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
Ratings:
2,723
Reviews:
787
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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453
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Photo of breadwinner
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yowza, that's some straight up aspirin bitterness right there. I sometimes plead for drier IPAs that don't drown in boozy sweetness, but this has gone in another direction entirely. Decent nose, decent look, but that bitterness is a tough pill to swallow.

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Photo of ltltony
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrs3994243
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A well balanced DIPA. Straight forward on point to style but nothing that separates it from others. Overall I enjoyed it right to the finish.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SerialTicker
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on the shelf at my beer store. I was kind of stunned and went ahead and grabbed a bottle and put it in my basket. After looking at the bottling date, I put it back ... and then suddenly decided to put it back in. Bottled 8/08/14, and poured 1/18/15. $4 single.

Appearance: Hard pour gives half a finger of creamy head with a lot of lacing on the glass. The beer is a very hazy yellow-orange color. Pretty awesome looking beer if you give it a good hard pour.

Smell: A "sharp" malt sweetness... crystal malt? I get a really big sweet maltiness on the start with a then herby/grassy hop character with a fair amount of fruitiness -- I'm not sure what fruits exactly, but I wouldn't call it tropical or grapefruity like Hopslam is by Bell's. Now that I think about it, it's sort of like a lemon tea kind of aroma. It's probably safe to assume that this beer's aroma now isn't quite what it was when it was first bottled, but I really enjoy that sugary sweet malt with the hops.

Taste/feel: Pretty awesome, surprisingly ... and this bottle is over five months old. That sweet, inviting aroma is a bit misleading, because this one packs a nice wallop of bitterness. On the front it's a little sweet, but as it goes down, it gets more bitter, and there's a pretty significant drying bitterness by the time the aftertaste comes. That lemon tea sort of flavor (all I can really explain it as) is what I'm really liking about this beer... that and the slight spiciness and bitterness makes The Oracle quite the gem. There is a little bit of alcohol in the flavor, but that's not especially uncommon in a DIPA that's 10%. The mouth feel is moderate-to-full with a not-too-intense carbonation.

This beer is a completely different animal than Hopslam, which of course, is Bell's other well-known 10% ABV DIPA. Hopslam is sweet all-around and has a tropical fruit kind of vibe, while The Oracle has a very high level of bitterness and a completely different hop profile. I'd really like to try this beer fresh to see the hops shine like Bell's intended them to, but I'm not sure how much brighter they could be, even in this "old" bottle. Ideally I'd like a bit more balance from The Oracle, but it is still a delicious beer.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wallbj
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JGam115
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy orange, fluffy white foam. Wet danky hops, lightly candied oranges, ripe pineapple, booze. Oofa packs a punch.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a bottle

A. Pours a hazy orange color with a white fluffy head. Nice lacing

S. A nice piney aroma with sweet caramel malts.

T. Again a nice piney flavor with sweet caramel malts.
Mild bitterness with a green leaf grassy note.

M. Medium body with nice carbonation.

O. A nice beer. Some good balance and feel. Enjoyable. Malt forward if you like that. Would drink again.

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

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

Photo of AD17
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kgncfl
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with an off-white head, decently sized and with good retention for the style. Lacing is of the sheeting variety.
Smell is weak though notes of malt, citrus and hops are discernible, if just barely.
Taste is malty, grapefruit hops, grass, a touch of wood. Balance is very good.
Exceedingly dry from the instant it touches your lips, warming, too. As smooth as you could expect of a DIPA. Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. Well worth the search.

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Photo of tmm313
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cultclassic89
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This would probably be better fresh. Almost five months old now.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keelin
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Kram3r
4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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