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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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BA SCORE
94
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1,712 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 437
Gots: 195 | 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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KFBR392

Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -16.6%

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.

09-01-2014 20:30:19 | More by KFBR392
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.36/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

10-18-2013 16:24:39 | More by macrosmatic
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

A little malty, but way bitter

09-02-2014 06:19:44 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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M_chav

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2014 04:55:50 | More by M_chav
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tclipse

Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -16.6%

09-02-2014 04:04:05 | More by tclipse
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2014 01:45:11 | More by waddellc2
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chip26

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-02-2014 01:34:19 | More by chip26
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baldwinfamilyfarm

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

The Oracle smells of hops front to back with a little bit of booze mixed in. It pours a nice orange blossom honey color with a two finger head. Good lacing and carbonation. The taste is slightly boozy on the top but is covered well by the citrus hop that stays with you till midway though then the pine and booze finish it out. Feels lighter in the mouth than most dipas but still had a nice hop oil feel. Overall it was a solid beer. I am looking forward to seeing how well it ages. I would buy it again any day but won't spend a lot of time searching.

09-02-2014 01:04:40 | More by baldwinfamilyfarm
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Root

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2014 00:57:52 | More by Root
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep orange amber with snow white lacing that looks mesmerizing.

Pine, citrus, earthy, fresh, spicy, and some cucumber(?).

This definitely packs a hop punch. Not much malt to speak of. Just very citrusy, resinous, and piney hops with very little malts, but are on the spicy end.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, perfect for an (I)IPA.

Overall, not outstanding, but worth trying two maybe six times.

09-01-2014 23:04:19 | More by larryarms847
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wedge

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

PKGD 8/08/14

Hazy orange with an attractively creamy head that sticks to the surface and leaves drippy sheets behind. Aroma certainly hints at a high ABV, but hides the booze fairly well behind a wall of orange, tangerine, lime, pineapple, and floral hops. Just a bit of caramel under it all. Flavor is hoppy and smooth...juicy citrus bitterness, pine resin stickiness, melon, peach, and apricot. Malt presence is low, contributing a touch of residual sweetness for balance. Creamy, bitter mouthfeel finishes dry and leaves a warming sensation in the throat. Pretty nice overall, I'm glad the residual sugars are held at bay.

09-01-2014 23:02:01 | More by wedge
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Danimal25

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-01-2014 23:01:19 | More by Danimal25
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OGunner77

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%

09-01-2014 22:46:50 | More by OGunner77
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GRap

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-01-2014 22:22:49 | More by GRap
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2014 21:49:31 | More by jsh420
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barhoc11

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Bright gold with a nice white head to it. The lacing on this beer is phenomenal.

S: Citrusy and fruity

T: Tastes a little more fruity than Hopslam and I am a little disappointed with the aftertaste.

M: Good and full

O: I think this is a good DIPA and I would recommend trying it yourself but this isn't something I would kill to have again

09-01-2014 21:21:23 | More by barhoc11
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beerman999999

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-01-2014 19:57:29 | More by beerman999999
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-01-2014 17:55:05 | More by funkyaudio
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-01-2014 13:23:51 | More by atrocity
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Gdirt

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2014 12:09:09 | More by Gdirt
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2014 11:56:10 | More by oldvines
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%

09-01-2014 11:54:57 | More by DantheMan75
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

09-01-2014 06:37:47 | More by markgugs
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2014 04:13:58 | More by lupercmda
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-01-2014 04:02:47 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.