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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,931 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 438
Gots: 256 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mfield14, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger sticky head.

S-Grass pine, good deal of citrus, some malt.

T-Very earthy and piney. Some citrus. Good deal of bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, good hop bite.

O-Was expecting more from this one, was worthy hunting it down once, but not again.

rlee1390, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fcolle2, Sep 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

zdeck37, Sep 06, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful 2-inch, creamy, off-white head that persists. Eventually settled to 1/4-inch. Golden, amber color, with moderate carbonation. Medium-full body with wallops of hop flavor and hop bitterness. The hop notes linger extensively. Resin in nose and on the palate. Muted malt. This is a hop-heads delight - and it is moreish to boot. Well-developed Belgian lace. The ABV is noticeable, although hiding a bit behind the hop notes. Sweet, warming, bitter, deliciousness. May age well. Wonderful with food - particularly rich foods. Cuts, cleanses, lifts, and brightens. I will seek to find some more.

carlborch, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jman005, Sep 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

bostonryan, Sep 05, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/9/2013, reviewed from notes. Bell's lack of specific release dates is frustrating, because I had to make several dozen phone calls to find this guy a mere two hours from the brewery. My first experience with it four years ago was magical.

A - pretty good looking. Dark oranges and browns and little head produced on the forced pour. Mostly translucent.

S - the first thing that hits you is booze, then bitterness, followed by a faint, dank hop profile that signals a stickiness in taste and texture. Not altogether pleasant, but certainly not unpleasant.

T - too bitter, much too bitter. The sweet hop profile is lost almost completely to the bitter one, which, combined with a malt-forward finish, makes this beer taste almost like anise. The accompanying 10% ABV doesn't help things. There's hardly anything sweet here. It reminds me very much of Leviathan.

M - again, bitterness and booziness pervade. The lasting impression is a sticky booze bomb .

O - well, as with just about everything, the memory is better than the repeated experience. I wouldn't turn this down at a party of course, but I won't go out of my way or make any more phone calls for it. It would be interesting to sit on for a few months.

JamesShoemaker, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
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bacher468, Sep 05, 2013
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markcp, Sep 04, 2013
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YCantWeNotBeSober, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 8/8/13

The oracle, in my most humble opinion, is as good as it gets for an American DIPA. First of all, the color itself is a striking and sunny yellow-orange. It has a slight haziness but no actual flacks of sediment visible to the naked eye. There is plenty of effervescence in the beer, obviously showing that it is not going to be the least bit flat. The head on this is a shade just shy of cream colored, and is copiously foamy. I don't recall the last time I've seen such lacing/head retention on a DIPA.

The aroma is bursting with bright, fresh fruit esters, such as kiwi, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some herbal notes as well, and not overly sharp. Malts are somewhat represented in the aroma too, as I pick up a slight sweet bread aspect in there.

Wow, after tasting this I must say it is quite a bold hoppy brew. I was wrong about the malts, as I am not getting much of that at all in the flavor. This is a very coarse and abundant hop flavor - for hop fanatics only! West coast style. There's some slight interplay with pineapple but mostly this is a resinous and piny festival of bitterness rolling across the tongue with each sip. It's not overly complex. Extremely dry finish.

It feels a little lighter than a 10.00 ABV but it certainly warms on the way down. Does not stick to the palate an awful lot either. This is an American excess style through and through. Hops on steroids. Not quite 120 minute IPA but close!

Neorebel, Sep 04, 2013
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,931 ratings.