The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.36/5 rDev -20.4%
Thanks to Cyclone8 for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.
A: Pours quite hazy, bronze-ish gold, with a half-finger of white head and an average amount of small bubble visible carbonation.
S: Pine, caramel and biscuit malt sweetness, and bitter citrus. Not a huge aroma for a DIPA.
T: Caramel malts, a lot of bitterness, some pine and the bitterest of citrus rind hops, and quite a bit of boozy alcohol. As it warms, the booze and bitterness increases up front, then fades into some malt with caramel sweetness.
M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation sensation. The alcohol it quite noticeable, but nothing like DFH 120 Minutes.
O: This embodies a lot of the characteristics I don't like in a DIPA. Big alcohol flavor, caramel, and bitterness without the underlying hop flavors to keep me interested. While not a drain-pour, this isn't anything that I'll go back to.
10-18-2013 16:24:39 | More by macrosmatic
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.
Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a lot of lacing.
Smells quite floral and piney, with a bit of grapefruit. No malt is noticed.
The taste is the same- incredibly piney and floral, just smacks you over the head with hop flavors. It's exceedingly bitter, almost to the point of a problem. The bitterness overwhelms any other flavors that might have been intended by the brewer. There's a bit of sweet syrupy malt flavor. No alcohol is present that I can tell.
This one has a fairly big, sweet syrupy body and mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of a slow sipper.
Not the best DIPA I've had, there are a few problems here.
08-27-2014 14:23:31 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
App 4.75, Nose 4.25, Taste 4.25, Feel 4.75, Overall 4.25
Bottled on 8/8/14 and enjoyed on 8/24. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Slightly hazy and light orange in color. Low to moderate carbonation, but a rough pour produces a dense, creamy head with good retention and lacing. The nose has sweet bready notes, grapefruit, stewed apricots, and wheat thins.
Very creamy feel for the style. An impressive malt backbone easily supports a pretty potent hop bill that provides an intense quinine-like bitterness. Lots of gnarly grapefruit, pine, and flowery flavors exist all along the palate and linger strongly on the finish. No trace of booziness. The hops basically devour everything.
This is about the third time I've had this beer, but the first time I've bothered to review it. I'm glad I waited because it tastes better than I remember it, though I still don't think it's quite worth the price.
08-27-2014 12:01:22 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.8/5 rDev -10%
Alcohol is too noticeable for me. It is very warming right from the first sip. Not what I am looking for in a DIPA. Some sweetness with nice hop flavor but alcohol is on the back end too. Just not what I am looking for in a DIPA.
08-27-2014 00:52:28 | More by CraftEyeDoc
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
poured 12oz bottle into snifter.
A -Hazy orange with some amber and a 2 finger white head. Fades to a ring and leaves loads of lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet bread drenched in caramel. Hops bring pineapple, some citrus, and pine. Smell is very pleasant and more of a citrus/tropical IIPA.
T - Starts off with some sweet bread and caramel. Then the hops assault your palate viciously. Pine and pineapple take the first hit, then come some citrus of orange and grapefruit rind. Finish is quite bitter and there is some booze to it.
M -Medium body with nice carbonation. Alcohol is warming and noticeable.
O - A nice big IIPA from Bells that seeks balance, but really brings the hops, more so than Hopslam IMO.
08-26-2014 23:31:04 | More by Ri0
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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