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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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1,612 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,612
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 433
Gots: 159 | FT: 9
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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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Bells Oracle
Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Solid double IPA, nice malt backbone and just the right amount of hops. Fun to drink, just maybe is my own fault for building hype as it took a year or two to get my hands it. Still can't stand up to big brother 'Hopslam' I would definitely buy again, but would not go (too far) out of my way for it~

11-20-2013 04:14:26 | More by BrewUSA
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macrosmatic

Florida

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
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Now part of the bottle selection at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed deep burnt orange with a tight formed,well defined one finger white head that held well.A blast of grapefruit and tangerine aromas lets you know this is some seriuos hop juice comin at ya,a tinge of sweet caramel and alcohol comes into play as well.The mouthfeel is coating but not overly thick,just lush and somewhat oily.Serious hop juice on the palate,huge grapefruit,tangerines,and candied orange flavors,with a little pine resin,but the hop flavors are dominated by the citric hop qualities.Some sweetness imparted from the alcohol and a little caramel,are there as well.This is a bad ass DIPA here,true to what it should be in my mind,not overly sweet and HUGE hops!

10-01-2010 13:21:39 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-01-2013 15:55:29 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a golden yellow color, looks very thick, lacy white head that is easy to rejuvenate with a little swirl of the glass. Smells of deep hop oils, spices, alcohol, with a tad of grapefruit and pine tree. The taste is right behind it, tasting of lots and lots and LOTS of hops, resin, pine, with just a bit of grapefruit sweetness. Lots of spice and alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. It has a bit of malt in the finish as well. Very, very high bitterness with low carbonation. Very heavy on the mouth and leaves a very sticky feeling.

Somewhat similar to Bell's Hopslam with a bit more of hops and grapefruit, sans the honey induced sweetness. A very good brew, but definitely one you have to sip.

09-29-2012 21:51:44 | More by tectactoe
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed from notes on 9/8/10.

A: Pours a dark orange and gold, bordering on amber, into my snifter. A slight head vanishes immediately, leaving a spongy white film on top. The carbonation looks to be moving at a slow to medium pace. The lacing is thin and fine, like delicate handwriting with a quill and ink.

S: A load of citrus hops (mainly grapefruit) with a little bit of pine hop smell jump into my nose upfront, balanced by just enough of a caramel malt presence. I also smell a fair amount of dry biscuit and a little bit of coppery tap water.

T: Wow, that is dry, earthy hopticism. The citrus hop notes definitely shine through (although more orange than grapefruit), but this is definitely one of the drier hop profiles I have tasted in a DIPA. Like in the smell, the caramelized malts stand up to the hops, but only for a second in the middle of the sip. After that, the hops blow the face off of the malt. The aftertaste is almost the exact lasting flavor I have had on my tongue when I have eaten hops in the past.

M: Oracle is medium bodied, with a very puckering finish. The creaminess of the sweet malts graces my palate for a very short time before the bitter, earthy hops dry my palate and leave their flowery, alpha-acid goodness all over my tongue.

D: This guy is big and bitter, but that is a pleasant departure from a lot of other DIPAs that I have had. I definitely will consume more of this treat, but with some beers in between so that I can enjoy this beast anew.

09-20-2010 23:19:31 | More by TCHopCraver
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-23-2013 21:55:59 | More by OhioBobcat
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to Blaheath for organizing this trade.

A- It's hazy bright yellowish-orange.

S- The nose is packed with tropical citrus, orange sherbert, lemon zest, and becomes more floral as it warms.

T- Fruity up front, litter box, mandarin orange and pineapple.

M- Smooth at the start and finishes bitter, bitter, bitter...

D- Not all that drinkable in my opinion. Tastes great but it's an alpha bomb. I'm really glad I got to try it.

09-17-2009 17:54:21 | More by brownbeer
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-12-2013 01:12:38 | More by Schlais
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-03-2013 02:54:28 | More by SanFranJake
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2013 00:50:20 | More by wrycon
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-04-2014 17:19:25 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Have been very excited for this one. Pours into my glass a brilliant reddish orange with a two finger head of creamy foam on top that leaves behind patchy lacing. Hops are there before I even bring the glass close! Huge resinous citrus, grapefruit, tropical and floral aromas burst up at you. Sweet malt backbone with candied accents. The hop oils are so bright it is like inhaling the perfume of a fresh handful of cones. Intoxicating.

First sip brings a wall of hops upfront with tropical citric tones, grapefruit along with some floral and pine notes. Flows down with sweet malts and a bit of an earthy character. Huge tongue wrenching bitterness throughout. Resinous hop oils linger on in the finish along with lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dense, rich and creamy with good carbonation. A bit slick, but goes down pretty smooth. Overall, just another top notch DIPA from Bell's. I think I still might like Hopslam a bit better, but in the interim this is quite tasty. Thanks hoppymeal.

09-25-2009 02:00:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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ripocceschi

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-16-2011 01:53:12 | More by ripocceschi
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-20-2013 01:09:05 | More by sabitu
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supa0525

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-29-2013 18:49:07 | More by supa0525
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nickadams2

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

A_Pours a slightly hazy,golden/amber color with a thick, sticky white head.Lots of lacing.

S_Citrus bomb. Grapefruit,pineapple,piny hops.Some alcohol heat.

T_Follows the nos. Intense citrus. Lots of pine. Lots of spruce in the finish.Alcohol burn. Awesome beer.

M_Thick,sticks to your lips. I cant stop lip smacking. So delicious.

D_Very drinkable for such a bad ass beer. Two or three and you're well on your way.

09-12-2010 01:42:20 | More by nickadams2
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-15-2012 05:18:34 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-14-2014 18:23:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottled 8/12/11

A - Pours a clear deep copper with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't have great retention, but leaves a sheet of lacing.

S - Big aroma of pine and grapefruit hops, along with some candied fruit. Nice amount of caramel malt and a faint alcohol presence.

T - Big grapefruit pith and resinous pine hops up front. A bit of sweetness, but bitterness predominates. Also some orange pulp and caramel malt. Very nice .

M - Medium resinous mouthfeel. A but sweet in the middle but finishes dry and bitter.

O - A very good DIPA and a nice contrast to Hopslam. I look forward to this one every year.

11-06-2011 00:25:56 | More by warnerry
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-23-2013 01:17:10 | More by DWolf
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dgfool

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-13-2013 05:36:28 | More by dgfool
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mverity

Florida

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Amazing color and head to this beer! Perfect golden amber with a touch of orange. Head is two full fingers high and has been staying for three full minutes so far. Aroma is wonderful as well. Tons of orange peel, lightly piney, with some mango notes as well. Five minutes and the head has a small dent in it. I haven't even taken a sip yet. First sip and I'm a bit let down from the aroma and appearance. Taste is overly hopped. Like Bell's was trying to go west coast with this beer. The sweet citrus in the aroma turns into piney sweet hops in the taste. Mouthfeel is great though, and the lacing has been wonderful.

05-16-2013 21:37:31 | More by mverity
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megamass

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-05-2013 05:20:46 | More by megamass
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours rusty orange with a rough and clingy white head. The nose make the think of dried powdered citrus fruits, a bucket of heavily diluted Pine Sol, and tree bark. Lots of big hoppy bitter flavors, but they are not as juicy as I think IIPAs typically are. The malt character is also like dry caramel. Bitter as all hell, for sure. Dry as an old chicken bone. This is a sipping beer for sure.

10-08-2009 22:43:37 | More by tjthresh
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.