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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 1471
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%


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:
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory PIls glass
A - Pours a very nice gold color 1 finger of a fizzy head, nice thick lacing on the sides.
S - Big juicy hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine, rye, pepper, caramel and toffee malts. There's also a strong alcohol presence.
T - Big lime and grapefruit flavors, those are definitely the dominant qualities in this, then you get some overly ripe tropical fruits, kinda like fruit cocktail, the mid way through you get some caramel and toffee kinda sweet malts, a little pepper and rye underneath, some pine bitterness that sneaks up then really gets you. Some alcohol burn on the end.
M - Thick, chewy, lots of abrasive bitterness, cloying flavor.
O - This does get better as it warms up, it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes' Lake Erie Monster with the abundance of ripe fruit flavor, but the alcohol burn and smell is too much, and there's a weird rye peppery aftertaste thats just making it disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:41:13 | More by Omnium
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a lighter copper color with a modest white head.

Smell - In the aroma, one notes the orange in the aroma. The aroma was a little atypical of a DIPA. I did not detect pine or a strong citric presence.

Taste - My first thought was "This tastes like hopped orange soda". At the front, the beer is sweet. Then, it takes a turn toward bitter at the back of the throat. There is a high presence of resin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I thought this was a little thin for a DIPA. In mouthfeel, it resembles a single IPA. In taste, it is much more of a DIPA.

Overall - This is a Solid DIPA, but I don't think it is worth the effort some people put into getting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:17:36 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a hazy gold color with two fingers of off-white head.

Big grapefruit and grassy aroma.

Saying the taste was big and boozy upfront is an understatement. This was a beast. Once it warmed, notes of orange and carmel malts revealed themselves.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one had a bitterness that nearly overpowered any noticeable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:28:47 | More by Monkeyknife
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how "summer" the release is I just found a bottled on 8/09 at my local six pack shop for a $3.25 single. Long time tick for me since last year!

A - Well it settled a bit making for great lacing but I did get a 1+ inch foamy head atop of a rather bright clear orange brown colored beer.
S - Smell is interesting very resinous but showing citrus in nature. Like a weird but effective blend.
T - Ow wow this is seriously the most bitter beer I had all year. Deep dank resinous hop bite that shakes the tongue and burns the buds. Truthfully the first sip I choked a bit because of the surprise huge hop bite and massive ABV. Second a bit smoother but I don't think my palate would completely adjust. Such a bitter unforgivable beer.
M - Thankfully the body keeps this massive ABV at bay making for a more medium bodied drinking experience.

Overall the hype really made this beer seem as good as hopslam but all I got was a tongue peeling hop experience that cries for a better malt base. If anything I applaud the well hidden ABV so there is that...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:11:12 | More by DrDemento456
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours slightly hazy golden rod with high white head the slowly dissipates. On many bubbles in the beer itself.

S- Sweet citrus and pine and slight alcohol

T- Hugh bitterness that pretty much takes over from beginning to end and lingers. The sweetness is still there but fights with the bitterness and loses. The alcohol is not overpowering and surprisingly tame for a 10%er.

M- Great viscosity and lingering presence that coats your mouth, what you want to see in a DIPA

O- This delivers on the big bitterness it promises in calling itself a west coast style DIPA. Reminds me of many Sierra Nevada offerings I've had. Glad I've been drinking IPAs for a while now or it would be way to bitter for me. This and Hopslam make a perfect 1-2 punch for Bell's in the DIPA market.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:20:32 | More by PaulyB83
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

Hazy and golden and color with a nice full finger of fluffy white head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass as it reduces. Great smell - grass and grapefruit with some pine. Loads of bitterness in the taste. It leave my smacking my lips with a dry sensation. Great airy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Really enjoyed this one - happy that I was lucky enough to get a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:51:07 | More by shangwang
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 8-9-13 (1 month old)

A- A bright hazy golden orange color. A one finger of a quickly dissipating off white head.

S- Pungent peach, papaya, grapefruit, grape. Very citrusy. A more of a west coast take on an IPA.

T- A relatively modest bitterness at first. A strong hop flavor sweeps over. A pungent papaya and grapefruit. A ripe peach. An oily hop profile to this beer. With lasting pungent resinous flavors. Not much on the malt end here. This beer isnt a hop bomb per say but the flavor is all hops. The malts are very neutral and let the hops do the work.

M- A bitter beer. An appropriate feel for a beer this size. ABV is better hidden then this beers brother Hopslam.

O- A very solid DIPA. This is a textbook DIPA. A different hop profile then its brother and a more plain malt profile but a great beer never the less. This beer was much better then the most recent Hopslam batch in my opinion. What I cant figure out is why this beer is much more limited, Hopslam sits around by the case where I live and I was only able to grab a single of this beer. Produce more Bells!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:01:45 | More by TwelveOunces
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kevanb

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy, orange copper color, only a bubble or two rising to the top of the glass with a soft, billowy white head that has fantastic retention and leaves a vast network of soapy lace behind, a really beautiful beer to look at. The aroma just leaps out of the glass, devastating amounts of pine, really sappy and resinous, perfectly earthy with some grassiness and crisp hop spice, a bit of tangy grapefruit is in there as well with some bright pineapple, but make no mistake, this is one piney and beautiful beer. The flavors are right in line, this beer is punishing with the earthy pine, wonderfully bitter, nice layers of lemongrass and tangy grapefruit, oily and crisp hop spiciness, tropical fruit is towards the end, very strong ripe pineapple with some rich malt flavor that lends just a touch of sweetness to help balance the beer out a bit. The mouthfeel is great, really juicy, lively zip from the carbonation but it feels very smooth, the finish is a bit creamy as it goes down, smooth and gentle before a massive dry kick punches the mouth.

Verdict: Awesome. Just awesome. Easily the best hoppy beer I've had from Bell's and easily one of the best hoppy beers in the midwest. Crushing amounts of earthy pine and beautiful bitterness really makes this a special treat. I typically enjoy IPAs that are softer and more delicate, but this is absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:51:38 | More by kevanb
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timc100

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a beautiful dense, clinging, retention crazy head. The aroma is not incredibly pungent, but there are some great things going on - great example of no coast DIPA - astringent overripe pineapple, lemon zest, sharp orange citrus and a great malt backbone - sweet bready malts. Taste is huge! Very bitter and astringent. Coats the mouth completely - full bodied for the style and very smooth. Pungent overripe citrus and tropical fruits play off a sweat biscuit malt base. Fantastic midwest IPA!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 21:03:58 | More by timc100
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden orange with a thin white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops and juicy tropical fruits.

T - Quite bitter. The hops are very upfront and linger throughout. Some tropical fruit is present along with some sweet malts. Very hop forward and not a lot of balance in flavors.

M - Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

O - Not on the same level as Hopslam, but still very good. Hop heads would've be recommended to try is one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:59:24 | More by TreyIsWilson
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger sticky head.

S-Grass pine, good deal of citrus, some malt.

T-Very earthy and piney. Some citrus. Good deal of bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, good hop bite.

O-Was expecting more from this one, was worthy hunting it down once, but not again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:12:57 | More by rlee1390
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carlborch

Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:28:48 | More by carlborch
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 15:10:12 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:52:31 | More by Neorebel
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kell50

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:32:11 | More by kell50
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screamking

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours dark apricot with a 2 finger white head. Great lacing. 4.5

Aroma-nice tropical smell, lots of mango and pineapple. Some orange and grapefruit as it warms a bit. A little bit of bready brown sugar hiding at the edge. Very nice tropical aroma. 4.5

Taste-bitter, bitter pineapple. After the bitterness fades there's a nice burst of mango sweetness. Some dank pine/earthy notes hit about mid palate. Back of the tongue stays With the bitterness and doesnt let up. Apricot and orange round out the tasting notes. 4.5

Feel-great feel for a DIPA, medium to full bodied, doesn't hide the ABV well and I kinda like that fact, its suppose to be a big beer. 4.75

Overall-honestly, this is a double that they need to make more of. It's not so incredibly great that it needs to be as limited as it is. Several brewers make beers that are very similar to this every single day. As big as Bells is I find it strange that this beer would be that expensive or time consuming to make. It's a killer double that needs to be more often. It's the only down side about this beer and for that... 4

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:45:53 | More by screamking
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 08/09/2013. Scored a single bottle from my local beer store for $3.99. Excited to have it, based on this beer's excellent ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three creamy sudsy fingers of off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt sienna orange body. Thin wispy rings of lace. Head retention is very nice considering the high alcohol content. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of lots of bright citrusy tropical fruits: peaches, mango, papaya, pineapple. Caramel malt sweetness. Some soapiness. Some alcohol fumes. Smells fresh, most of all, which is great.

T - Taste follows the nose: tropical fruits, mango, papaya, pineapple, greapefruit. Some bready caramel malts holding everything in check. Quite a bit of spicy alcohol heat on the finish, which is only a little surprising. Juicy citric tartness lingering around on the finish also.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Some lingering alcohol heat on the finish, but otherwise it is remarkably well executed.

Overall, this is some smooth and easy drinking at 10.00% abv. Probably one of the bigger and better beers that I've had from Bell's. I've never tried Bell's Hopslam, but I look forward to trying it for the sake of comparison. There was a two bottle limit at my store, but I only bought one. An amazing beer; if you can get it, buy it.

Bell's The Oracle ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:36:03 | More by mfnmbvp
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1/2 a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Navel orange, tangerine, papaya, mango, pineapple and candy sugar.

Taste
A lot of citrus and tropical fruits. Navel orange, tangerine, white grapefruit, papaya, mango and pineapple. Thin candy sugar backbone with notes of honey. Finishes with good amounts of pine resin, florals and dried grass.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, juicy, crisp, oily, sticky and moderately bitter.

Overall
Yeah, it's a pretty freakin' good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 21:52:21 | More by justintcoons
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought it was only fitting that I pour myself one of these while studying for my Greek class. Channeling my inner oracle. Date on the bottle says 8/09/13. So it's pretty fresh. I was able to pick up 4 bottles from Carson Street Deli (side note: they have the best prices in Pittsburgh).

A- Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pour results in about a finger of an off-white head, which leaves its mark on the glass as it slowly dissipates. Beautiful golden-orange color makes this quite an inviting beer. Seems to almost glow. As I continue to sip, lacing follows. Love me some lacing.

S- Dank, resinous hops. Almost has a Belgian funk to it... I may be off. Somebody help me here. There is also an unmistakeable sweetness to the smell. Also picking up floral scents. Love how the scent develops as it warms.

T- Initial flavor is very sweet. Then the hops make their presence known. They are strong, but not overwhelming. Citrus, specifically grapefruit, pokes its head through on the finish. Wow, this beer has great balance. Hops linger until you take the next sip. It's fun to repeat this step.

M- Mid-low carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel. Hop oils cover the palate. I'll be tasting this one for a bit once I've finished. Nice warming from the alcohol.

O- Damn, this beer is good. I'm congratulating myself for picking up 4 of these. They will be savored, that is for sure. Excellent offering from Bell's. I would expect nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:22:07 | More by jbwimer
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Bell's tulip glass

One finger white head with a very golden hue that is translucent through the beer with no cloudiness.

Nose was bright with some pine and light citrus. Very clean nose that wasn't overpowering but very in balance and inviting for a DIPA.

Taste is crisp and balanced. Some pine, light fruitiness, and light malt/body that allows the hops to shine while providing just enough balance. Not slick at all. Very smooth mouthfeel and easier drinking than I expected at the ABV. Very well balanced DIPA in a world of hop bombs, oily mouthfeels, or malt disasters. This one is worth seeking out, and the price point falls below many DIPA bombers as well. This beer is a clean, well made DIPA that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the range of brews that fall under the DIPA/IIPA umbrella.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:01:42 | More by PHBoiler
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Stokes_

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden color. 3+ finger head that hangs around for days, heavy lacing. Extremely fruity on the nose, I believe my cold is hindering me from picking up on the hops. Taste is amazing, fruit and hops aplenty. Wow. This is one of the better DIPA's I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:20:19 | More by Stokes_
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice lightish orange. a frothy off white head that starts as two fingers and leaves behind a lacing that sticks around forever. slight haze to it

Smell: immediately i am hit with hops. very resiny, strong pine, weaker citrus and surprisingly strong and sweet malts. a bit bready and slightly caramelly. very complex fragrant beer

Taste: starts off strong and intense hops. they are very resiny and piney again and i get notes of grapefruit and apricot. the malt backbone is strong but not quite sweet as it seemed in the nose. mostly bready.

Mouthfeel: big time sipper. heavy beer with some alcohol strength present. strong hop bitterness that lingers. a bit sticky

Overall: a huge hop head of a beer. a great sipper when you want a serious hop bit. wonderfully complex and done quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:19:01 | More by SportsandJorts
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: A very light orange colored brew, which is to say golden bronze, with a white foam cap. The glass is laced from the first several sips, as to be expected from any hop beast.

SMELL: Immense grapefruit and citrus pith overall. Some pine and lemongrass like aromas as well.

TASTE: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are equal parts in a tropical explosion. Nice bitterness but tempered by pale and biscuity malt base. Still, very juicy and drinks effortlessly. The hops cut what little alcohol flavor there is to almost nothing.

FEEL: Surprisingly light and crisp on the palate, with good complexity of bright juicy hop flavor and resinous bitterness to go along with a biscuity, almost toffee like malt profile.

OVERALL: This beer is fantastic. Great hop flavor, dangerously drinkable and quite light and quenching. A case of this would be a timely investment.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:04:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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roger617

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 Bright golden copper with 1 finger of white foamy head that reduces very slowly and leaves tons of lacing.
S: 4.0 Pine and malt forward with lingering floral notes.
T: 4.25 Slightly boozy, similar to smell I get pine first. This leaves a lingering citrus aftertaste, and a warmth that should come with a DIPA.
M: 3.75 Carbed well, smooth and silky. A little more carbed than I'm used to in this style, but it doesn't take anything away.
O: 4.0 This is a great brew, definitely what I expect out of a DIPA. Malty, boozy, pine and citrusy. I was able to snag 2 at a local rare beer release, I'd be happy to get a couple more!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:56:50 | More by roger617
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MCain04

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely grateful to Kaveman for hooking me up with this bottle. Pouring it into a Spiegelau tulip glass at around 40F.

Brilliant clear orange golden body with 2 fingers of off-white head with great retention and lacing.

Smells of lemony, piney, clean hops, not much sweetness, a little orange pulp, not a powerfully strong aroma.

Taste is complex. Up front sweet malt is definitely present, pine and citrus hop flavor washes in to balance. As the beer reaches the back of my tongue it hits scorchingly bitter notes. Lingers with abrasive bitterness and some residual alcoholic warming heat.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium, almost full, definitely sticky, dry finish, carbonation is moderate and appropriate, a great feel to this huge DIPA.

Overall I had a tough time tying this beer together cause there's actually a lot going on. It's big in every sense; very bitter, very sweet, very alcoholic. It's almost impossible to perfectly balance a beer when so many features are exaggerated, but I will say if this had more hop flavor and aroma it could be improved. However, it is definitely one of the most bitter DIPAs I've ever tasted, so for someone looking for the biggest bitter hop bombs, this is definitely a must try.

Ohhh yea!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:32:47 | More by MCain04
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.