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)

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,364
Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, amber in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big caramel, toffee, pine, bread, and grassy hops. Sweet with light bitterness, heavy bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Big beast of an IPA. Feels more like an American barleywine with its body and complexity. A sipper but an excellent beer. Great combination of hops and malts. I would pick up a six pack of this if I could find it.

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Photo of writer917
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A tropical lava flow bleeding into a river of sugar.
A din of overlapping hops scorched from the inside out.
Tropical distance; fruity orbits; interplanetary toffee.
Comets made of hops. Planets made of alcohol.
Vanilla extract in the dark matter. Minor chords of pine trees.
The swirling together of an invisibly vibrant, rotating line-up of mango, passion fruit, & blood orange.
10% crunk factor. 100% thickness in the taste & aftertaste.
Hot salami to accompany. A manchego to pair. Or better yet: the grassy extravagance of Gruyere.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

part of a 5oz flight at good ta go Chambersburg PA on Saturday night.

Deep orange body with decent off white head, managing to leave good lacing, even in the small glass.

aroma is muted, but there are some hops and fruit going on in there.

Taste is most pleasing. thick, fruity, hoppy, slightly sweet.

Getting close to full on the mouth, bitter and sweet on the finish.

Overall, really enjoyed this one. Tempted to order a pint, but time restraints dictated otherwise. Sadness. Will look out for this one again.

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

Packaged on 4/13/17.Pours into a small tulip glass a rich deep burnt orange with a full one finger off white head atop that never truly settles.Big tropical fruits in the nose with a slight grassy note,quite a bit of sweet alcohol thrown in.Real smooth going down with almost no carbonation getting in the way.A somewhat sweet and alcoholic palate,tropical fruits and sweet biscuit malts with a slight pine-like edge in the finish....the alcohol does get bigger as I drink more.A big sweetish DIPA but it's not all sugar and alcohol,nice flavors.

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Photo of MNAle
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release, no longer subtitled "The Bringer of War."
Interesting aroma of citrus, pine, mango, and alcohol. Hazy amber, visible bubbles, and a short off-white to beige head, receding fairly quickly to a thin bubbly cap with thick lacing left behind. Wonderful appearance. Thick mouth feel, smooth but bitter. Taste of mixed citrus with a piney bitterness at the start and middle, which fades in the finish but comes back in the aftertaste. Rated 68 IBU by the brewer, and that is about how it presents. Offsetting the hops are bready malts in the foundation to provide good balance. Alcohol is hardly present in the taste (you pick it up mostly in the aroma), but it hits the back of the throat with a good warming effect. Enjoyable and nicely balanced. Georgeous appearance, welcome bittering that never even approaches being too much, and a very nice citrus flavor. Fabulous.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big ol' beer here. Tan dense head seems to prevent some aromatics from rising to the top. Still possesses the intense hop aroma for style. Darker amber with closer to browns with the dark gold. Hazy.
Intense hop presence without tongue ripping bitterness. Some fruitiness with but also grassiness and some herbal taste as well. I like the notes of malt with some toast and hints of caramel. Nice bits of sweetness that envelop a richness, that again never gets too intense but is bold and enjoyable.
Moderate plus body, but not showing the slickness I like in this style. Still a fine example of body.
This is good and better than many. I wish it was a little less expensive, but I'd consider buying this again. Flavor increases in pleasure as it warms and opens up.
Not quite the angry experience I'd expect for the "bringer of war".

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with an off-white sticky head and lacing.
Tropical pineapple smell, and some nice malt sweetness.
Taste involves fruit notes up front: tropical bouquet, pineapple, delicious and sweet without being overly sweet. There's also pine and earth, some resin, and the bitterness in the finish has a nice mild peppery bite. Aftertaste is pineapple and cake-like malts, followed by mineral-like earthy notes, as well as underlying bread/ toast notes from the Munich malts. The latter seems to play a solid role in counterbalancing the sweet notes.
Big flavors and they're well-balanced.
Mouthfeel is nicely smooth and thick. Rich double IPA.
Before I know it I'm approaching the end of the 2/3rds of the bottle I had poured into my glass. In a world with numerous double IPAs to try, this one stands out as mighty tasty.

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Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A pale hazy brown color, with a large white head.

S: Malt with tropical notes as well as a orange peel, grapefruit, and honey.

T: Damn. Huge tropical fruit and orange peel. As well as a lot of caramel in the finish, and a bit of booze in the finish.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty.. a little boozy in the finish, but I feel for like what this brew is going for it's acceptable..

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color, like many IPAs is copper in color. Head had a 'tinge' of orange. The scent reminded me of creamsicle. Taste is typical of a good to great beer heavy in hops.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 4/7/17 so about 6 weeks old.

Pours a medium-dark amber color with a two finger head light tan head. Impressive retention for such high ABV! Lots of thick lacing as well. A lovely deep colored beer with a head that sticks around until the end.

What strikes me about the aroma is how much maltier it is than I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts. Definite fruity hops as well-- some citrus and mango. None of the smells are overpowering and it really is a well blended complex aroma. A bit faint overall on the nose is my only complaint.

Taste is very balanced. Lots of toasty malts with definite pine and citrus as well. Sweet up front and bitter on the backend and a touch of booze as the beer warms. Once again, no flavor dominates.

Feel is heavy and well carbonated. Almost syrupy in texture.

Overall, a malty, very well-balanced DIPA. Less hoppy and fruity than others I have had-- glad they went in a unique direction with this one!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from $20 six pack here on Charleston, I thought whoa some craft beer is really getting pricey these days.
A: aggressive pour gives a +3 finger golden tint white foam head, heavy lacing on the sides of the glass, carbonation, clear golden copper tanned body
S: pineapple, citrus, sweet malty body, finishing up with more tropical fruit.
M: medium body with semi dry finish
T: citrus, juicy tropical fruit, slight hoppy pine resin, hints of booziness with the heat on the tongue
O: good brew with great appearance.

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Photo of Archimedes3000
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I tried was 38 days old

A fantastic double IPA and worth trying if you can find it. The aroma is mostly pineapple and tangerine, with some grapefruit. Past that you get some pine and caramel malt undertones. The dominant aroma is citrus. Very pleasing to sit there and just smell it for a while haha

For me the dominant flavor is tangerine with some pineapple undertones. Fantastic fruit flavors! One of the fruiter IPAs I've ever tried. There is a good amount of sweetness from the malts but it's not overdone. The caramel malt is more dominant in the taste than the nose and provides a great backbone for the hop profile. A fantastic citrus-forward IPA with a hefty malt backbone with the citrus flavor of the hops taking center stage for me. I've seen a lot of people say that there is perhaps too much malt in this IPA but I disagree; for me it's just right (for contrast, 90 Minute IPA is more malty than Mars is). For a 10% beer, the alcohol is very much subdued; very well hidden.

Though it is nothing extraordinary in a world now filled with many fantastic IPAs, it is nonetheless one of the best examples of the style you can find. For me the only thing that doesn't put it right at the very top is that I wish it had a bit more pine resin character, BUT that's just my preference. If you like citrus-forward more than pine-forward, this will probably be one of your favorites once you try it. And if you like IPAs with a dominant tangerine profile, put this at the very top of your "must try" list. I drank this beer about 20 minutes ago and I still have an aftertaste in my mouth that makes me feel as if I've been snaking on tangerines. That's how much tangerine character is in this beer haha

I'll also add that I would take Mars over Hopslam any day.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a very cloudy amber color with about an inch of soft fluffy head! Lacing is present with great retention!

Smell: Huge notes of pine to go along with a malt bomb aroma! This thing smells soo sweet!

Taste: Very malty sweetness on the taste which I feel is a bit overdone! There are notes of pine, hops, and citrus to kind of balance out that malt. There is also a bitterness at the end!

Feel: Medium bodied!

Overall! Pretty solid DIPA from Bell's but I must say this was a slight let down for me. Based upon the scarcity of this brew and price point I thought this would have been a notch better but it was still solid. If they brew this again in the years to come I will still seek this out to try again!

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a real sweet smelling hop bomb masked by the sweet malt. Pours a solid 2 finger head with great retention and lacing. On the nose you get a sweet piney smell with some citrusy variants. Mouth feel is heavy front to back, 10.10% ABV is well masked by the sweetness of the heavy malt backbone. I'm a Bells guy so i have purchased all I could find and while I am still enjoying the multiple cases of Hopslam I acquired, this is a welcomed substitute. It reminds me a little of last years "The Oracle" but a little more malt makes this sweeter. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes their D-IPA in the 100 ibu range. Enjoy!

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Photo of Bryan_Infante_HH
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip: bottle. Mars is one of the more ballsy Bell's brews, with a dangerous ABV and drinkability. Even those who prefer modest IPAs to Doubles/Triples/Imperials will likely enjoy this one. The color was... well, "surface of Mars"-esque red/burnt orange/rust(?). The nose was striking with apricot and citrus, contrasted by significant malt & subtle herbal undertones. This is another beer that I considered giving a 5.0. If I'd tried fewer great IPAs in my days, I probably would have. Needless to say, it's delicious. IPA gurus will certainly love it for it's crisp, complex hop character that is unique, potent, and well-balanced by an appropriate and bread-y malt character. Highly recommend.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper orange body with large head that lasted awhile before dying and has an aroma that is intensely hoppy and citric w/ notes of tropical fruit and some malts. Smooth, semi-sweet beer from malt base as well as some tropical/grapefruit notes, the beer is actually a little thick and hides the ABV but still has a dry, crisp, citrusy finish that is bitter but keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of dig the very late-90's, "my kid just showed me this new thing called Photo-Shop" label.

Pours kind of brilliant, especially considering the high ABV. Very dark and hazy amber with a wonderfully retentive, bright white head.

Smells... nice. Straightforward. Perhaps less brilliant than the pour, though. Or maybe not. Very, very similar to 2 Hearted, but maybe amped up just a tad. Smooth fruity malt, very heavy pine and grapefruit hops, an older-school aroma brought up to heights I ain't yet seen.

Tastes like an amped up version of 2 Hearted. Very, very similar hop profile, with the malt dialed up a couple of notches. It;s great up front--piney, fruity, zippy. But nowhere near as well balanced as its little brother, and the back end is thick and syrupy. Not bad at all, especially for its strength, but still not great.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber color with a slight ruby hue. The head is pretty minimal, but what is there is cream-colored and frothy. Nose is sweet and fruity. I get most of the sweetness from the malt and the hops provide a nice, juicy aroma. The hop profile creates a tropical finish. The taste is like that of a hopped up, high-alcohol amber ale. I get strawberry and raspberry as well as good sweetness from the malts. There is some noticeable booziness as this beer is over 10% ABV. As for the mouthfeel, it has decent body on it and tastes full and rich. Overall, the inspiration for this beer is represented well. I am reminded instantly of ruby colored fruits and sweet malt alcohol.

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Photo of gopens44
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer this one is. Luxurious off white foam head leaves behind a full curtain of lacing above this hazy dark orange gone ruby body. Nose is sweet mango and tangerine, like candy fruit that finishes with just a bit of spice. Taste is a bit more harsh, seeing as how the smell sets one up for ambrosia. Immediately hit with an earthy, gritty, hot bitterness that finally gives way to a sweet cantalope crossed with a hint of pineapple and grass. Very in your face and complex beer for sure.

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("PKG 04/13/2017") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Hazy orange copper with an off white, latte foam head and lush, sticky lace.

Smell: Full and balanced nose with malt and caramel alongside pine needles, citrus and slight tropical fruit.

Taste: Rich, toasty malt and caramel core support deep hoppy notes: pine needles, resin and orange zest. Nicely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big but balanced DIPA, aggressive in both malt and hops to live up to its namesake.

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

Pours a mostly clear coppery color with off-white colored head. Citrus, light fruits, caramel malts, and some cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with malt and fruit. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A moderately hazy amber-orange color with a thick off-white head. The foam stayed for a while and left huge tracks. Aromas of oranges, caramel, pine, and grapefruit. The citrus hit my palate first, with a healthy dose of slightly sweet malt and earthy notes. Very bitter as expected but not harsh. The finish was a mix of toasty malt and citrus. Medium-to-full bodied. A bit hot on the finish from the high ABV. Overall a good but not great huge IPA.

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Brown gold color with creamy head and lasting lacing. Strong malt on the nose. Very balanced taste between malt and mild hops, slight bitterness and juice blend well. Strong booze presence.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-dark gold, good barm & carbonation. Aroma has tons of sweetness - sugar & honey - with bready malt and very little hop. I agree with most that this is a very sweet beer for an IPA. The malt does overpower the hop notes, but you can still pick up a little citra and there is some bitter pine on the end. Mouthfeel is a little greasy.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy, slightly murky, dark copper with two fingers of off-white foam. More head formation is easily obtainable with a more aggressive pour. Head retention is good with great lacing rings left behind. Aroma has a punch of alcohol in it, with heavy notes of floral, and pine hops with hearty toasted malts. The aroma packs a presence. Flavor profile is pine, and tropical fruits hop opening notes before fading to citrus hops. There is a strong presence of toasted, nutty malts throughout the flavor profile giving it a substantial presence. Hop bitterness combined with an alcohol presence on the back of the tongue give this beer a little bit of a cutting note in the flavor. Mouth feel is thick, with a filling, velvety texture. Overall, this beer packs a presence. While the double digit ABV is hidden better than other double digit ABV DIPAs, it's still discernible. There is enough of a presence and flavor profile built around the alcohol, keeping this beer in the tasty sipper realm and out of the avoid column.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Mars (The Bringer Of War) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,364 ratings