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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,653 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 435
Gots: 183 | 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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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 15:44:09 | More by thebouch01
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Ohio

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 19:21:47 | More by brycevolk
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adamk1978

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-23-2011 02:17:47 | More by adamk1978
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blackcompg

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Purchased a very fresh case of Oracle from Bell's Brewery on 8/14/11, reviewing on 8/15/11, poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz beer glass...been waiting for this all year long!

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of off white-eggshell head, color is a glowing lite copper orange, slightest bit of haze, nearly clear. Keeps a solid cap for the session. Smooth laced stripes coat the glass from top to bottom at the end of the session.

Smell - Big citrusy hops, grapefruit juice and pineapple, touch of pine in the back, little bit of hard candy sweetness, no alcohol in the nose.

Taste - OMG!!! This could not be a fresher Oracle, and the taste is Incredible, SO GOOD! Semi-sweet yellow grapefruit, under-ripe pineapple, tangering peel and ruby red grapefruit...all of this rides along a slightly sweet malty backbone...all the while there are floral hops. After ths sip a nice bitterness of grapefruit rind and pine assert themselves long into the finish, but there are still pockets of citrus and candied semi-sweetness throughout the mouth...this is not like a salvo of punches at all, this is a perfectly orchestrated symphony! There is no evidence of the 10% ABV, never have I seen (not seen?) an ABV like this hidden so well...there is a slight warmth that develops a little over halfway thru the session.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, so smooth, carb is light and tingly, with all of the different hoppy citrus notes there is some juicyness here, yet there is some bitter dryness in the finish - just enough to beg the next sip - perfection.

Overall - I LOVE this beer, my only complaint is that this is a seasonal release. Find it, trade for it, go to Bell's in Kalamazoo and get some if you must - this to me is the best tasting DIPA I've had so far. Two thumbs up, way up!

08-16-2011 03:19:40 | More by blackcompg
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sobeleg

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 19:35:37 | More by sobeleg
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Minnesota

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California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-16-2011 09:05:14 | More by RichBeer
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GoldenChild

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-16-2011 19:49:51 | More by GoldenChild
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mgroothuis

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-20-2013 22:53:14 | More by Braden
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willjschmidt

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 01:27:39 | More by willjschmidt
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ckobes

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

08-29-2012 14:16:24 | More by ckobes
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page101

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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mbajoel

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%

02-09-2012 18:00:36 | More by mbajoel
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-28-2013 22:09:21 | More by dan027
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jz989

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-02-2011 16:09:30 | More by jz989
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Vermont

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Appearance: Copper amber color with one finger head that goes away quickly. Very nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: Nice malt notes. Along with citrus hops. Slight pine and candied notes. Reminds me of Hopslam minus some sweetness.

Taste: Upfront pineapple and grapefruit. Finish is hot with sweet caramel malts and slight bitter hops. Nice lingering after taste.

Mouth feel: Nice carbonation. Coats the mouth. Not too thick.

Overall: Great DIPA. I think that I like this more than the hopslam…not sure though. I think I am going to have to do a side by side tasting to get to the bottom of it!

Glassware: 12oz bottle into snifter

08-27-2011 08:48:25 | More by hippityhophead24
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.