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The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.16/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,388
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
2,724
pDev:
10.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
452
Gots:
418
Trade:
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory PIls glass
A - Pours a very nice gold color 1 finger of a fizzy head, nice thick lacing on the sides.
S - Big juicy hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine, rye, pepper, caramel and toffee malts. There's also a strong alcohol presence.
T - Big lime and grapefruit flavors, those are definitely the dominant qualities in this, then you get some overly ripe tropical fruits, kinda like fruit cocktail, the mid way through you get some caramel and toffee kinda sweet malts, a little pepper and rye underneath, some pine bitterness that sneaks up then really gets you. Some alcohol burn on the end.
M - Thick, chewy, lots of abrasive bitterness, cloying flavor.
O - This does get better as it warms up, it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes' Lake Erie Monster with the abundance of ripe fruit flavor, but the alcohol burn and smell is too much, and there's a weird rye peppery aftertaste thats just making it disappointing.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a lighter copper color with a modest white head.

Smell - In the aroma, one notes the orange in the aroma. The aroma was a little atypical of a DIPA. I did not detect pine or a strong citric presence.

Taste - My first thought was "This tastes like hopped orange soda". At the front, the beer is sweet. Then, it takes a turn toward bitter at the back of the throat. There is a high presence of resin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I thought this was a little thin for a DIPA. In mouthfeel, it resembles a single IPA. In taste, it is much more of a DIPA.

Overall - This is a Solid DIPA, but I don't think it is worth the effort some people put into getting this beer.

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3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a hazy gold color with two fingers of off-white head.

Big grapefruit and grassy aroma.

Saying the taste was big and boozy upfront is an understatement. This was a beast. Once it warmed, notes of orange and carmel malts revealed themselves.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one had a bitterness that nearly overpowered any noticeable flavors.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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