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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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

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

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

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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

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

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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottling date marked on label is '07/12/2018'.
Cloudy, deep gold colored body. One finger white head works back to interrupted cap and thin ring. Lines of lacing are left behind.
Bitter hop heavy aroma with malts joining in.
Taste is hop bitterness of the citrus and floral variety, joined by the sweeter malts. Since this a double IPA, the hops kind of dominate. Bitter at the end, and into the after taste.
Medium mouth feel, with good carbonation. Rather strong bitter hops at the end.
Good example of a double IPA that exhibits its strong bitter hops, in deference to the sweeter malts. Like Pow! in the glass.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stoumi
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oracles pours a dark, rustic hazy orange color, with a dense, off-white ½ finger head that coats the glass with some well formed lacing. The aroma is light citrus an earthy and herbal. floral characteristic on the nose, but a deep, bitter resin from the hops and a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is in your face bitterness, as a West Coast double should be! There is an ever present malt characteristic that helps to balance out the bitterness, but it it can be felt all the way through. For a West Coast guy, I love it! Then again, there are some BIG IPAs that have come out of the state.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avitra
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you have a typical strong IPA and you add roast tones, you get this very well balanced, grapefruity, citrusy delight

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