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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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2,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 439
Gots: 262 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells quite floral and piney, with a bit of grapefruit. No malt is noticed.

The taste is the same- incredibly piney and floral, just smacks you over the head with hop flavors. It's exceedingly bitter, almost to the point of a problem. The bitterness overwhelms any other flavors that might have been intended by the brewer. There's a bit of sweet syrupy malt flavor. No alcohol is present that I can tell.

This one has a fairly big, sweet syrupy body and mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of a slow sipper.

Not the best DIPA I've had, there are a few problems here.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

App 4.75, Nose 4.25, Taste 4.25, Feel 4.75, Overall 4.25
Bottled on 8/8/14 and enjoyed on 8/24. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Slightly hazy and light orange in color. Low to moderate carbonation, but a rough pour produces a dense, creamy head with good retention and lacing. The nose has sweet bready notes, grapefruit, stewed apricots, and wheat thins.

Very creamy feel for the style. An impressive malt backbone easily supports a pretty potent hop bill that provides an intense quinine-like bitterness. Lots of gnarly grapefruit, pine, and flowery flavors exist all along the palate and linger strongly on the finish. No trace of booziness. The hops basically devour everything.

This is about the third time I've had this beer, but the first time I've bothered to review it. I'm glad I waited because it tastes better than I remember it, though I still don't think it's quite worth the price.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 27, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, PKGD 8/08/14, batch 13367, 10% ABV. This is one I've wanted to try for a few years, but never put in any sort of effort to find it.
A 4.75 - hazy and golden in color, frothy off-white head holds good retention leaving thick lacing on the glass
S 3.75 - citric, grassy, tropical - nothing overly spectacular
T 4 - big and bold, pungently bitter with pine and grapefruit rind punishing the palate, biscuity grain with caramel, bread, grass, faintly tropical
M 4.25 - full body, ample carbonation, quite boozy, it's dry and bitter with the pine and grapefruit zest riding out the finish
O 4 - not as balanced as some other notable Bell's DIPAs. I'm not complaining, but I don't think I'd seek it out again. I'll just wait until January for some Hopslam.

barnzy78, Aug 27, 2014
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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.