The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-24-2011 01:41:21 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice. Bottled on August 12, 2011 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a hazy medium honey-caramel with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger fluffy snow-white head. Excellent lacing that really coats the glass.
Smell: Amazing aroma featuring grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and pine.
Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by pine in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and pine at the finish. There is just a touch of alcohol at the finish as well. The aftertaste is very bitter and long-lasting. This is a serious hop bomb. There is really no malt to be found, but, in this case, I'm not complaining.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The hop oils really coat the mouth. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is masked pretty well for a beer with 10% ABV.
Overall: Excellent DIPA overall. Bell's really knows what they're doing with their DIPAs. While this isn't as good as Hopslam, in my opinion, this is still great beer. I like that this one is more hop-forward. It's a hophead's dream.
09-07-2011 23:25:41 | More by adam42381
3.7/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
04-06-2010 00:22:28 | More by Buebie
4.05/5 rDev -4%
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.
09-19-2009 03:09:07 | More by alcstradamus
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours a deep orange with a nice white head that falls rather quickly. Lacing is epic.
Smells like an Oracle should.... Brilliant with a citrusy fruits, resin, and a bit of sweet malt. I can tell this is a hop monster. Pretty one sided on the nose.
TOP 10 fo sho.... Straight blast of hops on the palate that is brutal. POW, this one is complex with citrusy fruits, resin, pine, and a little malt on the end to make it not so one sided; even though it is. Really hoppy with a crazy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Ultra bitter on the finish. Not boozy at all. This one hell of a beer.
Overall, this takes down Hopslam, and redefines the DIPA for me. It's only lacking on being a complete beer with so much bitterness, and not enough balance. A+
09-11-2012 04:41:06 | More by JDizzle
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
12-04-2011 04:31:14 | More by VncentLIFE
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-04-2010 17:14:59 | More by JackieTH
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-10-2010 23:10:21 | More by TKEbeerman
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). Bottled 8/10/12. Served in a Souther Tier snifter.
Pours clear deep amber with two finger of fluffy head that leaves small patches of lace.
Smell of pine, citrus peel, grapefruit and raisin bread.
Taste is a big bitter grapefruit hop bomb! Those grapefruity hops lead the assault on the palate, followed by the pine, rind, fresh cut grass, biscuits and mellow peppery spice. There's a bit of booze kick, but the 10% is well hidden in the bitter malange of grapefruit.
Medium full feel with mild to medium carbonation. Long dry bitter grapefruit finish.
Outstanding double IPA. One of the best I've had. I can't really compare it to Hopslam because they are two totally different things but this is just as good in it's own way. I really wish I could have bought at least a six pack but I'm really glad to have finally gotten to try this.
10-15-2012 02:50:01 | More by ThickNStout
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-21-2009 02:25:01 | More by kirok1999
3.7/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle date - 08/12/11
12oz to pint
A: The Oracle pours a clear caramel pale color with a soapy half finger khaki head that draped lace with every sip.
S: Smells of bready malts and toffee. Spicey hops with some floral pine notes and a touch of citrus oils.
T: Big 'n' juicy. Big caramel sweetness. Decent amount of hop bitterness that comes through spice and resiny pine. Touch boozy. Def. warming. Little bit of citrus orange spice to it. Pretty good. Alcohol mucho.
M: Considerably light body for a big DIPA. Sticky sleek mouthcoat. Rather smooth mf overall.
D: I found the Oracle to be a rather smooth and nice sipper overall.
A bit on the boozy sweet side for my tastes. Good dose of hops but just not enough to counter the big malt bill here.
09-19-2011 22:39:25 | More by Nugganooch
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
09-01-2011 21:50:49 | More by projectflam86
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.