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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,159
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 439
Gots: 263 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jereb33, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10oz snifter pour at the Saucer as part of Raleigh Beer week.

Dark orange-gold with 1/2 finger of standard cream head. Decent head retention with just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Nose is light. Resiny hops and a suggestion of pine are all I get.

The flavor is fantastic. Lots of hop resin with a oily sheen. Very nice pepper quality. Floral finish with a dry pine component. Very well done.

Body is stick and thick with hop oil. Perfect for a DIPA.

Just an excellent glass of beer. Only wish is for a slightly stronger nose.

beer2day, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

brealbg, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of csnullptr
4/5  rDev -4.3%

csnullptr, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had it in a 10oz pour from a bar in Raleigh, NC

A - Orange/golden color in the glass

N - Lot's of grapefruit and pine. Smelled so good

T - Carbonation is crisp. Tastes like a tropical citrus paradise with lots of hops(Front end), that turns smooth still ringing with hops(back end). Such a complex beer. The sweet malt yet powerful hop taste does a really great job at keeping the 10.4 % hidden as well. Definitely a must for all Imperial IPA drinkers.

M - malty with a pleasant sweetness that makes way for the hop explosion. So good.

Overall, a very delicious beer. Being that it was beer week in Raleigh the 60+tap bar had 10 different "rare beers" on tap, however I still had to order another one of these...

jtd1969, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

awdturboiv, Sep 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

carrollmel7, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BigTrubble, Aug 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

StoutIrish, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

gaffm, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of GRDave
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, chilled (but not cold) in the fridge

A - Poured with a deep amber orange color and about one finger of white head that lasted for about half of the glass. Lacing down the glass as I enjoyed it.

N - Piney and resinous with orange peel and citrus.

T - Very complex taste, starts off hot with a bit of booze, but ends very bitter and dry as the hops come alive

M - Syrupy and sweet, but not heavy.

Overall, very drinkable. I went into it comparing to Hopslam. Not nearly as sweet (honey) but similar base. But so much more bitterness. Very good stuff.


GRDave, Aug 30, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

A - Shimmering golden to copper hue, fluffy white head, tons of soapy lacing

N - Orange peel, orange creamsicle, fresh mango and peaches, hop resin, lemon zest, cotton candy; some herbalness like cumin or even spicy basil.

T/M - hop bomb up front, sticky piney finish, snippets of pineapple, mango, orange zest, crisp carbonation plays with the syrupy hopped background, wheat husk; the alcohol is well hidden and despite a 10% abv, ridiculously drinkable, but starts to get sticky in the back of the palate after 1-2.

D - Beats the hell out of hopslam imho.

biga7346, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

marine1975, Aug 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

ckobes, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Mark in South Bend, IN on 8/23/12. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Deep amber orange with a finger of tanner head. Recedes to a rim, not much lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine and grapefruit, with some lemon mixed in as well. Clear caramel sweetness.

Taste: Follows the nose with pine and grapefruit, with a fantastic balance. I was amazed at the balance this beer exuded, especially with the reputation of a "west coast style dipa." Like a slightly maltier Pliny.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and drinkable given the huge body.

Overall: Great, and pretty tasty. Wish Bell's put this on rotation.

cfrances33, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

adamdarcy, Aug 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

TheMaimed, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

redfacedshooter, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

coz, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rjl910953, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

frank12, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

brez8791, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Steimie, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

smurfbeer, Aug 22, 2012
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.