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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 419
Gots: 108 | 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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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-18-2013 14:20:12 | More by MrBuckHigh
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-17-2013 19:41:21 | More by mccallisters_dali
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brewskis

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 days old! Pours a beautiful cloudy sunset orange with about a half finger of an off white head that goes away quick. Sticky lacing. Smells like a huge double ipa. Lots of dank, bitter citrus fruits (grapefruit, tangerine, lime, mango) and pine on the nose with a hint of sweetness. They aren’t lying when they say this is a west coast style ipa. Taste starts with lots of dankness, grapefruit, mango, tangerine. Middle brings a nice sweetness and just the tiniest bit of breadiness. The hops just overshadow the malt. Finish is tons of resinous pine, lots of grapefruit, some tangerine, lemon, booze. Warming sensation as it goes down. Definitely a hop forward beer, but there is a slight breadiness and carmel note in it from the malt. Full body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. A hophead’s dream.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:23:16 | More by brewskis
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/8/13 - exactly 8 days ago.. Mega Fresh

A: Pours a dark orange, somewhat cloudy body. Appears heavily carbonated. Fizzy head builds up and leaves great lacing. Good retention of a thin, bubbly layer at the top of the glass.

S: Piney, dank, loads of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus.

T: Pinecones and strong hops upfront. Grapefruit bitterness dominates the back end. Its very bitter and lingers. Not nearly any sweetness that the nose suggests. A hefty alcohol note warms you up as it goes into the stomach.

M: Fully body. Prickly. Boozy. Bitey.

O: Overall a very solid beer. The hops are really present and there is loads of pine and citrusy bitterness. The nose had me thinking it would be a bit more complex on the palate. I'm not disappointed, but I wouldn't be far off to say that I potentially expected a bit more from this one - partially because of the extreme limited amount distributed out and the hype surrounding it, which ultimately led to a crazy chase. It's a really solid brew, and I'd love to have a fresh one every season, but it didn't stick out enough for me to drive all around town trying to find a single 12oz bottle again. All that said, it's worth trying for sure ;)

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:59:32 | More by Justin_Neff
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-16-2013 18:31:22 | More by RedneckBeerz
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YYZ

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-16-2013 03:08:29 | More by YYZ
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-15-2013 21:50:28 | More by Jas45678
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zimm421

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-15-2013 21:34:46 | More by zimm421
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-13-2013 16:11:41 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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JamesZ

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

08-08-2013 16:24:24 | More by JamesZ
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jacksonweite

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-06-2013 23:57:15 | More by jacksonweite
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-02-2013 01:55:01 | More by cwelsh55
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-25-2013 23:44:55 | More by WOLFGANG
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-17-2013 00:31:30 | More by mwbrady12
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MMBrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-14-2013 23:40:41 | More by MMBrew
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radiofish

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-10-2013 04:00:41 | More by radiofish
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 2" thick off-white head. Big wall of lacing halfway up glass.

Huge grapefruit and pineapple nose with bread, spice and pine.

Quick initial blast of citrus that quickly fades to bitter citrus rind and dank pine.

Love that nose but the bitterness is more than expected at first sip. Thick and creamy feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:53:50 | More by kawilliams81
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t_carterb

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-05-2013 19:58:17 | More by t_carterb
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boonejag75

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-04-2013 23:34:23 | More by boonejag75
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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-02-2013 23:23:05 | More by spointon
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-02-2013 15:27:47 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

06-30-2013 03:54:31 | More by rpstevens
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-28-2013 16:21:02 | More by MarvinSnyder
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thomseye

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-26-2013 03:50:17 | More by thomseye
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GRBLUE12

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-26-2013 02:05:26 | More by GRBLUE12
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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