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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 450
Gots: 262 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 2,214 | Reviews: 669
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burn orange with a decent head that quickly disappears. A think layer of foam is present from start to finish. Nice webbing and stick throughout.

S - Vibrant citrus notes pop out, resinous smell, underlying floral scent.

T - As you would expect with a DIPA - a punch in the mouth of hops follwed by a nicely balanced smooth finish. Bitterness present throughout.

O - This is another solid offering from Bell's. I would say this is more drinkable than hop slam but mayble lacks a bit of hop slams character. I wonder if this is a one off from the two hearted recipe or if any inspiration came from two hearted as it has some of the same smell.

This is definitely a must try. Enjoyed it very much.

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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange with a nice white head that falls rather quickly. Lacing is epic.
Smells like an Oracle should.... Brilliant with a citrusy fruits, resin, and a bit of sweet malt. I can tell this is a hop monster. Pretty one sided on the nose.
TOP 10 fo sho.... Straight blast of hops on the palate that is brutal. POW, this one is complex with citrusy fruits, resin, pine, and a little malt on the end to make it not so one sided; even though it is. Really hoppy with a crazy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Ultra bitter on the finish. Not boozy at all. This one hell of a beer.

Overall, this takes down Hopslam, and redefines the DIPA for me. It's only lacking on being a complete beer with so much bitterness, and not enough balance. A+

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
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...

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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.

Cheers

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4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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 2,214 ratings.