The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

The OracleThe Oracle
BA SCORE
89.4%
Liked This Beer
4.16 with 2,724 Ratings
The OracleThe Oracle
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
Ranking:
#1,342
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
2,724
Liked:
2,435
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.58%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
454
Gots:
416
Trade:
7
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Photo of DareOfTheHog
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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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Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of cmukid87
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 89.4% out of 100 with 2,724 ratings
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