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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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

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#1,485
Reviews:
788
Ratings:
2,730
pDev:
10.58%
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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt-orange with a finger of white head. Head is foamy and retains reasonably well, with good lacing that follows. Aroma is citrus, dank, and resin hops with rich biscuit and bready malts. Very substantial aroma. Flavor profile is citrus, dank, and resin hops with more biscuit and bread malts. Very hearty, with the resin aroma and flavor sticking around long after a sip. Mouth feel is thick, with some particulate/graininess. Overall, a great filling, resiny DIPA. It smells and tastes sticky, with loads of hops that somehow remain balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Photo of Brent_B
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aprabhu
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy dark golden copper color... cloudy with two fingers of white foamy head. Great lacing.

S: Hops! Bitter and dank... pine and pineapple... a bit of citrus.

T/F: Rich and full bodied... lots of bready malt character with a bitter palate wrecking hop punch. Lots of evergreens and citrus. Peppercorns and grapefruit. A bit of pineapple mixed in. Finish is dry and sticky.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Bell's. Very intense and bitter hops... but rich and full at the same time. Great all around brew.

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Photo of Strix
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow orange, decent initial head that fades to nothing.

Very floral nose, some citrus and pine.

A hint of what less-fresh hopslam tastes like, plus more citrus, pine and even belgian influences.

I feel like this is weighed down, just too much going on, lacking balance and drinkability. Rare miss for me from Bell's.

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Photo of warpig372
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of iridius
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth and tasty, but not exactly memorable. I drank it out of the bottle so maybe it's my fault, that's why it still gets a 4, but it's a bit expensive for that. I'd have it again, for sure, but there are a lot of great IPAs to try before then.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Badger311
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AMCPhD
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,730 ratings