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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 437
Gots: 269 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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 baldwinfamilyfarm
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

The Oracle smells of hops front to back with a little bit of booze mixed in. It pours a nice orange blossom honey color with a two finger head. Good lacing and carbonation. The taste is slightly boozy on the top but is covered well by the citrus hop that stays with you till midway though then the pine and booze finish it out. Feels lighter in the mouth than most dipas but still had a nice hop oil feel. Overall it was a solid beer. I am looking forward to seeing how well it ages. I would buy it again any day but won't spend a lot of time searching.

Photo of Root
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a deep orange amber with snow white lacing that looks mesmerizing.

Pine, citrus, earthy, fresh, spicy, and some cucumber(?).

This definitely packs a hop punch. Not much malt to speak of. Just very citrusy, resinous, and piney hops with very little malts, but are on the spicy end.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, perfect for an (I)IPA.

Overall, not outstanding, but worth trying two maybe six times.

Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev -1%

PKGD 8/08/14

Hazy orange with an attractively creamy head that sticks to the surface and leaves drippy sheets behind. Aroma certainly hints at a high ABV, but hides the booze fairly well behind a wall of orange, tangerine, lime, pineapple, and floral hops. Just a bit of caramel under it all. Flavor is hoppy and smooth...juicy citrus bitterness, pine resin stickiness, melon, peach, and apricot. Malt presence is low, contributing a touch of residual sweetness for balance. Creamy, bitter mouthfeel finishes dry and leaves a warming sensation in the throat. Pretty nice overall, I'm glad the residual sugars are held at bay.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +8.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Bright gold with a nice white head to it. The lacing on this beer is phenomenal.

S: Citrusy and fruity

T: Tastes a little more fruity than Hopslam and I am a little disappointed with the aftertaste.

M: Good and full

O: I think this is a good DIPA and I would recommend trying it yourself but this isn't something I would kill to have again

Photo of KFBR392
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance: pours with a glowing golden orange color. Finger worth of frothy white head. Active carbonation is a touch above average for the style but very fitting. Sticky rings of lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: pine and oily hops jump out right away. Heavy saturated citrus with notes of grapefruit, tangerines, and ripe oranges. A potent malt backbone packs a semi-sweet punch of caramel and sour dough bread. Bitter hops give a welcome bite on the back end. Resinous pine and hop oils carry throughout and are felt on the finish.

Taste: Sweet malts and touches of booze immediately warm the palate. Potent saturated citrus quickly follows on the front. Joining force and evening out the potent hops is malts notes of bread, toffee, and molasses. Bright oily hops and some herbal pine notes bright this beer full circle.

Mouthfeel: Lots of hop oils. Bitterness and sweet malts play well off one another.

Overall: Lots of similar characteristics to Hopslam. Tasty but nothing I would really go out of my way for. So many DIPAs these days, this one is another face in the crowd.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mjpolzin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Had a chance to obtain a few bottles of this and tried it for the first time alongside Mars. I wanted to get a good side by side comparison of two DIPAs from Bells.

Although this was a solid DIPA, I did not like this as much as many of the other great DIPAs out there and even side by side with Mars, it did not stack up to another similar beer from the same brewery.

I thought the beer had a slightly harsh alcoholic burn. Part of me thinks this beer could actually mellow out and develop nicely with some age but that is always a tricky proposition with a Double IPA.

Glad I got to try this beer but not one of my favorites.

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3.52/5  rDev -15.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.