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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 437
Gots: 259 | 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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

DespiseTheIcon, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Gryphon69, Aug 23, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Robdiesel21, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Deep yellow pour with a huge white head that holds on for a long time. Hoppy - citrus aroma. Taste is grapefruit style citrus with a ton of hops and bitterness from the beginning till the end. Almost like a non coated pill that gets stuck on your tongue. A bunch of pine too. Very slick resiny feel to it. I know my rdev is going to be way off on this an I am in the minority, but for a DIPA, I find this to be very unbalanced and not real enjoyable. As an American IPA, it I would score differently. If you like an IBU slap to the face then go for it for sure. Bell's makes some great beers. They have always been hit or miss with me though. This one is a miss personally.

WesMantooth, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

HopasaursRex08, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Aubs723, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

nut, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

tvghost, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured golden orange with a finger and a half of khaki colored head. Decent lacing

Honey, pine, and citrus in the nose

Starts sweet (similar to HopSlam). I get honey and sweet cookie followed by piney, fruity, citrusy hop flavor, then it finishes very bitter. The bitterness lingers (in a lip-smacking way)

Thick and resinous mouth feel. Finishes dry and almost chalky, which accentuates the bitterness.

Overall, not the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's up there. Really enjoyable beer that gets better as it warms. If you love 100+ IBU beers, this one's for you.

DVoors, Aug 22, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Stu_Grimson, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GOBLIN, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

wafers, Aug 22, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%

Traumaqueen666, Aug 22, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +6%

campfirebrew, Aug 22, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

acehart1, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mikeincharleston, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Rimbimhoot, Aug 22, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +6%

Mattmiller21, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Nice golden cooper hue. Aggressive pour into my Hopslam tulip leaves 1.5 inch head. Lacing linger all throughout the tasting.

Aroma is very similar to Hopslam. Piney floral notes. Not much else.

Instant hop kick to the taste buds. Slightly less subtle than Hopslam, significatnly less balanced than Pliny the Elder. Pliny was on tap, maybe that's the reason. Slightly cleaner finish than Hopslam, which tends to leave a lingering, stronger hop aftertaste. Mars was more subtle then either Oracle or Hopslam.

Overall an excellent example of the DIPA style. Thanks Larry

BreakfastStout, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

osuskin, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Lynn, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

kmos27, Aug 21, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

12oz bottle into pint glass. This beer was bottled 12 days prior to drinking.

Very slightly clouded dark gold body. Excuse my saying so but the color and clarity put me in mind of urine when one is dehydrated. And now we resume the review.

Impressive off-white head that has great retention. Lacing is quite sticky.

I'm surprised at how mild the aroma is. I get some caramel and breadiness from the malt, floral and almost soapy aromas from the hops. Barely perceptible hint of alcohol.

Interesting flavor. There is a high degree of bitterness, definite aspirin quality here, as well as a soapy note - I didn't just imagine that from the aroma. Alcohol is again present but subtle. Very resinous, plus lots of grapefruit pith and rind. I'm surprised at how dry this is; there is a near total lack of balancing sweetness, the malt character is obliterated by alpha acids, and one is left with a long lasting aftertaste that could be duplicated simply by dissolving an advil on the tongue. By the time one reaches the end of the glass and things have warmed up a bit, there is a very subtle emergence of the malt, bringing a faintly honeyed note, but it's too little, too late and fails to truly salvage the experience.

Medium to slightly full body and medium-lowish carbonation.

I don't know, I much prefer Hopslam, and I don't even like that beer all that much. It's kind of the polar opposite of this, within the DIPA style. This, for me, isn't a very enjoyable beer to drink - it's just not DELICIOUS, and I don't want to drink beer that isn't delicious anymore. I love hoppy beer but the bar has been set a lot higher in recent years and the Oracle doesn't come up to it for me. There are brewers crafting high ABV DIPAs that have explosive hop flavors packed with appealing notes while bitterness is mitigated somewhat. A beer like that doesn't need a pronounced malt character because the hops are handled so artfully and can be left to shine. In this case, the malt backbone is sorely missed, and everything feels out of whack and a little...dated?

tobelerone, Aug 21, 2014
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.