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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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1,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 439
Gots: 246 | FT: 13
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of eorwar
5/5  rDev +19%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Poors a nice nearly glowing copper with huge 3 fingers+ of head that lingers well and left behind thick sheets of lacing.

S- Very strong hop resin with some nice piney notes. There is a nice notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T- some sweetness upfront, grapefruit and mango taste mix well with very powerful hops. Leaves some nice resin and finishes rather dry and boozy.

MF- Smooth and leaves thinck resin in mouth, very creamy.

O: My bottle may have been a little past its prime but still was a very good DIPA. Will be looking for this one again!

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

A. Pours a golden red hue, a nice 2.5 finger thick head, lots of carbonation, settled to a 2mm head with beautiful lacing

S. Smells of sweet citrus, grapefruit and floral

T. Tastes tart, a bit of sour fruit, sweet orange peel and a bitter finish

M. Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation with a very moist finish

O. A good DIPA. I had it once before on tap at a Bells Rare Beer night and remember it being different. I picked this up at a store that is far from the brewery and I wonder if they may be headed over the hill. It's more bitter than I remember, but it has been 6 months since I had it. It's still very good, just not the same beer I remember. I suggest if anyone can try this one fresh in one of the few states you can get it, Go For it!

MBrausen, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of floydie83
5/5  rDev +19%

floydie83, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -4.8%

nrs207, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Good looking IPA. Apricot/orange in color. Two finger head. Drops off a little bit - to be expected. Leaves a small ring. Good lacing. Pretty cloudy.

Aroma: BIG. Lots of peach, tropical fruit,pineapple, and citrus. Super resiny and dank. An enormous hop bomb of a nose. Light malt sweetness

Taste: More resiny pine than on the nose. Big bitterness. Again lots of peach, tropical fruit, pineapple, and sweet citrus. The hops and light, sweet malt meld so well. For 10%, this is really light on its feet. Drinks like a double IPA and not a hoppy barleywine or strong ale or anything else. Medium-length, dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Gives the beer the appropriate silky feel while never becoming cloying. Really well done.

Overall: Intended for hopheads. The bitterness is high and could be too high for some, but this beer is more enjoyable than Hopslam to this palate.

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of AndybIPA
5/5  rDev +19%

AndybIPA, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev -4.8%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MeisterSmudge
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of page101
5/5  rDev +19%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle 08/2011-I know a little late on this DIPA

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Nose has plenty of grapefruit, juicy fruit and pineapple. Obviously my mouth is watering.

Fullness and plenty of body with a more muted hop presence than I expected. Balanced very well with a great background bitterness and no astringent alcohol hotness. Some light toasted characters and bread but not too much syrupy caramel to muddle the bill.

This is still a very nice example of a DIPA. Plenty of pineapple and grapefruit with a nice dose of juicy fruit and hop resin. More resin than I initially expected

I am guessing that because I waited almost 5 months the beer has balanced itself a bit. I wanted to compare it against the Hop Slam and waited until the hop slam hit the shelves. I need to get this straight from the tanks to get a better judgement.

stewart124, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
5/5  rDev +19%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -16%

A: Pours a clear, deep golden orange with a tight, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of pine, citrus, biscuits, brown sugar, and alcohol are present on the nose. This smells a little boozier than I would like.

T: Notes of brown sugar, biscuits, sage, pine, mint, bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, and grapefruit assault the palate. The finish is bitter and fruity with lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, and alcohol notes.

M: Full-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is firm and prickly. There is a slight alcohol presence in the mouth, but it isn't too overbearing.

O: As is, this is a very solid American DIPA, but if the alcohol presence were masked a bit better, it would be truly outstanding.

mrfrancis, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of FullObs
4/5  rDev -4.8%

FullObs, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of PaulMc
5/5  rDev +19%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of decadance
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

decadance, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

$4.00 single from Abe's.

Bright shiny copper body, plenty of chill haze, topped by four fingers of bubbly just-off-white foam. Good lacing.

Huge enticing, inviting, assertive aroma mixing pine and big citrus is evident as soon as the cap pops, and only improves with the pour.

Strong sturdy semi-sweet malt foundation. Plenty of juicy fruit. Sample of pine. Big blast of long lingering bitterness.

Good medium plus mouthfeel carries it all aggressively across the tongue and approaches chewy.

A must try DIPA when available for all IPA fans. And a wonderful reminder that HopSlam is coming.

RonfromJersey, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.8%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

1Adam12, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of HoneyLamb
4/5  rDev -4.8%

HoneyLamb, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

Courtesy of 2BDChicago. 10588 PKGD 8/12/11 indicated on the back label. Served in a tulip at 51 degrees. Pours a brownish-orange hue with a mostly translucent clarity; just a slight haze. Head is a quarter inch, frothy and off-white and eventually settles into a broken slick and a bubbly band around the shoulders. Thick, cascading bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose primarily expresses light toasted malts, a suggestion of ethanol and a piny/citrusy/earthy character; however, there's also a trace of tropical fruit in the foreground. Taste reveals an earthy/piny bitterness, as well as caramel and a buttery character along a malty backbone. That said, the considerable alcohol presence makes it difficult to parse out the nuances of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly oily consistency and a prickly carbonation. There's also a light acidity and some residual alcohol heat. Overall, I think this beer could use a little more time in the cellar. Alcohol is a bit too over the top and really muddles the flavors. It's not bad, but I prefer a little more balance and sweetness in my DIPAs.

Jwale73, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -4.8%

EricCioe, Jan 06, 2012
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.