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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,509 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 413
Gots: 110 | FT: 5
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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08-26-2013 14:07:14 | More by Swik
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We crack a pair, pouring a brew of golden pumpkin orange into our Founders snifters, throwing faint amber hues when it catches a ray just right. It produces a quickly building three finger head of soapy tan colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. This creamy and goopy crown slowly bubbles away, leaving thick sheets of honeycomb lacing all around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be on the lighter side of moderate. The aroma is both richly malty and sticky with hops, giving notes of sweet pale, lightly caramel, and rye maltiness, spiciness of booze, dried cucumber skin, and fresh ferns, and big hoppiness of nectary, lightly citric, and piney varietals. Complexity works in with warmth, riding on sweet vanilla extract, rubber tree, lactic warmth, lime juice, passion fruit, black pepper and far-off gingerbread breadiness, tannic leafy teas, soft bubblegum, perfumed florals, and sugary sweet hits of citric hop goodness. Our first impression is that the hops are quite bitter, mixing with the fusel nature of the booze for an explosively surprising beginning. As we sip, the taste opens with black pepper, lemon zest, metallic amber and pale malts, chemical rubber bite, bitterly herbal and sweetly nectary hops, sap resins, hints of honey sweetness, and sweet fusel alcohol. The middle peaks with red cherry sweetness, hibiscus and honeysuckle florals, whole black peppercorn, sesame seed, chalked yeast, freshly picked parsley, citric and herbal hops, light caramel sugars, and a bittered, steely rye type of maltiness. The end hits with cleaner pales, warm cornbread, drippy butters, vodka booze, plant greens, biting tree bark, mineral water, citric, grassy, and herbal hops, mango fruitiness, gravel, aluminum, eucalyptus, grape seeds, coconut husk, and water chestnuts. The aftertaste breathes of hugely fusel booze, piney hop resins, distant raisin sugars, pencil shavings, gravel, dirty yeast, black pepper, pseudo-woody astringency, black raspberry seediness, wet moss, nickel, and echoes of those bitter herbal hops. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium but subdued. Each sip gives nice cream and froth, decent slurp and smack, and clean finishing pop. The mouth is initially coated fully, but this quickly drips into intense boozy pucker and tannic astringency. The abv is up there for a 12oz. bottle, and it drinks as such.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its nose. Really, all the aromatic goodness presented here came with warmth. It started a bit hot and overly malty, much like the flavoring, but it took a turn with warmth, where the hops were allowed to flourish into their natural, sticky, floral, and piney state. This gave a sweet air to it, helping to contrast nicely with the grain and the fusel booziness. We found the taste, however, to be a bit cumbersome. Here we found extreme hotness of ethanol, overly bittered hops, and biting, metallic yeast, mixing for a rather heavy puck and chalked astringent on the feel. This was not helped by the fact that the body was sturdy and thick, adding to the burden of drinking it. Perhaps it was the hype that killed this one for us, but unfortunately we found The Oracle to be overly boozed, deceptively unbalanced, and more of a chore than an absolute pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:27:58 | More by TheBrewo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to half finger tall thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine. There is also a light aroma of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops in descending order of intensity. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness are present and linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: This one is truly for the hopheads, definitely not one for the person that is not a huge fan of hop flavors and bitterness. I enjoyed this one but I can definitely appreciate but the hops are extremely aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

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Minnesota

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Michigan

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Iowa

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of IPA. Delicious hop bomb with some malt to balance it out. Pours a nice clear honey color. Not quite a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells very citrusy and resiny. The malt I'd rather hidden in the aroma. A hint of grassiness that ties it all together. Actually quite grassy as it warms. Great fresh citrus flavor. Bitter pine. Lemons possibly. Nice malt comes through in the finish without being sweet. Mouthfeel is full but nicely carbonated. Overall, damn this is a delicious IPA. Wasn't sure what to expect, but wow. Hop bomb meets nice malt balance meets superb drinkability. The 10% ABV is nicely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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New Jersey

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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ahbithwabm

Illinois

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waston

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber color, two finger head that fades. Smells pf hops and citrus. Tastes phenomenal! Maltier than Hopslam. Hoppy, citrusy, hints of caramel and toffee. This might be my favorite beer that Bells offers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:43:49 | More by waston
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal! Loads of hops and grape fruit rind. At least a top 5 beer for me.

A - Light orange/amber. Poured a light head.

S - Hints of apricot.

T - Intense citrus/grapefruit flavor with a load of hops. Intense hop flavor on back of tongue. As it warms, malt flavor comes out as well.

M - Full bodied; feels luxurious in the mouth.

TRY THIS IF YOU CAN!

Serving type: bottle

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Illinois

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Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz into teku. Bottled 8/8/13

A-pours pretty clear orange, single finger white head
S- breads, pine resin, lots of citrus, some bubblegum, some herb that I can't put my finger on
T- honey, deep piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, tastes so fresh, almost no malt caricature. Bitter hop finish
M- as expected, slightly thicker than your usual ipa
O- very very good, piney and citrusy just like I love my dipas. Great west past style, and way different then hopslam and not worth comparing. If you can find it grab a couple bottles. Glad I lucked into this single, the smell is just amazing

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Michigan

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.