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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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1,942 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,942
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 440
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jman005, Sep 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

bostonryan, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of JamesShoemaker
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Zorora, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bacher468, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

allentownpaguy, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

markcp, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Dirtinabottle, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mikerap100, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of kell50
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy, QCBrewer, grabbed me 3 singles while on business in Michigan.

Date on bottle: 08/09/13.. pretty damn fresh!

A- It poured a copper/orange color, topped with about a finger of an off-white head, very nice lacing even before bringing the beer to my lips.

S- Fantastic IIPA aroma, packed with piney citrus, especially fresh orange, with some ripe mango notes. The piney resin aroma is massive, but I notice some sweet malt rounded out on the edges.

T- Exactly like you would think after taking several sniffs. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pine and some sweet malty notes. It's quite bitter, but there is a touch of caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate. This malt is a touch too sweet for my liking, but don't get me wrong, Oracle is a huge, boozy, sticky IIPA that packs a delicious hoppy punch.

M- Medium to full bodied, as this beer is quite resiny and sticky. At 10% abv the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming by any means. This beer was intended to be sipped and I will obey.

O- A very solid beer, not as dank as a true West-Coast style IIPA, but an amazing offering from a brewery continuing to move in the right direction. It's definitely worth seeking out.

kell50, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

AJDePaul, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

douginromeo, Sep 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Jakep2021, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mtpHokie, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

MacStinson, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DrewLikesBeer, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JMUbrewz, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

YalovaIA, Sep 03, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours dark apricot with a 2 finger white head. Great lacing. 4.5

Aroma-nice tropical smell, lots of mango and pineapple. Some orange and grapefruit as it warms a bit. A little bit of bready brown sugar hiding at the edge. Very nice tropical aroma. 4.5

Taste-bitter, bitter pineapple. After the bitterness fades there's a nice burst of mango sweetness. Some dank pine/earthy notes hit about mid palate. Back of the tongue stays With the bitterness and doesnt let up. Apricot and orange round out the tasting notes. 4.5

Feel-great feel for a DIPA, medium to full bodied, doesn't hide the ABV well and I kinda like that fact, its suppose to be a big beer. 4.75

Overall-honestly, this is a double that they need to make more of. It's not so incredibly great that it needs to be as limited as it is. Several brewers make beers that are very similar to this every single day. As big as Bells is I find it strange that this beer would be that expensive or time consuming to make. It's a killer double that needs to be more often. It's the only down side about this beer and for that... 4

screamking, Sep 03, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

mfnmbvp, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Norseman, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

TheConnMan, Sep 02, 2013
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,942 ratings.