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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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2,079 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 437
Gots: 261 | FT: 12
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy, orange copper color, only a bubble or two rising to the top of the glass with a soft, billowy white head that has fantastic retention and leaves a vast network of soapy lace behind, a really beautiful beer to look at. The aroma just leaps out of the glass, devastating amounts of pine, really sappy and resinous, perfectly earthy with some grassiness and crisp hop spice, a bit of tangy grapefruit is in there as well with some bright pineapple, but make no mistake, this is one piney and beautiful beer. The flavors are right in line, this beer is punishing with the earthy pine, wonderfully bitter, nice layers of lemongrass and tangy grapefruit, oily and crisp hop spiciness, tropical fruit is towards the end, very strong ripe pineapple with some rich malt flavor that lends just a touch of sweetness to help balance the beer out a bit. The mouthfeel is great, really juicy, lively zip from the carbonation but it feels very smooth, the finish is a bit creamy as it goes down, smooth and gentle before a massive dry kick punches the mouth.

Verdict: Awesome. Just awesome. Easily the best hoppy beer I've had from Bell's and easily one of the best hoppy beers in the midwest. Crushing amounts of earthy pine and beautiful bitterness really makes this a special treat. I typically enjoy IPAs that are softer and more delicate, but this is absolutely fantastic.

kevanb, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Zimm, Sep 08, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a beautiful dense, clinging, retention crazy head. The aroma is not incredibly pungent, but there are some great things going on - great example of no coast DIPA - astringent overripe pineapple, lemon zest, sharp orange citrus and a great malt backbone - sweet bready malts. Taste is huge! Very bitter and astringent. Coats the mouth completely - full bodied for the style and very smooth. Pungent overripe citrus and tropical fruits play off a sweat biscuit malt base. Fantastic midwest IPA!

timc100, Sep 08, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden orange with a thin white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops and juicy tropical fruits.

T - Quite bitter. The hops are very upfront and linger throughout. Some tropical fruit is present along with some sweet malts. Very hop forward and not a lot of balance in flavors.

M - Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

O - Not on the same level as Hopslam, but still very good. Hop heads would've be recommended to try is one.

TreyIsWilson, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.