken on 5/6/2017

Mar 18, 2018
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Brenden from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes are from the original August 2014 release and again from its 2017 return.

L: The beer's color may bear a bit of resemblance to its namesake, though it's not quite as deep a shade of red and hovers more in the coppery orange / amber range. It's topped by a bone white head that's a little soapy, bubbles not exactly forming microfoam but still pretty tight, fading to a ring after time. Lacing is a mixture of spotting and patching.
S & T: The hops bouquet and flavor on this beer is pretty beastly and downright complex, with varying citrus (more than just orange or grapefruit), tropical fruits, and resin all present. It's juicy with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness to balance without detracting and some biscuit dough to keep it even. Hops roll all the way through from start to finish, though.
F: The body is on the fuller end of medium, but lightens slightly in the middle, where dryness adds as hops bitterness compounds it. The building bitterness adds an herbal sort of pith as well. The finish is biting and dry, lingering well without allowing astringency to take over.

Feb 26, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 4/7/17, had 4/25/17. Also had first batch in 2014, no written review.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with about a one inch head and some loose, foamy lacing. Smells of pineapple, mango, some tangerine, pine, light malt, light brown sugar. A bit of a floral aroma. The taste is more malt forward, then mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, some caramel. A good amount of hop bitterness throughout, lingers after the finish. Mostly smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

A solid, enjoyable beer. Not quite as good as the first release, as memory serves, but close. A very interesting hop blend with a strong malt backbone, that’s pretty well balanced. Worth a purchase, if round 3 comes to bear.

Feb 05, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque dark gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and dried mango, with some orange and caramel malt.
T: It tasted like caramel malt and dried mango, with some candied apricot and orange. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was more like a hoppy barleywine than an IPA, with a huge malt presence. The scent and taste were ok, but the body was solid. The finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Not a bad brew, but really nothing special. Certainly not worth the price.

Dec 27, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on '04/07/2017'.
Hazy, copper/orange body. Thick white, long lasting head, extensive lacing.
Smell of citrus, piney, malty.
Taste is slightly sweet, tropical and piney hops. Very little bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Medium mouth feel.
Well done DIPA with balanced hops and malts.

Nov 12, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 7-2-17 for $3.99. Bottled 4-13-17. Stored in beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a Mars red with a solid white head.

Nose was citrusy, very nice.

Taste was very well balanced between the huge malt backbone and the grapefruit and pine hop profile. Some notes of mango detected but very light.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very solid beer that was quite enjoyable despite it's age!

Sep 27, 2017
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jbendtsen from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this after a Dogfish Head Burton Baton IPA. This beer is much better. Perfect balance of sweetness, fruit notes, and hoppiness. Definitely going on the "Must Drink" list.

Aug 19, 2017
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Kendo from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jul 22, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -14%
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

Jul 21, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Jul 13, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jul 08, 2017
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kemoarps from Washington

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Jul 06, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Jul 05, 2017
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jun 25, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -7%
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.

Jun 18, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Jun 09, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Jun 07, 2017
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Brianz81 from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jun 06, 2017
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kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jun 05, 2017
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daledeee from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jun 04, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Jun 02, 2017
Mars (The Bringer Of War) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1367 ratings