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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 1467
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

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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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at City Tap House, 6/7/10.

Pours a slightly hazy muted yellow with a significant white head. Nice lacing.

S-Some pine, grapefruit and lemon hops. Definitely strong and great dry hopping, but not overwhelming.

T-Solid hops flavor without being overly bitter. This was actually a bit sweet for my liking, but I guess that comes with the ABV.

M-Pretty full body with a good bit of thick residual sugar.

D-Overall this was a solid DIPA and definitely above average. Well-made, but I don't believe this is anything spectacular compared to some of the other best DIPAs out there. (Disclaimer: i drank this along with batch 6000, batch 9000 and black note, so Oracle was pretty underwhelming)

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 04:01:01 | More by ChrisPro
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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Bell's 31 beer tapping at City Tap House, 6/7/10.

A-Pours a slightly hazy honey amber with a generous amount of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S-You want hops? We got hops! Mostly citrus, with lots of grapefruit bitterness and some nice pineapple, but some nice piney hop notes as well. Excellent.

T-Really outstanding and one of the best of the style I have ever tried. A solid, understated malt backbone with lots of sweet pineapple and orange on the front, some pine sap and then a really nice long bitter grapefruit finish.

M-Medium bodied and somewhat dry. Not at all tiring to drink.

D-Really excellent. Could only have one on this night but would love to run across this one again.


Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:46:23 | More by sholland119
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly rusting orangy yellow color with nice cap of stiff whiite foam leaving great lacing. Scent is a wonderful, slightly sweet blend of fresh citrus, tropical, piney and floral hops and a touch of fresh cereal grain. The taste is a bright and fresh blend of grapefruit, mango, pineapple with a touch of fresh pine and fresh flowers. Decent, semi-sweet grain profile on the back-end. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, dry and no lingering bitter aftertaste. A truly unique, fresh tasting DIPA that hides its ABVs well and is not overly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 14:26:04 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Dalem


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early autumn cooper in with a substantial head that melts away to a heavy lace and a cap that sticks through to the end of the glass.
The aroma is quite fruity. Strawberries and peaches come to mind. Much different than the earthy pines and citrus scents that usually come from a DIPA.
The scents show up big time in the flavors in this full bodied ale. The strawberry nuances are in the introduction. Woodsy and sweet tart. The snap of peaches take over in the middle til towards the end when a black peppery bite from the hops take it to the finish. Quite complex and though an alcohol hotness does kick up in the end the 10.4% abv is masked pretty well.
The aftertaste is a bit sticky but doesn't hang around to the point where you're searching for a couple huge swallows of water to clean the palate and wash out the back of the throat after a glass full of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 05:14:52 | More by Dalem
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3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this bad boy as an extra from in person trade. Have to say I was stoked. Being from SoCal, I have to say my taste is jaded. I love that piney, resin bite on the tongue but the strong malt presence is a bit of a let down. Pretty decent DIPA though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:47:42 | More by Juan611
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: An Import from the Mid-West thanks to Pintofbrown. The body is a hazy honey-orange with a generous ivory white egg foam head. Lacing is excellent and clingy as the head shrinks down the sides of the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles trickle up from the bottom in a random simmering way.

Smell: First comes the botanical hops, followed by piney resin and mild fruits and citrus. Malt is there the whole time. Every inhale seems to finish with some malty goodness.

Taste: The flavors do not tip toe around in your mouth. Right up front is a huge wash of biscuit malt and light sorghum syrup sweetness. I get some light bitter citrus pith mid-palate. Then BAM! The piney, resiny hops sucker punches you in the taste buds. The bitterness from the hops linger around quite a while, teasing you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: A slick/lip smacking glaze coats the mouth after every drink. Medium carbonation throughout with warming alcohol in the finish.

Overall: This is another hopped up beer from the Mid-west that I really dig. A resiny hoppy beast that was a pleasure to consume and would drink again without question. Any piney, resiny hop lovers would really appreciate this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:09:07 | More by darthvohn
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bells Oracle
Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Solid double IPA, nice malt backbone and just the right amount of hops. Fun to drink, just maybe is my own fault for building hype as it took a year or two to get my hands it. Still can't stand up to big brother 'Hopslam' I would definitely buy again, but would not go (too far) out of my way for it~

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:14:26 | More by BrewUSA
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy deep gold, nice white head (Packaged 8/8/2013)

Aroma- Big pine, citrus, dank hops, good maltbackone

Flavor- Very piney, earthy , and citric hops, strong bitterness but not overwhelming, slight boozyness, but is 10%

Mouthfeel-Medium, good carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall- A very good DIPA. Big in your face hops, glad I got to try and will be getting more if possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:16:01 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottled 8/9/13. Aroma includes a unique blend of earthy, spicy, citrussy and piney hops. Strong malt backbone but really really loaded with hops, obviously. Taste is very bitter but not damagingly so, therse's much more going on here. Nice balance and loaded with juicy, resinous hops with a really lovely sweetness on the back end. Glad I got to experience this amazingly delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:24:58 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle (bottled 8/8/13) into a snifter. Thanks to my buddy Mike for holding on to this for me!

Color is a hazy golden, head was white, couple fingers and left some good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of hops! Pine, citrus, and a bit of malt

Flavor is a burst of hops, a bit of onion (maybe would be better a bit more fresh) , definite noticeable booze, quite a bitter finish

Mouthfeel - The body is actually not as heavy as I'd expect. Medium carb, coats the mouth a bit

Overall - its a good DIPA but not close to the level of Hopslam, although I'd like to have tried this a bit more fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:16:11 | More by maxcoinage
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3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours quite hazy, bronze-ish gold, with a half-finger of white head and an average amount of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Pine, caramel and biscuit malt sweetness, and bitter citrus. Not a huge aroma for a DIPA.

T: Caramel malts, a lot of bitterness, some pine and the bitterest of citrus rind hops, and quite a bit of boozy alcohol. As it warms, the booze and bitterness increases up front, then fades into some malt with caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation sensation. The alcohol it quite noticeable, but nothing like DFH 120 Minutes.

O: This embodies a lot of the characteristics I don't like in a DIPA. Big alcohol flavor, caramel, and bitterness without the underlying hop flavors to keep me interested. While not a drain-pour, this isn't anything that I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:24:39 | More by macrosmatic
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear light gold with a pretty thick one finger white head. Large chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. A very good looking beer for this strength.

Aroma is chock full of tropical fruit along with pine. A very juicy aroma that is quite inviting and mouth-watering.

Lots of juicy citrus in the flavor as well with only the slightest hint of booziness. Nothing like what would be expected of a beer that is 10%. There are some layers of pine underneath the citrus along with a fairly strong bready malt backbone. Bitterness is quite high as is the dryness. The dry mouthfeel really impresses me and makes this beer quite drinkable.

Overall, an absolutely outstanding IIPA and one of the best I have had. Many beers like this are a sweet, boozy mess but this one manages to pack in the alcohol but not the sweetness withough sacrificing body. An awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:14:04 | More by rangerred
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark gold with a medium white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of pine resin gives way to grapefruit and toasted malts. Hop bitterness followed by apricot and grapefruit zest finish with pine and herbal notes at the back of the palate. Finishes dry and bitter. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a well crafted DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:11:47 | More by JohnG190


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bells Oracle

Appearance: The “other” DIPA from Bells pours a beautifully rich, slightly hazy golden orange of a ridiculously effervescent quality. It is crowned with an utterly perfect two fingers of cream-colored head that is as dense as homemade whipped cream; it flatly refuses to dissipate, almost to a fault, and, when it eventually does dissipate (which required drinking some first), it leaves heaps of lacing all over the glass. This beer looks absolutely magnificent and ranks among the best looking beers out there. 5/5

Aroma: Oracle explodes out of the glass with a blast of extremely dank pine resin, intense lemon and grapefruit rind (but not a hint of the sweeter flesh of either fruit), grassiness, and perhaps the tiniest suggestion of orange and pineapple. The malt bill is very clean and somewhat weak but does impart a slight twinge of sweetness. The alcohol is really the only detectable sweetness in the beer. This is outrageously intense to the point of being overwhelming. Imagine Hopslam on steroids minus the balancing quality of the honey sweetener. 4/5

Taste: If possible, the taste takes the aroma up yet another notch in bitterness. This Bells offering is ludicrously bitter, and this fact cannot be stressed enough. Despite the sweet alcohol and the minimal malt bill noted in the nose, have no illusions: this is not even close to balanced. It is nothing but a piney, grassy, rind-y assault so over the top that no other flavors are even detectable, other than an exceedingly mild sweetness in the back end that ends up feeling like five-minute rain shower in the Sahara. It is strange, but the bitterness in this beer is a bit herby and vegetal, almost like really fresh kale (without the taste of kale) or chewing a mouthful of fresh cut grass. There is not much depth or balance here. In a word: intense. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: The viscosity is very moderate, exactly where one would want it in a beer like this. Unsurprisingly, the astringency scorches the tongue and mouth nearly to the point of unpleasantness, which also makes the finish insanely dry. Carbonation is perfect, and the beer is surprisingly drinkable (or would be if it were not so impossibly bitter). Each sip leaves a nice stickiness on the lips. The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be if it were not for the overdone astringency. 4/5

Overall: Wow. Just wow. I did not know what to expect coming into this beer, but Hopslam this is not. This is without a doubt the most bitter beer I have ever drank, and I’ve had Palate Wrecker, Ruination, Abrasive, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Double Sunshine, Resin, etc. Mark this down as the only beer I have ever had trouble finishing alone due only to the bitterness. I would say that this is the hop-lover’s dream, but I am a hop lover, and this was still too much. With a more assertive malt bill, Oracle could really shine; it need not be totally balanced or anything, but some semblance or hint of balance has got to make itself known. The beer is top notch in craftsmanship and to style (if ultra-bitter DIPA is a style), but when I have trouble finishing a 12 oz. of this and can put down bombers of Arctic Panzer Wolf with no trouble, well, there might be a problem. Looking at other reviews, I feel like there must be a lot of bottle variation with this beer, since I got almost nothing but resin, but others note ample tropical fruit. Regardless, in summation, seek this out if you are a masochist. 16.5/20

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:16:28 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow-peach color has a beautiful glow to it. A thumb of head looked nice at its peak, and fell at an accelerated pace with limited stickage.

Powerful malt presence in the nose without it being too sweet or to toasty. In retrospect, it doesn't take away from an even piney/citrusy hop. Notes of caramelized peach, soft pine, dank resinous citrus, and a floral air.

Dank citrus, pine, and stone fruits with a caramelly barleywine malt smack. Big alcohol presence that never crashes, just feels big. It's like it should be, in other words. Hoppiness is okay, not huge like I would've expected. Could pass for a hoppy barleywine, but I like the hop profile.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter-bodied, which allows a squeal of alcohol to leak through, but the threshold is at the brink of tolerable in such a way that is exceeding of expectations. Carbonation has some gusto, but stays backways. I like this kind of a DIPA in the feel category.

Love holding this sixer after years of waiting to try it. It's not 'outta-this-world' good, just really good. I approve.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:15:01 | More by thecheapies
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3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 03:35:21 | More by joeworrall
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:01:52 | More by schwemjw
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:04:04 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 05:29:23 | More by bennetj17
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm stoked this has finally arrived in AZ!
A - Pours a light amber hue with abundant head of various sized bubbles. Settles nicely but retains a thick film of head, lacing heavily on the glass of the tulip.
S - Complex bouquet of floral and piny hops. Citrus and pine resins dominate the aroma character with a subtle light roasted malt backbone. Clean light grain notes interspersed.
T - Soft and warm bitterness intensifies into a complexity of hops. There a touch of citrus, mango, stone fruit mingled with a resiny pine and earthy tone. Domineering residual bitterness is slow to fade after the sip, with a spiciness that lingers on the palate. Very well balanced against the final gravity. Tinge of sweetness that is whisked away in wonderful hop nectar.
M - Warm, wet mouthfeel with a heavier-medium body. Still quite quaffable. Smooth as can be with just a faint hint at the attenuation capacity in the warmth.
O - I have been waiting quite some time to try this after finally falling in love with hopslam five-ish years ago. I had the pleasure of working with a few people from Michigan who couldn't stop raving about this offering. I can finally say it did not disappoint and exceeded expectation. Warm and smooth all around with an intense hop backbone that is still able to tip the scales at such a high gravity.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:59:36 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a label that looks like a cover of a book. On this label is the name of the beer in gold lettering and the silhouette of a person reading a book. All of this is surrounded by a gold border. The neck label simply has a gold "O" in it. The back label has all the mandatory US info, a very brief description of the beer, and a packaged date. My bottle was packaged on 8/9/2013. This beer is too special for an ordinary pint glass. So I poured it into a Peg's Cantina Snifter instead.

From behind the book cover, came a Double IPA that was a nice tangerine orange with a sprinkle of copper toward the bottom. I've had a few Double IPAs in the past that were extremely hazy. The haziness level on this one was very moderate. You could still see through this beer. There weren't any hop particles floating around in the beer. On top of this beer was a somewhat fluffy cotton white head of foam. Not egg shell white. Pure white in color. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a big fat string of white rings and numerous small blots and streaks of lace. Overall, it had a nice solid clear appearance. No complaints here.

Ok! Who's the wise guy who put Pixie Sticks into my DIPA? When it was first poured, I got a strong whiff of candi sugar and not much else. I was a little disappointed by that at first. When the beer settled down, the Candi Sugar aroma had decreased and there was a blend of tropical fruits and citrus fruits along with citrus hops waiting for my nose to smell. For the fruit punch, I was able to pick out pineapple, a pinch of mango, plenty of grapefruit, and a splash of lemon zest. Quickly following the fruits was the strong aroma of dry and bitter citrus hops. The hoppy aroma lingers on for some time before it lets through a subtle whiff of toasted malts. Even though the hop aroma was on the strong side, it wasn't an over zealous hoppy aroma.

This is one of those beers that tasted almost like it smelled. Those two weren't too far off. This beer almost tasted like the second wave aroma to be exact. There was no strong Candi Sugar presence in the taste. It was hard for my tastebuds to tell where the fruits started and the hops ended. It tasted like it rolled everything into one big fruity/hoppy taste. This big jumble of a taste included a big dried citrus hop bite, tart grapefruit, a pinch of pineapple, a drop of mango, a splash of lemon zest, and a subtle taste of pine. Pine? Where did that come from? That came out of nowhere. It must have arrived with the hops. There was no malt in the taste. If there was, the hops covered them up.

10% ABV? Really? I thought it tasted more like it was in the 8% range. Well anyway, this beer had the typical DIPA mouthfeel. That means it had a good amount of carbonation and a strong hoppy aftertaste. Once this beer really warms up, you'll have a hard time trying to get rid of the strong hoppy aftertaste in the back of your mouth.

Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this winner. This is one Bell's beer that I've wanted to try for some time. This beer really doesn't kick off until it really warms up. Would I drink it again? I sure would if given the opportunity again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:52:06 | More by AltBock
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3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a golden yellow with huge thick creamy fluffy head. sticky lacing. big retention.

faint citrus. lots of tropical fruit when poured but once it sat for a few, nose is barely there. searching hard, i fond some booze and hops

mostly bitter pine and resin. a bit one dimensional. intense with the malts and booze. decent but nothing pops out at me that is grabbing my attention. some grapefruit in the finish.

nice chewy body and moderate carbonation.

expected more from this, it was good. maybe its because i waited like 2-3 years to try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:31:31 | More by hooliganlife
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steasy66 for this and all the other great beers!

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with over a finger of thick off white head - great retention and nice lacing.

Smell. Yellow grapefruits, grass and floral hops, some pineapple, oranges and cedar.

Taste. Caramel and grass, yellow grapefruit, oranges and pineapple, honey and floral hops. Good bitterness in the finish with a lightly herbal, almost licorice root note.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low carbonation.

Overall. No shortage of hops here with a big base to back them up. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 00:57:53 | More by Rutager
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., bottled on 8/9/13, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs, which is to be expected for 10%!

S: 10/12 - mostly citrus fruit aroma - grapefruit, pineapple and apricot - and, as expected, some malt breadiness and lots of booze; it smells great but I wish that the aroma was more intense

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is an intense slap of citrus-like bitterness; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with some malt balance (marmalade and honey flavors) and alcohol; although it finishes dry, the worst aspect of the taste, in my opinion, is the lingering bitterness, which was super unpleasant on the first sip but attenuated over time (sloughing off taste buds)

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, the alcohol is present but doesn't taste like a 10%er to me; impressively high carbonation for a 10% imperial IPA that does not detract from the flavor profile

O: 8/10 - after a really negative experience with Hopslam in early 2013, I was expected another overly bitter and poorly balanced DIPA; even though there was a huge slap of bitterness on the first sip that lingering, it muted over time; the flavor/aroma profile is solid, but, for me, doesn't stand up to some of the more intense imperial IPAs on the market like Surly's Abrasive and Founder's Double Trouble; however, I would recommend this one to anyone who likes Hopslam and doesn't mind a bitter, boozy imperial IPA that finishes dry

TOTAL = 40/50

Serving type: bottle

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