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

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#1,430
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
2,728
pDev:
10.58%
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Photo of CraftFan5
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lackenhauser
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and fuzzy orange color. Nice head on top. Big citrusy aroma though is somewhat sweaty like. Big hop bitterness right upfront. Tongue stripping hop goodness with a very solid malt backbone. A tad boozey and faintly sweet. Love the mouthfeel-very solid, almost syrupy which I love, and the puckering of the hops just does it for me. A damn fine beer all around. While it is a bit boozey that comes into play across the board and makes for quite an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange body, with big head that fades slowly to a thin cap, with one of the most extensive cases of lacing I've seen.

S - Floral elements are out front, smart grapefruit pith, with a definite caramel malt note.

T - Front is fruit and grassy flavors, citrus pith and flesh, that goes to a sweet malt element in the middle, caramel and honey, closing with a strong bitter punch in the close.

M - The carbonation is moderate, and drying considerable.

O - Glad to try one. This is a bit more bitter than my preferred go-to DIPAs, but the floral range and honeyed malts are nice complements. Very solid.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the truly ancient bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head that does last a bit, reducing to a thin layer eventually. Some lacing. The nose is tickled by the piney hops, while the mouth is assaulted by the hop forward flavor. I agree that it is a west coast style IPA!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pillow like tan head jumps to three inches with a moderate pour. Head retention is very good and turns to lumpy biscuit dough looking foam in my glass as it slowly fades. Lots of lace is left behind. Body is a murky orange amber in tone. Nose has notes of orange peel and fresh opened mandarine oranges with a hint of fresh cut greens. With first sip you get a blast of piney resin and sharp bitter balanced alcohol bite on the front of the tongue. The real standout flavor on subsequent sips is the bitter hop resins that lay like a hop blanket on the palate. Very dry and bitter and it almost lacks the malt balance that you get with most DIPA's that reach this alcohol level. This is not a bad beer at all but it is brutally bitter.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zotzot
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of robgage
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Tracker83
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque orange color. Soapy white head dissipates very slowly leaving sticky lacing and a slowly thinning residual head.

Smell is very herbal and grassy - almost smells like a wet greenhouse. Hints of citrus are noted.

Taste is very grassy, lots of bitter wet vegetation flavors. I believe the common term to describe this would be "dank". Very prominent malt backbone gives it a caramel like flavor along with a bready backbone. Very bitter finish with a lingering bitterness. Its certainly a dank hop bomb - and if thats your thing, you'll love this. If not, you'll hate it. Also isn't all that balanced - but I suspect they were going for a hop bomb.

Feel is actually pretty light for a DIPA. Easily drinkable. Mild carbonation - bit less than I would have liked.

Overall a nice DIPA from Bells. Not sure I think its as good as the ratings here would suggest, but its a solid beer. If you like dank bitter hoppy IPAs then you'll probably like this one.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory PIls glass
A - Pours a very nice gold color 1 finger of a fizzy head, nice thick lacing on the sides.
S - Big juicy hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine, rye, pepper, caramel and toffee malts. There's also a strong alcohol presence.
T - Big lime and grapefruit flavors, those are definitely the dominant qualities in this, then you get some overly ripe tropical fruits, kinda like fruit cocktail, the mid way through you get some caramel and toffee kinda sweet malts, a little pepper and rye underneath, some pine bitterness that sneaks up then really gets you. Some alcohol burn on the end.
M - Thick, chewy, lots of abrasive bitterness, cloying flavor.
O - This does get better as it warms up, it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes' Lake Erie Monster with the abundance of ripe fruit flavor, but the alcohol burn and smell is too much, and there's a weird rye peppery aftertaste thats just making it disappointing.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra from trading. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy copper/dark amber color with over a finger of white fluffy head. As the foam slowly dissipates, it leaves great looking lacing. I'm pretty excited to try this.

Smell - Wow, amazing. Passion fruit, tangerines, and oranges. It smells amazing. This is followed by a mellow yet strong (oxymoron?) hop and piney aroma. Holy cow my mouth is watering in anticipation.

Taste - A bit malty up front followed by some bitter hop taste and ending on an extremely smooth note. I taste grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, etc. This honestly has an utterly amazing flavor and smell to it. I keep sniffing it then taking a nice long sip. I am enjoying this to its fullest.

Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation. It feels thick, oily, and overall dense...which is a good thing.

Drinkability - I can't believe this is a 10+ abv beer. I feel I may have had this beer a bit after the "crazy" hoppiness as some have described (or maybe I'm just use to West Coast hoppy beers) but this was not a massive hop bomb by any means. This was an extremely balance, utterly amazing smelling and tasting DIPA. This is a DAMN good DIPA. I am thoroughly enjoying this right now and will most definitely search for these when I am in the Midwest. Bravo.

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The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,728 ratings