1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
The OracleThe Oracle

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,081 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 437
Gots: 260 | FT: 12
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,081 | Reviews: 658 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -4.5%

sunofneurot, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

mpalestino, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of rmank
4/5  rDev -4.5%

rmank, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Yellolab2010
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%

Yellolab2010, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of jessilee24
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

jessilee24, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of cnbrown313
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

cnbrown313, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of charneym
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

charneym, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Cory-WC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cory-WC, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

TheWiredDJ, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of kirchy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

kirchy, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

This is a very nice offering from Bell's. Its not really like Hopslam, but it is very similar in respect to Two Hearted. I would say this is more like TH in that its malty, balanced, not overly sweet, but more boozy. Which you would expect from the abv.

Pours: Dark amber with some head in the aggressive pour, but it settles to virtually no lacing. Which based upon the abv and style is expected.

Aroma: Hoppy, boozy, some sweet maltiness. This is not a beer that is outstanding from the rest, but it is very solid. It might be confused with being too pedestrian, but I find it so well balanced that is why people would think in this regard.

Taste: Sweetness, piney, tropical and floral hops dominate ,but you get a good malt balance going on. Its very similar to Mars, I imagine they follow a similar recipe. My only complaint is that it does have a fair amount of alcohol in the taste. Not that this is a bad thing but its not one you can drink more than two of in a night.

Overall: I don't think this is a true west coast style DIPA, but I do think it is somewhat true to the style with a mid-west interpretation. Some have said its pretty mundane, but I think that is just people who have had too many Hop bombs this year. I felt this one was well balanced and enjoyable.

humuloner22, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of beerded_drunk
4/5  rDev -4.5%

beerded_drunk, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of hophead_87
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

More balanced than MARS. I really enjoyed this.

hophead_87, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of HopSavant
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

HopSavant, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of beb86
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of PatrickBeebe
4/5  rDev -4.5%

PatrickBeebe, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of northstar23
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

northstar23, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Kyrojack, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of JLapadura
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

JLapadura, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of ultrasrs
4/5  rDev -4.5%

ultrasrs, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Goatdavemac
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Goatdavemac, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jho3325, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden to amber in color with a bit of haziness. A fingernail of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. Nice,inviting citrus and tropical hop profile. There is a deep bitter flavor with abundant citrus hops and some tropical hop notes. The citrus notes are very heavy and leave little room for light malt backbone. This is an assault on your tastebuds. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy,but considering the strength it is actually pretty easy going.

Franziskaner, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

HardyA, Sep 28, 2014
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.