The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,620 | Reviews: 608 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +5.2%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Golden orange with 1/2 a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with low-moderate carbonation.
Navel orange, tangerine, papaya, mango, pineapple and candy sugar.
A lot of citrus and tropical fruits. Navel orange, tangerine, white grapefruit, papaya, mango and pineapple. Thin candy sugar backbone with notes of honey. Finishes with good amounts of pine resin, florals and dried grass.
Full bodied, juicy, crisp, oily, sticky and moderately bitter.
Yeah, it's a pretty freakin' good DIPA.
09-02-2013 21:52:21 | More by justintcoons
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-02-2013 02:22:07 | More by jbwimer
4.54/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
09-02-2013 01:01:42 | More by PHBoiler
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
09-01-2013 01:20:19 | More by Stokes_
4.14/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-31-2013 22:19:01 | More by SportsandJorts
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.