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

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The OracleThe Oracle

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

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, with almost an orange hue. Fairly hazy appearance. Half-inch thick foam that holds up exceptionally, leaving a clingy lace once it finally settles. Bright pine and citrus grace the aroma with a doughy, caramel malt balance and some notes of alcohol layered underneath. Smells like this one will be a pretty big Double.

Indeed the citrus hops are massively intense, but they still strike a balance with a hefty malt sweetness. The finish carries a robust and lasting bitterness, and the alcohol is warming but not overly excessive. Medium body with a touch of syrupy slickness, the carbonation is appropriate.

I've waited a long time to try this beer, and while it wasn't a unique revelation, it certainly ranks up there as a great DIPA. The intensity is much like Hop Slam, with perhaps an even greater degree of balance. I would prefer my IPA's more on the single side, but those who like them strong will enjoy this immensely.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm stoked this has finally arrived in AZ!
A - Pours a light amber hue with abundant head of various sized bubbles. Settles nicely but retains a thick film of head, lacing heavily on the glass of the tulip.
S - Complex bouquet of floral and piny hops. Citrus and pine resins dominate the aroma character with a subtle light roasted malt backbone. Clean light grain notes interspersed.
T - Soft and warm bitterness intensifies into a complexity of hops. There a touch of citrus, mango, stone fruit mingled with a resiny pine and earthy tone. Domineering residual bitterness is slow to fade after the sip, with a spiciness that lingers on the palate. Very well balanced against the final gravity. Tinge of sweetness that is whisked away in wonderful hop nectar.
M - Warm, wet mouthfeel with a heavier-medium body. Still quite quaffable. Smooth as can be with just a faint hint at the attenuation capacity in the warmth.
O - I have been waiting quite some time to try this after finally falling in love with hopslam five-ish years ago. I had the pleasure of working with a few people from Michigan who couldn't stop raving about this offering. I can finally say it did not disappoint and exceeded expectation. Warm and smooth all around with an intense hop backbone that is still able to tip the scales at such a high gravity.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a label that looks like a cover of a book. On this label is the name of the beer in gold lettering and the silhouette of a person reading a book. All of this is surrounded by a gold border. The neck label simply has a gold "O" in it. The back label has all the mandatory US info, a very brief description of the beer, and a packaged date. My bottle was packaged on 8/9/2013. This beer is too special for an ordinary pint glass. So I poured it into a Peg's Cantina Snifter instead.

From behind the book cover, came a Double IPA that was a nice tangerine orange with a sprinkle of copper toward the bottom. I've had a few Double IPAs in the past that were extremely hazy. The haziness level on this one was very moderate. You could still see through this beer. There weren't any hop particles floating around in the beer. On top of this beer was a somewhat fluffy cotton white head of foam. Not egg shell white. Pure white in color. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a big fat string of white rings and numerous small blots and streaks of lace. Overall, it had a nice solid clear appearance. No complaints here.

Ok! Who's the wise guy who put Pixie Sticks into my DIPA? When it was first poured, I got a strong whiff of candi sugar and not much else. I was a little disappointed by that at first. When the beer settled down, the Candi Sugar aroma had decreased and there was a blend of tropical fruits and citrus fruits along with citrus hops waiting for my nose to smell. For the fruit punch, I was able to pick out pineapple, a pinch of mango, plenty of grapefruit, and a splash of lemon zest. Quickly following the fruits was the strong aroma of dry and bitter citrus hops. The hoppy aroma lingers on for some time before it lets through a subtle whiff of toasted malts. Even though the hop aroma was on the strong side, it wasn't an over zealous hoppy aroma.

This is one of those beers that tasted almost like it smelled. Those two weren't too far off. This beer almost tasted like the second wave aroma to be exact. There was no strong Candi Sugar presence in the taste. It was hard for my tastebuds to tell where the fruits started and the hops ended. It tasted like it rolled everything into one big fruity/hoppy taste. This big jumble of a taste included a big dried citrus hop bite, tart grapefruit, a pinch of pineapple, a drop of mango, a splash of lemon zest, and a subtle taste of pine. Pine? Where did that come from? That came out of nowhere. It must have arrived with the hops. There was no malt in the taste. If there was, the hops covered them up.

10% ABV? Really? I thought it tasted more like it was in the 8% range. Well anyway, this beer had the typical DIPA mouthfeel. That means it had a good amount of carbonation and a strong hoppy aftertaste. Once this beer really warms up, you'll have a hard time trying to get rid of the strong hoppy aftertaste in the back of your mouth.

Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this winner. This is one Bell's beer that I've wanted to try for some time. This beer really doesn't kick off until it really warms up. Would I drink it again? I sure would if given the opportunity again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a golden yellow with huge thick creamy fluffy head. sticky lacing. big retention.

faint citrus. lots of tropical fruit when poured but once it sat for a few, nose is barely there. searching hard, i fond some booze and hops

mostly bitter pine and resin. a bit one dimensional. intense with the malts and booze. decent but nothing pops out at me that is grabbing my attention. some grapefruit in the finish.

nice chewy body and moderate carbonation.

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Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with over a finger of thick off white head - great retention and nice lacing.

Smell. Honey, brown sugar and caramel, yellow grapefruits, grass and floral hops, some pineapple, oranges and cedar.

Taste. Caramel and grass, yellow grapefruit, oranges and pineapple, honey and floral hops. Good bitterness in the finish with a lightly herbal, almost licorice root note.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low carbonation.

Overall. No shortage of hops here with a big base to back them up. Good stuff.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,732 ratings