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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 439
Gots: 246 | FT: 13
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009)
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5/5  rDev +19%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cp45, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Hessian257, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

durlta, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

samie85, Sep 28, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

woodchip, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

M1A2, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of adam42381
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

2011 Edition

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.

adam42381, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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+

JDizzle, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Mikeypnh, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Buebie, Apr 06, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

alcstradamus, Sep 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

theminutemen, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

qcbrewer, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

craftbeerasian, May 17, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Nugganooch, Sep 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

e30todamax, Aug 22, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +6%

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.

TKEbeerman, Sep 10, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

VncentLIFE, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Fargrow, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

ThickNStout, Oct 15, 2012
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.