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Bells Planet Series: Neptune – The Mystic | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

With Neptune, our Planets Series comes to an end. Inspired by one of Larry Bell’s old homebrew recipes and the music of Gustav Holst, this complex, strong and spiced Imperial Stout offers prominent herbal notes along with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice/anise and pepper with a touch of heat. Reminiscent of a mystical creation brewed in days gone by, this beer is a good candidate for aging due to the robust characteristics of its ingredients. Read More »

Bell’s Saturn (BA Barleywine) Video Beer Review | San Diego Beer Vlog EP 587

The fifth release in the Bell’s Planets Series is strong, robust and complex. Saturn is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine loaded with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla that finishes with a warming touch. The first beer brewed for this series, Saturn has been aging in casks since July 2014. True to its name, this beer is well suited for vintage aging. Read More »

Bells Hopslam (2015) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style. Read More »

Bells The Oracle DIPA Ale | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first & foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt & balance. The fireworks start with the floral aromatic punch of two separate dry-hop sessions with Amarillo and NZ Pacific Jade. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise. Read More »

Bells Brewing Mars:The Bringer of War Double IPA | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The first release in Bell’s Planet Series, Mars (The Bringer of War) is a double IPA with a complex hop character and a malty backbone. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, lemon, lime and pineapple are all present in both the aroma and flavor. Hopped at a ratio of about 3.4 pounds of hops per barrel, the recipe for Mars was developed from a trial batch called Larry’s Latest Double IPA brewed in our original brewery located adjacent to the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Read More »

Bells Two Hearted Ale (16oz Can) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma. Read More »

Stone Enjoy By vs. Bells Hopslam vs. Lagunitas Sucks vs. Vitocry DirtWolf Blind Tasting | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

In this video I do a blind tasting of some of the big popular imperial and normal ipas onthe market today. While the results were not to terribly surprising I think this is something that you should try on your own to truly experience how different IPA’s can taste. Cheers! Read More »

Bells Hopslam (2014) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style. Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Bourbon County Stout vs. FSW Parabola vs. Bells Black Note Blind Tasting | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

In this blind taste off I taste all 2012 versions of Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout, FIrestone Walker Parabola and Bells Black Note Stout. The results were surprising to say the least! Beer Geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Bells Black Note Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

A blend of Expedition and Double Cream stouts aged in bourbon barrels. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »