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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 417
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of Buebie


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
Photo of alcstradamus


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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-13-2013 02:58:27 | More by wtkphoto
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2011 02:58:58 | More by IpeeA
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-30-2013 02:29:28 | More by WesM63
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-06-2013 02:10:27 | More by JimGlonke
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-22-2013 20:12:25 | More by e30todamax
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw. white head a nice carbonation.

It smells like Two-Hearted. The honey heavy malt bill is there, with a heavy dose a Centennial Hops, both dry-hoped and hops and added to the boil. All citric hops.

Smells and tastes like a double Two-Hearted.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 04:31:14 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-01-2013 17:41:34 | More by gueuzegossage
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-11-2013 02:13:07 | More by Chingringo
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-01-2012 22:36:10 | More by carrollmel7
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

10-15-2013 02:23:56 | More by hopkrid
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to Harrymel for being the most generous trader I've ever come across on BA in my 2 and 1/2 years on this site. Can't wait to meet you Brutha! Bottled 8/12/11 so for a "T" IPA it should still be holding up fine I'd assume.

A - Blood orange in the Tulip I poured it in. Excellent lacing and solid head retention. Activation still there. Very inviting!

S - Holy hops and Malt! Equal amounts of both! Big DIPA here...HEYO!!! Candied caramel oranges and grapefruit...malty sweet.

T - Juicy upfront and dry in the finish...pretty drinkable for 10% but a sipper at the same time. BIG beer here. the 10% is felt. Not boozy but you know it's there. Not as masked as it could be. Candied Oranges, sweet and malty as much as it is big on the hops. Best description - A MUCH BETTER DONE DEVIL DANCER. Nuff said.

M - Although it's juicy upfront and dry in the finish, the heavy dose of malts backing this beer up makes a pretty heavy body. It's not a sessionable 10%+ DIPA like a Pliny the Younger or Terrapin Side project 12 Hopzilla. However, it works for this beer. Hard to explain.

O - everything about this beer is good. I recommend it, but it is not a DIPA or "T"IPA that will blow away your expectations. Very fortunate to have had it though...I am thankful.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:41:21 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-01-2013 19:13:22 | More by NooseJustice
Photo of JackieTH


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2010 Minnesota Brew Review.

Appearance: Amber orange hazy with an ethereal glow when held up to the sun.

Smell: Powerful resin-pine and citrus-grapefruit hops right up front. Underlying orange and sweeter tropical scents like pineapple. Fantastic like I'm hewing blue spruce while I've got a chaw of grapefruit rinds.

Taste: Take no quarter bitterness of a heap of hops, I'm detecting tangy oranges, lemons, grapefruit, candied pine sap and spicy herbal bitters. Only the slightest nod to something resembling malt that lends a faint background note of roasted caramel, yet this somehow mananges to lend balance.

Mouthfeel: Lush and creamy.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly DIPA. Who would know it's 10.4% ABV? Who cares. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 17:14:59 | More by JackieTH
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-03-2013 00:08:17 | More by Norseman
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really didn't know much about this beer before one was offered to me so there were not too many expectations.
Pours a sticky and chunky hazy orange. Tons of head and super sticky lace. Want to know how many sips you took? Just look at the glass and count the rings.
Smells very sweet, lots of caramel and sweet fruits.
Taste is just massive! Very sweet and creamy, lots of caramel, bits of milk chocolate, and yet the brutal amount of hops brings all the sweetness down. This thing is a battle in a glass. The bitter hops and massive sweetness compete and no one loses.
Feels rich and creamy, well carbonated and very smooth. Very easy to drink but only if you sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:25:01 | More by kirok1999
Photo of projectflam86


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip. Packaged 08/12/11.

A- Pours an amber orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- The nose is all hops with grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Just a touch of sweetness is noticeable.

T- Wow, much more bitter than Hopslam. Sharp initial hop bitterness with a good dose of alcohol in the finish. Hop flavor is mostly grapefruit with some pine. Start with Hopslam then take out the honey and up the bitterness and you've got The Oracle.

M- Boozy and full bodied for a DIPA. Nice carbonation.

O- Overall this was really a great brew. Maybe a touch overboard on the bitterness but something that the Cali BAs would love if they had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:50:49 | More by projectflam86
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-21-2013 16:29:12 | More by patm1986
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-30-2012 00:41:49 | More by marine1975
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-20-2013 03:52:55 | More by gpawned
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lurchingbeast for throwing this in as an extra!!

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour an impressive opaque golden yellow orange with a fluffy pillow like head leaving lace like no other! Perfect for an IPA.

S: The aroma is simply perfection. Fruity, hearty, sweet hops complemented a an apparent malt sweetness. Pineapples and other tropical fruit are present.

T: Flavor profile is excellent, but could improve. Much less hoppy then Hopslam, this is a very refined and balanced IPA. A large, sweet malt background complements the bitterness of the hops. The finish of the hop bite lingers comfortably for minutes after each sip.

MF: Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick creamy. The carbonation is perfect and aids in the flavor perception of this brew.

D: Drink can improve with a more hidden ABV.

Overall, The Oracle blew my mind. Look, smell, and mouthfeel this brew is perfect. Every single DIPA should take note. Flavorwise, PTE and Hopslam are still superior, but not by much. This brew is definitely not over-hyped.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:10:21 | More by TKEbeerman
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-17-2013 17:13:32 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-30-2013 19:50:05 | More by M1A2
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

02-08-2014 06:15:59 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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