The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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
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
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.