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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.95/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 8/8/14 stamped on the label.

Pours a light amber color with a light white head. Beautiful lacing is visible all around the glass. Smells of citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. Tastes a bit sweet on the tongue from the nice malt profile and finishes with a bitter, dry, sticky, hoppy finish. Beautifully balanced DIPA! Very drinkable despite the 10% abv. This one will sneak up on you because it drinks like a 6.5% IPA. Very hard to find but if you do, be sure to share!


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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Very good love it

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

I think this beer has potential but isn't quite there. It is a little too hot right now, maybe with a couple more weeks of aging it will mellow the alcohol flavor out a little. I think it is a good beer don't get me wrong but just a little too much alcohol flavor right now. The weird thing though was the first couple drinks were very good, but then the hotness of the alcohol started showing up. I will come back to this in a couple weeks when I let a couple bottles age a little.

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Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). There’s a bottling date of August 8, 2014 printed in black ink near the bottom-right corner of the back label (“13357 PKGD 8/08/14 A”), making this beer four weeks old exactly at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): A finger and a half of dense, ivory-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a nearly clear, rich orange, honey-colored body. The head dies down at a slower than average pace, leaving a clumpy, fuzzy film on the surface of the beer and a thicker collar at the edge. As the body dies down, it leaves some gorgeous lacing, in the form of scattered suds on the near side, wide, foamy splotches on the far side, and a few crooked legs occupy the sides. Beautiful body, nice head, and gorgeous lacing.

Smell (4.0): This certainly has a nice, bright aroma that’s got an oily, pungent grapefruit peel acidity backed by some resinous heat, underlaid by a slightly garlicky, dank, weedy scent. A little malt base is present, showing honey and rustic white bread. As it opens up, it moves further toward the garlicky-dank aroma, but still retains a light orangey, citrus character.

Taste (4.25): Really packs a punch on the palate: strong citrus zest (grapefruit peel, orange pith), spicy, resinous heat, toasted country bread, limoncello, and a little toffee . . . wet, grassy bitterness and a little vegetal character pick up on the back end and carry through to a long, surprisingly smooth and dry, pithy finish. Some warm white bread, a little honey, and grapefruit zest come out more as the beer warms up a little, but grassy bitterness, resinous heat, and just a little honeyed bread still dominate. There’s a bit of heat here, for sure, but it’s almost completely hidden behind grassy, resinous hops.

Mouthfeel (4.5): So smooth and rich—the carbonation is fine and velvety, the body is smooth and on the full- side of medium-weight, bordering on syrupy at first but lightening up quickly to a smooth finish that immediately dissipates into some gaseous, alcoholic warmth. And yet, it’s not hot. It’s just smooth, fine, rich, but not heavy, syrupy, or prickly.

Overall (4.25): This is a beautiful DIPA. It’s not quite as bombastic as some, and maybe not as rich as others, but as you’d expect from Bell’s this beer is well-crafted, very refined, and it integrates all of its different elements seamlessly. In terms of its hops profile, it trends toward dank and grassy, but definitely retains some citrusy character. It’s not lopsidedly hoppy like most DIPAs today, nor is it too malty, but it still doesn’t come off as “balanced” so much as it comes off as nuanced. The hops/malt balance is subtle and refined, and the way it hides its booze is telling—it’s just a refined, well-crafted DIPA. Great job.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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