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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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Ratings: 2,155
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 439
Gots: 262 | FT: 11
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 +19.6%

brycevolk, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cestlavie, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Fargrow, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BeerTruth
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on my 'wants' for a while. Just did a trade with iceicebaby and he threw this in as an extra, holy balls in my mouth. Thanks dude!

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy rustic orange hue with a two finger off-white head. Thick, chunky lace holds on to the sides of the glass and it's probably gonna stick there for a while. Smell is dominated by dank grapefruit and brown sugar and lots of it. Underneath that is some spruce and a touch of bready malts...just a fantastic nose with this once. Taste is pretty similar to Hopslam minus the honey. Pink grapefruit up front with a biscuit undertone. Midway some pine and earth emerge on the tongue. Aftertaste is sweet with caramel and orange peel, yum city. Creamy and rich medium to full body with a beefy feel. Carbonation is nice and soft which fits perfectly. Uhhhh, just realized this was 10.4%...seriously? Probably a good thing I don't have another bottle of this in the fridge or I'd be drunk dialing tricks and hoes like a champ. Delicious and smooth, deadly combination. Another killer hop-bomb from Bell's.

BeerTruth, Jan 09, 2010
1.75/5  rDev -58.1%

FeDUBBELFIST, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Mikeypnh, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

tdmccarthy, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to storminspank for this want.

A: Medium orange color with a slight haze. Half finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Big citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit. Light floral and pine presence. A pretty strong caramel malt backbone.

T: Tons of sweet caramel upfront. Big citrus and floral bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol bite.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Slick and oily. Very dry finish.

O: A very solid Double IPA. A touch hot in the finish but the caramel sweetness upfront is awesome. Definitely a sipper.

doughanson78, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BuckTuckian, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a very recent trade with fogdog. Thanks a lot Kevin! Poured into a 12oz. Cigar City snifter (also a gift from fogdog). Batch 9901 - bottled August 23, 2010.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, orange-gold body with a short, sticky, cream-colored cap. Looks gorgeous when illuminated. Goopy, cobweb-like lacing all the way down. The appearance radiates elegance. I'm excited!

Smell: Tangerine, mango, caramel, pine resin, and sugar. Alcohol peaks through as it warms, bringing a definitive end to each sweet whiff. Sweet and malty, but still very hop-forward. Nicely put together.

Taste: Caramel, grapefruit, pine, lime, melon and earth all atop a doughy malt frame. Bittersweet herbal hops, residual sugar, and alcohol create a bold, yet enjoyable, finish. On par with the better imperial IPAs out west (not Pliny).

Mouthfeel: Dry and warm, but also full and sweet. Hop-forward with a fairly aggressive malt component, too. Big.

Drinkability: This is my second time tasting The Oracle Double India Pale Ale Ale (DIPA Ale). In my opinion, the residual malt sweetness and alcohol presence are a bit too obstructive. Otherwise, this is a very tasty imperial IPA.

ThreeWiseMen, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #: 9901. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very pretty hazy golden color with a nice white head that sticks around w/ sticky lacing. Nice looking beer! The aromas aren't bad, lots of orange and pine. I pick those up in the taste, along with alot of resin. There are slight hints of caramel and toffee, slight. Finishes juicy, but hot. This one's pretty sweet and malty. Tastes pretty sticky as well. Mouthfeel is nice, rich, smooth, creamy; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, alcohol is slightly noticeable, but drinks pretty well.

Pretty enjoyable, I'll have to seek it fresher next time. Although I liked it, I'll take a HopSlam over this any day of the week.. no disrespect to The Oracle.

BB1313, Feb 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mattreitz49, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gibby32 for hooking me up with this bottle. Nice golden orange color with a small white head, cap stuck around the entire length, left some light lacing. Great hoppy aroma on this one. Pineapple, lemon, and light pine make up the bulk of the aroma, with very little sweetness. Taste is fantastic. Great hoppy bitterness, yet not overly bitter and tongue searing, lots of pineapple and tropical fruit flavors. Really digging this beer. The alcohol can barely be felt under everything, which is good, and it's actually a little sweeter than I expected. Medium bodied, and the alcohol actually comes out as it warms up some more. Overall, a great DIPA. Not quite as good as Hopslam, but this was a great treat and glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks Mike!

KeefD, Sep 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep copper with a slight brownish haze. An eggshell colored head raises to an average two-fingers, but leaves tons of lacing and sticks around for minutes.

not as hoppy an aroma as I expected (this bottle was brewed about 6 weeks ago, so not extremely fresh, but should still be young) some butterscotch, caramel and slightly toasty breads are more dominant in the nose. Though not over-the-top hoppy, it still smells pretty nice.

sweet caramel and definite toasty malts with some toffee, molasses, and honey sweetness. citrus, floral, and tropical fruit hops are present throughout and finally take over with a bit of sweetness and some bitterness on the back end. booze on the swallow as well.

oily medium bodied with just a touch of carbonation and a relatively dry finish (no resin left behind) some lingering alcohol heat.

drinks ok. definitely different from HopSlam, which is more my style of DIPA, but tasty in its own way. Alcohol is there and a tad harsh at times.

silentjay, Oct 13, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HawkeyeDaz ! extra in a trade

Pours a copper with mini bubbles rising to the top that can be seen clearly through the whole glass. thin white head formed around the edges.

Smells like sweet malt, orange, grapefruit,

Tastes extremely bitter, resinous, grapefruit and pineapple, sweet malt pine, and a bit of pepper possibly from the bitterness tricking my tongue. I am all for IBUs, sometimes they overcome the sweetness and caused a slight imbalance. I thought this was the case a little bit with this beer. Its a delicious beer- I think it could benefit from a few less IBUs.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. Drinkability is also good, a solid DIPA

alpinebryant, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing copper color with a small parchment head that has decent staying power. As it recedes it forms a little pile of larger bubbles that float around in the center of the glass like volcanic islands. This beer deposits sheets of very nice lace on the glass.

The beer has a nice juicy hop aroma that reminds me a bit of HopSlam, but with a bit more pine and less malt sweetness. It has a definite ruby red grapefruit component, as well as a bit of mint, some pineapple and plenty of pine. The malt in the aroma is sugary with a caramel hint, accenting the hop characteristics. Unfortunately, I am also picking up a bit more alcoholic heat than I would have preferred.

The flavor is strikingly hoppy, leaving all thoughts of balance behind. Sure there is a good amount of sweetness from the malt, but the resinous and dry hoppiness rules this beast. The hop flavors are similar to the nose, but I would say there is a lot more pine, as well as dank herbal characteristics and a crazy spicy earthiness. The bitterness is a bit over the top in this beer and I actually think it might be helping to mask some of the alcohol that I picked up in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium with very low carbonation, but it is just enough to keep it from feeling too dead. The elephant in the room when it comes to the mouthfeel is the crazy dry, sticky, resinous finish. My palate is being dominated by hops, and while not a terrible thing, it is a bit fatiguing.

Not the most drinkable double IPA I have ever had, but not too bad. This is a beer to savor and enjoy the wonderful hop flavors of. This is the second really hoppy DIPA I have had this week, and while very good, it needs just a little more balance to make it great.

zoso1967, Dec 19, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Viggo - dude's a generous fellow.

Pours a beautiful caramel orange with 2 fingers of bone white/yellow foam that dies and immediately leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

Nose is lush and fruity - pineapple abounds, hints of orange and grapefruit, a hint of mango, a little pine resin - behind all that you can tell there's a good amount of sweet caramel malt.

Ridiculously drinkable DIPA. Tropical fruits up front, loads of citrus in the middle and a hint of oily pine resin thrown in for good measure. Nice but not extreme bitterness from the middle on. A sweet caramel blends with a hint of pale roast to give a substantial malt backdrop - very balanced. Just a hint of booze in the finish.

Could easily drink this all night and it would kick your ass. Extremely well made. Thanks Eric!

ritzkiss, Jan 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rrski198, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ChrisMon02, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of biggred1
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jo from WCB for hooking me up with this sample bottle.

Hazed honey amber with a creamy eggshell cap that leaves sheets of sticky lace behind on the glass. This beer smells about as good as any I've ever encountered. Pineapple and citrus fruity hops with pine sap and caramel malt all in perfect harmony. This beer tastes ridiculously good as well, maybe even as good as fresh hopslam with resinous and potent hops up front with a smooth caramel malty backbone. Alcohol is well hidden for such a big beer. Medium full bodied and hop oily feeling with smooth carbonation. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 10+ ABV. A beer that is truly as good as advertised. Fantastic.

biggred1, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a orange color with a nice 1 finger head. Great lacing all the way down.

S- Has a nice citrus aroma , also get some hints of carmel and pine.. with some hop aroma as well

T- Starts off with a nice citrus carmel flavor followed by a grapefruit middle and a strong piney bitter finish.

M- Medium body with good carbonation

D- Overall it was a nice ipa. Im not a big fan of overpowering grapefruit flavors in DIPA and this one had it. So its not my cup of tea but many of you will prob like it.

zrab11, Oct 13, 2011
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 2,155 ratings.