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Bell's Oracle (2013)

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mjshearer1, Aug 9, 2013.

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  1. Djsaturn1

    Djsaturn1 Dec 12, 2012 Minnesota
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    I've got 14 thus far and think it is surprisingly smooth for %10 and at 15.99 a sixer, I would pay 2.75 a bottle all day. When is the last time you got a bomber of something this good for under $5.50?
     
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  2. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    And only 3 pages for the first unoriginal retort from the peanut gallery
     
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  3. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Unoriginal? He speaks the truth, I'm surprised it took that long for the onion/garlic comment as well.
     
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  4. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    There was a 1 bottle limit, but it took them a week to sell it all so after a few days they didn't care. I bought the last 8.
     
  5. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    100% worth the price.
     
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  6. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    It came across as a criticism/snarky remark. It's different this year, and I don't like it as well. That is all.
     
  7. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Dang, i paid 18.99 for my 6-er..... where did you find it for 15.99?
     
  8. punkrkr27

    punkrkr27 Feb 24, 2006 Michigan


    Sorry man, comment wasn't aimed at you. Just meant to be a little BA humor. These days it seems like every IPA/DIPA thread always gets an onion/garlic flavor comment is all I meant.
     
  9. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    I got ya. The only beers I really get that from are Devil Dancer and now this Oracle.
     
  10. punkrkr27

    punkrkr27 Feb 24, 2006 Michigan


    I didn't get it in Oracle but I can definitely see that in Devil Dancer. I think the flavor probably comes from beers that are using huge amounts of hops and you're tasting some residual plant matter. No idea if this true, just my guess.
     
  11. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I have been mellowing Devil Dancer this year, one bottle every month. Its actually getting better as it goes. My last bottle is set to crack in september.

    Of the 6 oracle's I got, 1 is getting traded for a Gumballhead and an Anti-Hero, 1 is getting consumed tonight, 2 I will drink soon, and I think I may cold age and then cellar the other for a month or two just to see how the profile changes.
     
  12. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    Had a bottle last November (bottled in August 2012) and I was blown away by the Oracle. Just had one dated 8/8/13 and I was a little underwhelmed. I enjoyed it, but found it to be extremely bitter. My tasting group felt the same way...I have a few more to taste so I'm going to give it another whirl. Last years had more dark fruit taste to me....this came across as a hop / bitter bomb. Maybe I'm skewed....need to try again. Drank a growler of Columbus Bodhi afterwards and that DIPA is heaven on earth.
     
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  13. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    Also, it's in Cleveland if anyone was looking for that info. Cheers!
     
  14. Big_V

    Big_V Nov 30, 2012 Maryland
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    Anyone seen this in DC/MD ?
     
  15. ziggyzoggy

    ziggyzoggy Apr 30, 2013 Ohio

    Just a point of discussion....I personally wouldn't trade an Oracle for an Anti-Hero. Don't get me wrong, I like Anti-Hero very much, but I don't think it's a fair trade.
     
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  16. GGsMustache668

    GGsMustache668 Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    Any sightings in Wisconsin?
     
  17. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    It's for a coworker and fellow beer geek. Today we finished negotiations, and he is including a glass of Doom from last year. We are going to bbq this weekend and do tastings. I'm planning on busting out a cellared Olvade BA Ode as well. He may or may not do a KBS and a bcbs. We will see
     
  18. ekardz

    ekardz Dec 6, 2009 New York
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    capones was selling this for $6 a bottle and I bought one. It was delicious. however at that price, $36 for a 6 pack would be ludicrous. Luckily I found a case of it not too far for around 66 with tax.
     
  19. rxeight

    rxeight Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    Just now getting delivered to stores around Chicagoland. Picked up a single for 2.99, bottle dated 8/9, not sure why it took nearly 3 weeks to travel the 150 miles to get here.

    Not a big fan of this, completly one dimentional, nothing but bitter.
     
  20. JakeEsterly

    JakeEsterly Jan 27, 2013 Pennsylvania

    missed out on this one
     
  21. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Anyone seen any in NW Chicago suburbs? I checked C-Ville Woodmans but they didnt have any today
     
  22. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Worth a try if it's in front of you , not worth chasing a truck kinda deal. I liked it, it's a very good big DIPA, but Hopsickle is as good.
     
  23. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    How is this in every state around WI, but not in WI?
     
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  24. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Just got back from vacation in VA beach, found some in whole foods. Was at grape also said he sold out in a day
     
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  25. Soto

    Soto Oct 5, 2005 North Carolina
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    I like being in the Carolinas, but boy do I miss CBC's DIPAs. Creeper was an old favorite.
     
  26. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Bells hates us.
     
  27. chippo33

    chippo33 Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    Unfortunately, Oracle was a huge disappointment for me this year.
     
  28. bman_85

    bman_85 Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Anybody in SE WI still looking for this I just saw a case in Burlington. 6/ $16.99
     
  29. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I got a bottle at discount liqour a week or two ago but doubt they have any and it was a one bottle limit.
     
  30. bman_85

    bman_85 Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Gooseberries in burlington. Case sitting out, no limit
     
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  31. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Picked a bottle up there yesterday (Waukesha DL). It was the only one sitting out, but that was the case last week as well so I'm guessing they have more in the back.
     
  32. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Gooseberries?
     
  33. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I stand corrected.
     
  34. bman_85

    bman_85 Sep 10, 2012 Wisconsin

    Grocery store with a decent craft selection
     
  35. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Ah I see lol I thought you where telling me about a beer called gooseberries or something.
     
  36. SeanBond

    SeanBond Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Yeah, me too. It was just too bitter to be world class, for me. I understand that I'm probably in the minority for that, but I was definitely a little underwhelmed by The Oracle.
     
  37. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Hopslam is said to be not bitter enough. Oracle is too bitter. Oracle is the west coast DIPA. Go hang in SD for a while, and you will recalibrate to the west coast style.
     
  38. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan


    I was lucky enough to share in a somewhat in depth conversation with Larry regarding his DIPAs, it was interesting to hear his perspective and the target they were shooting for. Hopslam is all about delivering the intense hop flavor and doing so at almost absurdly low IBU levels for the style. Let the hop flavor shine and do not impede them. Oracle is very much a contrasting DIPA, Larry described it a few times as "one note" and that note would be bitter.

    I see Hopslam as Bell's doing the DIPA the way the wanted, not the way it may be expected. Oracle, much like it predecessor Big Head, is a shot across the bow. It is a beer brewed with a message, it is a beer that says "it may not be our style but we can play the game just as well".

    I love the contrasting styles of these beers, each satisfies very different aspect I appreciate in the style. They are not beers for everyone but Bell's shows their range with both.
     
  39. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I kno
    yes that is the story, and I agree.
     
  40. DinoFight

    DinoFight Jan 23, 2013 Arizona

    $18.99 for a sixer?! I also paid $15.99 way out in AZ. Bell's usually expensive for you in your state?
     
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