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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 437
Gots: 269 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the second time I have had this beer... impressed both times, but more so tonight after trying Sam Adams Third Voyage Imperial IPA and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large tulip glass, we got a nice head that settled down to about 1/4 inch thick. Pale amber color, slightly cloudy.

the aroma on this beer is outstanding - very citrus/floral. Flavor is intense with hops.... No effort to balance the malted barley here. Sweet & slightly bitter... It's all good.

Top 20 IPA for sure.... Not sure today whether this is in my top 10 IPA's, but it is definitely worth coming back for again!

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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear dark copper with a beautiful soapy rocky head. carbonation is abundant with fantastic lacing.

S: you can smell this beer from a mile off. travertine, nectar, apricot, and nectarine. fresh orange zest and white peach. very sweet and juicy.

T: tough caramel. tangerine and peach. bright citrus. slightly floral. very bitter exit. juicy with sight traces of alcohol.

M: extremely long bitter finish. light to medium mouth feel.

O: fantastic bitterness without being dry. full tropical fruit. so tastey!!

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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bell's The Oracle DIPA Ale

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice amber with a little haze initially. A finger of soapy head. This settles to a wispy dusting. Some sticky lacing.

S) Juicy tropical fruit aroma, a little peach syrup, with just a kiss of pine, and a little alcohol.

T) A good amount of pine, resinous bitter hops engulf the taste buds, a bit of malty sweetness, and some booze.

M) Near full bodied, with lighter carbonation. Pretty sticky... Definitely a mouth coater. Bitter hops lingers about, with just a little alcohol heat.

O) This is Hoppier than Hopfuck in my opinion. Definitely worth a try...

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, with almost an orange hue. Fairly hazy appearance. Half-inch thick foam that holds up exceptionally, leaving a clingy lace once it finally settles. Bright pine and citrus grace the aroma with a doughy, caramel malt balance and some notes of alcohol layered underneath. Smells like this one will be a pretty big Double.

Indeed the citrus hops are massively intense, but they still strike a balance with a hefty malt sweetness. The finish carries a robust and lasting bitterness, and the alcohol is warming but not overly excessive. Medium body with a touch of syrupy slickness, the carbonation is appropriate.

I've waited a long time to try this beer, and while it wasn't a unique revelation, it certainly ranks up there as a great DIPA. The intensity is much like Hop Slam, with perhaps an even greater degree of balance. I would prefer my IPA's more on the single side, but those who like them strong will enjoy this immensely.

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.