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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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94
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2,159 Ratings
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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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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
Photo of bradfordjohnson
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
Photo of awdturboiv
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

awdturboiv, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

BigTrubble, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of StoutIrish
5/5  rDev +19.6%

StoutIrish, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of gaffm
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.

Cheers

GRDave, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of biga7346
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
Photo of marine1975
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

marine1975, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ckobes
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.