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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 446
Gots: 264 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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2.96/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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2.97/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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2014 release

Super boozy and sharp finish. Undesirable overall. Perhaps it could age a bit and mellow out.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,215 ratings.