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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,078
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 437
Gots: 262 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

macrosmatic, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.52/5  rDev -16%

Appearance: pours with a glowing golden orange color. Finger worth of frothy white head. Active carbonation is a touch above average for the style but very fitting. Sticky rings of lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: pine and oily hops jump out right away. Heavy saturated citrus with notes of grapefruit, tangerines, and ripe oranges. A potent malt backbone packs a semi-sweet punch of caramel and sour dough bread. Bitter hops give a welcome bite on the back end. Resinous pine and hop oils carry throughout and are felt on the finish.

Taste: Sweet malts and touches of booze immediately warm the palate. Potent saturated citrus quickly follows on the front. Joining force and evening out the potent hops is malts notes of bread, toffee, and molasses. Bright oily hops and some herbal pine notes bright this beer full circle.

Mouthfeel: Lots of hop oils. Bitterness and sweet malts play well off one another.

Overall: Lots of similar characteristics to Hopslam. Tasty but nothing I would really go out of my way for. So many DIPAs these days, this one is another face in the crowd.

KFBR392, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Zoso2772
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Zoso2772, Yesterday at 08:09 PM
Photo of DrKarl
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

DrKarl, Yesterday at 04:18 AM
Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine at the end of August for $17.99. Bottled. on 8/8/14.

Beer poured orange with a good white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is pungent with citrusy hops.

Taste is grapefruit rind and pine. Malt base has to be big but there must be a boat load of alpha hops as this is an abrasive bitter beer true to the west coast style. Finish is pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but relatively speaking has good carbonation as feels like a nice fresh ipa.

Overall this is a very smackable brew that is very true to the west coast style. Very nice!

arizcards, Yesterday at 01:24 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

timoteo833, Yesterday at 12:15 AM
Photo of CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

CampusCrew, Monday at 09:44 PM
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

neat double ipa, but i think its less distinct and unique than some of their others, and certainly less so than the best in the game, although its hard to fault this because its awesome. i like that it has a little lighter body than many, and that despite it, the booze isnt exposed. i also like how dramatic the hops are in the aroma, no grain weighing on them at all. its a well designed beer for that reason, but the taste to me, as fresh and tasty as it is, is nothing overly unique. its like a lot of good ones, but lacks the touch that sets the best ones apart. its the most like a west coast style of the several that they do i think, but its not as resinous. the hops are clean and only middle of the spectrum bitter. i love that. carbonation is high enough to cut through too, which helps it stay lighter. even as it warms it stays relatively easy. i think the packaging is some of the coolest out there too, and the beer is lovely, but it just doesnt stand out for me all that much from the top tier of big ipa. bells has no misses though, thats a fact.

StonedTrippin, Monday at 02:31 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Swaino, Monday at 12:49 AM
Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Devman171, Sunday at 11:55 AM
Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -4.5%

target88, Saturday at 09:56 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Brams17, Friday at 06:04 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

reaganrvltn, Friday at 04:14 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

HuntDaddy540, Friday at 12:52 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

schimschim, Friday at 08:35 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DrFunkenstein, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Tilly
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden. Sticky lacy head. Bread, pear, black cherry, hoppy bitter. 12oz bottle. It was a pleasure to sample

Tilly, Oct 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

GrishaP, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ricecracker420, Oct 15, 2014
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,078 ratings.