The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 666
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rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 8-9-13 (1 month old)

A- A bright hazy golden orange color. A one finger of a quickly dissipating off white head.

S- Pungent peach, papaya, grapefruit, grape. Very citrusy. A more of a west coast take on an IPA.

T- A relatively modest bitterness at first. A strong hop flavor sweeps over. A pungent papaya and grapefruit. A ripe peach. An oily hop profile to this beer. With lasting pungent resinous flavors. Not much on the malt end here. This beer isnt a hop bomb per say but the flavor is all hops. The malts are very neutral and let the hops do the work.

M- A bitter beer. An appropriate feel for a beer this size. ABV is better hidden then this beers brother Hopslam.

O- A very solid DIPA. This is a textbook DIPA. A different hop profile then its brother and a more plain malt profile but a great beer never the less. This beer was much better then the most recent Hopslam batch in my opinion. What I cant figure out is why this beer is much more limited, Hopslam sits around by the case where I live and I was only able to grab a single of this beer. Produce more Bells! (1,125 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,434 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (531 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of carlborch
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful 2-inch, creamy, off-white head that persists. Eventually settled to 1/4-inch. Golden, amber color, with moderate carbonation. Medium-full body with wallops of hop flavor and hop bitterness. The hop notes linger extensively. Resin in nose and on the palate. Muted malt. This is a hop-heads delight - and it is moreish to boot. Well-developed Belgian lace. The ABV is noticeable, although hiding a bit behind the hop notes. Sweet, warming, bitter, deliciousness. May age well. Wonderful with food - particularly rich foods. Cuts, cleanses, lifts, and brightens. I will seek to find some more. (600 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/9/2013, reviewed from notes. Bell's lack of specific release dates is frustrating, because I had to make several dozen phone calls to find this guy a mere two hours from the brewery. My first experience with it four years ago was magical.

A - pretty good looking. Dark oranges and browns and little head produced on the forced pour. Mostly translucent.

S - the first thing that hits you is booze, then bitterness, followed by a faint, dank hop profile that signals a stickiness in taste and texture. Not altogether pleasant, but certainly not unpleasant.

T - too bitter, much too bitter. The sweet hop profile is lost almost completely to the bitter one, which, combined with a malt-forward finish, makes this beer taste almost like anise. The accompanying 10% ABV doesn't help things. There's hardly anything sweet here. It reminds me very much of Leviathan.

M - again, bitterness and booziness pervade. The lasting impression is a sticky booze bomb .

O - well, as with just about everything, the memory is better than the repeated experience. I wouldn't turn this down at a party of course, but I won't go out of my way or make any more phone calls for it. It would be interesting to sit on for a few months. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 8/8/13

The oracle, in my most humble opinion, is as good as it gets for an American DIPA. First of all, the color itself is a striking and sunny yellow-orange. It has a slight haziness but no actual flacks of sediment visible to the naked eye. There is plenty of effervescence in the beer, obviously showing that it is not going to be the least bit flat. The head on this is a shade just shy of cream colored, and is copiously foamy. I don't recall the last time I've seen such lacing/head retention on a DIPA.

The aroma is bursting with bright, fresh fruit esters, such as kiwi, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some herbal notes as well, and not overly sharp. Malts are somewhat represented in the aroma too, as I pick up a slight sweet bread aspect in there.

Wow, after tasting this I must say it is quite a bold hoppy brew. I was wrong about the malts, as I am not getting much of that at all in the flavor. This is a very coarse and abundant hop flavor - for hop fanatics only! West coast style. There's some slight interplay with pineapple but mostly this is a resinous and piny festival of bitterness rolling across the tongue with each sip. It's not overly complex. Extremely dry finish.

It feels a little lighter than a 10.00 ABV but it certainly warms on the way down. Does not stick to the palate an awful lot either. This is an American excess style through and through. Hops on steroids. Not quite 120 minute IPA but close! (1,451 characters)

Photo of kell50
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy, QCBrewer, grabbed me 3 singles while on business in Michigan.

Date on bottle: 08/09/13.. pretty damn fresh!

A- It poured a copper/orange color, topped with about a finger of an off-white head, very nice lacing even before bringing the beer to my lips.

S- Fantastic IIPA aroma, packed with piney citrus, especially fresh orange, with some ripe mango notes. The piney resin aroma is massive, but I notice some sweet malt rounded out on the edges.

T- Exactly like you would think after taking several sniffs. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pine and some sweet malty notes. It's quite bitter, but there is a touch of caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate. This malt is a touch too sweet for my liking, but don't get me wrong, Oracle is a huge, boozy, sticky IIPA that packs a delicious hoppy punch.

M- Medium to full bodied, as this beer is quite resiny and sticky. At 10% abv the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming by any means. This beer was intended to be sipped and I will obey.

O- A very solid beer, not as dank as a true West-Coast style IIPA, but an amazing offering from a brewery continuing to move in the right direction. It's definitely worth seeking out. (1,194 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours dark apricot with a 2 finger white head. Great lacing. 4.5

Aroma-nice tropical smell, lots of mango and pineapple. Some orange and grapefruit as it warms a bit. A little bit of bready brown sugar hiding at the edge. Very nice tropical aroma. 4.5

Taste-bitter, bitter pineapple. After the bitterness fades there's a nice burst of mango sweetness. Some dank pine/earthy notes hit about mid palate. Back of the tongue stays With the bitterness and doesnt let up. Apricot and orange round out the tasting notes. 4.5

Feel-great feel for a DIPA, medium to full bodied, doesn't hide the ABV well and I kinda like that fact, its suppose to be a big beer. 4.75

Overall-honestly, this is a double that they need to make more of. It's not so incredibly great that it needs to be as limited as it is. Several brewers make beers that are very similar to this every single day. As big as Bells is I find it strange that this beer would be that expensive or time consuming to make. It's a killer double that needs to be more often. It's the only down side about this beer and for that... 4 (1,130 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 08/09/2013. Scored a single bottle from my local beer store for $3.99. Excited to have it, based on this beer's excellent ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three creamy sudsy fingers of off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt sienna orange body. Thin wispy rings of lace. Head retention is very nice considering the high alcohol content. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of lots of bright citrusy tropical fruits: peaches, mango, papaya, pineapple. Caramel malt sweetness. Some soapiness. Some alcohol fumes. Smells fresh, most of all, which is great.

T - Taste follows the nose: tropical fruits, mango, papaya, pineapple, greapefruit. Some bready caramel malts holding everything in check. Quite a bit of spicy alcohol heat on the finish, which is only a little surprising. Juicy citric tartness lingering around on the finish also.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Some lingering alcohol heat on the finish, but otherwise it is remarkably well executed.

Overall, this is some smooth and easy drinking at 10.00% abv. Probably one of the bigger and better beers that I've had from Bell's. I've never tried Bell's Hopslam, but I look forward to trying it for the sake of comparison. There was a two bottle limit at my store, but I only bought one. An amazing beer; if you can get it, buy it.

Bell's The Oracle ---4.5/5 (1,400 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought it was only fitting that I pour myself one of these while studying for my Greek class. Channeling my inner oracle. Date on the bottle says 8/09/13. So it's pretty fresh. I was able to pick up 4 bottles from Carson Street Deli (side note: they have the best prices in Pittsburgh).

A- Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pour results in about a finger of an off-white head, which leaves its mark on the glass as it slowly dissipates. Beautiful golden-orange color makes this quite an inviting beer. Seems to almost glow. As I continue to sip, lacing follows. Love me some lacing.

S- Dank, resinous hops. Almost has a Belgian funk to it... I may be off. Somebody help me here. There is also an unmistakeable sweetness to the smell. Also picking up floral scents. Love how the scent develops as it warms.

T- Initial flavor is very sweet. Then the hops make their presence known. They are strong, but not overwhelming. Citrus, specifically grapefruit, pokes its head through on the finish. Wow, this beer has great balance. Hops linger until you take the next sip. It's fun to repeat this step.

M- Mid-low carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel. Hop oils cover the palate. I'll be tasting this one for a bit once I've finished. Nice warming from the alcohol.

O- Damn, this beer is good. I'm congratulating myself for picking up 4 of these. They will be savored, that is for sure. Excellent offering from Bell's. I would expect nothing less. (1,452 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Bell's tulip glass

One finger white head with a very golden hue that is translucent through the beer with no cloudiness.

Nose was bright with some pine and light citrus. Very clean nose that wasn't overpowering but very in balance and inviting for a DIPA.

Taste is crisp and balanced. Some pine, light fruitiness, and light malt/body that allows the hops to shine while providing just enough balance. Not slick at all. Very smooth mouthfeel and easier drinking than I expected at the ABV. Very well balanced DIPA in a world of hop bombs, oily mouthfeels, or malt disasters. This one is worth seeking out, and the price point falls below many DIPA bombers as well. This beer is a clean, well made DIPA that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the range of brews that fall under the DIPA/IIPA umbrella. (821 characters)

Photo of Stokes_
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden color. 3+ finger head that hangs around for days, heavy lacing. Extremely fruity on the nose, I believe my cold is hindering me from picking up on the hops. Taste is amazing, fruit and hops aplenty. Wow. This is one of the better DIPA's I've tried. (268 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: A very light orange colored brew, which is to say golden bronze, with a white foam cap. The glass is laced from the first several sips, as to be expected from any hop beast.

SMELL: Immense grapefruit and citrus pith overall. Some pine and lemongrass like aromas as well.

TASTE: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are equal parts in a tropical explosion. Nice bitterness but tempered by pale and biscuity malt base. Still, very juicy and drinks effortlessly. The hops cut what little alcohol flavor there is to almost nothing.

FEEL: Surprisingly light and crisp on the palate, with good complexity of bright juicy hop flavor and resinous bitterness to go along with a biscuity, almost toffee like malt profile.

OVERALL: This beer is fantastic. Great hop flavor, dangerously drinkable and quite light and quenching. A case of this would be a timely investment. (868 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 Bright golden copper with 1 finger of white foamy head that reduces very slowly and leaves tons of lacing.
S: 4.0 Pine and malt forward with lingering floral notes.
T: 4.25 Slightly boozy, similar to smell I get pine first. This leaves a lingering citrus aftertaste, and a warmth that should come with a DIPA.
M: 3.75 Carbed well, smooth and silky. A little more carbed than I'm used to in this style, but it doesn't take anything away.
O: 4.0 This is a great brew, definitely what I expect out of a DIPA. Malty, boozy, pine and citrusy. I was able to snag 2 at a local rare beer release, I'd be happy to get a couple more! (670 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely grateful to Kaveman for hooking me up with this bottle. Pouring it into a Spiegelau tulip glass at around 40F.

Brilliant clear orange golden body with 2 fingers of off-white head with great retention and lacing.

Smells of lemony, piney, clean hops, not much sweetness, a little orange pulp, not a powerfully strong aroma.

Taste is complex. Up front sweet malt is definitely present, pine and citrus hop flavor washes in to balance. As the beer reaches the back of my tongue it hits scorchingly bitter notes. Lingers with abrasive bitterness and some residual alcoholic warming heat.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium, almost full, definitely sticky, dry finish, carbonation is moderate and appropriate, a great feel to this huge DIPA.

Overall I had a tough time tying this beer together cause there's actually a lot going on. It's big in every sense; very bitter, very sweet, very alcoholic. It's almost impossible to perfectly balance a beer when so many features are exaggerated, but I will say if this had more hop flavor and aroma it could be improved. However, it is definitely one of the most bitter DIPAs I've ever tasted, so for someone looking for the biggest bitter hop bombs, this is definitely a must try.

Ohhh yea! (1,248 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a teku glass. 8/8/13 bottling date

Pours a darker orange with a 2 finger white head with superb lacing. The smell is very subdued on the hops but what i do detect i really like. The taste is very bitter up front. Very bitter. Good amount of malts too though. Grapefruit dominates the palate. The bitterness definitely lingers too. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. 10%ABV undetectable.

Overall not world class by any stretch of the imagination but very drinkable for 10%. Not very complex. Doesnt touch hopslam or even 2 hearted, so dont go out of your way for this one. Still, recommended. (613 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We crack a pair, pouring a brew of golden pumpkin orange into our Founders snifters, throwing faint amber hues when it catches a ray just right. It produces a quickly building three finger head of soapy tan colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. This creamy and goopy crown slowly bubbles away, leaving thick sheets of honeycomb lacing all around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be on the lighter side of moderate. The aroma is both richly malty and sticky with hops, giving notes of sweet pale, lightly caramel, and rye maltiness, spiciness of booze, dried cucumber skin, and fresh ferns, and big hoppiness of nectary, lightly citric, and piney varietals. Complexity works in with warmth, riding on sweet vanilla extract, rubber tree, lactic warmth, lime juice, passion fruit, black pepper and far-off gingerbread breadiness, tannic leafy teas, soft bubblegum, perfumed florals, and sugary sweet hits of citric hop goodness. Our first impression is that the hops are quite bitter, mixing with the fusel nature of the booze for an explosively surprising beginning. As we sip, the taste opens with black pepper, lemon zest, metallic amber and pale malts, chemical rubber bite, bitterly herbal and sweetly nectary hops, sap resins, hints of honey sweetness, and sweet fusel alcohol. The middle peaks with red cherry sweetness, hibiscus and honeysuckle florals, whole black peppercorn, sesame seed, chalked yeast, freshly picked parsley, citric and herbal hops, light caramel sugars, and a bittered, steely rye type of maltiness. The end hits with cleaner pales, warm cornbread, drippy butters, vodka booze, plant greens, biting tree bark, mineral water, citric, grassy, and herbal hops, mango fruitiness, gravel, aluminum, eucalyptus, grape seeds, coconut husk, and water chestnuts. The aftertaste breathes of hugely fusel booze, piney hop resins, distant raisin sugars, pencil shavings, gravel, dirty yeast, black pepper, pseudo-woody astringency, black raspberry seediness, wet moss, nickel, and echoes of those bitter herbal hops. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium but subdued. Each sip gives nice cream and froth, decent slurp and smack, and clean finishing pop. The mouth is initially coated fully, but this quickly drips into intense boozy pucker and tannic astringency. The abv is up there for a 12oz. bottle, and it drinks as such.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its nose. Really, all the aromatic goodness presented here came with warmth. It started a bit hot and overly malty, much like the flavoring, but it took a turn with warmth, where the hops were allowed to flourish into their natural, sticky, floral, and piney state. This gave a sweet air to it, helping to contrast nicely with the grain and the fusel booziness. We found the taste, however, to be a bit cumbersome. Here we found extreme hotness of ethanol, overly bittered hops, and biting, metallic yeast, mixing for a rather heavy puck and chalked astringent on the feel. This was not helped by the fact that the body was sturdy and thick, adding to the burden of drinking it. Perhaps it was the hype that killed this one for us, but unfortunately we found The Oracle to be overly boozed, deceptively unbalanced, and more of a chore than an absolute pleasure. (3,310 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to half finger tall thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine. There is also a light aroma of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops in descending order of intensity. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness are present and linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: This one is truly for the hopheads, definitely not one for the person that is not a huge fan of hop flavors and bitterness. I enjoyed this one but I can definitely appreciate but the hops are extremely aggressive. (1,175 characters)

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of IPA. Delicious hop bomb with some malt to balance it out. Pours a nice clear honey color. Not quite a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells very citrusy and resiny. The malt I'd rather hidden in the aroma. A hint of grassiness that ties it all together. Actually quite grassy as it warms. Great fresh citrus flavor. Bitter pine. Lemons possibly. Nice malt comes through in the finish without being sweet. Mouthfeel is full but nicely carbonated. Overall, damn this is a delicious IPA. Wasn't sure what to expect, but wow. Hop bomb meets nice malt balance meets superb drinkability. The 10% ABV is nicely hidden. (681 characters)

Photo of waston
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber color, two finger head that fades. Smells pf hops and citrus. Tastes phenomenal! Maltier than Hopslam. Hoppy, citrusy, hints of caramel and toffee. This might be my favorite beer that Bells offers. (258 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal! Loads of hops and grape fruit rind. At least a top 5 beer for me.

A - Light orange/amber. Poured a light head.

S - Hints of apricot.

T - Intense citrus/grapefruit flavor with a load of hops. Intense hop flavor on back of tongue. As it warms, malt flavor comes out as well.

M - Full bodied; feels luxurious in the mouth.

TRY THIS IF YOU CAN! (357 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz into teku. Bottled 8/8/13

A-pours pretty clear orange, single finger white head
S- breads, pine resin, lots of citrus, some bubblegum, some herb that I can't put my finger on
T- honey, deep piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, tastes so fresh, almost no malt caricature. Bitter hop finish
M- as expected, slightly thicker than your usual ipa
O- very very good, piney and citrusy just like I love my dipas. Great west past style, and way different then hopslam and not worth comparing. If you can find it grab a couple bottles. Glad I lucked into this single, the smell is just amazing (593 characters)

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.