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

The Oracle is a thick burnt gold-orange color, technically translucent but very nearly opaque. On top rests a head that's one finger tall and shows incredible strength, heaviness and thickness. This thing looks almost solid. It immediately leaves a ring of lacing, even before it's possible to really anything has settled. It eases up on the heaviness, but continues to cling almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma pops out of the bottle even before it begins to pour, and it's all orange and grapefruit with some tropical fruits as well, pithy and zesty with a supporting juicy sweetness. Malts provide a bit of support, but there's a whole lot of bitterness here.
I've rarely been hit with bitterness like my palate does with this beer. The tropical fruits and citrus are here, but the first slap is pine, leaf and raw pith all the way. There's a complex texturing of flavors as the juiciness comes out and the various aspects of the malts lightly support but are strongly overshadowed by the hops. It's all resinous after that, going into a lingering bitter and dry finish.
It has a soft crispness in its medium body, and a little creaminess to start, but it goes pretty quickly to the dryness that pulls it into the finish. It does remain smooth for the duration.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,724 ratings
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