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%
 
 
Wants:
453
Gots:
417
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells quite floral and piney, with a bit of grapefruit. No malt is noticed.

The taste is the same- incredibly piney and floral, just smacks you over the head with hop flavors. It's exceedingly bitter, almost to the point of a problem. The bitterness overwhelms any other flavors that might have been intended by the brewer. There's a bit of sweet syrupy malt flavor. No alcohol is present that I can tell.

This one has a fairly big, sweet syrupy body and mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of a slow sipper.

Not the best DIPA I've had, there are a few problems here.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a New Belgium snifter. It poured auburn in color with a one inch white head and good carbonation. The smell was strong of floral hoppyness, similar to that of a wet hopped beer. The taste was pretty stellar. It wasn't too heavy in any particular direction. It had a nice balance of hops, sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol. It drank very well and much smoother than I expected. It smells more of the 10.4% than it tastes. Overall I'd say this is definitely worth trying. I tried an Arctic Panzerwolf yesterday and I actually liked this one more, if that provides a good enough comparison.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. beer is orange and hazy, forms a thin white head of tiny bubbles that breaks and moves toward the glass. The diffuse broken head reasonably covers the top, there is lacing on the glass.

Citrusy hops and a hint of malt backbone in the smell. I was expecting more, maybe this is slightly old.

HOLY HOPS BATMAN. This is one of the most heavily hopped beers I've ever had. Glad I'm drinking this last because it just destroyed my palate. Beer is medium in body, surprisingly drinkable, overall a great beer. Hops are present throughout there is a nice malt sweetness in the front of the mouth but its quickly overwhelmed. I love this beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Nichols33
2.92/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

12oz bottle into pint glass. This beer was bottled 12 days prior to drinking.

Very slightly clouded dark gold body. Excuse my saying so but the color and clarity put me in mind of urine when one is dehydrated. And now we resume the review.

Impressive off-white head that has great retention. Lacing is quite sticky.

I'm surprised at how mild the aroma is. I get some caramel and breadiness from the malt, floral and almost soapy aromas from the hops. Barely perceptible hint of alcohol.

Interesting flavor. There is a high degree of bitterness, definite aspirin quality here, as well as a soapy note - I didn't just imagine that from the aroma. Alcohol is again present but subtle. Very resinous, plus lots of grapefruit pith and rind. I'm surprised at how dry this is; there is a near total lack of balancing sweetness, the malt character is obliterated by alpha acids, and one is left with a long lasting aftertaste that could be duplicated simply by dissolving an advil on the tongue. By the time one reaches the end of the glass and things have warmed up a bit, there is a very subtle emergence of the malt, bringing a faintly honeyed note, but it's too little, too late and fails to truly salvage the experience.

Medium to slightly full body and medium-lowish carbonation.

I don't know, I much prefer Hopslam, and I don't even like that beer all that much. It's kind of the polar opposite of this, within the DIPA style. This, for me, isn't a very enjoyable beer to drink - it's just not DELICIOUS, and I don't want to drink beer that isn't delicious anymore. I love hoppy beer but the bar has been set a lot higher in recent years and the Oracle doesn't come up to it for me. There are brewers crafting high ABV DIPAs that have explosive hop flavors packed with appealing notes while bitterness is mitigated somewhat. A beer like that doesn't need a pronounced malt character because the hops are handled so artfully and can be left to shine. In this case, the malt backbone is sorely missed, and everything feels out of whack and a little...dated?

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(2016)
The beer comes in a medium hazy deep gold.

The aroma is a touch muted. Sweet grapefruit, hints of caramel, sweet fresh bread, onto dank, onion, chive, garlic, earthy, resin.

The beer hints of lots of resin and huge piney bitterness throughout, full on. There's some grapefruit marmalade upfront and caramel and bready, only hidden by an almost abrasive and sticky bitterness of earthy, resin, dank.

(2014)
The aroma has juicy citrus and grapefruit, floral, resinous pine, and some caramel malt.

The flavor follows with a pop of big sweetness on the front. Lots of malt on this beer with a bit of grapefruit peel and lots of leafy green pine on the back.

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

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending this beer to me.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruit and is outstanding. I get a lot of orange, pineapple and papaya, as well as some pine notes.

The flavor is just as great. It is dominated by pineapple, pine and papaya. I also get a little bit of caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and not too intense. The beer is full of hop flavor, but the bitterness is restrained enough that the beer is still very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA that I am very happy I got to try.

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