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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,621 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 433
Gots: 162 | FT: 9
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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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 08/09/2013. Scored a single bottle from my local beer store for $3.99. Excited to have it, based on this beer's excellent ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three creamy sudsy fingers of off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt sienna orange body. Thin wispy rings of lace. Head retention is very nice considering the high alcohol content. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of lots of bright citrusy tropical fruits: peaches, mango, papaya, pineapple. Caramel malt sweetness. Some soapiness. Some alcohol fumes. Smells fresh, most of all, which is great.

T - Taste follows the nose: tropical fruits, mango, papaya, pineapple, greapefruit. Some bready caramel malts holding everything in check. Quite a bit of spicy alcohol heat on the finish, which is only a little surprising. Juicy citric tartness lingering around on the finish also.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Some lingering alcohol heat on the finish, but otherwise it is remarkably well executed.

Overall, this is some smooth and easy drinking at 10.00% abv. Probably one of the bigger and better beers that I've had from Bell's. I've never tried Bell's Hopslam, but I look forward to trying it for the sake of comparison. There was a two bottle limit at my store, but I only bought one. An amazing beer; if you can get it, buy it.

Bell's The Oracle ---4.5/5

09-03-2013 00:36:03 | More by mfnmbvp
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Norseman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-03-2013 00:08:17 | More by Norseman
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TheConnMan

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2013 22:54:08 | More by TheConnMan
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-02-2013 22:03:59 | More by MNPikey
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden orange with 1/2 a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Navel orange, tangerine, papaya, mango, pineapple and candy sugar.

Taste
A lot of citrus and tropical fruits. Navel orange, tangerine, white grapefruit, papaya, mango and pineapple. Thin candy sugar backbone with notes of honey. Finishes with good amounts of pine resin, florals and dried grass.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, juicy, crisp, oily, sticky and moderately bitter.

Overall
Yeah, it's a pretty freakin' good DIPA.

09-02-2013 21:52:21 | More by justintcoons
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Ayelikebeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-02-2013 13:21:04 | More by Ayelikebeer
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MaxOhle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2013 05:17:32 | More by MaxOhle
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Thought it was only fitting that I pour myself one of these while studying for my Greek class. Channeling my inner oracle. Date on the bottle says 8/09/13. So it's pretty fresh. I was able to pick up 4 bottles from Carson Street Deli (side note: they have the best prices in Pittsburgh).

A- Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pour results in about a finger of an off-white head, which leaves its mark on the glass as it slowly dissipates. Beautiful golden-orange color makes this quite an inviting beer. Seems to almost glow. As I continue to sip, lacing follows. Love me some lacing.

S- Dank, resinous hops. Almost has a Belgian funk to it... I may be off. Somebody help me here. There is also an unmistakeable sweetness to the smell. Also picking up floral scents. Love how the scent develops as it warms.

T- Initial flavor is very sweet. Then the hops make their presence known. They are strong, but not overwhelming. Citrus, specifically grapefruit, pokes its head through on the finish. Wow, this beer has great balance. Hops linger until you take the next sip. It's fun to repeat this step.

M- Mid-low carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel. Hop oils cover the palate. I'll be tasting this one for a bit once I've finished. Nice warming from the alcohol.

O- Damn, this beer is good. I'm congratulating myself for picking up 4 of these. They will be savored, that is for sure. Excellent offering from Bell's. I would expect nothing less.

09-02-2013 02:22:07 | More by jbwimer
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-02-2013 02:17:04 | More by ac22rush
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-02-2013 02:11:48 | More by bubseymour
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JMurphy41

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-02-2013 01:32:54 | More by JMurphy41
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle poured into Bell's tulip glass

One finger white head with a very golden hue that is translucent through the beer with no cloudiness.

Nose was bright with some pine and light citrus. Very clean nose that wasn't overpowering but very in balance and inviting for a DIPA.

Taste is crisp and balanced. Some pine, light fruitiness, and light malt/body that allows the hops to shine while providing just enough balance. Not slick at all. Very smooth mouthfeel and easier drinking than I expected at the ABV. Very well balanced DIPA in a world of hop bombs, oily mouthfeels, or malt disasters. This one is worth seeking out, and the price point falls below many DIPA bombers as well. This beer is a clean, well made DIPA that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the range of brews that fall under the DIPA/IIPA umbrella.

09-02-2013 01:01:42 | More by PHBoiler
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-02-2013 00:01:31 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 23:44:32 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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hifi-pa

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-01-2013 22:39:12 | More by hifi-pa
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 22:01:43 | More by tarheels4life23
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 21:21:25 | More by cjgiant
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JulianB

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-01-2013 16:57:25 | More by JulianB
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-01-2013 15:55:29 | More by DanGeo
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BeastLU

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-01-2013 02:16:28 | More by BeastLU
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ChrisYager39

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-01-2013 02:00:00 | More by ChrisYager39
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-01-2013 01:58:17 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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Stokes_

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a deep golden color. 3+ finger head that hangs around for days, heavy lacing. Extremely fruity on the nose, I believe my cold is hindering me from picking up on the hops. Taste is amazing, fruit and hops aplenty. Wow. This is one of the better DIPA's I've tried.

09-01-2013 01:20:19 | More by Stokes_
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EGolfer4

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-31-2013 23:28:52 | More by EGolfer4
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Prager62

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-31-2013 23:22:36 | More by Prager62
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.