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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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1,558 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 426
Gots: 137 | FT: 8
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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Reviews by brewdoc75:
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Looks pretty damn good in my Sam Adams pint glass. Beautiful deep orange with some slight touches of amber. Moderate carbonation feeds a lasting, just off-white head that seems to last quite a while. There is a ton of lace that follows down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of nice aromas here. Strong fruitiness w/ pineapple jumping out at me. This is followed by a strong orange/tangerine aroma. Hints of pine round out the hop aromas. The malts are definitely here to play too with some rich caramel notes present. I do get a slight hit of booze in the end, but it isn't off-putting.

T: At first I get a ton of that fruity hop character that was noted in the nose. Plenty of pineapple, orange and tangerine in the flavor, but not quite as much as the aroma made it out to be. This is quickly followed by a strong, caramel flavor. Not toffee, but caramel. A significant sweetness from the malts is there, but it isn't too cloying. This is promptly followed by a strong piney, grapefruit rind bitterness. The beer does finish with some alcohol in the end. It isn't terrible, but definitely there. Overall very flavorful and hop forward with a significant caramel malt backbone. Definitely maltier than Hopslam. The booze comes out a little more too.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. A little heavier than some DIPAs. Feels smooth over the tongue. Carbonation is moderate at best. Maybe a little to sticky in the back of the throat at the end. The alcohol helps it dry out a little though.

D: This is a damn fine DIPA. The aroma is very nice, but for me the flavor didn't match up with it. The flavors were all nice (minus a little too much booze), but they were a little muted. I liked the balancing malts. They seemed to make the beer taste better in this cooler fall weather. I would definitely drink this again, but not over Hopslam or some other great DIPAs that are out.

10-21-2010 00:28:48 | More by brewdoc75
More User Reviews:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-01-2013 15:55:29 | More by DanGeo
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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-23-2013 21:55:59 | More by OhioBobcat
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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-12-2013 01:12:38 | More by Schlais
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-03-2013 02:54:28 | More by SanFranJake
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2013 00:50:20 | More by wrycon
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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


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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-16-2011 01:53:12 | More by ripocceschi
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-20-2013 01:09:05 | More by sabitu
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-29-2013 18:49:07 | More by supa0525
Photo of 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-15-2012 05:18:34 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-14-2014 18:23:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-23-2013 01:17:10 | More by DWolf
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-05-2013 05:20:46 | More by megamass
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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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4.6/5  rDev +9%

Twelve ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a tall and creamy offwhite head. Retention is excellent and leaves a cap all the way to the finish. Lavish sticky lacing decorates the glass.

Aroma pounds the olfactory senses with a sledge hammer of hops. Grassy, earthy, leafy, citrusy, minty, and hempy notes all make their presence known. Not quite the cat urine hint that I got from Hopslam, but close. Softer notes of florals and ripe plums are underneath and betray a kinship with Two Hearted.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, with a smooth carbonation and some hop resins.

Taste is all about the hops. Sharp citrus, grassiness, leafy, floral, minty, earthy, with some pine sap underneath. A nectar like hint of honey sweetness struggles to balance the massive assault of muti-hop bitterness. Finishes with a lasting earthy and leafy bitterness. Alcohol is cleverly concealed except for some warmth at the end.

Superb effort. Seems to blend the better attributes of its kindred, Hopslam and Two Hearted, into a unique identiy of it own. A challenging DIPA that is rewarding and satisying.

10-17-2010 20:00:34 | More by merlin48
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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