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

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

Added by mothman on 06-27-2014

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#2,058
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
1,355
pDev:
9.95%
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Photo of npendres
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breakingbland
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

Photo of Quackershnoc
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of johnverduin
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

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

Photo of stortore
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Kryxel
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheeWarPig
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOTS of malt in this one. Still very good.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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

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

The balance was crazy. A lot of juiciness and dankness without being too bitter.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Photo of bcsbeer
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kenai4
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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

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

Photo of chillin
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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