Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The fourth release in our Planets Series shines the spotlight on specialty malts, while the hops take on more of a supporting role. Brewed with seven different varieties of malt and hopped for a balanced bitterness, this Imperial Brown Ale has bready, biscuity, toasty notes along with light chocolate and roast flavors. This beer is robust, warming and satisfying like the piece of music it was named after.

Added by mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 517
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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 2/14/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with big hints of biscuit, nuts, and chocolate. Roasted barley malt with good hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, grains, toffee, caramel, yeast, and slight coffee. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Subtle dark fruit hints. Also some earthy and floral hop hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very toasty and roasty malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit, chocolate, and nuts. Roasted barley malt with good notes of biscuit, toast, nuts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, grains, coffee, and yeast. Notes of brown sugar sweetness along with some cream. Nice background presence of earthy and floral hops. Also some light dark fruit undertones. A very good brown taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and silky with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good imperial take on an American Brown Ale. Good toasty and roasty malt flavors with a nice hop background.

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Photo of kmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It looks like I'm in the minority here, but this totally fell flat for me. Absolutely one-note with hardly any flavor and no aftertaste. I took a few sips and drain-poured the rest. Have not had a single offering from the Planet Series that I've enjoyed.

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Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pkgd on 2/14/15. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown with some light getting through; small light tan head that fades leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas are pretty faint and subtle. All malts with hints of cocoa and caramel. The flavors is malty goodness, but doesn't have much else going on. More chocolate and caramel. Malts shine. Nothing too exciting. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation; creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

Overall this isn't too interesting, but it is what it is. This is your traditional brown ale, just amped up.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Copper Vine (batch 13923 date 2/14/15) poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint.

A- 1-finger tan head that drops to a light film. Murky, reddish-brown body with light carbonation. Pretty good lacing left on the glass.

S- Complex. Nutty, woody, maple syrupy, light roast coffee. Pretty bold for a brown ale.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, complex. A lot of caramel and toasted malts at first with lighter maple syrup and light roast coffee. Warmth amps up the sweeter qualities and brings a light alcohol warmth without getting harsh. Fairly clean finish from some leafy hops, especially clean considering the more powerful sweet aspects.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a light bite. Fairly creamy. Some smooth alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O- It's a really drinkable brown ale. Straight forward, if not amped up. More a bold sipper than a session ale. A nice nightcap beer. I'd definitely pay for this beer again.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Some caramel and roasted nuts in the nose but on the lighter side.Malt driven flavors with caramel and mild brown sugar notes,faint nuttiness in the finish,it nevers gets overly sweet.I can appreciate this beer although a hophead,not something I would drink everyday bit it's pretty solid.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barhoc11
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, this tastes like an amp'd up Best Brown. Not sure what this planet series is going for anymore.

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Photo of elwatt2
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaiyote
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryancl
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sculls65
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with thick tan head.

Smell: Dark fruit, nuts, chocolate and spice. Dry and sweet aroma.

Taste: Rich malts of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Some spiciness from the hops at the finish, along with a distinct nuttiness.

Feel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry considering the upfront sweetness.

Overall: Excellent ramped up brown ale. The dry, nutty, spicy finish goes a long way to adding complexity and balance to what could have been an overload of sweetness.

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Photo of deebo
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this last week for $3.49. Bottled on 2/14/15. Poured into a pint glass with a 1/4" of tan head that quickly recedes on top of a murky dark brown brew. Aromas of multiple malts are all over the place and delicious. Notes of Dutch Cocoa, toffee, toasted nuts all hit hard. The taste isn't as robust as the aroma as the roasted, slighty sweet malt finishes quick and I'm hit with some hoppy bitterness and a low/moderate vapory alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is lighter in body than if expect and there is a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to accentuate the bitterness. Overall I'm let down after being sucked in by the aroma.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Highly drinkable brown with nice malty smoky flavors but surprisingly not strong flavors from Bells. Somewhat average compared to a few others. The ABV of 8 is barely noticeable. Ok but will not seek again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown in color to the point that barely any light seeps through. There's a quarter inch of dense oddly colored tan head. Lots of lacing going on. I smell a bit of caramel and a hint of toffee. I taste a light notes of toffee and some nutty malt in the back of the palate. There's not much action in the front of the palate. The mouth is initially very foamy due to that dense head. It is otherwise sticky and lightly chewy.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours bright dark brown under a clingy 2” light tan foam collar with very fine bubbles. Slowly descends to about ½”.
S: Moderate cocoa and grain aromas, light toast.
T: Chocolate with some cocoa graininess.
M: Creamy big body, very soft carbonation, slight warming.
O: A robust, well balanced, easy to drink American brown ale.

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Photo of juicebox
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's ok, but not too impressed . . . Maybe because I consider Bell's Best Brown par for the course.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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