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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,081 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 437
Gots: 260 | FT: 12
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper color with a good two fingered billowing white head of foam that sticks to the glass like cotton candy when it starts to subside. Carbonation is very subtle.

S - Pineapple, oranges, red grapefruit rinds with some ppery spice, lightly moderate resin.

T - Even though the hop intensity has faded, there's enough there after (4) months to tell me this must have been one intense beer when it was freshly bottled. The tropical fruit is still there, not overly intense, but still enjoyable and detectable. The tongue is met with a blend of tropical fruit (oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple rinds), a floral bouquet, and seet caramel (which is still surprisingly subdued for its age). Around midway through, the malt resurfaces again, but briefly, following by an alcohol effervescence, some more tropical fruit, and then squashed by a bitter wave of pink grapefruit.

M - The bitterness is intensely lingering and leaves a peppery spice and a little metallic aftertaste that coats the mouth. Heavy medium body, light alcohol burn in the beginning, and some boozy effervesence.

O - I really can't recall many (if any) big IPA's that I can say I've enjoyed that much at 3-4 months out, this is one. It's intensely bitter and mildly fruity and resinous. Any sweet malt that is now coming through adds a complemented blend to the beer that still makes it enjoyable.

jzeilinger, Dec 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw. white head a nice carbonation.

It smells like Two-Hearted. The honey heavy malt bill is there, with a heavy dose a Centennial Hops, both dry-hoped and hops and added to the boil. All citric hops.

Smells and tastes like a double Two-Hearted.

VncentLIFE, Dec 04, 2011
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A- pours a slightly cloudy shade of orange with a thick, one finger offwhite head. Lacing is magnificent, all the way around the glass. Looks gorgeous

S- oranges. Yummy, but a little muted

T- nice sweet burst of citrus, with a tad bit of bitterness at the end. It's slightly muted because of the age, but not overly so

M- pretty thick bodied...close to being syrupy

O- would like to try it fresh, don't think I got the FULL experience....but it wasn't bad

bigfnjoe, Dec 03, 2011
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.