The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., bottled on 8/9/13, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs, which is to be expected for 10%!

S: 10/12 - mostly citrus fruit aroma - grapefruit, pineapple and apricot - and, as expected, some malt breadiness and lots of booze; it smells great but I wish that the aroma was more intense

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is an intense slap of citrus-like bitterness; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with some malt balance (marmalade and honey flavors) and alcohol; although it finishes dry, the worst aspect of the taste, in my opinion, is the lingering bitterness, which was super unpleasant on the first sip but attenuated over time (sloughing off taste buds)

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, the alcohol is present but doesn't taste like a 10%er to me; impressively high carbonation for a 10% imperial IPA that does not detract from the flavor profile

O: 8/10 - after a really negative experience with Hopslam in early 2013, I was expected another overly bitter and poorly balanced DIPA; even though there was a huge slap of bitterness on the first sip that lingering, it muted over time; the flavor/aroma profile is solid, but, for me, doesn't stand up to some of the more intense imperial IPAs on the market like Surly's Abrasive and Founder's Double Trouble; however, I would recommend this one to anyone who likes Hopslam and doesn't mind a bitter, boozy imperial IPA that finishes dry

TOTAL = 40/50

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. bottled on date was 8/8/13, so about 6 weeks old.

Poured an orange-coppery body with about 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Very good carbonation. Head retained well, leaving some very interesting lacing.

Smell was citrus fruit, and some hops.

Taste was as expected from the smell. The hops and grapefruit did battle in the mouth with no clear winner emerging. Lets call it balance shall we?

Mouth was between medium and full, leaving a nice tingling grapefruit taste all around the mouth. Later there was some drying.

All in all, a pretty good offering, something I would enjoy again. The only warning I would give was that a 6 weeks old, there was none of the alcohol burn you might expect from a 10.0abv DIPA. So you might forget about that as you are enjoying this one, is does go down quite well.

Right up until the point you try to stand up, that is.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with hues of red. Little carbonation. Nice sticky lacing nonetheless.

Super fragrant. Smells malty, candi sugar, tropical fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). This kind of reminds me of maharaja.

Much more hoppy than it smells. Pretty bitter. I'm surprised. This hits hard on the front end. Resin on the back. Pretty interesting. A sipper for sure. Damn. This is intense. Hard to make out the flavors because of the bitterness. But there's tropical sweetness mixed in with a huge piney bitterness. Becomes more drinkable and flavorful as it warms up.

Medium low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Bitter resin sits on my tongue. A little sticky.

This is very interesting. Not what I was expecting, but I'm very satisfied. Bells definitely has a unique, tasty, and over the top brew here.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,728 ratings