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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 437
Gots: 260 | FT: 11
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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Photo of lunarbrew
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with hues of red. Little carbonation. Nice sticky lacing nonetheless.

Super fragrant. Smells malty, candi sugar, tropical fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). This kind of reminds me of maharaja.

Much more hoppy than it smells. Pretty bitter. I'm surprised. This hits hard on the front end. Resin on the back. Pretty interesting. A sipper for sure. Damn. This is intense. Hard to make out the flavors because of the bitterness. But there's tropical sweetness mixed in with a huge piney bitterness. Becomes more drinkable and flavorful as it warms up.

Medium low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Bitter resin sits on my tongue. A little sticky.

This is very interesting. Not what I was expecting, but I'm very satisfied. Bells definitely has a unique, tasty, and over the top brew here.

lunarbrew, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Tauroe
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Tauroe, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of bccrosley
4/5  rDev -4.5%

bccrosley, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of reizorc
5/5  rDev +19.3%

reizorc, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Skunkdrool, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Oracle is a thick burnt gold-orange color, technically translucent but very nearly opaque. On top rests a head that's one finger tall and shows incredible strength, heaviness and thickness. This thing looks almost solid. It immediately leaves a ring of lacing, even before it's possible to really anything has settled. It eases up on the heaviness, but continues to cling almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma pops out of the bottle even before it begins to pour, and it's all orange and grapefruit with some tropical fruits as well, pithy and zesty with a supporting juicy sweetness. Malts provide a bit of support, but there's a whole lot of bitterness here.
I've rarely been hit with bitterness like my palate does with this beer. The tropical fruits and citrus are here, but the first slap is pine, leaf and raw pith all the way. There's a complex texturing of flavors as the juiciness comes out and the various aspects of the malts lightly support but are strongly overshadowed by the hops. It's all resinous after that, going into a lingering bitter and dry finish.
It has a soft crispness in its medium body, and a little creaminess to start, but it goes pretty quickly to the dryness that pulls it into the finish. It does remain smooth for the duration.

Brenden, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of ravot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ravot, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Sparky44, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -4.5%

dalepryor, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of mattknueven
4/5  rDev -4.5%

mattknueven, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of sahd-1
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

sahd-1, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of zacky_U
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

zacky_U, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

JVan, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of DarrenStory
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

DarrenStory, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory PIls glass
A - Pours a very nice gold color 1 finger of a fizzy head, nice thick lacing on the sides.
S - Big juicy hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine, rye, pepper, caramel and toffee malts. There's also a strong alcohol presence.
T - Big lime and grapefruit flavors, those are definitely the dominant qualities in this, then you get some overly ripe tropical fruits, kinda like fruit cocktail, the mid way through you get some caramel and toffee kinda sweet malts, a little pepper and rye underneath, some pine bitterness that sneaks up then really gets you. Some alcohol burn on the end.
M - Thick, chewy, lots of abrasive bitterness, cloying flavor.
O - This does get better as it warms up, it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes' Lake Erie Monster with the abundance of ripe fruit flavor, but the alcohol burn and smell is too much, and there's a weird rye peppery aftertaste thats just making it disappointing.

Omnium, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of MPSTARR
4/5  rDev -4.5%

MPSTARR, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a lighter copper color with a modest white head.

Smell - In the aroma, one notes the orange in the aroma. The aroma was a little atypical of a DIPA. I did not detect pine or a strong citric presence.

Taste - My first thought was "This tastes like hopped orange soda". At the front, the beer is sweet. Then, it takes a turn toward bitter at the back of the throat. There is a high presence of resin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I thought this was a little thin for a DIPA. In mouthfeel, it resembles a single IPA. In taste, it is much more of a DIPA.

Overall - This is a Solid DIPA, but I don't think it is worth the effort some people put into getting this beer.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

baklo, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of yokken
4/5  rDev -4.5%

yokken, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dicers, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mattboyer182, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Listers
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Listers, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Rish907
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Rish907, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Beerlover, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a hazy gold color with two fingers of off-white head.

Big grapefruit and grassy aroma.

Saying the taste was big and boozy upfront is an understatement. This was a beast. Once it warmed, notes of orange and carmel malts revealed themselves.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one had a bitterness that nearly overpowered any noticeable flavors.

Monkeyknife, Sep 14, 2013
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.