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Bell's Oracle (2013)

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

  1. Djsaturn1

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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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    And only 3 pages for the first unoriginal retort from the peanut gallery
     
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    Unoriginal? He speaks the truth, I'm surprised it took that long for the onion/garlic comment as well.
     
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    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

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    100% worth the price.
     
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  6. kdmcguire10

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    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

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    Dang, i paid 18.99 for my 6-er..... where did you find it for 15.99?
     
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    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

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

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    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

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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.
     
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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. MikeCactusGordon

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    Also, it's in Cleveland if anyone was looking for that info. Cheers!
     
  14. Big_V

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    Anyone seen this in DC/MD ?
     
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    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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    Any sightings in Wisconsin?
     
  17. AnalogErik

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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
     
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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.
     
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    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

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    missed out on this one
     
  21. mychalg9

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    Anyone seen any in NW Chicago suburbs? I checked C-Ville Woodmans but they didnt have any today
     
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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.
     
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    How is this in every state around WI, but not in WI?
     
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    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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    I like being in the Carolinas, but boy do I miss CBC's DIPAs. Creeper was an old favorite.
     
  26. jRocco2021

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    Bells hates us.
     
  27. chippo33

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    Unfortunately, Oracle was a huge disappointment for me this year.
     
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    I'm happy to have tried this but I won't be seeking it out again in the future. A solid DIPA but nothing special and not worth having to deal with release hype/mark-ups due to breaking up 6-packs, etc. I bought 4 bottles at 3.99 each, 2 of which are going to some friends.
     
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    Anybody in SE WI still looking for this I just saw a case in Burlington. 6/ $16.99
     
  30. jRocco2021

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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.
     
  31. bman_85

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    Gooseberries in burlington. Case sitting out, no limit
     
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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.
     
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    Gooseberries?
     
  34. jRocco2021

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    I stand corrected.
     
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    Grocery store with a decent craft selection
     
  36. jRocco2021

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    Ah I see lol I thought you where telling me about a beer called gooseberries or something.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    yes that is the story, and I agree.
     
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