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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#1,482
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788
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2,730
pDev:
10.58%
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Photo of brpendergast85
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden and hazy with some transparency, large, fast rising bubbles, and topped with 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of ruby red grapefruit, mango, orange candy, and lead pencil shavings.

Big grapefruit pith, fruity peaches, spruce needles, pencil shavings, big and dull bitterness which lingers on the tongue.

Slightly weighty body with solid, fine, foamy, carbonation. Alcohol is really well hidden.

At moments I get hints of Pliny the Elder, but with a weightier body. Really well done brew. Its growing on me with each sip. Got at Opperman's Cork and Ale in Saginaw, where Kurt was gracious to let me get it out of the back cellar, even though he was saving it for himself. Thanks Bro! Now I am drinking it in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I carried it after a long haul of a flight. Drank Nov 3rd, 2016.

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

Photo of hashmads
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tim725
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy orange yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a latch of bubbles in the center, lots of lacing down the sides of the glass, and a thin film of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has strong notes of underlying caramel malts. The pine resin lingers into the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine resin hops also lend some prickliness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops and does a good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chestertonian82
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The primary note here is...alcohol. Its burn overwhelms almost every other flavor. A disappointing offering from an excellent brewery. (I'm not much of an oracle, but I prophesy that I won't be buying this again.)

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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a box from Gopens44 that was mostly VA beers, but obviously with a couple MI beers as well. Bottled-on stamp is smudged-it was bottled on the 16th, this year, but what month is unclear. I've heard a lot of good things about this beer on NBS.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this was a chill-hazed, slightly sedimentary dark golden amber color, with a big, creamy white head that stuck around for a while and left all sorts of lace.

Piney and peppery nose to this. Also a big, caramelly malt backbone. I've read that Bell's calls this a Northwest style DIPA. While it smells good, I wouldn't characterize it as anything other than a Midwest style DIPA, with what I tend to think of as the bigger malt backbone that the latter entails.

Bitter, piney hop flavor up front. That aspect transitions to a big, malty backbone, without a whole lot of in between. This strikes me more as a Midwest/ East Coast IPA that's been shorn of more citrusy hop flavor. It's good, but rather one dimensional. The high level of alcohol does not come through in the taste at all.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but a a bit limiting, flavor-wise.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber brew. Little head.

Aroma bursts from this beer, right at initial pour. You can smell it at an arm length away. Now what is it? Lots of hops, Sugary caramel sweetness and alcohol. Some ripe melon.

Sweet scotchiness and breadiness in the flavor, followed by some citrus accompanying an alcohol burn. Very smooth and slick, increasingly so as it warms. . Almost flat, but such a heavy body that it embraces the cocktail nature.

Enjoyable big boy brew. Thanks Bells

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

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

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale yellow gold with a tall thick white head that leaves lace for days.

Smells bright with fresh citrus and tropical fruit notes, backed by whole grain bread notes and a floral bouquet.

Sweet bread notes balanced by bitter citrus lemon and grapefruit. It has some nice sweet stone fruit notes - peach. It finishes dry with slight oak notes.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The pour was amber in color, with hazy body, and a good sized, two finger thick head. The aroma was very potent, even at an arm's length. Upon bringing the glass to the nose, I could smell lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. There was also some hay in addition to the tropical fruits. The first sip was was quite bit more bitter than I was expecting, proving flavors of grapefruit pith, bitter orange, and pine. There was a good deal of malt sweetness, and alcohol lurking behind the hop assault. This was a thick, chewy DIPA, providing a hefty mouthfeel. Definitely a DIPA made for sipping.

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Photo of Hayden34
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 13tido
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A deep metallic gold. Looks really thick good texture.

Nice malty backbone with a sweetness to the smell. Pine hop notes with a bit of orange. It's a good smell and mix.

The taste has the same notes but is much stronger. Slight fruity booze note. Grapefruit and light pine notes. But overall it's sweet.

Heavy body and a little but much less than you expect. Biting carbonation.

A pretty good and intense beer if that's your thing. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yellow-orange body topped with a thick, sticky, soapy head; sheets of lacing adhering to the glass. Heavy pine sap aroma mixed with some citrus notes; mild bread crust. Bitter and pine-like flavor quickly followed up with a heavy grain flavor; hop bitterness lingers throughout; old citrus rinds. Heavy body; lots of residual sugars for body; prickly on the palate; finishes with an alcohol dryness.

Malty, bitter, with an almost chewy mouthfeel aptly describes this beer. One won't find any fruity sweetness in the taste or aroma here. In many ways, this comes across like an extremely hopped-up barleywine.

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Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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