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Bells The Oracle DIPA Ale

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3506) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, toast, light caramel, faint mango, spicy hops, and faint orange peel. Flavor is fresh grassy and floral hop bitterness, toasted malts, faint pear, and faint woody notes; bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2090) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy amber with a bubbly off white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like sweet caramel and strong dry citrus and pine hops. Nutty, malty, and boozy. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet caramel and orange, booze, and nutty hops.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (458) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours an orange straw color. Thin white head with some nice lacing. Some citrus in the aroma. Taste is all bitter and alcohol. Lots of grapefruit in the finish. I know I am supposed to really like this from its rating history but its just too much on the alcohol and not enough hop aroma or flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomerBeerOdysy (17) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
APPEARANCE - Clear orange with a off-white 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, citrusy. TASTE - Bitter, dry. ABV well-hidden. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head. VALUE - A bit pricey OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very fine beer indeed. Quaffable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oly (37) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Poured from a bottle (bottled on 8/8, drank on 8/29) into a snifter. Somewhat hazy copper orange with a lacy white head. Aroma is a subtle citrus with a bit of mango and floral notes. The taste is dominated by an almost Stone-like bitterness with little of the sweetness you expect from a DIPA. Unlike the aroma, the taste is mostly pine and resin hops with a long, long lingering bitterness. Carbonation is heavy and the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a very nice beer, but it’s less complex than I expect for the style and not quite worth the price (IMO), which brings it from a 16 overall to a 15.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (272) - - AUG 28, 2014
Aggresive hop bitterness balanced by citrus, lemon peel, caramel, light fruit juice, gains and pine. Slightly tart with a nice bite.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HellesBunny666 (159) - Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Dry, floral, very subtle sauvignon blanc cat-piss-like aromas. Very floral and bright hops flavors. Very good malt balance. Creamy. Smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (451) - - AUG 28, 2014
12 oz bottle from TW. Pours a clear golden yellow with ample white head that leaves frothy lacing. Aroma is tart citrus with lemon and lime zest. Flavor is big with lemon and grapefruit along with tropical fruits. Medium to full bodied, aggressive carbonation, and lingering bitter boozy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2532) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottled two weeks ago on 8/8. Aggressive hop profile with bitter grapefruit and sticky pine finish. Big off white head adds a creamy texture and it lasts a while. Aroma is mostly citrus with some lighter notes tropical fruits floating in the background. Pretty good drink here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (256) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Pour is deep golden with an orange hue. White head, which is leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is slightly dank and resinous with pine and grapefruit shining through. Slight sweetness on the nose, tiny biscuity grain note. Taste is bittersweet pine/citrus that rolls quickly and quietly into sweet malt and tropical pineapple tangerine type bitter before finishing with a piney bitterness. The bitterness is ever increasing but is limited to the mid to back palate. More flavor on the taste, more bitter on the finish and beyond. Sort of thin body. Delicious none the less.


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