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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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1,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 426
Gots: 138 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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Aubs723

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2014 21:36:43 | More by Aubs723
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nut

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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tvghost

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-22-2014 10:52:45 | More by tvghost
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DVoors

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured golden orange with a finger and a half of khaki colored head. Decent lacing

Honey, pine, and citrus in the nose

Starts sweet (similar to HopSlam). I get honey and sweet cookie followed by piney, fruity, citrusy hop flavor, then it finishes very bitter. The bitterness lingers (in a lip-smacking way)

Thick and resinous mouth feel. Finishes dry and almost chalky, which accentuates the bitterness.

Overall, not the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's up there. Really enjoyable beer that gets better as it warms. If you love 100+ IBU beers, this one's for you.

08-22-2014 03:58:55 | More by DVoors
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

08-22-2014 02:22:19 | More by Stu_Grimson
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-22-2014 01:34:56 | More by GOBLIN
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wafers

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

08-22-2014 01:21:47 | More by Traumaqueen666
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campfirebrew

New York

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

08-22-2014 01:19:43 | More by campfirebrew
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acehart1

New York

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%

08-22-2014 01:05:56 | More by acehart1
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-22-2014 00:16:08 | More by Rimbimhoot
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Mattmiller21

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

08-21-2014 23:58:11 | More by Mattmiller21
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nice golden cooper hue. Aggressive pour into my Hopslam tulip leaves 1.5 inch head. Lacing linger all throughout the tasting.

Aroma is very similar to Hopslam. Piney floral notes. Not much else.

Instant hop kick to the taste buds. Slightly less subtle than Hopslam, significatnly less balanced than Pliny the Elder. Pliny was on tap, maybe that's the reason. Slightly cleaner finish than Hopslam, which tends to leave a lingering, stronger hop aftertaste. Mars was more subtle then either Oracle or Hopslam.

Overall an excellent example of the DIPA style. Thanks Larry

08-21-2014 23:03:22 | More by BreakfastStout
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osuskin

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-21-2014 22:41:34 | More by osuskin
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Lynn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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MidknightFitter

Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +12.8%

08-21-2014 02:36:02 | More by MidknightFitter
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%

12oz bottle into pint glass. This beer was bottled 12 days prior to drinking.

Very slightly clouded dark gold body. Excuse my saying so but the color and clarity put me in mind of urine when one is dehydrated. And now we resume the review.

Impressive off-white head that has great retention. Lacing is quite sticky.

I'm surprised at how mild the aroma is. I get some caramel and breadiness from the malt, floral and almost soapy aromas from the hops. Barely perceptible hint of alcohol.

Interesting flavor. There is a high degree of bitterness, definite aspirin quality here, as well as a soapy note - I didn't just imagine that from the aroma. Alcohol is again present but subtle. Very resinous, plus lots of grapefruit pith and rind. I'm surprised at how dry this is; there is a near total lack of balancing sweetness, the malt character is obliterated by alpha acids, and one is left with a long lasting aftertaste that could be duplicated simply by dissolving an advil on the tongue. By the time one reaches the end of the glass and things have warmed up a bit, there is a very subtle emergence of the malt, bringing a faintly honeyed note, but it's too little, too late and fails to truly salvage the experience.

Medium to slightly full body and medium-lowish carbonation.

I don't know, I much prefer Hopslam, and I don't even like that beer all that much. It's kind of the polar opposite of this, within the DIPA style. This, for me, isn't a very enjoyable beer to drink - it's just not DELICIOUS, and I don't want to drink beer that isn't delicious anymore. I love hoppy beer but the bar has been set a lot higher in recent years and the Oracle doesn't come up to it for me. There are brewers crafting high ABV DIPAs that have explosive hop flavors packed with appealing notes while bitterness is mitigated somewhat. A beer like that doesn't need a pronounced malt character because the hops are handled so artfully and can be left to shine. In this case, the malt backbone is sorely missed, and everything feels out of whack and a little...dated?

08-21-2014 01:11:08 | More by tobelerone
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thetimhortonsman

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-19-2014 23:44:26 | More by Matthew1788
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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-19-2014 20:32:39 | More by PackenGreen
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.