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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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1,509 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 415
Gots: 110 | FT: 5
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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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alcstradamus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schro126 for the trade. Glad I get to try this super fresh.

Pours a nice amber color with a billowing 3 finger head when poured directly into my 16 oz. chalice. A nice web of lacing is left behind despite the fact that this glass had some residue on it before pouring.

The smell is huge, pungent hops. They are mainly of a floral variety, although notes of both pine and citrus do exist.

The taste is a smack in the face of bitter hops. Smack might not be the right word, this is a Mike Tyson knockout blow. Bitter as all hell, lots of pine invading all the senses. Bell's didn't mess around with this one. A hop heads dream, although personally I prefer a bit more citrus kick to really put it over the top.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and fairly oily, quite a bit of carbonation splashed this one throughout the mouth. This is a huge beer, and not for the faint of heart. My mouth tastes like I just ate pureed pine needles. I recommend this to any serious hop lover, but peronally I will stick to Hopslam. Still....highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 03:09:07 | More by alcstradamus
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a purchase I had intended to make. To be honest, I didn’t even know Bell’s made a DIPA. But the amazing Dave (backfat) of Village Bottle Shoppe #2 let me in on the secret stash. Thanks dude!

I love a fresh IPA: this one was bottled about a month before the date of this tasting (“PKGD 8/12/11”).

A: Perfect, in every single way. The body is an incredible, shining burnt-orange; I’ve seen stained glass less vibrant than this. Adorning the top of this body is an off-white head, super-bubbly with silky cream beneath. Lacing runs webs of foam over ever part of my glass. Just superb.

S: Great pungent hoppiness, but not without a warm malt balance. Mango, grapefruit and a resin flower scent, telltale signs of Amarillo hops, pour over the body. There’s an aroma of sugary orange candy, mingling through the nose with the hoppy tones; it’s especially sweet, but still probably a product of the hops. Malts come out in an earthy, spiced, and bready way – a pumpkin-esque smell. This nose is bold, sugary, and just downright juicy! Very nice!

T: Powerful, but in a…different way. There’s an underlying richness of caramel malts and a savory spiciness that’s ever-present, but they’re easily trumped by the hopsplosion that is the rest of the palate. With a prickly intensity, fresh, fruity bitters make their way across my tongue; spiced apple, pine, and ruby red grapefruit all burst onto the scene with a mouth-puckering explosion. I would really only be able to explain the intensity of these hops to someone who has had fresh Ruination – so bitter it takes you by surprise, even with a DIPA. The aftertaste is, as expected, an incredibly dry experience, with a hint of booze that’s most apparent in your nose (like horseradish). I think I’d like this beer with a few months on it…give the palate some time to calm down a bit.

M: Very light for a beer with high (10%) alcohol content. The astringency is indeed palpable, but not uninvitingly so.

O: Damn, this beer is strong! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a brewery that could put this much flavor into a 10% ABV brew. And though I do like the flavors, the pungency of the whole thing just puts me off sometimes. It’s great beer, though, and I’m so glad Dave gave me a heads-up. Time to get another bottle to put some age on!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:27:56 | More by BarryMFBurton
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dpasotti

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting translucent light copper in color with a thin crown that clings to the glass for dear life on the way down. When I bring the Swensen's goblet to my nose, a massive prickly pineapple smacks me in the face. Loads of tropical fruity hop aromas makes it seem like Bells designed the beer based solely around exotic, tropical hop characteristics. There's a little caramel malt and a nice clean herbal/scented soap aroma (in a good way).

The flavor doesn't fall far from the Hawaiian fruit tree: pineapple, papaya, mango, peach... Minimal malt character lets the hops shine while keeping the brew in balance. This is a refreshing change from the citrusy or piney double IPAs that are the norm. The bitterness is not intensely sharp upfront, but rather fills the whole mouth with a hefty, even bitterness.

The mouthfeel is oily as expected, but not overly so. Medium-low carbonation helps to beef up the body into the midrange. Most DIPAs, including Hopslam, are able to fully conceal the high alcohol content with hops, but a somewhat obtrusive alcohol presence detracts a bit from the drinkability here. However, I did just casually slam one of these beasts in <30 minutes, so I really can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:40:04 | More by dpasotti
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Ninjaticker

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the pub recently.

A - medium clear gold, cloudy white head, good looking beer.
S - Very rounded aroma, grapefruit mostly, other citrus fruit, hops on the finish.
T - This is a very hoppy dipa, not alcoholic of chemical, but lots of pine, most of the malt is going, wish it was a touch more balanced.
M - Appropriate fee.
O - This is a solid dipa worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 23:07:46 | More by Ninjaticker
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer enjoyed at The Bavarian Lodge.

Pours a transparent orange color and has an inch of of white head. Tons of fluffy, sticky lace clings to the glass.

The nose has earthy, herbal hop notes and some grapefruit. A bit of garlic smelling hops. Light booze.

The taste is bitter and sweet while working well with one another. The hops are consisting of citrus and light garlic while a rich caramel sweetness rounds it off.

The mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, leaving a dry finish. Medium bodied.

Overall, this was a memorable DIPA. Drinkable and damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 22:51:00 | More by ChugginOil
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jampics2

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a trade with TasteTester - thanks for the hookup!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bell's Pint Glass.

A - golden orange. Really looks nice but nothing insane. Small white head that sticks around, probably stuck to the hop oils ;)

S - smells of spicy hops, a bit of citrus (I've had more citrus-y beers), but mostly a nice dank hoppy spice. Not too pine-y - I've had a few beers that exhibit the same smells, but this puts them all together really well!!

T - WOAH! Two sips totally destroyed my palette. Seriously dank, hoppy, bitter, and ruinous. I like DIPA's all day, but I must admit I tend to like just a little more balance - this is waaay bitter and lingers on and on. I would like this more if they had chosen going one of two ways, with the decision between a sweeter malt or a slightly more citrus-y sweet hop (this is more spicey to me than others have described). Finishes a bit too hot for my tastes, but gets much more tolerable when paired with a salty snack.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional, like Hopslam - these little bubbles won't quit. Carb is perfect, just perfect mouth on a DIPA. Bells is king of this.

D - Drinkability is hard to rate honestly. I could drink many more, but would I taste them? Above average but not A material IMO.

I was lucky enough to score a 6 pack, so I'll need to give it another shot or 5. Good, but not legendary - I'd take Hopslam 1,000,000x's over this, but glad to have tried it. This is for those who like their hops spicey, bold, and unforgiving. All in all, glad to see Bell's still pushing new flavors. This just isn't anything monumental to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 22:21:30 | More by jampics2
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seaoflament

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella this past Tuesday night.

Pours a light amber hue with an inch of foam that leaves some lacing on the sides.

Instantly I'm greeted with tropical citrus fruits, mango, soft orange, peach, and hints of caramel malts in the background. A bit of a sweet orange candy-like aroma is noticeable from time to time. Nice hop profile.

On first sip I get a citrus hoppiness flavor upfront with caramel notes following close-by. The flavor continues with some bitter toast mid-palate and a mellowing bitterness in the end. Tastes a tad grassy and earthy in the finish. The carbonation is on the high side with this one but it's very creamy and with a nice dryness in the finish. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, could hardly tell this was such a high abv. beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:50:16 | More by seaoflament
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Meerkey

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, tawny copper. Lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of grapefruit and hops. Nice, but rather unimpressive.

T: Bitter hops and pine resin with some citrus. Balanced with some nice malts. Quite good.

M: Creamy, full, and smooth with a little bit of a kick. Really nice.

O: I like it a lot. Recommended; would have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:09:55 | More by Meerkey
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n2185

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear honey-orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: lots of sweet pineapple and grapefuit aromas at first. Pine, rind, and resin aromas follow. It smells quite nice.

T: lots of grapefruit and rind flavors up front. A big blast of resiny pine flavors follows along with a pretty strong bitterness and a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty oily feeling from the strong hop bitterness.

O: a good DIPA, but it doesn't stand up to its Hopslam cousin. It smells wonderful, but the strong bitterness really detracts from the otherwise great flavor and feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:34:00 | More by n2185
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:12:57 | More by rlee1390
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dstc

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper, rouge color with a frothy, light tan head. Head falls slow, sticky lace.

Nice herbal hop aroma with a bit of a sweet malt background.

Bold hop flavor. Not sure where the malt taste is I picked up in the nose. Very hoppy but does end with a sweetness on the tongue then lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, has an oily slick feel on the tongue and a nice bite.

Decent, easy drinking beer. Another nice job by Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 11:28:38 | More by dstc
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing copper color with a small parchment head that has decent staying power. As it recedes it forms a little pile of larger bubbles that float around in the center of the glass like volcanic islands. This beer deposits sheets of very nice lace on the glass.

The beer has a nice juicy hop aroma that reminds me a bit of HopSlam, but with a bit more pine and less malt sweetness. It has a definite ruby red grapefruit component, as well as a bit of mint, some pineapple and plenty of pine. The malt in the aroma is sugary with a caramel hint, accenting the hop characteristics. Unfortunately, I am also picking up a bit more alcoholic heat than I would have preferred.

The flavor is strikingly hoppy, leaving all thoughts of balance behind. Sure there is a good amount of sweetness from the malt, but the resinous and dry hoppiness rules this beast. The hop flavors are similar to the nose, but I would say there is a lot more pine, as well as dank herbal characteristics and a crazy spicy earthiness. The bitterness is a bit over the top in this beer and I actually think it might be helping to mask some of the alcohol that I picked up in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium with very low carbonation, but it is just enough to keep it from feeling too dead. The elephant in the room when it comes to the mouthfeel is the crazy dry, sticky, resinous finish. My palate is being dominated by hops, and while not a terrible thing, it is a bit fatiguing.

Not the most drinkable double IPA I have ever had, but not too bad. This is a beer to savor and enjoy the wonderful hop flavors of. This is the second really hoppy DIPA I have had this week, and while very good, it needs just a little more balance to make it great.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 18:53:01 | More by zoso1967
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 9306, 8/28/09

A: Color is a fairly bright orange. Pours with a 3/4 inch off-white head that gradually drops off to a thick film on top of the beer.

S: Tropical hops - pineapple - hit the senses first. Some herbal and piney hops are present as well. There's also a definite sweet caramel aroma balancing out the hops. Biscuity. Smells fairly big. Overall, nice smell though.

T: The piney hop blast up front is relatively short lived as a strong biscuity, sweet caramel malt flavor dominates the taste. Really unfortunate as the smell held a lot of promise for this beer. Not a bad taste, but not what it could have been. There is some warming on the finish. Finish is slightly bitter, although most of the hop flavors have already faded.

M: Medium to big body, a touch on the syrupy side. Definitely coats the tongue. Carbonation is fairly light.

D: The very first smell of this beer held a lot of promise, but subsequent smells and the taste were a little bit of a let down. In part, this is because of the beers age (10 months). I think some of the intense hop flavors have subsided. Still a really good beer, just not a shining DIPA and not quite to the point of a barleywine yet. I had no problem finishing the bottle though.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 23:52:20 | More by oregonskibum
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Bonis

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange-red color, with a slight haziness. Large bubbly head fades to a thin layer and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy and fruity... citrus, pineapple, peaches. A little piney bitterness, but more sweet caramel malts which dominate this sweet nose. Very nice.

T - Pineapple comes out big, with an intense hoppy bitterness that bites back at you. This one is sweet near the finish, particularly burnt brown sugar and almost a candy-like sweetness. A piney bitterness on the back end. Good overall.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking, but not bad. Alcohol coats the mouth and lingers for a while. Alcohol burns in the throat after the swallow, heavy in the gut as well. Weakest aspect of this beer for me, but still decent for a 10% beer. Feels lighter than 10%.

D - Again, being a 10% beer, this one is pretty drinkable. I wouldn't drink more than one because of it's rarity (Hell, I only had one!!!), but if it were readily available, I could see myself enjoying 2 or 3 in a night.

Notes: Bottle lists Alc. 10% by Vol, not 10.4, not that it matters. Batch 9901. This one wasn't as great as I expected, but it WAS pretty darn good, and I was happy to try it regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 17:47:12 | More by Bonis
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cosmicevan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

here's one that i thought deserved a re-review as this one is bottled 8/10 (just about 3 weeks ago) and my original review was from a really old bottle. thank you to genuinedisciple for the fresh taste!!! enjoyed from my bell's tulip.

a - same gorgeous classic ipa orange with a generous frothy head (no change in score)

s - fairly even ipa. some vanilla and orange peel. good soft piny hop presence. (upgrade to a 4.0)

t - nice bouquet of hops and grapefruit. balanced and even not too hoppy, but still resiny and piny. just a solid IPA (upgrade to a 4.0)

m - feel is fairly light for a beer like this. ABV is invisible. not bittery, but cooling. (no change in score)

o - overall, this is a different animal fresh. it is no hopslam, but it never set out to be hopslam. this is like a gateway DIPA. the hopping is subtle, but there. soft grapefruit flavors...really nice and balanced (upgrade to a 4.5).

*** ** * ** ***
Original Review from 1/25/2012
*** ** * ** ***
4.5 - 3.5 - 2.5 - 3.5 - 3.0

massive thank you to Marti403 for sending this one my way. bottled 8/12...so bear that in mind.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my urthel tulip. mild explosion upon opening. brew poured a deep orange red with a super frothy ipa head. lacing was chunky and milkshake like.

s - nice subtle vanilla and caramel hop. smooth with a good malt presence. seems like time has faded the citric burst on this one :( still nice, but more barleywine like for sure.

t - sadly the hops are long gone in this one. strong grapefruit and what all the others see, just no hop.

m - pretty bitter, no hop bite. boozy tingle.

o - overall...don't age them iipas. time will morph to barleywine maltiness, but the hop character is what makes a great iipa. i promise to re-review this one fresh, but for now...here's what a 4.5 month old one tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:37:58 | More by cosmicevan
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srandycarter

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful clear dark copper, tons of off white head, tons of lace. Nice.

S - Malty goodness. Hops take a back seat, but are there.

T - Taste follows smell. Rich, lush malt, checked by sufficient hops.

M - Fairly balanced, good coating, nice.

D - I would drink my share, easy to hide this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 06:05:37 | More by srandycarter
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears clear gold, minimal head. The nose is full of deep flowery hops, heavy pine, caramel, molasses, and a touch of honey. Taste is malty and sweet initially followed by heavy pine and floral character. Finish is bitter and sticky. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice malty IPA with tons of floral hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 00:11:52 | More by homebrew311
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep transparent amber color with a dirty off white head.

S-the aroma is a hop explosion, a strong caramel and brown sugary malt foundation have a good presence up front but the hops dominate the nose. Tons of pine citrusy hops with a good bit of grapefruit and appricot in the back.

T-the taste is slighlty more balanced but still a hop focussed brew. the caramel and brown sugar are up front showing the true size of this beer as the malt foundation can still show under a hop blanket. Resinous piney hops take over, lots of bitterness setting in. the back end brings the sweet citrus with tons of grapefruit and the bitterness keeps hitting, its moderate in strength but long in duration lingering for some time.

M-the body is syrupy and a little grainy on the palate, falls off a little in the back making it slick on the throat.

D-huge beer, lots of balance but definitely a hoppy brew. there is definitely a nice tropical fruity sweetness in the back but the caramel, brown sugar and pine work together to transition the malts and hops. tasty stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:52:03 | More by cpetrone84
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rye726

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of The Oracle from Bells poured into a pint glass at room temp. Nice cedar color, lacy tan head. Nice blend of hops and malts. This sample seems a bit stale, but it still has a nice bitter hop presence. Medium body well carbonated. Nice bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:02:44 | More by rye726
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Overlord

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ineedabeerhere!

Pours a bright golden orange. Large sudsy white foam head. Glows with a mild haziness when to the light. Very attractive brew.

Smells ... whoa ... smells bitter. Almost like an ESB taken to the ninth degree. Pine, some bitter grapefruit, and a toasted grain aroma.

This is, off the top of my head, the most bitter member of the IPA family tree I have ever had. Just palate wrenchingly bitter and hoppy. I never thought I would come across a beer that was too bitter, but this might be it. The pine-y, earthy, blast furnace nature is all encompassing. There's a hint, just a hint mind you, of sweeter grapefruit, orange, and maybe pineapple, but it's struggling for air.

Great syrupy, resin-y mouthfeel. I have to admit, 12 oz. was plenty.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 09:52:01 | More by Overlord
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Wadsey

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oracle, bottled on 8-12-11 and consumed on 9-1-11

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear gold with big, off-white head that shows great retention and leaves sheets of foam clinging to glass. Light effervescence. 

S: Tea, pine, tropical fruits, especially grapefruit, and white grapes. The hops smell quite pungent and fresh. Alcohol is detectable but does not detract from smell.

T: Malty sweetness leads off, stronger than I remember. Transitions to pine and aforementioned fruits. Spiciness zips across palate. High bitterness peaks on palate, sits there for a long, long time and then slowly dwindles as the beer's finish. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel and warming. Drying toward finish. 

O: This year's The Oracle is a little too sweet up front for me, but it is still a great DIPA. Ambitious in its breadth and meticulous in its brewing. Recommended. 

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 07:43:51 | More by Wadsey
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured hazy copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus, earthy and barnyard aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bitter hop flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate duration.

This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:04:32 | More by tmoneyba
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fields336

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SN tulip, 8./10/12 date

A: golden, light amber, honey color with a huge collar or thick off white yellowish head on top. lacing is phenominal, carbonation looks great

S: grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit, slight pine/floral, sweet malt backbone, with a touch of booziness in the background

T: sweet is my first impression then a huge wave of piney, grapefruit, citrus, peach, pineapple comes through and finishes on a nice balanced dry bitter/malty finish, the best of both flavors. touch of booziness but i expect it at 10%

M: not too thick, but still you can tell its a DIPA, the carbonation is spot on imo

O; not as good as hopslam, but still a delicious beer

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 20:57:37 | More by fields336
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a few 12oz. bottles of this hard to find beer at the closest liquor store. brand new batch of a well rated double ipa? yes please!

pours out a beautiful slightly hazy copper color into a tulip glass. nice finger and a half of head that leaves behind great lacing.

smell is a hint of orange with pine like hop smell coming through. maybe some lemon too.

taste is powerful pine up front, yeah this is just mostly piney hops. finishes with a really tasty caramlized malt profile that blends well with the hops.

mouthfeel is thick but normal for a double ipa. carbonation is a bit higher than normal but works well here.

nice double ipa overall not blown away by this beer, but wouldnt mind having another one in a sitting. strong hop profile makes it a little bit of a sipper, but thats ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:34:10 | More by pdoran10
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 2" thick off-white head. Big wall of lacing halfway up glass.

Huge grapefruit and pineapple nose with bread, spice and pine.

Quick initial blast of citrus that quickly fades to bitter citrus rind and dank pine.

Love that nose but the bitterness is more than expected at first sip. Thick and creamy feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:53:50 | More by kawilliams81
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.