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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 720
Hads: 2,452
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 457
Gots: 347 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to Rusty Diamond, appreciate it! I split this with two friends and they both liked it and said it was good whereas I was disappointed. Nice orange color, smells liek a lot of hops alcohol and malt but very muddled. I almost wish I knew how old this beer was. The taste was like a very malty DIPA, I guess I was expecting something closer to Hopslam. Overall, I would take Hopslam over this beer every single time. In fact, I'm not sure why they felt the need to brew this since hopslam is so damn good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

here's one that i thought deserved a re-review as this one is bottled 8/10 (just about 3 weeks ago) and my original review was from a really old bottle. thank you to genuinedisciple for the fresh taste!!! enjoyed from my bell's tulip.

a - same gorgeous classic ipa orange with a generous frothy head (no change in score)

s - fairly even ipa. some vanilla and orange peel. good soft piny hop presence. (upgrade to a 4.0)

t - nice bouquet of hops and grapefruit. balanced and even not too hoppy, but still resiny and piny. just a solid IPA (upgrade to a 4.0)

m - feel is fairly light for a beer like this. ABV is invisible. not bittery, but cooling. (no change in score)

o - overall, this is a different animal fresh. it is no hopslam, but it never set out to be hopslam. this is like a gateway DIPA. the hopping is subtle, but there. soft grapefruit flavors...really nice and balanced (upgrade to a 4.5).

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Original Review from 1/25/2012
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4.5 - 3.5 - 2.5 - 3.5 - 3.0

massive thank you to Marti403 for sending this one my way. bottled 8/12...so bear that in mind.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my urthel tulip. mild explosion upon opening. brew poured a deep orange red with a super frothy ipa head. lacing was chunky and milkshake like.

s - nice subtle vanilla and caramel hop. smooth with a good malt presence. seems like time has faded the citric burst on this one :( still nice, but more barleywine like for sure.

t - sadly the hops are long gone in this one. strong grapefruit and what all the others see, just no hop.

m - pretty bitter, no hop bite. boozy tingle.

o - overall...don't age them iipas. time will morph to barleywine maltiness, but the hop character is what makes a great iipa. i promise to re-review this one fresh, but for now...here's what a 4.5 month old one tastes like.

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Photo of Pencible
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like mango and pineapple with some grapefruit and honey, and a bit of peppercorn.
T: It tasted like sugary sweet honeydew melon and mango, with pineapple and grapefruit. The aftertaste started sweet, then became very bitter and lasting.
M: It was slick and oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a phenomenal IPA with wonderful tropical scent and taste, along with a smooth body. The alcohol was hidden very well also, so it was too easy to drink. But delightful to sip and savor. Instantly one of my favorite IPAs ever. Boo yah!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 7/10/15

Hazy orange golden color, bright white head. Good head retention, and lots of lacing.. strong hoppy aroma of citrus zest. Mild biscuit malt flavor is dominated by the hop bitterness and flavor. Drier finish. a bit too bitter for me. Medium body, mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

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Photo of gford217
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great bottle from hoppymeal, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, hazy orange with tons of bubbles streaming up to the top, feeding a huge billowy white head that shows excellent retention and sheets of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Man, this beer smells fantastic, just full of juicy citrus fruits with oranges and tangerines coming through especially. But there's also some grassy hops and pine resin as well with a bit of bready malts hanging around. Mostly hops though and they smell great.

The taste is just as good, maybe better. There's a pithy citrus hop sweetness with a healthy dose of bitterness from grapefruit, tangerines, pineapples and oranges. There is enough bready malt to balance the hops a little bit, with a huge floral bitterness in the finish. This taste is about the hops - big, juicy, sweet, bitter - all together tasty.

The mouthfeel is basically perfect - good carbonation, medium to full bodied, tons of bitterness.

It took quite a bit of restraint to have this bottle last as long as it did. So drinkable, so bitter, so sweet, so tasty - this is one of the better DIPAs I've ever had, right up there with PtY and 16 Grit. World class.

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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/12/11

A - Pours a clear deep copper with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't have great retention, but leaves a sheet of lacing.

S - Big aroma of pine and grapefruit hops, along with some candied fruit. Nice amount of caramel malt and a faint alcohol presence.

T - Big grapefruit pith and resinous pine hops up front. A bit of sweetness, but bitterness predominates. Also some orange pulp and caramel malt. Very nice .

M - Medium resinous mouthfeel. A but sweet in the middle but finishes dry and bitter.

O - A very good DIPA and a nice contrast to Hopslam. I look forward to this one every year.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy amber brew
smell of hops too

bracing grapefruit
let's go pop

taste is biscuit
hoppy fun
plenty of citrus
for everyone

mouthfeel bracing
fizzy, dry
not too coating
this is fly!

Indeed it is
another solid one
from those kalamazoo kids

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Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | 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. Honey, brown sugar and caramel, 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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Holiday1072 for this outstanding brew.

Pours a foggy golden burnt orange into a snifter. Nice fluffy head with lots of tiny cascading bubbles adding to the mix. Lacing all over the place.

Outstanding smell. Like a bushel of extremely ripe pineapples just split open. Sweet and juicy, I can't wait to taste it!

Wow, this is packed with flavor. Huge and sweet, the bitter hops catch the attention right off the bat. Plenty of sweet malt to add backbone. Good amount of alcohol is present. Lots of citrus and pineapple. Grapefruit finishes it off.

Medium bodied, smooth with plenty of tiny bubbles in the carbonation the keep flavors rolling on the palate. Very juicy feel.

I call this an Imperial HopSlam. Simply amazing. A must have for every hophead. Bell's knows how to use hops probably better than any other brewery. Great beer!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a trade with kstrickler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful, clear copper body underneath an inch of creamy white head. Strong retention and tons of fine, spidery lace. Perfectly gorgeous DIPA

S: Nice hop-forward aroma that showcases pine, along with some tropical fruit, caramel malts, and some alcohol. Very smooth and creamy aroma, but it's pretty clear that the hops have faded significantly in the months since this was bottled. Still, pretty nice.

T: Lots of pine, some grapefruit and mango, and mildly sweet malts toward the end. It's truly delicious up to the finish, but here a massive wave of overwhelming booze. It's really quite a disappointing end to a stunningly tasty beer.

M: Smooth medium body with light, swelling carbonation that ends things beautifully. Very nice.

D: I guess it's hard to complain too much about a 10.4% beer being hot, but this one is far, far harder to drink than the similarly strong Hopslam.

Notes: I can't get enough of how good this beer is at first, but the aftertaste is just off-putting enough to keep this from being one of my favorite DIPAs. Thanks to kstrickler for giving me the chance to try it. I'll have to seek out a fresh one the next time it's released to see whether more dominant hops will outweigh the booze. Here's hoping.


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Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for the trade.

A: Dark glowing golden with a couple fingers of oily khaki colored head that faded into a greasy film that left big rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big piney hop scent that is very resinous and oily smelling. Notes of tropic fruits and citrus as well.
T: Notes of dominant pine and citrus. Malt is overshadowed by the huge hop profile. Finish has a pretty powerful bitter punch with light, lingering alcohol. Tobbacco and fresh cigar in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body with a viscous and thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is masked extremely well but the thick mouthfeel let you know it's there. Low, even carbonation.
D: This isn't a DIPA for the faint of heart. Powerful flavors with a big bitterness and big alcohol. Not an everyday beer but one to seek out. Thanks again Jay for the awesome brew!

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, medium amber in color, nice head

s: malty caramel nose with a strong pine and citric hop presence, dark musty pine, some yeast, nice

m: medium full body, moderate carbonation

t: caramel malt back holds up an assertive pine hop flavor, dark green and sappy, strongly bitter, tropical fruits, a real hop monster

d: good stuff, still prefer hopslam but glad to have had the chance

Maduro, Bell's Great Taste pre-party

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

07/10/15 Bottle date so getting a little old.

Hazy orange color with two fingers of head that settled to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass during consumption. Sure is a looker.

Good hoppy aroma of citrus. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and possibly pineapple. There is a malty component that gives a bit of a toffee note.

The hops are strong in the flavor. I get a lot of orange, little bit of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit like mango or passion fruit. Enough malt sweetness is present to not make this a punishing bitter DIPA and one dimensional.

Lovely body and carbonation. Full body and luscious texture.

Very enjoyable DIPA that I find harder and harder to enjoy. I liked the hop choices and the little bit of malt that dampens the massive bitterness.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

744th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
Bottled 8/12/11

Thanks to @Kzoobrew

App- A very dark orange with some amber and yellow highlights. A gigantic two finger head. A nice little wall of cling.

Smell- A monster of a nose on this beer. Huge malty beer with deep citrus notes. Orange and nectarines all over the place on this one. A paired hop bitter on this one as well.

Taste- Wow, this was a big ol punch in the face of flavor. Malty, citrusy and a nice bitter hops. This has a nice alcohol bite to it. Not ABV just a wallop of booze.

Mouth- A medium bodied DIPA with a matching carbonation level. Huge hoppy deep citrus notes.

Drink- Damn this was tasty. Big, hot, heavy citrus and it was very tasty. Thanks again to Kzoobrew again for this one. A very nice beer. One of the best I've had from Bell's.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange, with a finger of light white head that laces well. Hop haze and alcohol feet are evident. The aroma is a good one, with predominant citrus and slight bitterness, with a nice malty, caramel aroma. But the taste is lacking...balance. The flavors do not flow well, but are more jagged and spiking. Very bitter, and lingering, but the linger leaves a bad taste. The citrus is nice, but the alcohol chimes in with an unpleasant burst. As it warms it becomes more palatable, but the lingering aftertaste is still not very enjoyable. The feel is nice and smooth, slightly creamy, and on the upper end of light. Carbonation is nice. Drinkability is decent, and while tasty in areas, the balance is just not there for me to drink multiples. If the ABV was a bit less, or wasn't as noticeable, I think that would make a big difference.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of beige super creamy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Smell is great! Reminds me of DFH 90 or something like that. I love hoppy DIPAs that also happen to have respectable malt components. Strongest aroma is pineapple with orange, lemon, and mango close behind. Malts are sweet with plum fruitiness and solid caramel and toffee components. Bready yeastiness. Very nice.

4.5 T: Tastes just like it smells. Pineapple is strongest again alongside papaya with the orange, lemon, and mango playing supporting roles again. Bready yeastiness without being too bready. Lots of toffee with a lesser amount of caramel and plum fruitiness again. Surprisingly low bitterness and only traces of alcohol.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy, smooth, and a bit chewy due to the yeast.

3.5 D: I find a lot of unfiltered IPA/DIPAs to be less drinkable than similarly flavored filtered varieties and this is no different. The bready yeastiness just becomes too much after a while. Still, this is an excellent beer and definitely worth an occasional bottle.

I don't know if I'm nuts or if the age of the bottle has made me think this isn't anything like a West Coast DIPA. There is a plenty of contribution from the malts and the yeasty breadiness distances this even more from a WCD. I'll have another bottle soon and adjust the review if necessary.

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fogdog for sharing this one.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a tall foamy head. Nice retention and a good smattering of lace.

S: Lots of bright bitter grapefruit rind with notes of caramel, and candy sugar.

T: Nice tasting beer. Wonderful candy like sweetness with notes of candy sugar, biscuit malt, and toffee. The hop profile is nice. Lots of tart grapefruit juice, with lighter resinous pine notes. There is a hint of herbal grass as well. Darn good.

M: On the fuller side of medium rather full for the style. Smooth feel with just enough hop bite to really carry the flavors.

D: Nice for the style. Larry Bell's knows what he's doing no doubt!

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Photo of alexgash
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Batch 9306.

Slight haze in a tangerine body. Index finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing. Nose is ablaze with outrageous hoppy goodness. Huge pineapple and tropical fruits mix with pine pitch, resin, and a citrus fruit salad. The hop aromas are so fresh and in your face that I can't stop huffing from this tulip glass! Crazy.

If the nose wasn't enough to meet my hophead cravings, then the taste puts it over the top. Intense herbal hop bitterness right off the bat. Pine and mint flavors follow, as sweetish tropical fruits trickle in, forming a solid malt base. Big pineapple and mango flavors crescendo before the hops takeover for good. Strong herbal, citrus, and pine notes completely stun the palate and numb the tongue. Some candied fruit sweetness resurfaces in the otherwise dry, bitter finish, but this is all about crazy fresh hop flavor and intense bitterness. Full-bodied with a creamy feel. As much as I love Hopslam and Big Head, this is the new king of Bell's growing DIPA line-up!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Bell's The Oracle a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. This is one of the only seasonal I haven't had from Bell's before so I'm ready to see what I've been missing out on, so lets how it goes. Bottled on August 10 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- I like the label on this beer it's simple but classy looking. It poured a slightly hazy darker gold color that took on a really nice orange hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sticky lacing. This is a great looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma is all about the hops and it starts out with lots of citrus hops that imparts a tropical fruit aroma with some grapefruit sticking out the most. Next comes a resinous and piney aroma that is followed by some floral hop aromas that show up towards the end. This is a great smelling beer, the topical fruit aromas work nicely with the pine and floral aromas. I like it a lot.

T- Wow this is one intense tasting beer, it starts off with the hops right up front and hitting me with a pretty intense bitterness that is for sure on the high side and is pretty constant throughout the taste. First come some nice tropical and citrus fruit flavors followed by a very resinous pine flavor and lighter floral hop flavor. The malts impart a higher amount of medium sweetness, and very slight bready flavor that was quickly overpowered by the hops. Towards the end a get a little bit of alcohol that is a slightly warming and it had a floral and piney aftertaste. This was a great tasting Double IPA, it was full of aggressive and bitter hops, just what i expect and want from this style.

M- Smooth when cold, but it's isn't that smooth when it warms a little, crisp, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied, with a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and a great example of the style, it had everything I want in the style, it was one palate wrecking Double IPA. This beer isn't the most drinkable, one bottle is pretty much all I would want, I think it would start to be too intense after the first one. What I liked most about this beer was just about everything, it smelled great, tasted great, and looked great. What I liked least about this beer was the drinkability, it was just a little to intense and one 12oz bottle is just enough. I would buy this beer again next time it's release, but I think I would only buy 1 or 2, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys big and intense Double IPA's. All in all I was glad I finally got to try this beer and it lived up to my expectations, it was a big and intense Double IPA that just wrecked my palate, good job Bell's this beer is like Hop slams angrier and bitterer older brother.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper color with a good two fingered billowing white head of foam that sticks to the glass like cotton candy when it starts to subside. Carbonation is very subtle.

S - Pineapple, oranges, red grapefruit rinds with some ppery spice, lightly moderate resin.

T - Even though the hop intensity has faded, there's enough there after (4) months to tell me this must have been one intense beer when it was freshly bottled. The tropical fruit is still there, not overly intense, but still enjoyable and detectable. The tongue is met with a blend of tropical fruit (oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple rinds), a floral bouquet, and seet caramel (which is still surprisingly subdued for its age). Around midway through, the malt resurfaces again, but briefly, following by an alcohol effervescence, some more tropical fruit, and then squashed by a bitter wave of pink grapefruit.

M - The bitterness is intensely lingering and leaves a peppery spice and a little metallic aftertaste that coats the mouth. Heavy medium body, light alcohol burn in the beginning, and some boozy effervesence.

O - I really can't recall many (if any) big IPA's that I can say I've enjoyed that much at 3-4 months out, this is one. It's intensely bitter and mildly fruity and resinous. Any sweet malt that is now coming through adds a complemented blend to the beer that still makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger sticky head.

S-Grass pine, good deal of citrus, some malt.

T-Very earthy and piney. Some citrus. Good deal of bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, good hop bite.

O-Was expecting more from this one, was worthy hunting it down once, but not again.

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Photo of Brent
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's nailed this one on the head for the style. Somewhat sugary malt awash in an onslaught of forceful hops bittering, a note of cotton-candy ringing through the hops roar. Bitterness coats the tongue and holds on with tenacity, finally fading with a surprisingly clean finish. The beer manages to balance, teeteringly, on the knife-edge between full-on DIPA hopping and over-the-top overkill.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch number 9901 on back label (August 23, 2010, bottling date). Single purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.

A: Hazy orange-tangerine with 2-finger, off-white head with good retention for the ABV and a wide band of crusty lace.

S: Crisp, bright hefty West Coast hoppiness with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin mingling with light aromas of pale malts with a bit of toasted caramel malt as well. Not a balanced beer.

T: Hops, hops, and (thankfully) more hops with this very good brew which features big tropical fruit flavors cut with resinous bitterness and enough pale malt to hold it together. Bursting with pineapple, orange, resin, and pine, the only trouble spot is the not-so-well hidden alcohol which enhances the harshness of the hoppiness (not a problem) but does present some faint fusel qualities. All in all, though, The Oracle hits all the right notes for a big-time West Coast DIPA.

M: Full-bodied and it mixes just the right amount of stickiness and smoothness. Aftertaste is pineapple and resiny bitterness.

D: I really liked this brew a lot -- it is a lot less subtle than Hopslam or Hop Wallop, but the brashness of hoppiness it represents is done very well. A must-have for hopheads out there.

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Photo of Florida9
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy pale orange in color. Forms about 1/4" of sticky head with a hard pour. Leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Light whiff of sweet malt, then a host of hoppy flavors: orange, mango, citrus, and pine. Very aromatic.

T: A light honey sweetness followed by an appreciable hop bitterness. Mostly a strong pine flavor with grapefruit and citrus to a lesser extent.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. There is a noticeable bitterness.

D: A very good and quite enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to TurdFurgison for the opportunity to try this one. Much appreciated, Eric.

The Oracle pours a nice looking golden color with a strong orange tint. It's a tad hazy, but is far from opaque. A soft vanilla colored head caps it off. It's nearly two fingers deep. Retention was good. It receded to a surface covering relatively quickly, but took a while to completely disappear. A sticky web of lace lined the glass. Very nice looking DIPA. Great color.

The nose is a gem. As far as my preferences go, it's spot-on for a DIPA. It has a very strong west-coast vibe. It's very citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple scents are strong initially. They're obviously attributable to the wealth of hops...and I do mean wealth. The hops smell absolutely delicious. They're primarily citric, but also have a piney quality. Whatever the profile is, it's great. Pale and caramel malts are noted, but they're background music here. Alcohol isn't noticeable. I'm unsure of the abv, but it's held in check well. These words don't truly describe how good this beer smells. It might not be the holy grail of DIPAs, but it's up there.

The flavor profile is damn good. I don't think it's quite as good as the nose, but it's not far behind at all. It kicks off with a citrusy sweet flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are strong. There's a hint of candied sugar. The hop flavor is tremendous. It is very west coast. The citrus and pine flavors are excellent. It has a really nice bitter kick which seems to become more pronounced with each passing sip. Pale and caramel malts give it a nice backbone. However, they don't appear to have too much of a negative impact on the hops. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. It still doesn't seem too strong. I'd like to know the abv, but don't have that information. It finishes dry and little bitter.

The Oracle has a medium body that leans more toward thick as the temperature rises. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Drinkability is very, very high. This 12 oz. bottle is disappearing far too fast. I wish I had more. It's hard to tell what the abv impact might be, but it certainly doesn't seem scary.

Bell's is an astounding brewery. I didn't really know what to expect after my previous encounters with Hopslam and Big Head. Personally, I believe this one falls somewhere between the two. It's better than Big Head, but not quite as good as Hopslam. I believe the sweet honey aspect of Hopslam has an effect that's not present here. I recall Big Head having more of a malt presence. The Oracle does not and is an overall better success because of it. The hops shine more here. I hate that some of these Bell's releases are so limited. If you have the opportunity, do not pass it up. This stuff delivers.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.