The Oracle | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first and foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt and balance.

The fireworks start with the aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

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2,821
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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Photo of Marco188
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz single purchased bottle poured into a Mission Brewing IPA glass. Peach to Amber color with good head and great lace. You can smell the hops right away with hints of citrus as well. Taste is a mixture of bitter, peppery, malty, with a hit of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium to high carbonation for a DIPA. The high ABV gives a warm feel between an ordinary IPA and a barrel aged, yet maintains a good dryness and piney aftertaste. Overall this is a good IPA and well worth the price. Recommend trying it to whoever is on the fence.

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Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all but just a tad too bitter for me, and I expected a little more juiciness to the hops. Pours a great dark golden-yellow color with abundant white foamy head and some nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of herbal hops, surprisingly not much else. Tastes strongly of some bitter grapefruit zest and a little lemon and pineapple. There’s also some faint herbal hops along with caramel, vanilla and a much weaker malt backbone. Smooth thin mouthfeel and great carbonation. Just wish it were more balanced and juicier, and that there wasn’t so much warming alcohol with the high ABV.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pores a hazy Peach with a very thin, white head. Leaves wonderful lacing throughout. Not much carbonation.
A wonderful smell of dankness, peach Orange grapefruit and other citrus. Also caramel malt, Oak. slight Cherry licorice, and Carmel malt.
Great hop bite up front with candied citrus fruit. Carmel malt and a pine finish with much resin.
Full bodies DIPA.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corywalston
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, PKG 07/12/2018; purchased warm on singles shelf... left out of fridge for 55 min before pouring into a snifter)

L: peach-amber colored liquid, incredibly cloudy... tall, two-finger head on pour; cottony-plush, slow to recede... waited momentarily and poured in remaining 1-2 oz... laces like a true champion, but point off for this haze nonsense

S: candied lemon/lime, hint of spicy grapefruit, hint of spearmint... perfumy; berry-brandy booze... hint of pine peaking over the horizon in the back... strong intensity overall; aromas shot out upon crown removal... still loud volume after 3 months

T: dense, citrus-nectar-juicy up front; intensely citrus-pith and green tea tannic bitterness swelling up in the finish, long lasting through the aftertaste - almost has a fresh wormwood, menthol quality and intensity... while the bitterness holds firm, the malts and subtle decay of hops emerge forward and come into focus and a mild peppery note latches to the back of the palate, but beyond that point rather dry

F: ultra-smooth, blanket-soft, resinous wrap around what's at its core a relatively light body... the bitterness stings so good, snapping down on the tongue like a gator's bite... f'n spiked, resin-soaked malt nectar, very nice

O: purchased single bottle, impulse buy; seemingly at the end of its peak flavors?... is it supposed to be this cloudy?... loved its fantastically-aggressive bitterness and otherwise sedate, resinous goodness... very curious now about how a fresh bottle comes across, but either way this is right up my alley as far as IPAs go - wish I would've jumped on it sooner; still not used to Bell's being available in NJ...

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Photo of GlennWB
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VoodooBear
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Draft, served in a snifter.

Appearance: It develops a one finger head that goes down into a foam layer that stays around until the end. It leaves some great lacing that covers the entire glass. Clear, Amber gold color.

Smell: Really hoppy with strong citrus peel and floral, perfume-like aromas up front with some malty notes in the background.

Taste: Very hop forward, which shows in the bitterness and citrus character. There are orange, tangerine and grapefruit notes with a boozy blanket over it all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. It goes down smooth.

Overall: It doesn't have your run-of-the-mill hoppy character. It's strong but subtle at the same time and the aromas and flavors are very pleasant. Even thought it's quite bitter and high in ABV, the fruit character keeps it drinkable.

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Photo of haines710
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping for something different. This beer is super bitter and dry and malty. I didn’t notice much citrus and found the after taste to be like cough syrup.

I picked up a single bottle at the supermarket and had high hopes in trying it. Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Nice head and great lacing. Taste is disappointing. Very malty on initial taste and then finishes very dry and bitter. I will pass on this. Have had much better DIPAs.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/12/18. Michigan stout pint.

A: pours a hazy orange with1/4 finger sandy head, streaming carb. Retains that thin head all the way down, but little lacing to speak of.

S: fresh out of the fridge and the hops are screaming out of the glass: bright sweet citrus and pine with a pineapple or, date I say it, coconut, edge. As it warms develops floral, lavender, herbal, sweet tones. Smell is reminiscent of some highland single malt scotches.

T: sweet, thick, malty arrival. Bitter, tropical hop mid-palate. Again, something coconutty. Bold pine bitterness at the end. Lingering medicinal finish.

M:heftier side of mid weight, but high carbonation makes it feel light, and despite lingering medicinal hop bite, it is remarkably clean.

O: It’s a DIPA, all right. I know I like Bodhi better, but it is totally different. This is like Resin or LEM, and I think I like those better. This is fruitier (thank you Bell’s yeast) but less sweet. That coconut taste is really unique and interesting.

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Photo of Jamhut1
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have nothing but praise for this MASTERBREW. YUM!!!

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Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougT
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgy
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass; half-inch head. Has a hazy orange color.

I didn't love this beer, which is disappointing because I'm a big fan of Bell's, and DIPAs are right in my wheelhouse. The bottle says "intensely hopped" but it's more malty than anything. Not bad if that's how you like your IPAs, but it's not to my liking. Good mouthfeel, but otherwise unremarkable. Bell's does many things well, but I don't think I'll have this one again.

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Photo of Manthon
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wmcgar01
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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