The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.69/5 rDev +11.1%
Beautiful 2-inch, creamy, off-white head that persists. Eventually settled to 1/4-inch. Golden, amber color, with moderate carbonation. Medium-full body with wallops of hop flavor and hop bitterness. The hop notes linger extensively. Resin in nose and on the palate. Muted malt. This is a hop-heads delight - and it is moreish to boot. Well-developed Belgian lace. The ABV is noticeable, although hiding a bit behind the hop notes. Sweet, warming, bitter, deliciousness. May age well. Wonderful with food - particularly rich foods. Cuts, cleanses, lifts, and brightens. I will seek to find some more.
09-05-2013 23:28:48 | More by carlborch
3.63/5 rDev -14%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/9/2013, reviewed from notes. Bell's lack of specific release dates is frustrating, because I had to make several dozen phone calls to find this guy a mere two hours from the brewery. My first experience with it four years ago was magical.
A - pretty good looking. Dark oranges and browns and little head produced on the forced pour. Mostly translucent.
S - the first thing that hits you is booze, then bitterness, followed by a faint, dank hop profile that signals a stickiness in taste and texture. Not altogether pleasant, but certainly not unpleasant.
T - too bitter, much too bitter. The sweet hop profile is lost almost completely to the bitter one, which, combined with a malt-forward finish, makes this beer taste almost like anise. The accompanying 10% ABV doesn't help things. There's hardly anything sweet here. It reminds me very much of Leviathan.
M - again, bitterness and booziness pervade. The lasting impression is a sticky booze bomb .
O - well, as with just about everything, the memory is better than the repeated experience. I wouldn't turn this down at a party of course, but I won't go out of my way or make any more phone calls for it. It would be interesting to sit on for a few months.
09-05-2013 15:10:12 | More by JamesShoemaker
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottling date: 8/8/13
The oracle, in my most humble opinion, is as good as it gets for an American DIPA. First of all, the color itself is a striking and sunny yellow-orange. It has a slight haziness but no actual flacks of sediment visible to the naked eye. There is plenty of effervescence in the beer, obviously showing that it is not going to be the least bit flat. The head on this is a shade just shy of cream colored, and is copiously foamy. I don't recall the last time I've seen such lacing/head retention on a DIPA.
The aroma is bursting with bright, fresh fruit esters, such as kiwi, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some herbal notes as well, and not overly sharp. Malts are somewhat represented in the aroma too, as I pick up a slight sweet bread aspect in there.
Wow, after tasting this I must say it is quite a bold hoppy brew. I was wrong about the malts, as I am not getting much of that at all in the flavor. This is a very coarse and abundant hop flavor - for hop fanatics only! West coast style. There's some slight interplay with pineapple but mostly this is a resinous and piny festival of bitterness rolling across the tongue with each sip. It's not overly complex. Extremely dry finish.
It feels a little lighter than a 10.00 ABV but it certainly warms on the way down. Does not stick to the palate an awful lot either. This is an American excess style through and through. Hops on steroids. Not quite 120 minute IPA but close!
09-04-2013 05:52:31 | More by Neorebel
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
My buddy, QCBrewer, grabbed me 3 singles while on business in Michigan.
Date on bottle: 08/09/13.. pretty damn fresh!
A- It poured a copper/orange color, topped with about a finger of an off-white head, very nice lacing even before bringing the beer to my lips.
S- Fantastic IIPA aroma, packed with piney citrus, especially fresh orange, with some ripe mango notes. The piney resin aroma is massive, but I notice some sweet malt rounded out on the edges.
T- Exactly like you would think after taking several sniffs. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pine and some sweet malty notes. It's quite bitter, but there is a touch of caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate. This malt is a touch too sweet for my liking, but don't get me wrong, Oracle is a huge, boozy, sticky IIPA that packs a delicious hoppy punch.
M- Medium to full bodied, as this beer is quite resiny and sticky. At 10% abv the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming by any means. This beer was intended to be sipped and I will obey.
O- A very solid beer, not as dank as a true West-Coast style IIPA, but an amazing offering from a brewery continuing to move in the right direction. It's definitely worth seeking out.
09-03-2013 23:32:11 | More by kell50
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.