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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,517 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 417
Gots: 109 | 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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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-24-2013 20:14:03 | More by Flabbyjandro
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brewtus

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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:09:10 | More by brewtus
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-24-2013 02:07:04 | More by Kerrie
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tgeorgf

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-24-2013 01:30:48 | More by tgeorgf
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jds16

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-24-2013 01:19:51 | More by jds16
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theleechster

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2013 23:52:02 | More by theleechster
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer's color is a clear, deep, orange-amber that lies beneath a big, frothy off-white head and leaves lasting sheets of white lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an almost-intoxicating blend of grapefruit, pine, and freshly cut grass. There's also some noticeable alcohol. Flavor is hoppy, resiny, with some finishing sweetness to balance the bitterness. Mouthfeel is very satisfying; medium-heavy with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I'm thankful this is a 12-oz bottle and can't imagine going through a 6 pack alone. A great example of the style, but the style is powerful and best in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:51:49 | More by endincolorado
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-23-2013 23:18:30 | More by Evan
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-23-2013 21:55:59 | More by OhioBobcat
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-23-2013 21:33:10 | More by cistercian12
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy burnt amber/orange. Head is white, clumpy, and loose. Drops to a small clumpy cap and rocky collar. Sheets and super sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Bread laced with pine and alcohol. Nicely floral with some.grapefruit lodged in the back. Malts are slightly sweet, loaded with biscuity toasted bread. Very slight push of orange zest and oily. Backing bitterness builds as it warms. Marmalade and mint. Dank. Loaded with grapefruit and floral elements. Alcohol and hop spice.

Taste: Straight up bitter and oily pine. Resin, dank hints of weed, and massively floral. Hop spiciness rounds it out. Grapefruit flesh and zest with a big herbal component. Slightly toasted with a caramel malt sweetness. Bready with some undercooked dough. Warming pushes even more bitterness, with a lingering flower petal. Alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body moving toward full. Smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish thanks to the alcohol.

Overall: Mere glimpses of the future.

Aggressive and bitter. Big malts barely counter the hop assault. Still, it's a beast and it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 18:44:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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stvanderwoude

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a very enticing hazy golden orange. Nice white frothy head. Bubbly carbonation.

Aroma suggests serious dry hopping. Mouthwatering sweet grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, ripe melon. This smells amazing. This is one for the tropical hopheads.

Taste follows through on the nose's promise. Sweet, luscious citrus fruit, red grapefruit, sour orange and a dry, mildly bitter, peppery finish. Caramel malts are in the background but support the hops nicely. This is no palate destroying IBU monster. Medium carbonation and smooth mouthfeel for the style. Fragrantly bittersweet, refreshing and incredibly drinkable. Wouldn't know this is 10% ABV.

Overall - This is a top tier DIPA. Better than Hopslam? A case could be made.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 14:21:47 | More by stvanderwoude
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-23-2013 12:28:10 | More by greg4579
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Djsaturn1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-23-2013 11:14:09 | More by Djsaturn1
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alex021224

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2013 01:48:53 | More by alex021224
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ygolordned

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-23-2013 00:55:00 | More by ygolordned
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fishmich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-23-2013 00:48:34 | More by fishmich
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2013 00:35:46 | More by Hessian257
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1up

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-22-2013 23:55:53 | More by 1up
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ryand14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 23:43:36 | More by ryand14
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sitarist

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2013 22:48:01 | More by sitarist
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visualmartyr

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 21:32:46 | More by visualmartyr
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 20:12:25 | More by e30todamax
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md655321

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 13:50:40 | More by md655321
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-22-2013 12:36:18 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.