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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 696
Hads: 2,352
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 453
Gots: 323 | FT: 8
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge".

How the hell does one man in Toronto end up with this much Oracle in his apartment? I'll tell you how - because of an insanely generous Kalamazoo BA. Cheers to viggo for a good evening of drinking, and mad props to hoppymeal for hooking him up.

Four for four on good looking beers tonight. The bottle goes into the glass, kicks up a sticky white head that laces a dream, and positively glows a radiant amber. The aroma is insane. The nose practically screams pineapple, and clubs your round the head and into a delicious coma. Its sweet, big and juicy. God, and so much citrus too... its like a whiff of hop heaven. Tangerine and orange are the Apollo Creed and Mickey to pineapple's Rocky. Its not a beer you can smell for long without pulling it to your lips. Seriously, get this into department stores in perfume bottles.

Unlike the pythoness of Greek history, this beer does not speak in riddles. In fact its ridiculously simple, but manages to succeed on the basis of doing simple very, very well indeed. Huge, juicy hops dominate from start to finish. Grapefruit leads off, and is joined in the party by tangerines, candied lemon and mango. Sweet pale malts provide the merest of support roles, and I'd usually criticise this as demonstrating a lack of balance, but the hopping is so excellently executed that my criticism is moot. You can't help but dwell on the hops, because they last long after the sip is gone, and the resiny finish is epic, with a well-delivered bitterness. The body is just shy of perfection, and its full, chewy and slick texture is an excellent compliment to the vibrancy and intensity of the hops.

Delightful. (1,702 characters)

Photo of MPLS
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I genuinely like the name of this beer. It has a great historical name referencing Greek culture, on the bottle is a picture of the Delphic Oracle sitting atop the cauldron.

Big thanks to Chris for throwing this one into a trade! I decided this beer and all big hop profile beers should be enjoyed sooner than later, so here we go...Bottled on August 28, 2009 I am certain not all hops are lost.

A: Neon orange colored body, 3 cm woven cloth looking head that won't leave, slug like lacing, and lively carbonation.

S: After almost inhaling the head from enjoying this citrus bomb I get whiffs of the big hops making the Oracle so well received. It seems less citrusy than Hopslam (judging from memory), but that could be the result of not drinking the beer as freshly. I get the typical big ADIPA citrus fruits: Grapefruit, Orange, and hint of pineapple. I enjoy it when haters of IPAs say it smells like cat piss! HA

T: Almost everything in this beer's flavor spectrum is dominated by hops, from start to finish. Up front is a very prickly grapefruit bite in this beer. The middle of of the Oracle is a pleasant tongue watering orange and lastly there is a pressing citrus peel flavor. Alcohol is discernible through a lot of the beer, good hop profile on this beer.

M: Perfect mouf for this style. Absolutely silky smooth with enough of an oily hop constituent making matter even better.

D: Good drinker for the hop lover, although I find the taste to be really up to snuff I'd favor other DIPA/IPA offerings. I would prefer a little bit more of a malt profile to balance things out. A great DIPA from Bell's though. (1,624 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. 9306 Batch number. (Packaged Aug. 28th '09). No info. Part four in the "Birthday Beer Extravaganza"

Thanks a TON to Sweemzander for two bottles of this glorious beer!

A - The color is an impressive clear golden honey yellow color with a moderate two-finger, slightly off-white head. I noticed right away I could see right through the bottle. The head had moderate retention and left some good, sticky lacing to the sides of the glass. A thick ring hung around to make it look taller than it was. That was followed by thick lacing down the glass as it started filling me with joy as it entered mah belleh!

S - The nose is immediately well-balanced and not overpowering as I expected. Tons of floral hops with a tiny bit of grapefruit and pine resin. A good lemony citrus splash follows with an impressive fruit medley; a big pineapple-mango juicy nose. The malts do a great job of staying in the back as support while providing a nice, low-level sweetness. One of the most perfect DIPAs I've had the pleasure of smelling.

T - Holy Shit. This, with in sips, could be one of my favorite DIPAs, if not beers, ever. The hops overpower the malts but in all the right ways. The hops give off a lot of fruitiness. Like the aroma, it's got pineapple, mango, a drop of lemon, and a kiss of grapefruit bitterness. There is also a pine resin that pops in and lingers through the finish with a dry, almost astringency to it. The malts let the hops do all the work being there only as moral support. Much less balances than the aroma, but rightfully so. The pale malts provide a low sweet background with a slight dab of honey on a thinly sliced wafer of toast.

M - Smooth and creamy with a great carbonation feel that just blends in, it's a superb feeling beer that lacks only in being a bit too dry and resiny on the finish. Great level of bitterness and sweetness that play well together. A very nicely balanced body that teet-or-totters between medium and full bodied. Also very crisp and refreshing.

D - Wow. I think this has to be my favorite DIPA to date. Nothing has rocked my socks this hard or inspired such a long review out of me since my first encounter with the Pumking. It's an absolutely fantastic beer that's brewed to near perfection. The fruit bouquet is absolutely delicious and blends so well with the hop and malt flavors. Almost in the same way the simple yet ornate label can enjoyed in layers. The alcohol isn't even noticeable in this beer at all, not even in small traces.

I can't say enough thanks to my friend Sweem for hooking me up with two bottles of this outrageously good beer! (2,647 characters)

Photo of marcpal
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review in a while and had to given the high expectations for this and having traded for a four-pack.

I have had the lovely Hopslam and it is among my favorite, have had the Big Head SD style by Bells and loved it, but this did not meet my high hopes.

I thought the first could have been due to the beat up bottles that came in the trade but the second had a similar taste. It wasnt't skunked or anything, just overdone and not well mapped out in my opinion.

A: Poured into oversized Portsmouth brewing goblet. Dark orange color with a nicely capped head and serious lacing for such a high test brew. Nice start.

S: Citrusy and earthy hops but the burn of the alcohol resides right in the nose. The smell is nice but not anything that would leave me drooling (see the great Hopslam)

T: Nice hit of bitterness florally in the front but that kind of gives way a bit too easily. More bitterness dissipates in the finish but not drinking like a true imperial. Mango and pineapple are the high points for sure but the overly sweet malt backbone didn't do wonders for these guys.

M: Pretty darn thick with not much lingering bitterness. The sweetness came through more than one would hope and would have asked for some more chew.

D: I will surely finish and enjoy the rest of the pack, it was not worth the trade. It may not be fair to compare directly to Hopslam and SD style, but thats what Im doing and this doesnt match up.

Thanks Brewdan for the chance. (1,468 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks very much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this gem by way of FooFaa- poured chilled from the 12oz into a flared pint

A - A very hazed appearance -like fruit nectar with frothed creamy white foam which clings well in web-like patterns

S - A sweet tangerine + floral hop aroma w/ mild candy-like malt scent. There is a slight grapefruit element in the aroma w/ mellow lemony aspect but only mild nutty and spiced tinges accent the nose

M - The feel is very crisp, dry and bitter w/ citrusy acidity and mildly sweet finish w/ lingering bitter bite and a alcoholic finish

T - The flavor while juicy at first leads to a light pithy and gentle sweet malt flavor w/ bitter grassy hop flavors that combine w/ slightly alcoholic taste. There is mild grapefruit peel notes which give an astringent aspect to the ale and an almost medicinal taste w/ midl grainy tinge in the back

D - The Oracle is very bitter, a hop bomb if you will- the effect is that more than 1 would not be pleasant. The astringent pucker inducing nature makes the palate dry and comes off almost salty after 1/2 a bottle. I think palate fatigue would set in fast for me, but the aroma and taste were very good overall-it just lacks a taste more than 'bitter (1,230 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra special thanks to pochman for hooking me up with this unexpected present. May the beer gods smile upon you Ed.

The appearance is that of a slightly hazed tawny bod. with a nice looking creamy off white head.

Holy smokes! this aroma is amazing...boatloads of fruit, everything from berries to mangos and pinnapple. I sniff the slightest amount of booze too. to sum up: fruity w/ hops in abundance!

The hop's bitterness grabs hold and stangles the taste buds leaving a dry but fruit like after taste. the alcohol is a bit too much on finish. I expected more balance and sweetness after such a great nose.

The hops oils make this one a bit on the slippery side. big-ol'-body!

Too hot but better as it warms. I want to give this one another try, I was really dissapointed, perhaps my senses were off. I hope to revise this review if I can get my hands on more. Send me more someone! (889 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for the bottles! These notes are from 10/9, split a bottle with my buddy JefftheCheff.

Pours an orange-amber hue with big, "homebrew" bubbles sticking around after a 1 finger head fades.

Smells of candied orange peels, but not extremely pungent. Other citrus is present, some apricot as it warms.

Taste has a pretty intense bitterness backed by caramel malt sweetness, not close to being in balance, but it's awesome.

An incredibly sticky mouthfeel. I felt myself smacking my tongue after each sip. This beer really coats your mouth all the way through. As drinkable as most other DIPA out there of this ABV and intensity. I think I prefer this to Hopslam. (679 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as a freakin' extra in a trade. Thanks Brad! Never thought I'd be able to try this one.

Pours a golden orange with a one finger head. Looks almost identical to Two Hearted ale, which is a glorious looking beer so no complaints here. The head dissipates after a few minutes to a ring of foam with spotty lacing as the beer is consumed. Not bad.

Still some decent hop citrusy character in the smell after almost 3 months of being in the bottle. Almost no bittering, just juicy hops. Man, this one probably blew people out of the water fresh if it's still smelling this good after 3 months. I checked the batch number on Bell's site and it said this was bottled on 8/28/09 (batch 9306). Lots of sweet malts in the smell too.

Taste is dominated by hops up front. As you swallow there is more hops, this time bittering and a little bit of alcohol and some malts. Pretty good tasting but the alcohol is kind of turning me off a bit. Strange. I bet fresh the alcohol wouldn't be noticeable at all but here I can really taste it.

Mouthfeel is good. Decently carbonated, not chewy, with a medium body. No complaints.

Drinkability is not the best. I think it's the alcohol presence in this that is taking away from it. Both the affects of it and the taste. Oh well, wish I could have tried this fresh. I'm sure it was awesome. Thanks for the opportunity, Brad! (1,365 characters)

Photo of Intimidtor
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My sister who lives in Michigan brought these to me for Thanksgiving. I must say that with all the hype I was expecting alot more. Good all around beer with a strong alcohol burn and kick.
A-nice golden amber mixture with about 1 inch of head. Nice and sticky with decent lacing.
S-Smell was inviting, hops, carmel, slight pine, strong alcohol aroma
T-Good overall flavor but again strong alcohol flavor, could have been more hidden.
M-Nice and smooth with a clean finish
D-Couldnt drink too many in one sitting but could defintely drink again. I will let the remaining bottle age a little. Looking forward to try the HopSlam (625 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to lurchingbeast for a few of these in trade. This review kind of slipped through the cracks on me, as I originally enjoyed this in early Oct. '09, still being fairly fresh at that point.

Pours a beautiful looking clear copper, topped with 2 rigid fingers of foamy head (with a slight off look to it). Retains with a sturdy 1/2 finger of froth that hangs tough, slathering the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lacing. Just a nice look here. The aroma is VERY sweet overall and robust in the nose, with tropical citrus and toasted bread, staying pretty even with the more floral, herbal, and spicy character of the hops. I like the flavors involved here a lot but this just lacks a certain intense pop to it, which would really help put this over the top.

The taste starts with aggressive hop character that strikes the tongue with a biting spicy and resinous bitterness. That initial blast of hops is quickly tempered by the sweetness of the tropical fruits and toasty bready malts. A flush of bitterness returns quickly in the backend, with the quite the aggressive dry, pithy, and peppery finish on this, along with some residual stickiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and I'll be damned if this carbonation isn't as silky and easy as can be, just moving effortlessly. This has a definite warming nature to it (which cuts down the drinkibility just a tad) but that 10% ABV is nicely hidden here, with only a touch showing in the finish and even there, it plays second finish to those lingering flavors.

This was really good but not quite worthy of all the praise that this has been getting. The taste and body were great but the nose was a bit lacking and how it handled it's big ABV fell in line somewhere between the Big Head (decent) and Hopslam (great) in the pantheon of their hefty DIPAs. Still definitely worth a try if you happen to come across it. (1,919 characters)

Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to buschbeer for this one. Just shy of two fingers of slightly off-white head. Light haziness in the golden/bronze color. The first smell I got was pineapple...and not just by a little. The pine and grapefruit were more of an afterthought for me. There's a slight hint of some burnt sweet malts. This is pretty good, but I was really expecting more. I'm not sure what it is, but other than Two Hearted, Bell's just doesn't do it for me. (443 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to corby112 for the hookup! So, HopSlam! without honey, let's take a look.

A-Lightly hazed golden kissed copper with a thick off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lacing.

S-Tropical fruit hop notes of mango and papaya with a sharp spicy zing. Nice underlying light malty sweetness. Slight touch of alcohol heat in the background.

T-Spicy, fruit laden, hop bitterness up front dominating the underlying semi-sweet malt base. Full force hop bitterness takes hold of the flavour profile and never relinquishes.

M-Medium bodied, sharp and bright with LONG lasting, tongue bashing bitterness.

D-Nice stuff and I really like it but I have to admit the honey sweet aspect of HopSlam! is what puts it over the top for me. I cannot say I didn't enjoy this but given a choice....

"Make your own nature, not the advice of others, your guide in life."

---The Oracle of Apollo at Delphi (906 characters)

Photo of neorunner
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into Unibroue tulip glass. A cloudy tangerine color with 1/4 of light cream colored head. Almost no lacing with a small spotting of head left over at the end.

S- Mild floral aroma reminiscent of hopslam.

T- Slight hint of grain/malt hidden under the hops. Cream flavor gets cleaned off your pallet by the bitterness of the hops fairly quickly. Slight residual bitterness at the back of your tongue with the finish. Reminded me of a orange creamsicle / orange rind taste.

M- Body is light with a touch of cream, residual bitterness for a couple seconds after tasting.

D- I would drink another, but given the choice between this and a hopslam I would choose a hopslam. (680 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy dark yellow color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, grapefruit, pine and citrus. The flavor was of hops, malt, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. A nice DIPA and a shame it wasn't distributed like Hop Slam. (361 characters)

Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey amber with a low head of off-white foam that settles out quickly. Legs of lace reach up the glass as I sip.

Fresh and inviting aroma of citrusy hops and cinnamon, some toffee and pear.

Fresh hop flavors upfront, tangerine and orange, plus red grapefruit. Moves quickly to orange rind pith and piney notes. Firm bitterness, but hop flavors are big and juicy. Underscored by a honey malt backbone full of toffee and ripe fruit. ABV is surprisingly hidden.

Full mouthfeel, even carbonation, slight ABV warming up the cheeks. Very tasty and drinkable beer despite the strength. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for passing this one my way. (643 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange color with a small white head, good carbonation. Nose smells of big citrus; apricot, peaches and greapefruit, hops are pretty subdued as to a West Coast IIPA. Mouthfeel is tart, hops, bittering and citrus, even couaght a few floral notes.Good IIPA and very drinkable. Not as hot as I expected either. (317 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very tasty treat courtesy of mymrnngjckt. You, sir, are the man.

Appearance: An easy pour yields a thick, clear copper colored beverage with a small amount of thin bubbly head. Though there isn't much head, what is there hangs out for a while and there is plenty of thick, sticky, soapy lacing.

Smell: Delicious hops. A nice, moderate hit of citrusy, bitter grapefruity hops. Not overpowering or offensive, but certainly not lacking either.

Taste: Wow. An initial hit of sweet that is immediately followed by the delicious bitter hops that were hinted at in the nose. It's amazing how clearly defined these two contrasting flavors are, and how well they compliment each other.

Mouthfeel: A full-bodied, smooth textured, viscous bit of grog. It almost feels like you need to chew this bad boy.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Definitely one of the brews worthy of the hype it has received. It's a fantastic blend of sweet and bitter, has a great mouthfeel, and it just down right good. Please sir...can I have some more? (1,058 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Oracle. "A double IPA that is sure to make you as all-knowing as Pythia. It's just a matter of perspective." More rock-solid, down to earth beer information from Bell's.

Lightly hazed golden/orange coloration, beautiful bone white head, bubbly and lacey. Nice looking glass of beer (in a Bell's snifter).

Aroma: soft tropical fruit slyly enters the nose... mellow citrus... turns slightly sharp, just a whiff of alcohol. A little sweetness lingers.

Taste: Enters in force, barging onto the palate, and gets right at home. (When this sits around the mouth, it sits around the mouth.) Hops on top, brilliantly bitter, much more bitterness all over tongue than was displayed in the nose. Spills all over, and gets everything bitter. A mouth wrecking, pucker-up sensation.Bitter, bitter,grapefruit-y attack. And delicious. Lays long in the mouth. Great texture, great finish, not shy, this guy.

Alcohol emerges in the flavor,eventually, while the mouthfeel never diminishes,the Oracle remains untamed.I could drink a few of these...but not more than a few. (1,060 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into tulip on 11/12/09. Thanks to corby112 for the bottle!

A - Poured a slightly hazy deep golden, orange-tinged amber with sparse amount of carbonation and almost a finger's worth of frothy off-white head that settled into a thin, creamy patch and deposited thick, mesh-like lacing all around the glass.

S - Pungent fume of pine needles, grapefruit, citrus rind, boozy alcohol notes and burnt caramel malt. Aroma is quite strong and fragrant, brimming with hops and beefiness.

T - Aggressive hop assault right off the bath with plenty of sticky sweet pine, followed by a fairly pronounced alcohol presence and decent backing of sweet caramel malts and burnt sugars. Juicy citrus character

M - Thick and syrupy texture, definitely a beefy medium-bodied DIPA for sure, with a pronounced alcohol warmth on the palate. Finish is slightly dry with a long-lasting, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - The Oracle is without a doubt Hopslam's piney counterpart. While there is a good deal of citrus character (especially in the finish), piney hops abound in this fine DIPA. Another great hoppy creation from Bell's. (1,145 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HawkeyeDaz ! extra in a trade

Pours a copper with mini bubbles rising to the top that can be seen clearly through the whole glass. thin white head formed around the edges.

Smells like sweet malt, orange, grapefruit,

Tastes extremely bitter, resinous, grapefruit and pineapple, sweet malt pine, and a bit of pepper possibly from the bitterness tricking my tongue. I am all for IBUs, sometimes they overcome the sweetness and caused a slight imbalance. I thought this was the case a little bit with this beer. Its a delicious beer- I think it could benefit from a few less IBUs.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. Drinkability is also good, a solid DIPA (666 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light straw color with a fair amount of head and decent lacing. Looks great, smell falls a bit short for me, though. It's got a decent amount of citrus notes to it--big grapefruit. Taste is exceptional, especially as it warms--nice bitterness, big grapefruit notes, and just a bit of sweetness, some orange and lemon notes too--a bit of a naked hop bomb (nothing behind it, all hops). I don't know if that's bad or not, because I like it. MF is creamy, smooth, prickly, and great... delicious. Definitely a good drink that's a bit of a challenge. Lucky to try this one, cheers to alleykatking! (595 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG thanks to BuckeyeNation for this special bottle of Bell's. There are times I wish I still lived in Ohio. This would be one of those times.

Batch #9306, bottled 8/28/09.

Served chilled in an over-sized wine glass. I pour all but the final dregs into the glass and admire the radiant orange color. It's slightly hazy but that's to be expected with this style. It has a thin white head that settles leaving scattered lace on the glass.

Aroma is intensely hoppy with a definate citrus quality. Big grapefruit in the nose with more subtle tropical fruits.

Flavor takes some time to develop, perhaps because of the temperature. It seems sweet and innocent at first with some of that fruitiness up front. But, by the time it reaches the back of your mouth, look out! Huge hop bitterness and a burn that's either alcohol, alpha acids, or most likely both. Very bitter, almost tart and sour from the grapefruit-like hops, and just barely balanced out by a hint of sweetness. As it warms, it becomes more complex and enjoyable but my mouth is almost burned out from the experience.

Which brings me to mouthfeel. Medium body and lowish carbonation seems just about right for the style. It's far from balanced but it does have a nice wave of flavors and complexities from the hop profile.

Another amazing beer from Bell's. Now if they'd only distribute to Colorado... (1,365 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in the Artistic Label BIF from sproser. Thanks Shawn! Poured into a Bruery tulip. Bell's batch #9306.

A - Pours a mostly clear, bright orangey copper color. A thin head tries to form but gives way immediately and settles to a collar of loose bubbles.

S - Bright and citrusy. Oranges and grapefruits mostly. Some resiny pine combines in here with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Some tropical fruits - mangos, pineapple, and maybe a touch of spice (unidentifiable to me). Small amount of malt, mostly sweet, sugary in aroma.

T - Grapefruit, sweet sugary malt, alcohol hit me up front on the first swallow. Also gets some pine flavor that goes well with the moderate impression of bitterness. Bitterness is crisp and smooth, not at all harsh. The malt level balances this out quite nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is on the full side. Viscosity is noticed on the tongue. Thick and resiny. Carbonation is medium to low, but just right for this style.

D - For a 10.4% beer this is a pretty drinkable beer. Somewhere between a sipper and an easy drinker. Alcohol is noticeable on every sip, especially on the inhale - not overpowering, but easily noticeable. This, to me, is quite a good double IPA, think this would go nicely with a good steak and mashed potatoes...seems like it would complement nicely. (1,316 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from pochman, Thanks Ed!

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Hazy copper color with a white head that thinned but still left decent lacing.
Aroma is filled with earthy and citrus scents, nice.
Taste is very good, strong burst of bitter grapefruit with a balancing dose of malt with a pleasant warming after the finish to let you know it's a dub/imp with a kick.
Medium/Full bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
Wow! It's drinkable. (451 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra from triptens in a recent trade. Really excited about this one!

Appearance- Pours a shimmering golden-amber out of the 12oz bottle into my Great Divide pint glass. Mildly aggressive pour yields about a finger and a half of thick head. Great retention and about a quarter finger sticks around for most of the drink. Huge amounts of lacing trace the side of the glass while I drink as well.

Smell- Man, I can smell this one as it pours out of the bottle. Very fragrant with huge hoppy notes of citrusy orange-sherbet, lemon, orange, grapefruit, and even a little bit of tropical pineapple. Just a touch of resin as well, but for the most part smells like a great blend of tropical fruits.

Taste- Lots and lots of citrus yet again. More notes of grapefruit and orange come though primarily for me. A touch of floral hops and pine as well with a great bite to it at the end. Very very fruity in a good way and one of the superior and more interesting IIPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very thick in the mouth with nice levels of carbonation. Eminently drinkable despite the strength and wish I had more than one of these.

Overall, excellent. To those who find West Coast IIPA and IPAs generally superior, I say give this a shot. I've got a Pliny the Elder I'm having next, so we'll see how they compare. If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity though, definitely give this one a try. (1,453 characters)

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.