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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

1,929 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 438
Gots: 253 | FT: 14
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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2/5  rDev -52.4%

ndak, Dec 03, 2011
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2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Medium amber color with off-white head. Bottle gushed, but poured smooth and head almost gone.

Aromas first of alcohol, then sweet malt, then as the fumes dissipated, tropical/ floral hop aromas. Now a mix of tropical fruity hops and alcohol.

Alcohol is first flavor supported by hop bitterness. Surprisingly ungraceful, and unbalanced. Some sweet malt flavor conspires with sweetness of alcohol to achieve a chemical burning sensation.

Medium body with alcohol finish and hop bitterness.

I'm glad I did not pay 20 dollars for this six pack. Bell's is bleeding the pockets of foolish beer geeks on this one. Ironically, thanks to various beer writers, and legions of rookie followers, this is what the much ballyhooed "extreme" segment of craft beer is turning into - overpriced beer with unbalanced harsh flavors. Congrats - we wanted to be fancy and respectable like wine, and now we have an over-rated Napa Cabernet scene of our own.

Really, thanks beer geeks for throwing tons of cash at any fool who crosses the 9%abv mark, or uses a wild yeast or barrel aging. Thanks a lot.

dedrinker, Sep 05, 2010
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2.38/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a nonic.

Just over a a quarter inch of head. Sits atop a golden amber body that is slightly hazy and has evidence of lively carbonation. Dies down to a solid bubbly cap of foam on top. Retention is pretty awesome, and lacing is great as well.

Smells of some honey malts, fruity esters, citrus, and grapefruit. Also a hint of alcohol.

Lots of honey, a touch of bread, some resin, and citrus. Long lasting resin bitterness. Definitely an east coast interpretation of a dipa.

Mouthfeel has low carbonation, resiny bitterness and a good amount of hop oils. Would definitely like more carbonation in this one.

Alcohol wasn't well hidden, not enough carbonation, and not enough hop flavor. Not too good in my opinion.

billshmeinke, Oct 10, 2010
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2.4/5  rDev -42.9%

oliviachichi, Sep 07, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Founders snifter.

Bottle date is 08/11/2011.

Pours a fairly dark honey color. One full finger of off white head. Damn good retention. Lacing remains.

Smell. Citrus. Semi sweet. Alcohol. Lots of it. A two trick pony to my nose.

And for my least favorite part. The taste. Slight citrus up front. An incredibly strong malt backbone, that gets rather bitter. Chewy caramel gross garbage malt. Strong grain alcohol. Off putting is the understatement of my life. After that lack luster bitter sting on the finish of the sip the aftertaste sets in. Only way I can describe it is crushed aspirin. And it persists for minutes that seems like days.

What a truly awful beer. With some coaching from my wife I managed to finish my glass. These are going straight to extras. Sorry potential traders. How the hell this beer scored an A- is a modern marvel.

TheDudeRules, Aug 27, 2011
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2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Filtered watered down orange juice to me peepers. Oily legs stand atop some bubbly suds that sit along the outer edges. I'm a sucker for a nice orange colored IPA.

Somewhat of an effort to pull much of a smell from what I anticipated to be quite a delicious smelling beer. Soapy orange, touch of pine, and a boozy quality that isn't quite anticipatory. Surprised at the lack of depth and complexity, especially considering this should be fresh.

Wow...is this hot...and not in a good way. This tastes like vodka with a faint twist of citrus. The herbal bitterness that follows overwhelms the back end of leaves nearly no sense of any citric hop presence. I am at a loss here.

Oily and nearly flat due to the low carbonation and heavy body.

Drinkability? Don't talk about drinkability? Drinkability? For the price of this beer and the pedigree of Bell's Two Hearted and HopSlam, both delicious beers, this is a messy, messy, messy beer. Swing and a miss.

BarrytheBear, Sep 09, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

mendonjoebeer, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this from Mpbugeye in the Blind Beers BIF-- the beer was reviewed without any knowledge of brewery or style.

Blind beer says Tulip on the wrapping...

Pours a clear, orange-tinted gold color. Slight amber hue. One finger head-- lasted about 3 sips before a tiny ring of bubbles was all that was left. Minimal lacing.

The nose screams IPA-- very little malt, and surprisingly not as much hops as I would normally hope for (my most recent IPA was a growler of Columbus IPA), and this is certainly no where near as hoppy. There is a distinct alcohol bite in the nose. Really boozy, like grain alcohol.

The taste has very little malt or sweetness. A citrus a spicy hop hits with a sticky, oily dryness that lingers with both bitternes and alcohol.

The nail polish remover/acetone note is too much for this beer to be truly be something I want. I think this might be past the point at which I normally enjoy my IPAs... But I am unsure.

-- reveals bottle to be Bell's Oracle---

Hmmm... I think I really nailed the review on this one. Not an awful beer-- but not up to Bell's high standards. Gimme some HopSlam!

AleWatcher, Dec 23, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

KISSFR33K, Sep 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

LambicKing, Sep 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

ivorycannon, Oct 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

rpstevens, Jun 30, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 8/12/11, courtesy of Memyselfandi. Thanks Mike!

The Oracle pours a dark amber color with a finger of white head. The foam dissipates leaving sticky lacing and a thick coaster. The nose is citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste mirrors the nose with big orange and grapefruit up front. Hoppy bitterness is followed by a wave of sweet caramel malt. The hops never quite make a comeback and as a result the finish is sweet and boozy. Feel is thick and sticky with a low level of carbonation. Overall I found The Oracle to be a bit too malty, boozy and sweet. Almost in barleywine territory in my opinion. Glad I had the opportunity.

Sideswipe, Oct 29, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange amber with a dish soap head. The color is pretty brilliant. No head retention, which kept it from being a 5.

The aroma is just as good. Big leafy oranges, sweet grass, mint, mellow malt in the background. This is the kind of aroma that brings back childhood memories.

And then the taste slams me back into the present. There's a sense of loss because it doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. The orange has become bitter orange peels and sap. Fusel alcohol pretty much dominates. I think that with some age this will become a pretty good barleywine.

Oily, heavy, and undercarboated.

Hopslam is a 10% beer I can hang with. This is not.

7ways, Sep 26, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -31%

Jaywalsh20, 48 minutes ago
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2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Batch 9901. 12 oz. brown bottle. The body was deep golden body and had a creamy two fingers of yellowy head. Lightly hazy body topped with a film of head that stayed throughout.

The smell was fresh bread and oranges. Piney, even slightly cat piss like. Sweet and spicy. Grapefruit pith and marmalade. Alcohol was evident.

The taste was citrusy and had a long oily bitter finish. Alcohol was a bit too evident. I did not like this one at all the first time time I had it, but enjoyed it more the second time.

The mouthfeel was heavy to full. Slightly under-carbonated.

Cresant, Nov 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

gspeicher, Aug 26, 2013
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.