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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 437
Gots: 268 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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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.


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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.

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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.