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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 437
Gots: 260 | FT: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden. Sticky lacy head. Bread, pear, black cherry, hoppy bitter. 12oz bottle. It was a pleasure to sample

Tilly, Oct 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ricecracker420, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

jeff96gt, Oct 14, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 8/8/14. Pours a clear light amber with a touch of dark ruby making it a bit darker than golden. Very nice head with exceptional lacing and retention. Very nice nose of pine, grapefruit, tropical and a somewhat dank hop note over a caramel sweetness that also has a hint of spice. Medium body with a rich oily slick texture. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is complex and fairly well balanced given the 10% alcohol content. It begins as a blend of hop flavors, mostly dank with grapefruit and pine notes, that slowly yield to the tropicals as a blended biscuit/caramel sweetness sneaks in. The sweetness fades into a mild bitterness which has a dank and slightly spicy note. As the bitterness fades, alcohol is noted, but not excessively so. The finish is slightly sweet with a nice alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Better than the Mars offering which lacks balance and fails to cover the alcohol well.

tillmac62, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 8.29.14. Picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy Sep 2014 with a 2 bottle limit

A - Bronze and golden, 1 finger of head, sticky lace all over the glass. This is the perfect example of an IPA!

A - Citrus and piny hops. Huge aroma. Nice

T - Hoppy! Bitter, and citrus evenly balanced. Bitter aftertaste, but nothing like west coast. Incredibly delicious

M - Light bodied, smooth

O - An Awesome DIPA. Bells knows IPAs. Period. Well done! Drink it if you can find it

BeerDawgs, Oct 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

j_therk, Oct 11, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Review after initial rating (fall, 2013:4.25 straight rating). Bottle date 08/08/2014:
I had this about a year ago and really enjoyed it. I was still experiencing the cast array of good craft beers, was more of a ticker, and figured I'd be able to get it more often (I had yet to really understand seasonal brews). I can't believe I turned down a chance back then to get more of it.

A: almost perfect translucent-to-hazy golden orange. Beautiful foamy head grows nicely and sticks around. The lacing is copious on this one. (5)

S: nose is a tad grainy, but sweetness is honey in nature. I actually expected more hops in the nose, but maybe it's a bit list after 2 months. What I get is more floral than fruity, more meadow than farm, but distinguishing the scents is hard (3.75)

T: classic grapefruit rind and pine IPA to me. Bitter from the get go, even for a DIPA. There is an underlying sweetness that I usually like more up front, but works for me in this beer just fine. The sweetness is more raw sugar-based to me than any beer I've had before, but again, isn't the focus of the taste. This is more dry hop-bomb, west coast-ish in nature. The combination maybe brings some tropical hints, but I feel I am stretching a bit on this. (4.25-4.5)

M: very smooth, carbonation obvious in appearance is just there to enhance otherwise dry feel. Body is medium, alcohol is pretty well hidden (4.75)

O: this did live up to my anticipation even if it didn't exceed it. Given how that usually works, that's a win. A bit more bitterness than I expected (I really didn't recall the taste profile, just that I liked it), but well done to me as I have grown away from this profile over the year. (4.5)

cjgiant, Oct 11, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.