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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 442
Gots: 259 | FT: 11
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

gwiedman1, Aug 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

BigDiesel, Aug 24, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +15.5%

prisdefer, Aug 24, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head, with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pinapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and fairly smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

This pours with a glowing orange color and a stiff mound of bright white foam.

The nose is light, for the style, but I get earthy dankness, pithy citrus rinds, apricots, lemon and tea leaf.

At first the flavor really knocks you over with hops but just a few minutes it settles and opens up. Pine and bitterness are more prevalent but I get some grapefruit, apricot, honey, tea leaf, barley, caramel and cilantro. This is very bitter and astringent but has no alcohol bite.

Well crafted and very complex this is worth a try but not necessarily worth the $.35 an ounce price tag.

KYGunner, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

KRG, Aug 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

mlklein27, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bird2u, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

badmotorgrunge, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jbaker67, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ohiobeer29, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

AndyEdgar, Aug 24, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

dtm426, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

srgj88, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jgunther71, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

krome, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

LodiRigglesbee, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Gryphon69, Aug 23, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Robdiesel21, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Deep yellow pour with a huge white head that holds on for a long time. Hoppy - citrus aroma. Taste is grapefruit style citrus with a ton of hops and bitterness from the beginning till the end. Almost like a non coated pill that gets stuck on your tongue. A bunch of pine too. Very slick resiny feel to it. I know my rdev is going to be way off on this an I am in the minority, but for a DIPA, I find this to be very unbalanced and not real enjoyable. As an American IPA, it I would score differently. If you like an IBU slap to the face then go for it for sure. Bell's makes some great beers. They have always been hit or miss with me though. This one is a miss personally.

WesMantooth, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

HopasaursRex08, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Aubs723, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

nut, Aug 22, 2014
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.