The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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The OracleThe Oracle

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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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours slightly hazy golden rod with high white head the slowly dissipates. On many bubbles in the beer itself.

S- Sweet citrus and pine and slight alcohol

T- Hugh bitterness that pretty much takes over from beginning to end and lingers. The sweetness is still there but fights with the bitterness and loses. The alcohol is not overpowering and surprisingly tame for a 10%er.

M- Great viscosity and lingering presence that coats your mouth, what you want to see in a DIPA

O- This delivers on the big bitterness it promises in calling itself a west coast style DIPA. Reminds me of many Sierra Nevada offerings I've had. Glad I've been drinking IPAs for a while now or it would be way to bitter for me. This and Hopslam make a perfect 1-2 punch for Bell's in the DIPA market.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

Hazy and golden and color with a nice full finger of fluffy white head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass as it reduces. Great smell - grass and grapefruit with some pine. Loads of bitterness in the taste. It leave my smacking my lips with a dry sensation. Great airy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Really enjoyed this one - happy that I was lucky enough to get a bottle!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 8-9-13 (1 month old)

A- A bright hazy golden orange color. A one finger of a quickly dissipating off white head.

S- Pungent peach, papaya, grapefruit, grape. Very citrusy. A more of a west coast take on an IPA.

T- A relatively modest bitterness at first. A strong hop flavor sweeps over. A pungent papaya and grapefruit. A ripe peach. An oily hop profile to this beer. With lasting pungent resinous flavors. Not much on the malt end here. This beer isnt a hop bomb per say but the flavor is all hops. The malts are very neutral and let the hops do the work.

M- A bitter beer. An appropriate feel for a beer this size. ABV is better hidden then this beers brother Hopslam.

O- A very solid DIPA. This is a textbook DIPA. A different hop profile then its brother and a more plain malt profile but a great beer never the less. This beer was much better then the most recent Hopslam batch in my opinion. What I cant figure out is why this beer is much more limited, Hopslam sits around by the case where I live and I was only able to grab a single of this beer. Produce more Bells!

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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