THE PLANET SERIES IS BACK!
So, a little about the Planet Series from Bell’s Brewery. It’s a series of beers whose name was inspired by the music of Gustav Holst. I don’t know anything about the music, but my buddy who was a performance major kind of nerded out about it. Anyways, the planet series has 7 beers in the lineup (No Earth… nor Pluto for you die-hard fans). I personally have only had a few bottles of the Mars and Neptune, but am extremely excited for trying them all on this run through.
The beer: Mars is a double IPA. It is copper to red in color. Nice hop profile to it, but far from overwhelming. I personally got some citrus and pine notes to it. I can’t comment on the aroma as much as I’d like, as my allergies are killing me. This is dangerously smooth for the 10.1% ABV is carries.
As with some a lot of double IPA’s I’ve tried, the extra malts in the brewing definitely balances the bitterness of the amount of hops in this beer. According to the Bell’s website, there was 3.4 lbs of hops added to each barrel. You’d think that it’d be incredibly bitter, however, the malts needed to hit that 10.1% ABV has definitely mellowed it out. I personally don’t go for doubles too often because that bitterness is what makes me love IPAs.
The brewery: Bell’s is located in Kalamazoo, MI. They remodeled the inside and added a ton of indoor seating somewhat recently (Last year, maybe?). Every time I go down I-94 I try to stop in for lunch or a few brewskis. They have a nice beer garden outside, with some tables and lounging chairs to enjoy on a nice day. I’d recommend maybe some more seating outdoors for the busy summer days so it’s not so hard to find a seat sometimes. They have a great menu available as far as food goes. The store that’s attached has packaged beer, apparel, and a small selection of home brew supplies.
Find it, drink it. Solid 4.5/5