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The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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

12 oz bottle, HUGE thanks to the ever generous hoppymeal for the hookup. He is a star.

Pours a hazy orange, some amber highlights, big and thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a huge layer and ring, tons of lace sticks to the glass. Looks pretty nice.

Smell is wicked hoppy, huge pineapple and grapefruit notes, lemon rind, caramel, pine, tons of fruit and citrus, biscuit, massive hops in this one, pretty intense.

Taste is similar, big pineapple and tropical fruit, caramel sweetness, good malty middle, citrus and orange, pine, huge grapefruit hoppiness, biscuit, a bit buttery, really intense and herbal bitterness, but still balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Hugely hoppy but still balanced, alcohol is non existant, this is much too drinkable for a 10%+ ABV brew. Great stuff, thanks again Derek!

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

Thanks to Timmi for providing me with the opportunity to try this due to a prearranged in-person trade at DLD.

Batch 9306 poured from a brown bottle into a snifter. The oracle appears a slightly hazy orange color with 2 fingers of yellow stained creamy head that receeds slowly leaving legs of lace all about the glassware as it receeds. While sipping, lacing appears in patches all over the glass. By the end of the experience, there is still a layer of lupulin infused/stained head still sitting atop the brew. The aroma of this beer is magnificant; smelling of sweet hop goodness primarily pineapple with some hints of orange and some other fruity goodness hanging out in the background. Some minor notes of caramelized sugar comes through in the back of the nose as well with a minor sting of alcohol. Taste is bitter piney hops upfront that are very resine-like in the way the bitterness wraps itself around your tongue and just stays. Other flavors of the hops come off as being slightly herbal and earthy with some slight citrus flavor that just outright dominates the minor malt sweetness that attemps to balance out this bitter hop monster. There is a lingering flavor of hops left in the mouth long after each sip tasting both herbal and piney. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. As the oracle warms, the alcohol becomes increasingly evident and exaggerates the already exceedingly prounounced hop character. This beer is phenominal, Bell's needs to brew this again!

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This is a very nice offering from Bell's. Its not really like Hopslam, but it is very similar in respect to Two Hearted. I would say this is more like TH in that its malty, balanced, not overly sweet, but more boozy. Which you would expect from the abv.

Pours: Dark amber with some head in the aggressive pour, but it settles to virtually no lacing. Which based upon the abv and style is expected.

Aroma: Hoppy, boozy, some sweet maltiness. This is not a beer that is outstanding from the rest, but it is very solid. It might be confused with being too pedestrian, but I find it so well balanced that is why people would think in this regard.

Taste: Sweetness, piney, tropical and floral hops dominate ,but you get a good malt balance going on. Its very similar to Mars, I imagine they follow a similar recipe. My only complaint is that it does have a fair amount of alcohol in the taste. Not that this is a bad thing but its not one you can drink more than two of in a night.

Overall: I don't think this is a true west coast style DIPA, but I do think it is somewhat true to the style with a mid-west interpretation. Some have said its pretty mundane, but I think that is just people who have had too many Hop bombs this year. I felt this one was well balanced and enjoyable.

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

Bought On-line
Revisit: 20 Mar 17
12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 07/18/16

Been about 7 years since last.

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice hazy golden copper color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves a very nice pretty big oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some really nice malt notes, lot of citrus, and some nice pine notes. The taste is hoppy, malty, sweet, citrusy, with some really nice pineyness. Full body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, nice take on the style.

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Batch 9306

Pours a nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus aplenty, and some nice pine notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, a very nice hoppy note, nice little maltyness, citrus, and pine notes, caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter, and dry. Very Drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA. Been waiting a long time to try this one, thanks Grant!

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