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Bells The Oracle DIPA Ale

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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first & foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt & balance. The fireworks start with the floral aromatic punch of two separate dry-hop sessions with Amarillo and NZ Pacific Jade. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (709) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Lighter Aroma of pine, resin, pith, and something brighter and cleaner I assume is the Jade. Flavor is aggressively grapefruit and resin bitter, sweet but not nearly enough. Feel is just a wrecked palate. Too much really

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (71) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Sweet smell of tangerine, pineapple, and malts. Nice golden color with lots of lacing. Tastes of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, hops, and smooth malt. Well balanced with a creamy texture and lingering hop bitterness. Very good, but not as complex as the Mars.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (386) - USA - SEP 19, 2014
A hazy dark orange/copper color with half a finger of white head. Smells of citrus, especially orange, a slight funk, floral. An extreme hop bitter up front that hits you at both the front and back of the tongue, demolishing your taste buds, mid sip you get the citrus, orange, lemon, a little pineapple and then ends with just a touch of caramel malt and some vanilla, along with a ton more bitter. Alcohol well hidden, good balance, west coast bitter for sure. Medium mouthfeel. Worthy of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (599) - - SEP 18, 2014
2014 bottle. Hazy golden-orange with a white head. Nice sticky lacing. Grass, grapefruit and mango with pine and a little malt. Sharp floral bitterness at the start that gives way to some grassy then pine bitterness as it settles on the tongue. Some alcohol among all the bitter. The little bit of mango and malt have to be searched out. Medium-full, semi-viscous mouthfeel. The taste is a little shocking at first but it draws you back for sip after sip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Copper colored. Pine and orange aromas. Full bodied and well balanced. Bit on the danker side for my tastes, but this is a great DIPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1167) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Big hops here and are the showcase, with the malt bill very much in the background. Citrus flavor with a dry bitter finish. Some hop spice notes and warmth from the alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Tom C. Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citric hops, slightly piney, a bit of alcohol note and a bit of malt. Sweetish malty flavor with some slightly stale citric and piney hops, a bit resinous, finishes with strong bitterness and an alcoholic hint. Medium-bodied, kinda chewy.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ctplt777 (127) - - SEP 16, 2014
BIG grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Just huge. The aroma just filled the air. Was like salivating waiting to try this one. Taste is a blast of grapfruit, resinous hops, pine and pineapple. Massive bitterness. This is a big beer. Absolutely awesome. I haven’t been so excited to try a beer in a while so this was a really pleasant surprise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4197) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle - Grapefruit and sweet pine. Cloudy gold with a nice white rich head. Bitter grapefruit, sweet caramel and a bitter dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3388) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle ($3): Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit, and some sugary malt. Taste is quite bitter, with only a bit of sweetness. Nice hoppy aftertaste. The citrus and pine flavors hit hard. This is pretty much what one does and should expect from the masters at Bells.


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