The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to Deuane for sparing a bottle.
A: The DIPA is well-carbonated. I filled my glass to the 2/3 mark and watched the head slowly well up and cascade down the sides, making a mess. With a washcloth in place under the ale, the head still sits majestically in the glass. Slow to recede, the craggy foam leaves thick patches of lace. Underneath the morass, the ale is a pale amber color, an orange-yellow combo that could pass for the color of some of the trees outside. Translucent, the ale looks big.
S: The nose is pretty darn big, full of sweet orange and grapefruit, peach and mango. A nose that could easily be that of Sculpin. Very inviting. I want to ignore the hype but this nose makes it difficult.
T: A tropical fruit flavor, very close to pineapple juice, greets me on first sip. The drawback is that a blast of booze comes with it. The hops are a sweet, sugary wonderland, I can't deny that. Underneath the peach flavors, a caramel malt flavor stands out amongst the big hops. If not for the alcohol heat, I'd rave on this one. In smaller sips, the heat is minimized, so that may be the trick to really enjoying this one. I do like the sweet citrus fruits that linger in my mouth.
M: A decadent ale, the sweetness is mighty impressive. It more than makes up for the abundant boozy heat. A little restraint often goes a long way (don't get me wrong, it is good).
D: It's good but far too big to be enjoyed in excess. I do like it more than HopSlam (even if the rating doesn't reflect it).
10-26-2009 12:32:53 | More by akorsak
4.26/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to half finger tall thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine. There is also a light aroma of sweet caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops in descending order of intensity. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness are present and linger for quite a while.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.
O: This one is truly for the hopheads, definitely not one for the person that is not a huge fan of hop flavors and bitterness. I enjoyed this one but I can definitely appreciate but the hops are extremely aggressive.
08-26-2013 01:04:18 | More by dbrauneis
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours almost 2 fingers of beige head that is hinted light orange. Fades down a bit, but leaves great lace. Color is a hazy bright golden orange.
Aroma: Delicious. Grapes, grapefruit, floral hops, citrus zest. Very fruity and hoppy. Very good.
Taste: Awesome! Massive floral hops, grapefruits, oranges, citrus with zest. Has a lot of the similar characteristics of other DIPAs, but everything blends together here so well. Bready malts and sugar as well.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not as big of a bite as I was expecting. Smooth with a little booze coming through. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a boozy, floral hp flavored aftertaste.
Overall, a really nice beer. I would give this a 4.5 but the abv sticks out a little to much, but this beer is tasty. Bells really knows how to make some great ipas and doubles. A ton of flavors mixed together very well.
EDIT: If I were to review batch 9901, it wouldn't score near as high. The second batch was much maltier and it wasn't as hoppy.
10-15-2009 01:45:32 | More by mothman
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.
Pours a nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus aplenty, and some nice pine notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, a very nice hoppy note, nice little maltyness, citrus, and pine notes, caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter, and dry. Very Drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA. Been waiting a long time to try this one, thanks Grant!
03-26-2010 00:46:53 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev -5.4%
On Tap at Kite and Key for an event. Been looking for this since it's been out. Is there anything this city cant procure.
The Oracle came to me in the glass a dark gold color with spots of a orange with red as well. Not the brightest DIPA. A nice amount of frothy white foam on top that left spraypaint lace. Smell was very piney with a underlining citrus fruit appeal. Apparently dry hopped with god knows what. The smallest amount of malt once the glass is almost done and room temp is reached. Sipping this I was floored by the flavor. This is a DIPA with mad hop presence and not so much of the extra malt found in doubles. This leads to a very bitter pine taste up front in the middle with some citrus afterwards when everything is said and done. The pine sap is bursting out of here. Feel is a strong medium with a very resinous feel down the gullet. It's carbed up nicely but bitter and lasting almost forever. The Oracle is no joke, a DIPA in every sense of the word yet a bit unbalanced and not insanely drinkable. I wanted another one but it would of wrecked my palate into oblivion.
07-27-2011 02:32:32 | More by BARFLYB
4.44/5 rDev +5%
LOOK: A very light orange colored brew, which is to say golden bronze, with a white foam cap. The glass is laced from the first several sips, as to be expected from any hop beast.
SMELL: Immense grapefruit and citrus pith overall. Some pine and lemongrass like aromas as well.
TASTE: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are equal parts in a tropical explosion. Nice bitterness but tempered by pale and biscuity malt base. Still, very juicy and drinks effortlessly. The hops cut what little alcohol flavor there is to almost nothing.
FEEL: Surprisingly light and crisp on the palate, with good complexity of bright juicy hop flavor and resinous bitterness to go along with a biscuity, almost toffee like malt profile.
OVERALL: This beer is fantastic. Great hop flavor, dangerously drinkable and quite light and quenching. A case of this would be a timely investment.
08-30-2013 22:04:57 | More by Stinkypuss
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/10/2012. Pours a dense lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, floral, caramel, pine, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Incredible aromas that are insanely balanced and complex. I love this smell. Taste of big grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, floral, mango, pine, grass, caramel, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, floral, caramel, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with a great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Minimal cloying hop flavor and bitterness. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Awesome flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. World class.
09-11-2012 04:00:10 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. This beer kicked off our New Year's Eve session. Thanks Matt!
A: Very hazy yellowish-orange in color, with a dense inch of white head. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma consists of hops, citrus, grapefruit, malt, respectively.
T: Ooo...delicious double IPA. I already want more. Of all the IPAs and/or DIPAs that I would consider balanced (hop forward, but with a noticeable malt bill), this is the best one I have had. The beer has a wonderfully delicious citrus taste, particularly grapefruit. After the initial blast of tangy hops, the flavor is rounded out by a smooth, tasty malt component that ties the whole thing together. Really well done.
M: The Oracle really shines in terms of mouthfeel and palate. Tangy, lingering citrus flavors with masterfully hidden alcohol content.
D: This bottle was just over four months old, and still had plenty of hop flavor and freshness. I can only imagine how excellent this must be when enjoyed very fresh and/or on draft.
01-01-2011 20:42:35 | More by Huhzubendah
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at lake bryant bowl. Very glad to be able to find this on draft.
The beer pours the expected orange amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose....Yowszaa!!!! This beer smells great, with considerable orange citrus and a boatloald of pine. I get some light dank earth and some white pepper as well, but the pine and citrus really dominate in this. The flavor profile is every bit as impressive, and I found myself marveling at the talent of the brewer to make a beer like this. There is a sturdy malt component to this DIPA, which adds to the attractive sweet cirtus flavor. However, the beer is clearly dominated by the hop profile, leadiing to a dry, pine infused, intensely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, pine infused, very bitter finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but still very well integrated into the flavor profile. This beer is not at all heavy or tiring, though I'm not sure I could handle more than one or two glasses of this impressive beer at a sitting (I ended up ordering two).
Excellent DIPA.... just what this hophead was in the mood for. Very well done.
09-17-2011 13:48:37 | More by John_M
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a tumbler. Listed as dry hopped with Amarillo and Pacific Jade.
A light copper/red amber body, almost bronze in appearance with a slight creamy head. Served small head but keeps a collar while drinking.
Nose is small, kind of pine like but mild also with a strange noticeable thick sense of alcohol haze.
Taste brings a thick pine and resin, with a very hot finish. Finish aftertaste ... is extremely dry, with a hop bitter grapefruit oil sense, and a small mild brown sugar. Texture is a good mix of mild carbonation and brittle dry bitterness.
Overall impressive, just wish the nose was a little bolder. Alcohol seems very noticeable as well overpowering some of the beers better qualities.
08-23-2011 20:50:46 | More by smakawhat
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
12 oz bottle, HUGE thanks to the ever generous hoppymeal for the hookup. He is a star.
Pours a hazy orange, some amber highlights, big and thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a huge layer and ring, tons of lace sticks to the glass. Looks pretty nice.
Smell is wicked hoppy, huge pineapple and grapefruit notes, lemon rind, caramel, pine, tons of fruit and citrus, biscuit, massive hops in this one, pretty intense.
Taste is similar, big pineapple and tropical fruit, caramel sweetness, good malty middle, citrus and orange, pine, huge grapefruit hoppiness, biscuit, a bit buttery, really intense and herbal bitterness, but still balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Hugely hoppy but still balanced, alcohol is non existant, this is much too drinkable for a 10%+ ABV brew. Great stuff, thanks again Derek!
12-15-2009 18:11:49 | More by Viggo
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to dontcostnothin for this one! Poured into the DFH snifter glass.
A: Pours a cloudy orange with a nice one finger head with good staying power. Sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.
A: The initial reaction is piney hops, which gives way to some pineapple and other citrus fruits. There is a slight malt aroma on the back and some caramel, but overall dominated by the hops, as it should.
T: Lots of fruity hops up front, similar to the nose. Lots of pineapple as well as some orange. This transitioned to a caramel flavor. The finish is bitter and slightly sticky. There is also a slight alcohol presence at the end.
M/D: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a bitter sticky flavor/feeling. Overall a very nice DIPA, well balanced and while there is a great hop presence I would not call it a hop bomb. The malts balance it out nicely.
11-19-2010 04:40:34 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Slightly hazed copper body. Thin beige head. Good amounts of lace throughout. This one smells deeply juicy and resinous....and fruity. Great aroma. Flavor follows suit nicely with more alcohol evident. It's got some of that spiked punch feel to it with the booziness and tropical fruit tones from the hops. Pineapple and mango come to mind. Resinous hop tones and leafy cannabis. But the overriding characteristic here is the booze. Just too much booze flavor to make this an exceptional beer. Good though.
11-20-2010 05:30:42 | More by Bighuge
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
A deep orange color, like a sunset in your glass, ploughy head, chunky. Aroma was very sweet, tropical citrus and some alcohol warmth.
The first few sips come off wo much alcohol, possibly the most pineapple I've ever tasted in a beer, this one is far less piney and way more tropical citrus, mango, papaya and pineapple feel to it. One of these would be way cooler in a Corona on the beach commercial. Good amount of hops to it, but not a super crisp blast, enough to pair well with a 10.4 beer, thats for sure. Reminiscient of Odell's India Barleywine.
Should be interested to visit the rest of the 6 pack throughout the year. The three I've had thus far were all enjoyable, but the one I had on a weeknight was a little much to get down. This is a good beer to throw down at the end of a tasting session on a weekend, too dangerous during the week.
EDIT: Drink this back to back with Hopsoulution. Same beer almost, different strengths, makes the Oracle seem much lower in ABV when you drink it after a Hopsoulution.
09-26-2010 19:00:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Enjoyed at Slow's in Detroit. Orange with a thick cap of light beige foam. Lots of fine bubbles coated the sides of the glass, with rings indicating each sip. Great aroma, tons of citrusy and resinous hops, grapefruit and oranges, pineapple and tropical fruit character. Great flavour too, sugary malts balance out the big, citrusy hop profile (basically the same as in the aroma) and kept the sturdy bitterness in check. A bit of alcohol warmth rounded things out. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, very smooth texture. Overall, an excellent beer and one of my favourite big IPAs in recent memory.
12-31-2011 02:02:17 | More by DrJay
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Big thanks to Infestaxion for this one.
Poured somewhat hazy amber color into my tulip glass. Poured with a nice foamy white head that laced very nicely down the glass. Smell is dominated by the hops, a lot of citrus coming through. Good tasting DIPA, a lot of bitterness with some piney hops flavors and some alcohol coming through as well as a strong malt profile. Very happy I got to try this one, probably not the best DIPA I've ever had but very good none the less.
11-07-2009 23:15:58 | More by billab914
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
Ditmier provided this at a tasting a while back... Big thanks Eric!! Another that I wanted to try and trade for, but was too broke when it was out in circulation... reviewed from paper notes.
White head.. great lacing.. pale hazy golden/orange.
Aroma is fantastic.. Nose hair coating American hops... huge pine and only slightly less citrus zest.
The Oracle begins and ends with huge bitterness ... in between there is a mild toasty maltiness that is crushed by pithy citrus hops and resinous pine... Near perfect body and carbonation... Simply verging on perfection.... I must try this as soon as it is released next time... The short time from the release to my palate was too long.
Thanks again Eric... Remarkable DIPA that I never would have guessed came from any place other than the West Coast.
01-12-2010 08:43:25 | More by JohnGalt1
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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