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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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1,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 415
Gots: 110 | FT: 5
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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -28.9%

11-20-2011 04:18:11 | More by jenray
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California

3/5  rDev -28.9%

06-04-2013 05:20:43 | More by kewire
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3/5  rDev -28.9%

11-19-2011 14:20:10 | More by mmcnaughton
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Skunkdrool

California

3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-17-2013 18:26:37 | More by Skunkdrool
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mmulebarn

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

11-15-2013 00:03:11 | More by mmulebarn
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.9%

05-21-2012 22:24:11 | More by beerslushy
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Ricklikesmibeer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -28.9%

07-11-2014 10:13:39 | More by Ricklikesmibeer
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-01-2011 02:11:13 | More by BeerThursdays
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-03-2013 16:50:50 | More by Jakep2021
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LP_Tyler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-31-2013 05:25:42 | More by LP_Tyler
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I2uss

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.9%

11-18-2011 19:52:40 | More by I2uss
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bullywee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.9%

02-21-2012 06:07:19 | More by bullywee
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claminat420

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- alil cloudy golden color. nice white two finger head with medium lacing.

S- hoppy and sweet

T- god i don't even know. alil malty, alil sweet, alil hoppy

M- sturdy medium body. good carbonation.

D- could drink one or two.

Overall- i'm not trying to be a d#ck here and just slam bell's but lookout!!! they put out a special...everyone jumps on it... nothing to special. to me founder's double trouble buried this in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 05:41:04 | More by claminat420
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zhanson88

California

3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear copper color with low carbonation. About 1/2" of slightly off-white head forms, which has good lacing and decent retention. 4

Smell: Lots of caramel malts on the nose, sweetness, citrus, and pine resin. A bit different than most DIPAs as far as balance goes, but decent.

Taste: Big caramel malts up front, followed by heavy pine resin. The combo is very sweet, even cloying. Following that is some citrus, with resinous bitterness on the finish. Maltiness is okay but not necessarily my preference in a DIPA, with sweetness that is too cloying.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth drinking all in all. Overall, I thought this was an interesting take on a DIPA and even a nice change of pace. Not my favorite though.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:15:34 | More by zhanson88
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chaz410

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Common Market.
Pours a beautiful orange tinted amber body with a half finger width white head.
Smells of grapefruit, pine and grassy hops with a very heavy caramel and toasted malt character.
Taste more like an imperial pale ale than an imperial IPA. It has a very smooth orange and caramel blend character with lots of hints of pine, pineapple, apple, and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth.
It is very easy to drink dispite the ABV and the syle

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:59:26 | More by chaz410
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wherefore The Oracle??

First off, I know it's ultimately insignificant, but how stupid is the "DoubleIndiaPaleAle Ale" label.

anyway....

pours nice. enough head. DIPA appearances as expected.

Smell is pineapple. whoa. some orange, but mostly pineapple.

Tates are tropical hops. alcohol. decent balancing malts. A tropical fruit DIPA, but the bar has been set high for Bells here. And this is simply OK. Not much fresh, juicy zest. A bit thick. Flavors not bouncing around at all. Boozier than I wanted, didn't help the profile.

More carbonation and lighter mouthfeel would have helped.

An OK pineapple forward DIPA. But it's not as good as hopslam or 2hearted, and I don't see much reason for its existence. Not sure what Bells is doing here.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 17:12:31 | More by caskstrength
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks go out to mymrnngjckt for this treat. You are very kind, sir.

Pours a slightly hazed burnt orange color with a dense two inches of light beige head.

Smell is full of resiny, oily, sticky pine and grapefruity hops, with juicy citrus as well as a bitter pithy quality. It's very fresh and floral, and I love the juiciness of the hops. There is a honey-like sweetness here too. Some alcohol does start to creep in as it warms.

Taste starts off...boozy as hell. Holy shit. And then comes the hop bitterness, which is substantial. I feel like I blinked and the hop flavor passed me by. Where is all the juicy, floral, resiny goodness from the nose? I do get some resiny pine, earthy and herbal flavor and some very bitter grapefruit pith, but the bitterness is absolutely immense and the hot alcohol just throws it entirely out of balance. The juicy, sweet citrus never has a chance to come through. It's a hop bomb, and worse, it's a boozy hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is quite oily and slick, and if it weren't for the immense bitterness and hot alcohol I think this one would be very nice on the palate.

I'm very disappointed by this brew, and I think it certainly fits the bill as a hype beer that just did not deliver. The best DIPAs in my book stress hop flavor over bitterness and have enough malt backbone to complement, even if they don't truly balance, the hops. I'm not a huge fans of unabated hop bombs, but I can enjoy one of those every once in awhile as well. This, however, is not only a hop bomb but a totally unbalanced, boozy hop bomb. That's a deadly combination and does not result in a pleasant, drinkable brew. Once is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 01:27:06 | More by number1bum
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle courtesy of Hap drank on a bright early Spring day (February 13th, 2011).

Bright honey orange meet golden. A billowing, almost beligian-esque head crowns the Oracle. Head is brilliant white, almost bleach white and made up entirely of tight carbonation bubbles. Lacing plays all the way down. Straight from cellar temperature the aroma is a bit strange. A touch of malt sweetness but mostly piney hops and then a vegetative cooked corn smell. DMS? I don't think lager yeast was used here... Curious to where this smell is coming from. As the beer warms to room temperature, this DIPA gets strangely better. Citrus hops come out and it becomes much more peachy. Malts into the realm of DIPAs on my palette now. Bready. Biscuity. The Oracle fails to impress.

This seasonal from Bell's is, perhaps, like other seasonals: only great for a few weeks, good for several months and then just mediocre afterward. I will have to try to obtain this fresh next year as this bottle was not filled with the flavors I would expect from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 12:06:30 | More by seedsofchaos
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jegross2

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23%

10-16-2013 04:49:48 | More by jegross2
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hopkrid

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23%

10-15-2013 02:23:56 | More by hopkrid
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23%

06-05-2013 02:42:54 | More by cosmonick
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A big shout out to cmswoboda for hooking me up with this generous extra.

A- Pours a nice copper with just a slight haze to it. About one finger worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some nice tropical hops and citrus. A pretty good amount of malt and a little bit of sweetness. A little bit of grassiness and a touch of orange rind.

T- Big piney hops burst onto your taste buds right away. Lots of hop oil just coat the tongue which dulls down the bitter. The malt is back there but it takes awhile to pick it up. There is a light grassiness like the nose on the tail end of the taste.

M- Medium to full body. It just seems to coat your tongue. Not too bitter but there is a touch of heat on the back of the throat.

D- Decent beer but nothing about it really stands out. It is not as in your face as some DIPA's. I think I prefer some of Bell's other offerings. Pretty average for drinkability, which is the story of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:39:30 | More by Wisconsinality
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -23%

01-04-2013 06:04:07 | More by oldp0rt
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.