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The Oracle - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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1,517 Ratings
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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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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-19-2013 02:45:37 | More by jsurfs82
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shivtim

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap during Hop Harvest at Brick Store. 12oz pour.

This is a beautiful deep murky copper brew, with lots of slow rising visible bubbles. Small head.
Nose is solid pine hops, sweet and slightly fruity.
Taste is a hop bomb balanced with some finishing malts. West coast, pine/grass.
Mouthfeel is foamy, sticky IPA goodness. Very solid IPA overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 20:44:49 | More by shivtim
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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-25-2013 02:44:19 | More by cp45
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a goblet.

Hazy orangish amber with about a fingers worth of light tan foam that slowly falls to a veiled ring.

Strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and pineapple with oranges and a good measure of pine sap. Faint fusel background that blends in with the other aromas. The abv let's itself be known without coming across as harsh or incendiary. Very inviting.

Very fruity then bitter upfront. The bitterness stays and seems to intensify throughout the tasting, while a nice backbone of malty sweetness accentuates the fruits while balancing out the extreme hop flavors. A dash of pepper in the back from the alcohol that melds with the ever present bitterness. Long dry finish that is strong on hops without any oils. There's plenty going on, but not too much. This beer has a perfect balance of flavors. Power and precision.

An almost creamy mouthfeel that is balanced by the drying bitterness and proper carbonation. The drinkability is dangerously high. I would drink more of this if it were not so strong and rare.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 02:00:02 | More by ypsifly
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2013 01:47:51 | More by woodchip
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illini4x4


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-12-2012 01:16:04 | More by illini4x4
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2011 02:11:19 | More by ithinkimasofa
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dstc

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper, rouge color with a frothy, light tan head. Head falls slow, sticky lace.

Nice herbal hop aroma with a bit of a sweet malt background.

Bold hop flavor. Not sure where the malt taste is I picked up in the nose. Very hoppy but does end with a sweetness on the tongue then lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, has an oily slick feel on the tongue and a nice bite.

Decent, easy drinking beer. Another nice job by Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 11:28:38 | More by dstc
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-15-2013 16:49:41 | More by baklo
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seaoflament

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella this past Tuesday night.

Pours a light amber hue with an inch of foam that leaves some lacing on the sides.

Instantly I'm greeted with tropical citrus fruits, mango, soft orange, peach, and hints of caramel malts in the background. A bit of a sweet orange candy-like aroma is noticeable from time to time. Nice hop profile.

On first sip I get a citrus hoppiness flavor upfront with caramel notes following close-by. The flavor continues with some bitter toast mid-palate and a mellowing bitterness in the end. Tastes a tad grassy and earthy in the finish. The carbonation is on the high side with this one but it's very creamy and with a nice dryness in the finish. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, could hardly tell this was such a high abv. beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:50:16 | More by seaoflament
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

10-28-2013 23:58:37 | More by TastyIsBeer
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VaTechHopHead


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says packaged on 8/12/11

A - Slightly unfiltered light ruby red in color. Not a very sustaining head and leaves slight lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Uber fresh hops with lots of citrus aromas. Strong on the pineapple and slight resin. Impressive.

T - Again, ridiculously fresh hops but they take on a much more earthy and sap flavor. A little malt can be picked up in the middle of each sip. Finishes with an aged pineapple and hop oil flavor, with just a hint of alcohol.

M - Heavy body for a DIPA and on the low end of the carbonation scale for the style. Chewy initially and finishes semi-dry on the palate. High ABV is hardly detected but can definitely be felt as the pint glass is emptied.

O - A very impressive DIPA and it's nice to see it have a more Earth-tone as Hopslam takes a more floral/citrus flavor. This style is mastered by Bell's

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 17:55:53 | More by VaTechHopHead
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-08-2013 12:34:20 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-26-2013 02:37:48 | More by Boilerfood
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stewart124

Ohio

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

Bottle 08/2011-I know a little late on this DIPA

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Nose has plenty of grapefruit, juicy fruit and pineapple. Obviously my mouth is watering.

Fullness and plenty of body with a more muted hop presence than I expected. Balanced very well with a great background bitterness and no astringent alcohol hotness. Some light toasted characters and bread but not too much syrupy caramel to muddle the bill.

This is still a very nice example of a DIPA. Plenty of pineapple and grapefruit with a nice dose of juicy fruit and hop resin. More resin than I initially expected

I am guessing that because I waited almost 5 months the beer has balanced itself a bit. I wanted to compare it against the Hop Slam and waited until the hop slam hit the shelves. I need to get this straight from the tanks to get a better judgement.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 18:50:20 | More by stewart124
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kevanb

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy, orange copper color, only a bubble or two rising to the top of the glass with a soft, billowy white head that has fantastic retention and leaves a vast network of soapy lace behind, a really beautiful beer to look at. The aroma just leaps out of the glass, devastating amounts of pine, really sappy and resinous, perfectly earthy with some grassiness and crisp hop spice, a bit of tangy grapefruit is in there as well with some bright pineapple, but make no mistake, this is one piney and beautiful beer. The flavors are right in line, this beer is punishing with the earthy pine, wonderfully bitter, nice layers of lemongrass and tangy grapefruit, oily and crisp hop spiciness, tropical fruit is towards the end, very strong ripe pineapple with some rich malt flavor that lends just a touch of sweetness to help balance the beer out a bit. The mouthfeel is great, really juicy, lively zip from the carbonation but it feels very smooth, the finish is a bit creamy as it goes down, smooth and gentle before a massive dry kick punches the mouth.

Verdict: Awesome. Just awesome. Easily the best hoppy beer I've had from Bell's and easily one of the best hoppy beers in the midwest. Crushing amounts of earthy pine and beautiful bitterness really makes this a special treat. I typically enjoy IPAs that are softer and more delicate, but this is absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:51:38 | More by kevanb
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-29-2013 02:43:47 | More by Houser
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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-31-2012 20:23:07 | More by user785335
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-27-2011 02:31:02 | More by Mark000
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johnyb

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

02-25-2013 22:40:04 | More by johnyb
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Kaveman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-25-2013 20:41:34 | More by Kaveman
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-28-2013 16:21:02 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Skunkdrool

California

3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-17-2013 18:26:37 | More by Skunkdrool
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-21-2013 19:43:53 | More by Fargrow
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally. I get a chance to try this brew. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemmed bulb.

The beer pours a rich copper orange with a thick off-white head that stays for some time. Lacing is sticky, and drys on the glass walls. Smell is almost all pineapple, with some caramel malt in the backround. Taste has so much more. The beer is the pineapple express of beers. Pineapple character dominates, also with some citrus and a hint of mango, along with sweet, caramel-like malt balancing it out. Full bodied, and very resinous, this beer coats the palate and has an everlasting finish. It's more hops than anything else, and it's not as balanced as the other hop monsters Bell's produces. Still, it's a damn fine brew and I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:50:32 | More by WYVYRN527
The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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