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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 415
Gots: 110 | FT: 5
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 hawks10


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - Batch 9901 - Bottled August 23rd, 2010 - Poured into my Bell's tulip...

Pours a hazy golden orange with a touch of light brown. Three fingers of dense off white head forms, sticks around for a while before receding and leaves some nice lacing behind...

Floral hops with a citrus twist dominates the nose. Sweet.

Sweet citrus hops dominate the taste initially, but after a couple seconds there is an overwhelming bitterness that lingers seemingly forever...Loads of citrus before an earthy, floral bitterness sets in. Malt is in hiding...

Medium to heavy bodied. Somewhat thick and sticky, decent carbonation. Drying bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste...

Pretty drinkable for such a one-sided beer. No real balance, but the flavor is still good and drinkability still pretty high, I don't usually feel that way...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:13:46 | More by hawks10
Photo of mentor


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GbVDave for the opportunity. Batch 9306. Pours a thin layer of tan head over cloudy rich peach liquid. Smells piney and pink grapefruit. Muted wood, orange oils, canned pineapple, cream, tangerine.

Tastes piney hops with rolling fruitiness playing beneath. Grapefruit pith, dull oranges, lemony freshness, with a dash of pepper zip. Drying due to the crisp hop bitterness and clean alcohol. Some fruity esters, but way beneath the hops. Berry and pear. Very dry beer with little malt flavor or sweetness. Yummy.

Smooth, almost silky mouthfeel. Light carbonation is appropriate for how dry and bitter the beer is. Wonderful lacing to ponder.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 10:27:01 | More by mentor
Photo of brewdoc75


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks pretty damn good in my Sam Adams pint glass. Beautiful deep orange with some slight touches of amber. Moderate carbonation feeds a lasting, just off-white head that seems to last quite a while. There is a ton of lace that follows down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of nice aromas here. Strong fruitiness w/ pineapple jumping out at me. This is followed by a strong orange/tangerine aroma. Hints of pine round out the hop aromas. The malts are definitely here to play too with some rich caramel notes present. I do get a slight hit of booze in the end, but it isn't off-putting.

T: At first I get a ton of that fruity hop character that was noted in the nose. Plenty of pineapple, orange and tangerine in the flavor, but not quite as much as the aroma made it out to be. This is quickly followed by a strong, caramel flavor. Not toffee, but caramel. A significant sweetness from the malts is there, but it isn't too cloying. This is promptly followed by a strong piney, grapefruit rind bitterness. The beer does finish with some alcohol in the end. It isn't terrible, but definitely there. Overall very flavorful and hop forward with a significant caramel malt backbone. Definitely maltier than Hopslam. The booze comes out a little more too.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. A little heavier than some DIPAs. Feels smooth over the tongue. Carbonation is moderate at best. Maybe a little to sticky in the back of the throat at the end. The alcohol helps it dry out a little though.

D: This is a damn fine DIPA. The aroma is very nice, but for me the flavor didn't match up with it. The flavors were all nice (minus a little too much booze), but they were a little muted. I liked the balancing malts. They seemed to make the beer taste better in this cooler fall weather. I would definitely drink this again, but not over Hopslam or some other great DIPAs that are out.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:28:48 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poors a nice nearly glowing copper with huge 3 fingers+ of head that lingers well and left behind thick sheets of lacing.

S- Very strong hop resin with some nice piney notes. There is a nice notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T- some sweetness upfront, grapefruit and mango taste mix well with very powerful hops. Leaves some nice resin and finishes rather dry and boozy.

MF- Smooth and leaves thinck resin in mouth, very creamy.

O: My bottle may have been a little past its prime but still was a very good DIPA. Will be looking for this one again!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:24:01 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of jrallen34


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium clear gold with a medium white head and retention. Not much retention.

The aroma is the best part of this very with a very pleasant sense of fruit, mostly grapefruit and strawberries. You get a little hops.

The taste is kind of let down, because it strays so far from the aroma. Its not sweet at all, the beginning and middled are light flavorless, but it has a very very bitter and strong finish which almost makes up for it.

The mouthfeel is average, and you can drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:23:56 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep orange color, like a sunset in your glass, ploughy head, chunky. Aroma was very sweet, tropical citrus and some alcohol warmth.

The first few sips come off wo much alcohol, possibly the most pineapple I've ever tasted in a beer, this one is far less piney and way more tropical citrus, mango, papaya and pineapple feel to it. One of these would be way cooler in a Corona on the beach commercial. Good amount of hops to it, but not a super crisp blast, enough to pair well with a 10.4 beer, thats for sure. Reminiscient of Odell's India Barleywine.

Should be interested to visit the rest of the 6 pack throughout the year. The three I've had thus far were all enjoyable, but the one I had on a weeknight was a little much to get down. This is a good beer to throw down at the end of a tasting session on a weekend, too dangerous during the week.

EDIT: Drink this back to back with Hopsoulution. Same beer almost, different strengths, makes the Oracle seem much lower in ABV when you drink it after a Hopsoulution.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:00:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice lightish orange. a frothy off white head that starts as two fingers and leaves behind a lacing that sticks around forever. slight haze to it

Smell: immediately i am hit with hops. very resiny, strong pine, weaker citrus and surprisingly strong and sweet malts. a bit bready and slightly caramelly. very complex fragrant beer

Taste: starts off strong and intense hops. they are very resiny and piney again and i get notes of grapefruit and apricot. the malt backbone is strong but not quite sweet as it seemed in the nose. mostly bready.

Mouthfeel: big time sipper. heavy beer with some alcohol strength present. strong hop bitterness that lingers. a bit sticky

Overall: a huge hop head of a beer. a great sipper when you want a serious hop bit. wonderfully complex and done quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:19:01 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles in a trade with Nickwin. This is the second bottle I have had.

A: Golden and yellow mix, almost the color of caramel syrup with lots of carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and started out with an inch of tightly packed bubbles that settle leaving half an inch of head. Lots of spiderweb lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: A big citrus and piney punch that hides much of the malt sweetness. Tropical melon and tangerine notes. Very good smelling but the aromas are just not as vibrant as some other hoppy beers.

T: Very strong grapefruit note upfront to the point were i felt I actually just bit into a grapefruit. It finishes into a pine note with some subtle caramel sweetness.

M: Very full bodied and it is like I am eating a fresh piece of grapefruit when I take a sip. It is also impressive how nicely the sweetness and hoppiness blend together yet there is no booziness

D: One is enough for a night. It is either a starter or a finisher

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:35:07 | More by mikey711
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tulip. I got this bottle as an extra in trade with Romulux. You are awesome! Thanks.

A - Nice orange amber body with a white fluffy head on top. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass. I don't know if a DIPA could look any better than this.

S - Nice sweet citrus hop smell. Grapefruit and more citrus.

T - Grapefruit hop flavor up front. A bit of a piney lingering bitterness at the end. Wow. Certainly a much more bitter beast than Hopslam. This is a big grapefruit bomb made to rival the best the west could offer.

M - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty big hop presence so those that love a big bitter IPA would be right at home. I like my DIPA's a bit more on the balanced side or citrusy side personally. Hides the big ABV nicely however. This beer is worth picking up and trying. If I could get more I would however this isn't at the very top tier of IPA's imo.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:24:03 | More by jpmclaug
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Jackie O's stemmed tulip on 8/29/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at The Anderson's General Store in Columbus, OH on 8/26/11 --

A: Brilliant dark amber. A forceful pour yields a 3.25 finger head and big league lacing.

S: Juicy. Really juicy. It reminds me a bit of Bell's Hopslam, sans the honey influence. It's fairly one-note, but might I say, it's a damn fine note.

T: Bitter up front, and as it opens up, so does the immense amount of tropical fruit juice. Just dripping with the stuff. The finish is pretty intense, with an odd twang of black coffee.

M: You know how Bell's does. This is a classy beer - the carbonation, weight and texture are all top shelf.

O: Bell's Oracle is a damn fine DIPA. Is it as good as Hopslam? No, but it certainly holds it's own. A beer I hope to return to, and recommend without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:26:40 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, somewhat hazy amber with a creamy beige head. Awesome nose, rich caramel malt, balanced hops. The flavor is a huge hops burst with citrus notes that leads into a long, bitter finish. It's got enough resinous malt to give it some body and a hint of Malt sweetness. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Sweet and bitter IIPA with a nice complexity in the background.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:15:47 | More by beergod1
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra special thanks to pochman for hooking me up with this unexpected present. May the beer gods smile upon you Ed.

The appearance is that of a slightly hazed tawny bod. with a nice looking creamy off white head.

Holy smokes! this aroma is amazing...boatloads of fruit, everything from berries to mangos and pinnapple. I sniff the slightest amount of booze too. to sum up: fruity w/ hops in abundance!

The hop's bitterness grabs hold and stangles the taste buds leaving a dry but fruit like after taste. the alcohol is a bit too much on finish. I expected more balance and sweetness after such a great nose.

The hops oils make this one a bit on the slippery side. big-ol'-body!

Too hot but better as it warms. I want to give this one another try, I was really dissapointed, perhaps my senses were off. I hope to revise this review if I can get my hands on more. Send me more someone!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:46:14 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of match1112


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle date of 8/12/11, poured into a duvel tulip. poured a cloudy orange copper with no head to speak of just some foam on top. nose is full of malty sweetness, grapefruit and some pine. taste is really sweet up front giving way to the citrus and pine hops. has low carbonation but goes down slick with the hops lingering for a while. overall i was surprised that this was so malty. but none the less this is another beautifully done beer for bells.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:00:35 | More by match1112
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for the bottles! These notes are from 10/9, split a bottle with my buddy JefftheCheff.

Pours an orange-amber hue with big, "homebrew" bubbles sticking around after a 1 finger head fades.

Smells of candied orange peels, but not extremely pungent. Other citrus is present, some apricot as it warms.

Taste has a pretty intense bitterness backed by caramel malt sweetness, not close to being in balance, but it's awesome.

An incredibly sticky mouthfeel. I felt myself smacking my tongue after each sip. This beer really coats your mouth all the way through. As drinkable as most other DIPA out there of this ABV and intensity. I think I prefer this to Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:49:27 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of russwbeck


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The bottle gushed a bit with head when I popped the cap. Huge white head results and laces beautifully. Orange yellow in color, the beer pours extremely clear. A very fine looking DIPA.

S: All about the hops here. Fresh, piney, fruity (orange), balanced hops. Light caramel maltiness rests in the background.

T: The taste starts off with big piney hops. The fruitiness comes second, and balances out with the maltiness. A hit of booze on the backend. The taste is very big, but balanced nicely. The booze sets the flavor off a bit.

MF: Extreme hop bitterness. Light body, carbonated very well. The dry finish is curbed a bit by the warming alcohol feeling.

O: A very good DIPA, it just didn't wow me the way others have. Tasty, drinkable, high ABV, jut not perfect. I would recommend it to anybody, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:39:58 | More by russwbeck
Photo of tavernjef


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"We can never see past the choices we don't understand." - The Oracle: Matrix Reloaded

I choose this beer to drink because I understand Bell's makes some good beer...

So with that: The Oracle pours a darker honey pale gold hue in a medium fogged body capped delicately with a small cap of ivory creamy foam. Plenty of lacing is sheeted about with a speckled spottyness.

Peachy tropics stand ripe and raw in the nose with a slender pineapple/melony core and caramel tow mushed into a soft pastry doughyness. Timidly schnappy warmth in bigger wiffs.

A smooth darkly sweetened, lightly candied, tropical ride on the taste buds with a nice mushy melange of peaches, oranges, green grapes, pineapple, apricot all blended together in a jam with a light toasted pastry doughyness. Malt is there only in check of the hops, which there is plenty of. Spread across its lentgh is a well placed touch to its beefy 10% that is nearly an afterthought until you get just past midway where it grows quickly with heat like a fruity Kamakazi shot. Leftover, after the heat resides, is a small burp of warm peach cobbler and dryish bittering hop fuzz.

Nicely bold, beefy, and quite forward nearly full body of rounded smoothness of malty creamyness with a nice buzzing fuzzyness of tropical hoppy bitterness that encompasses a whole bunch of peach and apricot skins. Warmth settles in very well and with a slow bruteness that takes control immediately. Making you slow down and really take this one in. As apposed to the HopSlam, which is much more slammable. Both Bell's brews are a dangerous tandum of hops to behold. I favor the HopSlam. But Oracle is no side show of a DIPA.
One that's a bit more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:34:53 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Mdog


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, some sweetness in there too.

Taste: Surprisingly balanced, moderate sweetness like sugar on pink grapefruit before a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, slick feel.

Drinkability: Hard to find, expensive, but tasty so I might return to this someday.

Picked up a single as the beer store was rationing them. Not as good as Hopslam and a more coating feel than that beer. A more lasting bitter finish than Hopslam. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:28:55 | More by Mdog
Photo of kellyst


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark gold in color with superb clarity. Almost non-existent head and lacing. Strong aroma of tropical fruits. Initial taste is all american hops with almost no malt profile. I liked the taste better as it warmed, and a slightly toasty, dry malt character comes forward. It's not as good as Hopslam, but is still a fantastic DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 15:07:03 | More by kellyst
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden amber / orange color with a creamy, off-white / light orange head. Some sediment.

S: Thick, sticky malt scents mixed with sharp citrus, tropical fruits, and some acidity. Passion fruit, pineapple, and papaya. Honey / sugar water, copper, some yeastiness, and a hint of alcohol burn.

T: Very smooth malt, good above-average sweetness, followed by some dry bitterness in the 2nd half and the aftertaste. Much more bready and less fruity than I'd imagined it'd be. More in line with Ruination or Devil Dancer than Hopslam.

M: Very good texture. Nice and creamy at first. Almost perfect. Moderate carbonation, but above average viscosity.

D: The strength of the bitterness in the aftertaste balances out the increasingly cloying sweetness at the first half of each sip. Alcohol burn is relatively well masked. However, it's possible to grow weary of either the bitterness or the sweetness by the end of a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:14:29 | More by jnn4v
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Copper-orange. Quarter-inch head. Lace on the side of the tulip glass.

S. Ripe bananas., pineapple, tangerines.

T. Bitter fruit. Sourdough bread.

M. Slightly fizzy, warming, with a dry finish. Those hops stick around for a while.

D. This brew embodies everything that I think Bell's does right: I'd have another if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:58:01 | More by steevo
Photo of Jadjunk


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"A double IPA that is sure to make you as all-knowing as Pythia. It's just a matter of interpretation". Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. This is one of Bell's most sought-after annual limited releases, significantly rarer even than Hopslam. In comparison to Hopslam, however, this is a considerably different beer so there's really no fair comparison between the two. Released in September to limited release 6 pack and draft formats.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Bell's tulip snifter. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour develops a medium-thick foamy head of a clean eggshell-white complexion over a mildly hazy amber-orange body. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. Retention is very good, lacing is light and drooped. There are no evident shortcomings to note in this beer's appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Hop-forward aroma with notes of tropical fruit, herbaceous, resinous and spicy hop bouquet coming in second. In comparison to Bell's other limited release Double IPA Hopslam, the hop profile is noticeably more aggressive and edgy in The Oracle, with a significant bitterness and sharper-flavored hop selections. The malt profile is similar to most Double IPAs of it's kind- with a clean, moderately sweet caramelized malt backbone that compliments well the hop profile and fairly balances the bitterness out without complicating the body. The acidity is moderate, a bit more noticeable than in other Double IPAs, accenting the tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya with apple and possibly some tart cranberry juice. It comes together nicely with an enjoyably complex hop profile that doesn't make any reservations to impress. 4.25

(Taste) First impression reveals a modest, enjoyable malt base of slick, smooth, clean biscuity caramel syrup and a moderate grapefruit hop note to pair before ramping up the hop intensity in the second half. Finishes with a strong alcohol, herbaceous, tree sap hop smack, boldly bitter in its presentation. A prevailing wave of peppery citrus peel and ethanol trails the last sip. Very sharp, strong and undoubtedly not universal to everybody's liking- especially Hopslam fans- this is a remarkably different beast to reckon with. While on the whole a bit rougher around the edges than the median expectations for a Double IPA, The Oracle will certainly meet expectations for fans of aggressively hopped and brutally bitter Double IPAs. 4

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick clean malt profile. Carbonation adds a touch of froth and keeps the texture very smooth and creamy, mildly sticky. Body is a medium/heavy for a Double IPA and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium/high, very forward in this beer, eclipsing a lighter, cleaner malt profile that just can't begin to counter it. The balance is in favor of bitterness and alcohol, although sweetness is overall substantial enough to keep this beer drinkable and enjoyable. 4.25

(Overall) Don't expect a second rendition of Hopslam, Two Hearted Ale or any bright, sunny west coast-style clean-drinking quaffable IPA when you crack open The Oracle. What's here to enjoy is nothing short of a very assertive complex hop wave of aggressive grapefruit, resinous and herbal hops. Astringencies are almost laudable as a necessary evil in this recipe- they only further enhance the hop boldness and showcase The Oracle as a memorable DIPA for me in that it takes many chances in diversifying the flavor, and comes out as successful with the lot of them. This isn't a Double IPA for the weak of heart! A worthy try for all amongst an extensive Double IPA catalogue. 4.25

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
The Oracle DIPA Ale

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:44:34 | More by Jadjunk
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle- pours a muddy mandarin orange with a soapy white head. Nose- a fruit cocktail of guava, pineapple, mango, etc. Taste- similar hopping to hopslam in taste except more earthy bitterness. Reasonable amount of malt sweetness and body help to balance out this hop bruiser. Mouthfeel is slick with proper carbonation. Finish is dry dry dry- the hops suck all moisture from the mouth. This is a no holds barred dipa. I can only imagine what it was like fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:16:37 | More by oakbluff
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep, golden color with a solid one finger head that diminishes, but still maintains some head. Carbonation appears to be about moderate. Beautiful lacing appears as the sides of glass are caked in lace. One of the best lacing beers I've had.

The aroma is reminiscent of many other DIPAs. A good dose of hops that has a heavy, sweet, malt component to it. Hops are mainly floral, but with a dash of citrus.

Taste starts off with a big burst of floral hops that transitions beautifully into a big malty sweet component. The lingering taste is the bittering hops that leave a sticky bitterness in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is good for the most part. Love the carbonation, a little on the lower side. The big thing where I think this beer could use improvement is the body. Would love some more body on this beer. Pretty drinkable for a 10% beer.

This is a pretty good DIPA overall. The taste and how the different flavors transition is magnificent. The main thing that brings it down is the body for me. Overall a pretty good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:10:39 | More by ahq514
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed, golden-amber body with a tall, white head. Spotty, patchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: An extensively hoppy scent simply brimming with a stern, resinous grassiness, fresh-cut tangerines, pineapple jelly, and tropical mango spritzed with a strong sweet mead.

Taste: Speedy introduction of biscuits sweetened with toffee and top-notch honey, then, an ardent grassiness touched with tropical fruits, and bitter orange extract represent the generous hopping. Deeply bitter. Throughout the taste, the malts remain completely secondary to the hops. Some heated alcohol leeching into the long, dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel features a tongue-coating smoothness.

Drinkability: A fierce DIPA buzzing with its high hopping that'll leave you reeling and buzzing from the alcohol and satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 16:47:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing color and head to this beer! Perfect golden amber with a touch of orange. Head is two full fingers high and has been staying for three full minutes so far. Aroma is wonderful as well. Tons of orange peel, lightly piney, with some mango notes as well. Five minutes and the head has a small dent in it. I haven't even taken a sip yet. First sip and I'm a bit let down from the aroma and appearance. Taste is overly hopped. Like Bell's was trying to go west coast with this beer. The sweet citrus in the aroma turns into piney sweet hops in the taste. Mouthfeel is great though, and the lacing has been wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:37:31 | More by mverity
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.