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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 437
Gots: 260 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jeffthepony, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Beer Run in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 1 February 2012 (last night).

A: Nice head fades fast. Clearish orange; great lace.

S: Lots of citrusy hops and fruity malts.

T: Fan-freaking-tastic. Huge, fruity flavours; loads of hops; bitter, tasty fruit. Indescribably good. Seriously, I'm not even going to flesh out my review of the taste because it wouldn't do it justice and I'd rather drink another glass than sit here reviewing it.

M: Excellent. Firm, malty, and delicious. The aftertaste is wet and full of fruit.

O: One of the all-time best beers I've ever drunk. I absolutely love it. Highly recommended. I will drink again and again wherever I can find it. If you choose not to...Heaven help you.

AgentMunky, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

danoeltico, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rogueleonardi, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mjaggers
4/5  rDev -4.5%

mjaggers, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -4.5%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -4.5%

mdillon86, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

here's one that i thought deserved a re-review as this one is bottled 8/10 (just about 3 weeks ago) and my original review was from a really old bottle. thank you to genuinedisciple for the fresh taste!!! enjoyed from my bell's tulip.

a - same gorgeous classic ipa orange with a generous frothy head (no change in score)

s - fairly even ipa. some vanilla and orange peel. good soft piny hop presence. (upgrade to a 4.0)

t - nice bouquet of hops and grapefruit. balanced and even not too hoppy, but still resiny and piny. just a solid IPA (upgrade to a 4.0)

m - feel is fairly light for a beer like this. ABV is invisible. not bittery, but cooling. (no change in score)

o - overall, this is a different animal fresh. it is no hopslam, but it never set out to be hopslam. this is like a gateway DIPA. the hopping is subtle, but there. soft grapefruit flavors...really nice and balanced (upgrade to a 4.5).

*** ** * ** ***
Original Review from 1/25/2012
*** ** * ** ***
4.5 - 3.5 - 2.5 - 3.5 - 3.0

massive thank you to Marti403 for sending this one my way. bottled 8/12...so bear that in mind.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my urthel tulip. mild explosion upon opening. brew poured a deep orange red with a super frothy ipa head. lacing was chunky and milkshake like.

s - nice subtle vanilla and caramel hop. smooth with a good malt presence. seems like time has faded the citric burst on this one :( still nice, but more barleywine like for sure.

t - sadly the hops are long gone in this one. strong grapefruit and what all the others see, just no hop.

m - pretty bitter, no hop bite. boozy tingle.

o - overall...don't age them iipas. time will morph to barleywine maltiness, but the hop character is what makes a great iipa. i promise to re-review this one fresh, but for now...here's what a 4.5 month old one tastes like.

cosmicevan, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

floydie83, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

nrs207, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

AndybIPA, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.