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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of JackieTH
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2010 Minnesota Brew Review.

Appearance: Amber orange hazy with an ethereal glow when held up to the sun.

Smell: Powerful resin-pine and citrus-grapefruit hops right up front. Underlying orange and sweeter tropical scents like pineapple. Fantastic like I'm hewing blue spruce while I've got a chaw of grapefruit rinds.

Taste: Take no quarter bitterness of a heap of hops, I'm detecting tangy oranges, lemons, grapefruit, candied pine sap and spicy herbal bitters. Only the slightest nod to something resembling malt that lends a faint background note of roasted caramel, yet this somehow mananges to lend balance.

Mouthfeel: Lush and creamy.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly DIPA. Who would know it's 10.4% ABV? Who cares. More please.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Oracle was released in Rochester, Minnesota in very limited quanities. While I was able to pick up 2 bottles for myself, a few were available at Whistle Binkies Ye Olde Pub.

A - A nice amber hue, golden when held up to the light. Light foam head which dissipates into a thick foam ring around the edges. Slight lace retention.

S - This was my favorite part of the beer! Freshly cut pineapple, huge pleasant citrus notes. Quite sweet smelling with a hint of bitter. Very, very nice smell. Perfect for a DIPA.

T - Nice citrus fruit notes, slight melon and lots of pineapple and lemon. Its sweet and fruity in the beginning, but toward the middle the bitterness starts to kick in and only gets more and more bitter toward the end. Bitter hop bite.

M - Nicely carbonated, soft and smooth up front but in the middle there is a bitter feeling that only gets stronger as you finish. It slightly drys the mouth. Slightly thick and coating, syrupy. Very nice for a DIPA with 10%.

D - Awesome DIPA! Exactly what I'm looking for. 10% is covered well in this one. Perfect drink for anytime, but more so after a long day.

4.5/5/4/5/4.5

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 08/2011-I know a little late on this DIPA

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Nose has plenty of grapefruit, juicy fruit and pineapple. Obviously my mouth is watering.

Fullness and plenty of body with a more muted hop presence than I expected. Balanced very well with a great background bitterness and no astringent alcohol hotness. Some light toasted characters and bread but not too much syrupy caramel to muddle the bill.

This is still a very nice example of a DIPA. Plenty of pineapple and grapefruit with a nice dose of juicy fruit and hop resin. More resin than I initially expected

I am guessing that because I waited almost 5 months the beer has balanced itself a bit. I wanted to compare it against the Hop Slam and waited until the hop slam hit the shelves. I need to get this straight from the tanks to get a better judgement.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of bitter piny hops, spice, citrus, alcohol, and ripe juicy fruit. A strong hop presence, but balanced out well.

Taste of bitter juicy hops, caramel, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes dry and bitter. This has the most natural grapefruit flavor I can recall from and Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a fairly strong carbonation.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from pochman, Thanks Ed!

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Hazy copper color with a white head that thinned but still left decent lacing.
Aroma is filled with earthy and citrus scents, nice.
Taste is very good, strong burst of bitter grapefruit with a balancing dose of malt with a pleasant warming after the finish to let you know it's a dub/imp with a kick.
Medium/Full bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
Wow! It's drinkable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is from August, drunk at the tail end of December. Figured it was worth a try since I’ve never had it before.

This pours a pale golden color. It has a nice hop aroma with some pine notes and a fresh orange undertone. Surprisingly light aroma for such a hoppy beer, as the hops punch you in the face upon first taste and don’t let go. It’s chewy, with a big piney bitterness and a squeezed grapefruit, even after four months, followed by some honey sweetness. Without any point of reference I’d say it’s held up well—and I’d love to try this fresh. Be careful, it’s 10%!

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Photo of farrago
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid finger of densely woven cream white foam with puddles of larger bubbles, good stickiness to the lacing and credible head retention. Strong cloudiness in the burnt orange to pumpkin colored liquid, for this sor of hue close to opaque, mild yellowing at the rims. The nose at first explodes almost purely with pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus, over time opens up room for mossy, wet herbal notes, pepper, pine resin softened by peach, mango, apricot fruit scents, the malts remain in the background, as it warms the hoppy earthiness grows in stature. Medium-bodied, the carbonation foams up a little too much at first, however, the power of the hops crush this swiftly. Sourness makes the grapefruit more white than pink, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon. Bitter herbs, grass and peat moss don't overplay their hand but keep the whole experience alert and erect, earthy and peppery. Lower dose of pine and flowers, pulls up the rear with the malts. The overall bite draws out more pineapple, papaya, green apple fruit than peach or apricot. As the bitterness recedes through the finish a touch of biscuit or cornmeal comes through. Makes a forceful statement but never raises its voice.

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Photo of stimulus
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear deep amber with a light white head.
S: Piney, citrusy, and hoppy.
T: Good balance between piney hops and sweet malt with a good hoppy bitter finish.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: The 10.0% abv never shows itself, even as it warms. This is a superb IIPA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, burnt orange/copper color. Pours a 1 finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin skim. Laces in thin rings.

S: Big citrussy and floral hop bomb up front. As the beer warmed a bit and decanted, roasted malt and a little sugar well in the background.

T: Lots of citrus hops; orange rind, grapefruit. Resiny hops coat through the middle. Some unfermented sugar and a little toasted malt character. Huge bitter builds in the finish. This beer is a hop monster.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and very bitter.

D: ABV is a bit daunting, but disguised well. A little rough to have more than one, but totally enjoyed it.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear dark copper with a beautiful soapy rocky head. carbonation is abundant with fantastic lacing.

S: you can smell this beer from a mile off. travertine, nectar, apricot, and nectarine. fresh orange zest and white peach. very sweet and juicy.

T: tough caramel. tangerine and peach. bright citrus. slightly floral. very bitter exit. juicy with sight traces of alcohol.

M: extremely long bitter finish. light to medium mouth feel.

O: fantastic bitterness without being dry. full tropical fruit. so tastey!!
/93

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Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 8/8/13

The oracle, in my most humble opinion, is as good as it gets for an American DIPA. First of all, the color itself is a striking and sunny yellow-orange. It has a slight haziness but no actual flacks of sediment visible to the naked eye. There is plenty of effervescence in the beer, obviously showing that it is not going to be the least bit flat. The head on this is a shade just shy of cream colored, and is copiously foamy. I don't recall the last time I've seen such lacing/head retention on a DIPA.

The aroma is bursting with bright, fresh fruit esters, such as kiwi, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some herbal notes as well, and not overly sharp. Malts are somewhat represented in the aroma too, as I pick up a slight sweet bread aspect in there.

Wow, after tasting this I must say it is quite a bold hoppy brew. I was wrong about the malts, as I am not getting much of that at all in the flavor. This is a very coarse and abundant hop flavor - for hop fanatics only! West coast style. There's some slight interplay with pineapple but mostly this is a resinous and piny festival of bitterness rolling across the tongue with each sip. It's not overly complex. Extremely dry finish.

It feels a little lighter than a 10.00 ABV but it certainly warms on the way down. Does not stick to the palate an awful lot either. This is an American excess style through and through. Hops on steroids. Not quite 120 minute IPA but close!

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Photo of RedHaze
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 14-Dec-09

12oz into bell's pint glass.

Pours a mildly cloudy orange, with a two finger head that settles to a nice cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving a thick and chunky lacing behind.

Smell; tons of citric and tropical fruits going on here. Oranges, Tangerines, Mangoes, Pineapple...I'm not sure if the list is going to end. Underneath it all is a solid caramel and bread dough maltiness.

Taste; The fruity hops are even more pronounced in the flavor, but I can't figure out if they are more citric hoppy or or not. Orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes and pine needles. Full lingering bitterness, coming close the crushing, but thankfully falling a touch shy of that.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is full bodied and viscous, almost oily due to the hop resins. The hops hammer your taste buds, and then coax them back from the brink of the abyss just to pummel them a little bit more, and leave you asking for another bottle.

This is one outstanding beer, but I'm very happy it only comes in a 12oz bottle. Otherwise it my really show me who's in control. I've been on a bit of a hop hiatus lately, but this one may have just set me back on track again, WOW!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of notCreative - great trader, many thanks! Poured in to a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rusted persimmon, replete with some of the finest and slowest carbonation you're going to see in a brew. The natural comparison point for any Bell's Double/Imperial IPA is, of course, HopSlam, so I'll say that this one is far, far darker than HopSlam, suggesting at the very least the presence of some roasted malts in this one's base. The head is, of course, perfection, a dense alabaster cap about one finger tall with fantastic retention. The density is impressive, with only a few faint stray airly bubbles interrupting an otherwise moisture-pregnant crown. The lacing is near complete - that is, it nearly completely coats the sides of the glass, a uniform, gapless sheet of thin and sticky , and slightly thinner but still beautiful on the sip side, adopting that hazed glassy look where it's about 50% legs and 50% interstitial space but everything's so finely detailed and so close together that it's ... well, it's just a treat to look at.

Aroma: Sticky sweet caramel malts intermingle with heavy citrus to suggest tropical fruits, but ... not really. That is, the caramelized sugars are largely independent from the fruit notes, which are really fainter than I suggest above, but it's not like you can have "caramelized tobacco." Because that would be ... insane. But it's near what you have here, with saccharine brown sugar and heavy toffee wrapped up in spearmint, tobacco, thyme, and licorice. It's a little too faint for my liking, perhaps, but what you do get out of it is very nice.

Taste: The comparison with HopSlam careens off the tracks here. While HopSlam is faintly sweet, overwhelmingly citrusy and spicy, Oracle chooses to emphasize the yin to HopSlam's yang, bubbling in pretty much every circle on the hop census form that HopSlam leaves blank. The one overlapping bubble? "Bitter." Oracle does have quite a intense and lingering bite, perhaps slightly less than Slammer, though that might only be perception, given the heavier presence of the base beer here. So what's different? First, the base beer on Oracle is far more caramelized than the simple, light sweetness of the Slam, showcasing light toffee, dry but toasted cracker-like malts, caramel, and faint molasses. Second, the hops are a true collection of east coast notes. Spicy anise is huge, mingling with rosemary and tarragon, wintergreen, tobacco, and pine tar. Sure, a few faintly fruity notes are present - ruby red grapefruit, strawberries, blood oranges - but this one has no illusions about from whence it came. Any ideas the alcohol content (admittedly high) had about bearing its teeth are quickly laid to rest by the aforementioned huge biting bitterness, too, making this flavor profile as flawless as you can hope for.

Mouthfeel: As creamy and even a DIPA as you can imagine, which is what happens when you get a beer this thick and chewy with this much fine carbonation. Given the higher sugar content and the roasty overtones, I think that suits this beer well.

Drinkability: East coast REPRESENT. One thing I've always thought about HopSlam was that - while it had east coast tendencies, showcasing mint, some herbal notes, a few leafy overtones - it was really a hybrid in many ways, also showcasing pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and a lot of light notes. Oracle, on the other hand, knows to dance with the one who brung it. A heavy, thick, biting, and savory alternative to the fruity tooty grapefruit and "If you're going to San Fransisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair" floral bombs, this one trends to fresh barleywine, and that's a good thing. We need more DIPAs like this, even if the 10.4% abv limits the drinkability. Please Bell's, make this an annual release. It also paired fantastically with some sharp cheddar cheese. If anything, the cheese got its ass kicked.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra from triptens in a recent trade. Really excited about this one!

Appearance- Pours a shimmering golden-amber out of the 12oz bottle into my Great Divide pint glass. Mildly aggressive pour yields about a finger and a half of thick head. Great retention and about a quarter finger sticks around for most of the drink. Huge amounts of lacing trace the side of the glass while I drink as well.

Smell- Man, I can smell this one as it pours out of the bottle. Very fragrant with huge hoppy notes of citrusy orange-sherbet, lemon, orange, grapefruit, and even a little bit of tropical pineapple. Just a touch of resin as well, but for the most part smells like a great blend of tropical fruits.

Taste- Lots and lots of citrus yet again. More notes of grapefruit and orange come though primarily for me. A touch of floral hops and pine as well with a great bite to it at the end. Very very fruity in a good way and one of the superior and more interesting IIPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very thick in the mouth with nice levels of carbonation. Eminently drinkable despite the strength and wish I had more than one of these.

Overall, excellent. To those who find West Coast IIPA and IPAs generally superior, I say give this a shot. I've got a Pliny the Elder I'm having next, so we'll see how they compare. If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity though, definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 8-12-11.

Appearance: Bright golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and piney hops. Good amount of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and resin. Also a little orange and honey. Also a solid presence of bready caramel malts and toffee. Light hints of spice.

Taste: Huge taste of fresh and lively citrus and pine hops. Fruity taste of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, and mango up front gives way to a bitter piney resin. Big backing of caramel and toffee malts give a nice balance to the hops. Light hints of spice and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Thick and bitter but still fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall: Another great IPA from Bell's. Not quite on Hopslam's level but very good.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lurchingbeast for throwing this in as an extra!!

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour an impressive opaque golden yellow orange with a fluffy pillow like head leaving lace like no other! Perfect for an IPA.

S: The aroma is simply perfection. Fruity, hearty, sweet hops complemented a an apparent malt sweetness. Pineapples and other tropical fruit are present.

T: Flavor profile is excellent, but could improve. Much less hoppy then Hopslam, this is a very refined and balanced IPA. A large, sweet malt background complements the bitterness of the hops. The finish of the hop bite lingers comfortably for minutes after each sip.

MF: Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick creamy. The carbonation is perfect and aids in the flavor perception of this brew.

D: Drink can improve with a more hidden ABV.

Overall, The Oracle blew my mind. Look, smell, and mouthfeel this brew is perfect. Every single DIPA should take note. Flavorwise, PTE and Hopslam are still superior, but not by much. This brew is definitely not over-hyped.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still smelling extremely fresh bottle on date is 8/12/11, I've been waiting to try this DIPA for quite some time, or at least since it's been released. Pours a deep copper color with a bright slightly off white head leaves fine even bands of lacing. Sorry Hopslam fans no honey additions in this one, but the nose is full of citrus fruit and mild pine and bark. Sugar coated hops come about with each sniff this is some serious hop candy. Flavor dawns me with a spicy mild herbal bitter dank citrus fruit peel tone. Hints of bright caramel for a second followed by a candied hop garden, kissed with warming alcohol while the beer is still pretty chilled. Mouthfeel has warming alcohol, with a touch of hop oils going smooth with even carbonation. Overall I'm loving the hops in this one I could use this with less alcohol and the same hop profile sweetness is ample not over played a pretty balanced midwest hop monster.

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Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to TurdFurgison for the opportunity to try this one. Much appreciated, Eric.

The Oracle pours a nice looking golden color with a strong orange tint. It's a tad hazy, but is far from opaque. A soft vanilla colored head caps it off. It's nearly two fingers deep. Retention was good. It receded to a surface covering relatively quickly, but took a while to completely disappear. A sticky web of lace lined the glass. Very nice looking DIPA. Great color.

The nose is a gem. As far as my preferences go, it's spot-on for a DIPA. It has a very strong west-coast vibe. It's very citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple scents are strong initially. They're obviously attributable to the wealth of hops...and I do mean wealth. The hops smell absolutely delicious. They're primarily citric, but also have a piney quality. Whatever the profile is, it's great. Pale and caramel malts are noted, but they're background music here. Alcohol isn't noticeable. I'm unsure of the abv, but it's held in check well. These words don't truly describe how good this beer smells. It might not be the holy grail of DIPAs, but it's up there.

The flavor profile is damn good. I don't think it's quite as good as the nose, but it's not far behind at all. It kicks off with a citrusy sweet flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are strong. There's a hint of candied sugar. The hop flavor is tremendous. It is very west coast. The citrus and pine flavors are excellent. It has a really nice bitter kick which seems to become more pronounced with each passing sip. Pale and caramel malts give it a nice backbone. However, they don't appear to have too much of a negative impact on the hops. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. It still doesn't seem too strong. I'd like to know the abv, but don't have that information. It finishes dry and little bitter.

The Oracle has a medium body that leans more toward thick as the temperature rises. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Drinkability is very, very high. This 12 oz. bottle is disappearing far too fast. I wish I had more. It's hard to tell what the abv impact might be, but it certainly doesn't seem scary.

Bell's is an astounding brewery. I didn't really know what to expect after my previous encounters with Hopslam and Big Head. Personally, I believe this one falls somewhere between the two. It's better than Big Head, but not quite as good as Hopslam. I believe the sweet honey aspect of Hopslam has an effect that's not present here. I recall Big Head having more of a malt presence. The Oracle does not and is an overall better success because of it. The hops shine more here. I hate that some of these Bell's releases are so limited. If you have the opportunity, do not pass it up. This stuff delivers.

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Photo of plfahey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold-orange color with brilliant clarity. Moderately large head with great retention.

Aroma-Juicy hops and alcohol/ester profile-tropical fruits with pineapple and mango leading the way with pungent, spicy, citric, and resiny notes close behind. Some hefty caramel malt and light toast form a backbone, with slight, peppery alcohol. Slight raisiny notes from the malt as well.

Flavor-Caramel malt with slight orange citrus notes gives way to a burst of pungent resin and pine with moderately high hop bitterness. Bitterness expands on the palate in the finish, but is still rather smooth, with slight traces of caramel and raisins blending with the spicy/pungent hop notes which seem to go on forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the palate with light alcohol warmth and tongue coating bitterness.

What a great DIPA! Reminiscent of Hopslam with just a hair less hop character and a dab more caramel. Smells great, tastes great, and drinks great. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau glass.

Aroma is malt bomb, initially worried me that is was an out of date beer but its still less than 3 months old. Some herbal hop notes.

Taste is herbal lemon hops with a strong malt balance. You can really taste the 10% without the alcohol just from the malt.

Excellent beer, not easy drinking but fun to drink.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright, juicy hops.

Tastes of big, bright hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Plenty of pine and bitterness as well. Malts come next with caramel sweetness and toasted bread. Enough sweetness to balance it out. Finishes with a bitter touch of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA and stands up with some of the best out there.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's a strong winner. DIPA brings big flavors of fruit paired with big bitterness of chewy pine resin and caramel. Body is soft, ample, plush, but somehow maintains a fairly lean and clean presentation. In my opinion, exemplifies what is meant by a DIPA. You're not gonna mistake it for a barleywine, bringing massive hop bitterness to balance out the big body. I really enjoy DIPAs, and this was top-notch.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bottles of this in a recent trade with Tyson. Thanks.

The Oracle pours a cloudy, hop-hazed and slightly turbid amber. A hard pour fills my tulip with dense, clinging foam. Head retention is outstanding.

The nose is tropical, fruity, resiny. A pine backbone supports mango, pineapple and grapefruit. I get a touch of biscuit-like malt, but no sweetness to speak of until it reaches warmer temperatures, and even then it's subtle.

The taste opens with a touch of malty sweetness - just a touch - before the aggressive hop flavor takes over. Resiny, rich and bitter with a tropical undercurrent, this has to be one of the ballsiest DIPAs I've ever had. Pineapple and mango fruitiness fades into deep resiny bitterness, with a lingering, borderline astringent finish that never seems to subside between sips. This is a bitter alcoholic beast, but it shows just enough restrain to remain pleasant and drinkable. I wouldn't call this an easily quaffable DIPA, but it's quality stuff. The polar opposite of Hopslam. I'm looking forward to drinking the rest of my bottles.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch no. 9901 poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep copper with a finger and a half of off white head. Lacing evident on the pour.

Aromas of intense citrus, with grapefruit and orange (tangerine?) coming to the fore. Very difficult to pick up the malt in the aroma.

First sip is of citrus hops, this time the orange/tangerine dominates with grapefruit making a cameo. Not much malt to talk about. Alcohol is very subdued.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, but mostly drying bitterness.

Dangerously drinkable, but not a session beer, and not for the faint of heart. This is a hop head's delight. Although agressively hopped, not an in your face DIPA, very balanced, very restrained, compared to most.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Excited to try this, it was not an easy to find beer here in Florida. Only place I saw it, it was separated into single bottles. Pours a nice amber color with a large, sticky head. The aroma and taste are all about the hop. Seriously, this has a huge hoppiness only tempered by a bit of sweet fruit. The malts are fairly transparent and the mouthfeel doesn't give you anything to chew on. However, the hop fanatic will find plenty to like here, I found it quite drinkable and delicious.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.
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