The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,718
Reviews:
786
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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454
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416
For Trade:
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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of ChilliHeights
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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Photo of Timc32
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stadmo1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a hazy maize color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spicy hops, slight earthy malt, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, hint of tea, and a hint of spice. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Tastes of strong spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of piney hops, tea, hint of resin, and slight spice. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and complexity, but the blend is too bitter.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Summer release, undated bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with an off white head that receded quickly leaving a nicely laced glass.
Aroma is is quite fruity, with a hint of bread. Did I mention hops?
Alcohol is not really noticeable in the aroma of taste, but you feel it after 6 ounces. Nonetheless, it's a pretty easy drinker.
Overall, a very nice brew, it's a bit pricey here, so I'll probably let someone else buy the bottle I might have bought.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt-orange with a finger of white head. Head is foamy and retains reasonably well, with good lacing that follows. Aroma is citrus, dank, and resin hops with rich biscuit and bready malts. Very substantial aroma. Flavor profile is citrus, dank, and resin hops with more biscuit and bread malts. Very hearty, with the resin aroma and flavor sticking around long after a sip. Mouth feel is thick, with some particulate/graininess. Overall, a great filling, resiny DIPA. It smells and tastes sticky, with loads of hops that somehow remain balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Photo of Brent_B
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy dark golden copper color... cloudy with two fingers of white foamy head. Great lacing.

S: Hops! Bitter and dank... pine and pineapple... a bit of citrus.

T/F: Rich and full bodied... lots of bready malt character with a bitter palate wrecking hop punch. Lots of evergreens and citrus. Peppercorns and grapefruit. A bit of pineapple mixed in. Finish is dry and sticky.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Bell's. Very intense and bitter hops... but rich and full at the same time. Great all around brew.

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Photo of Strix
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow orange, decent initial head that fades to nothing.

Very floral nose, some citrus and pine.

A hint of what less-fresh hopslam tastes like, plus more citrus, pine and even belgian influences.

I feel like this is weighed down, just too much going on, lacking balance and drinkability. Rare miss for me from Bell's.

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Photo of warpig372
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,718 ratings.
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