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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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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#1,521
Reviews:
789
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2,735
pDev:
10.58%
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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

The best DIPA I have had in a long while. Exactly how I want my DIPA to be strong and sweet with flavors of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and tree sap. Alcohol goes unnoticed til the end and super smooth with a nice tongue stringing hop bite. Forget Hop Slam as this is Bells finest as it very much compares to Stone as a perfect example of an amazing west coast DIPA.

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: pretty looking beer; nice burnt orange, coppery color; pretty hazy; foamy white head that leaves little pillows over the top (pretty good retention)

Aroma: big time citrus-orange, grapefruit, hint of lime; hoppy; pine; smells juicy

Taste: starts with a little sweetness and some good citrus flavors; a decent grain bill moves in, balanced by some hops and pine; then hops and pine resin completely take over, with a hint of grapefruit rind; the aftertaste is just one long hop/pine bite

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; pretty smooth; juicy; a little clingy at the end

Overall Impression: thanks to the beer guy at Horrack’s for letting me know you had this behind the counter!; dang, this is a good beer; I like this guy a lot; it gives Hopslam a run for its money for sure…I would really like to do a side-by-side comparison; really nice and really drinkable (which is dangerous at 10%)

From notes taken on 8/31/2013

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

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

From the truly ancient bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head that does last a bit, reducing to a thin layer eventually. Some lacing. The nose is tickled by the piney hops, while the mouth is assaulted by the hop forward flavor. I agree that it is a west coast style IPA!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice DIPA with nice head and look. Very nice aroma and good hoppiness. Shared with friends in taster glasses.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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