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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,155
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4.00 single from Abe's.

Bright shiny copper body, plenty of chill haze, topped by four fingers of bubbly just-off-white foam. Good lacing.

Huge enticing, inviting, assertive aroma mixing pine and big citrus is evident as soon as the cap pops, and only improves with the pour.

Strong sturdy semi-sweet malt foundation. Plenty of juicy fruit. Sample of pine. Big blast of long lingering bitterness.

Good medium plus mouthfeel carries it all aggressively across the tongue and approaches chewy.

A must try DIPA when available for all IPA fans. And a wonderful reminder that HopSlam is coming.

RonfromJersey, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.3%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

1Adam12, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of HoneyLamb
4/5  rDev -4.3%

HoneyLamb, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of 2BDChicago. 10588 PKGD 8/12/11 indicated on the back label. Served in a tulip at 51 degrees. Pours a brownish-orange hue with a mostly translucent clarity; just a slight haze. Head is a quarter inch, frothy and off-white and eventually settles into a broken slick and a bubbly band around the shoulders. Thick, cascading bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose primarily expresses light toasted malts, a suggestion of ethanol and a piny/citrusy/earthy character; however, there's also a trace of tropical fruit in the foreground. Taste reveals an earthy/piny bitterness, as well as caramel and a buttery character along a malty backbone. That said, the considerable alcohol presence makes it difficult to parse out the nuances of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly oily consistency and a prickly carbonation. There's also a light acidity and some residual alcohol heat. Overall, I think this beer could use a little more time in the cellar. Alcohol is a bit too over the top and really muddles the flavors. It's not bad, but I prefer a little more balance and sweetness in my DIPAs.

Jwale73, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -4.3%

EricCioe, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Marti403
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Marti403, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is from August, drunk at the tail end of December. Figured it was worth a try since I’ve never had it before.

This pours a pale golden color. It has a nice hop aroma with some pine notes and a fresh orange undertone. Surprisingly light aroma for such a hoppy beer, as the hops punch you in the face upon first taste and don’t let go. It’s chewy, with a big piney bitterness and a squeezed grapefruit, even after four months, followed by some honey sweetness. Without any point of reference I’d say it’s held up well—and I’d love to try this fresh. Be careful, it’s 10%!

elNopalero, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

imbuckeye, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of cerunincos
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cerunincos, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Slow's in Detroit. Orange with a thick cap of light beige foam. Lots of fine bubbles coated the sides of the glass, with rings indicating each sip. Great aroma, tons of citrusy and resinous hops, grapefruit and oranges, pineapple and tropical fruit character. Great flavour too, sugary malts balance out the big, citrusy hop profile (basically the same as in the aroma) and kept the sturdy bitterness in check. A bit of alcohol warmth rounded things out. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, very smooth texture. Overall, an excellent beer and one of my favourite big IPAs in recent memory.

DrJay, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of melissab318
5/5  rDev +19.6%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mrebeka, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bstyle, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BeRanger, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of runner440
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in my epic Michigan box from Marc. This DIPA was awesome. Had huge sweet hop nectar and an epic malty backbone. Could not taste the 10% alcohol at all. The bottle was very drinkable and I had no problems finishing it myself. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Highly recommended.

runner440, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jakers90
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Jakers90, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Shooter1960
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Shooter1960, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -4.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 2,155 ratings.