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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 445
Gots: 264 | FT: 15
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 -20%
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 -16.2%

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 Yellolab2010
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%

Yellolab2010, Yesterday at 11:38 PM
Photo of jessilee24
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jessilee24, Yesterday at 10:48 PM
Photo of cnbrown313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

cnbrown313, Yesterday at 08:21 PM
Photo of charneym
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

charneym, Tuesday at 10:22 PM
Photo of Cory-WC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Cory-WC, Tuesday at 06:57 PM
Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

TheWiredDJ, Tuesday at 06:34 PM
Photo of kirchy
4/5  rDev -4.8%

kirchy, Tuesday at 04:24 AM
Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a very nice offering from Bell's. Its not really like Hopslam, but it is very similar in respect to Two Hearted. I would say this is more like TH in that its malty, balanced, not overly sweet, but more boozy. Which you would expect from the abv.

Pours: Dark amber with some head in the aggressive pour, but it settles to virtually no lacing. Which based upon the abv and style is expected.

Aroma: Hoppy, boozy, some sweet maltiness. This is not a beer that is outstanding from the rest, but it is very solid. It might be confused with being too pedestrian, but I find it so well balanced that is why people would think in this regard.

Taste: Sweetness, piney, tropical and floral hops dominate ,but you get a good malt balance going on. Its very similar to Mars, I imagine they follow a similar recipe. My only complaint is that it does have a fair amount of alcohol in the taste. Not that this is a bad thing but its not one you can drink more than two of in a night.

Overall: I don't think this is a true west coast style DIPA, but I do think it is somewhat true to the style with a mid-west interpretation. Some have said its pretty mundane, but I think that is just people who have had too many Hop bombs this year. I felt this one was well balanced and enjoyable.

humuloner22, Monday at 11:32 PM
Photo of hophead_87
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

More balanced than MARS. I really enjoyed this.

hophead_87, Monday at 08:30 PM
Photo of HopSavant
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

HopSavant, Monday at 03:58 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

beb86, Monday at 05:21 AM
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

northstar23, Monday at 02:36 AM
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Kyrojack, Monday at 01:10 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JLapadura, Monday at 12:34 AM
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ultrasrs, Sunday at 11:28 PM
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

Goatdavemac, Sunday at 11:12 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jho3325, Sunday at 07:20 PM
Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden to amber in color with a bit of haziness. A fingernail of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. Nice,inviting citrus and tropical hop profile. There is a deep bitter flavor with abundant citrus hops and some tropical hop notes. The citrus notes are very heavy and leave little room for light malt backbone. This is an assault on your tastebuds. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy,but considering the strength it is actually pretty easy going.

Franziskaner, Sunday at 04:32 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

HardyA, Sunday at 02:36 AM
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5/5  rDev +19%

chatfield, Sunday at 12:12 AM
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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