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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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1,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 415
Gots: 110 | FT: 5
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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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-30-2013 22:07:17 | More by jplopez21
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 8-9-13 (1 month old)

A- A bright hazy golden orange color. A one finger of a quickly dissipating off white head.

S- Pungent peach, papaya, grapefruit, grape. Very citrusy. A more of a west coast take on an IPA.

T- A relatively modest bitterness at first. A strong hop flavor sweeps over. A pungent papaya and grapefruit. A ripe peach. An oily hop profile to this beer. With lasting pungent resinous flavors. Not much on the malt end here. This beer isnt a hop bomb per say but the flavor is all hops. The malts are very neutral and let the hops do the work.

M- A bitter beer. An appropriate feel for a beer this size. ABV is better hidden then this beers brother Hopslam.

O- A very solid DIPA. This is a textbook DIPA. A different hop profile then its brother and a more plain malt profile but a great beer never the less. This beer was much better then the most recent Hopslam batch in my opinion. What I cant figure out is why this beer is much more limited, Hopslam sits around by the case where I live and I was only able to grab a single of this beer. Produce more Bells!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:01:45 | More by TwelveOunces
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-13-2012 02:12:39 | More by HumanParaquat
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lucasj82

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2013 14:23:00 | More by lucasj82
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-30-2013 00:22:22 | More by ChrisMon02
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23%

06-05-2013 02:42:54 | More by cosmonick
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dalepryor

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-17-2013 02:41:34 | More by dalepryor
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.9%

11-16-2012 07:53:05 | More by Anonymous1
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left good lacing. the body was a bright amber color.
s - hints of fruit, bread, hint of sweetness.
t - strong and earthy hops with a hint of spiciness.
m - medium and slick.
d - overall a good beer but falls a bit short of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:09:50 | More by GPHarris
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-16-2012 22:15:19 | More by ucsbmullet
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-29-2013 18:30:22 | More by Nolen12
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-14-2014 18:23:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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samie85

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a clear orangish amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Smells pretty amazing... pineapple, sweet vanilla syrup, and some apricot with mango.

T-Fresh pineapple with some vanilla notes, pine and finishes with that pineapple after-taste you get from from fresh pineapple

M-Pretty smooth and medium bodied with prickly but low amount of carbonation.

D-Really easy drinking for almost 10.5%. The alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found. I could see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem, but I'm sure the alcohol would catch up with me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 00:58:24 | More by samie85
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-03-2013 21:49:04 | More by RochefortChris
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JVan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-16-2013 14:00:25 | More by JVan
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cfinch2

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 01:19:44 | More by cfinch2
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2013 00:35:46 | More by Hessian257
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 19:21:47 | More by brycevolk
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of IPA. Delicious hop bomb with some malt to balance it out. Pours a nice clear honey color. Not quite a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells very citrusy and resiny. The malt I'd rather hidden in the aroma. A hint of grassiness that ties it all together. Actually quite grassy as it warms. Great fresh citrus flavor. Bitter pine. Lemons possibly. Nice malt comes through in the finish without being sweet. Mouthfeel is full but nicely carbonated. Overall, damn this is a delicious IPA. Wasn't sure what to expect, but wow. Hop bomb meets nice malt balance meets superb drinkability. The 10% ABV is nicely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:22:03 | More by MNBeerGeek
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-14-2012 20:30:12 | More by theminutemen
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of gford217

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter. A rigorous pour has produced about an inch of off white head. Appearance is a murky dark golden orange with hints of amber.
Slick light lace drapes.

Aroma is very biscuit like, plenty of yeasty funk and pankcake aroma.
Mild leafy hops at the nose and no alcohol.

Taste is also bready with big amounts of buttered rolls, plenty of malt backing with a good grainy kick.
Spicy earthy hops, sweet flavors throughout. Pine resin with a bitter mouth puckering grapefruit rind flavor. Finishing with rind and melon flavors. Hops linger, as do some mild malty notes.

Mouthfeel is slick and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

For a dipa this seems to lack in hops at the nose. Hops deliver in taste. The heat that some mentioned is not noticeable to me at all and almost non existent. A good dipa, but nothing exceptionally outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:22:28 | More by Buebie
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schro126 for the trade. Glad I get to try this super fresh.

Pours a nice amber color with a billowing 3 finger head when poured directly into my 16 oz. chalice. A nice web of lacing is left behind despite the fact that this glass had some residue on it before pouring.

The smell is huge, pungent hops. They are mainly of a floral variety, although notes of both pine and citrus do exist.

The taste is a smack in the face of bitter hops. Smack might not be the right word, this is a Mike Tyson knockout blow. Bitter as all hell, lots of pine invading all the senses. Bell's didn't mess around with this one. A hop heads dream, although personally I prefer a bit more citrus kick to really put it over the top.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and fairly oily, quite a bit of carbonation splashed this one throughout the mouth. This is a huge beer, and not for the faint of heart. My mouth tastes like I just ate pureed pine needles. I recommend this to any serious hop lover, but peronally I will stick to Hopslam. Still....highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 03:09:07 | More by alcstradamus
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-03-2012 15:12:08 | More by vrbulldog22
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-13-2013 02:58:27 | More by wtkphoto
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 20:12:25 | More by e30todamax
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.