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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,370
Ranked #5,715
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Sep 17, 2022
Jun 28, 2014
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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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Amber with a 1/2" light tan head, which lasts. Heavy glass clinging lacing.

Aroma of toffee, pine, caramel, lemon.

Tsate is very caramelly, toffee, pine. Resinous.

Medium body, light carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

This is a very good Imp IPA.
Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by CastleBravo

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A while ago someone asked on the forum what everyone's go-to IPA was. This is it. This is mine.

This is a delicious, malty beer that hits every note an IPA should. It's god a beautiful red color and after the pour (you really need to drink this from a glass) the head stays and stays and stays. Being a double IPA it has an excellent hoppy flavor and finish and there is even a hint of sweetness on the back end.

I could go on - bottom line is, if I see this at the store, I buy it. You should too.
Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.61/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
This beer looks OK in the glass, with clear orange color and plenty of foam. The smell is citrus and something musty and even rubber in the nose. I am trying to figure out what exactly is so awful about the taste. It occured to me it tastes like chlorine, which I'm very familiar with from having to filter tap water (Denver, you don't know how good you have it). But also sugar cane, old oranges, boiled broccoli, and on the bright side, candied grapefruit peel.

On top of everything it's astoundingly bitter, more like aspirin than hops. I can't think what people find drinkable about this, unless it's another case of Total Wine buying cheap lots of badly stored beer and then aging them on their usual warm shelves. From the 12 oz bottle dated 10/19/2021, not long after their helpful "Shelf Life - 3 Months" note.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured transparent reddish copper color with ivory colored head that left copious lacing.
The aroma was piney and sharp with a handful of toasted caramel for balance.
Taste followed, no doubt this is an IPA. Piney hops and toasted caramel swirl and play a lively tune in my mouth. So tasty.
The feel is excellent, found it difficult to not slam this down, but knowing the ABV is just north of 10, I paced myself.
Really glad they remade this, it is a very good DIPA.
Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
12oz single bottle

Looks great, unfiltered and unusually red... lots of red berry flavor and scent from the hops, pretty complex taste and not at all what I expected... fitting name
Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep dark burnt amber color with a thumb sized off white head that falls to a ring leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is nice smooth big chewy malts loads of caramel dripping in hop resin big citrus, pine and alcohol notes all mingle together into good ole fashioned hoppy/chewy scrap the resin of your tounge 90s I2PA.

Taste goes with the nose big chewy caramel malts loaded with big hop resin from citrus rind and pine resin, all mingled with alcohol notes. This all blends together perfectly into a big enjoyable beer that's malty and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with smooth carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable a nice big brew.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 3.42 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by chris826 from Mississippi

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 10/19/2021

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which also leaves a very nice medium size island, with some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot), pretty nice sweetness, pretty nice pineyness. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot), pretty nice touch of sweetness, very nice pineyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, very drinkable for a brew this high in ABV, very chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Big Beer for sure, but very drinkable.
Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 3.7 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms, Tapped Craft and Drafts in Greenville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks deep Amber with a nice offwhite foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap.
Smells lightly bready, citrusy orange grapefruit sweet piney, boozy.
Taste follows the nose nicely, but the booze aspect is a little too much for my personal taste.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice example of a Imperial IPA but a little too boozey for me.
Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by MICAMD from Maryland

Jan 09, 2022
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Rated by Khocolate from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of the best Double IPA on planet Earth.
Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by ColoradoPhil from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I think this beer is great! My favorite beer in my entire life is Pliny the Elder from the Russian River, I think/feel if I took a blind taste test I could not tell the difference. 4.5 is a low overall score as I do not think I am qualified to rate beer as an expert. I just know for me personally this beer is amazing. and it has 10% Alcohol kick. Rich and delicious. Worth the 2022 money I spent on it. Kudos!
Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by avisong from Virginia

Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Fruity--cherries, citrus, some alcohol noted.

Taste: Big citrus bitterness, full bodied, balanced by some fruitiness and sweetness.

Overall: Nice old school double IPA. I didn't get to try it the first time around 7ish years ago, so it was nice to catch the re-release. Big bitterness, big citrus, big body. Good stuff.
Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

L - Copper color is darker and redder than many DIPAs, but no problem there. Appears slightly hazy, but again that's not a flaw to me. Off-white head is a mix of large and minuscule oily-appearing bubbles that leave sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Hop aroma is pleasant, but I can't discern specifics in the blend of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, but I get an emphasis on pine. There is also malt in the form of toasted bread and crackers. The balance between malt and hops is right where I like it in a DIPA aroma.

T - Sharp, fresh hops hit the palate first, with pine and lemon-like citrus softened by pineapple and mango tropical fruits. Then a wave of sweet malt comes in leaving a lingering sweetness on the tongue that the hops chip away at. Complex and delicious!

F - Medium body, approaching full. Moderate carbonation. Strong hops bitterness plays well with the strong hop component of the flavors. Alcohol is evident, but the beer is not hot or boozy.

O - This is a fine example of a DIPA. It hits all the right notes for me and treads the line between malt and hops right where I like this style to be.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Beer. 12 oz. bottle. Bells. Palate cleansing hops for what’s next. Numbing mind for the inevitable Vikings meltdown towards a near loss/victory in about 90 minutes.

Clean, classic pour of bright clear orange liquid with a gentle, citrusy nose.

Mars is IPA circa 2011, pre-IPU wars, just a solid, mildly bitter IPA with a big, nearly visible malt backbone. That’s all I got. Sluggable. The rare current beer that isn’t available for sipping, just mouthfuls.

Nothing ground-breaking but this is a good, solid IPA in the old style.
Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a bright red orange. Thick foam. Big hoppy aroma. Bold hop body is balanced out by a slightly sweet maltiness. Fades to an even bitterness. Juicy but has an old school IPA feel to it. Really good.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle, packaged 10/19/21. Pours hazy red orange with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with resiny hops and fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruit and a big resiny, piney, slightly ashy, bitter finish with some slightly harsh alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a good, not great, DIPA.
Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Launched in 2014, relaunched in 2017 and back in beer orbit in 2021, bottled 10/19/21.
First off, the taste is reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. There's a tropical fruit flavor with hoppy pine.
It poured a one-finger head and has persistent lined lacing.
Medium mouthfeel delivers some welcomed bitterness. Its opaque amber color and persistent white lacing in a tulip glass is good-looking. I'm a singles guy, that's what I buy, but I'm glad I bought a six-pack, grabbed it when I saw it.
Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A cherry amber color with a large off-white head and plenty of sticky lace.
Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel.
Both hoppy and malty, with alcohol well-hidden.
Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
As a primarily malt guy I love how the flavor and aroma profiles change with the temperature. Pine and malt mosaic backbone with plenty of floral hops. Every sip is different and keeps me coming back for more. Also the music it was based off of was dope. I just wish my taste buds were more attuned to hoppy beer so I would get everything out of this beer that it offers. Overall 5/6.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Deep amber. Smells of pine, caramel, and alcohol. Tastes about the same. A little bit fruity with pine hop bitterness, a dose of caramel, and a stronger dose of booze. Heavy. It never becomes too sweet or overpowering, but it's not something I want much of.
Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Taenim from New Jersey

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Dec 02, 2021
Rated: 3.37 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Nov 27, 2021
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep ruby red.

Has a touch of flavor akin to a black ipa or even arrogant bastard. Tastey.
Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2021
Mars (The Bringer Of War) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1428 ratings