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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (437) - USA - OCT 8, 2015
The Oracle from Bells Brewery has been gracing my cooler long enough. @jimfooch was kind enough to see my comment about loving the idea of this beer on one of his posts, and then graced a trade with a bottle of this mysterious lady. - I pull back the cap and pour the beer, the liquid is hazy, a golden peach in color, the tight, toasted-marshmallow head rising quickly, two fingers deep. The aroma is peppery, with a bright lemony-orange dominating the spice. I breathe in with the swallow, the pepper flavoring my mouth, the hops biting at my lips and the underside of my tongue. The blistering on my gums is a bit numbing and Iím enjoying the fact that although this is well balanced despite the deScription, the bittering is intense. The malt is a solid foundation, but itís a pedestal and not a partner. This is awesome; I love the tingling after each sip and the seemingly deliberate need for this damn beer to abuse the tender flesh of my mouth. - The creamy brew is heavy, sticky, thick and creamy on my tongue, the head a soft pillow on my lips. The lacing is thick and sticky, a beautiful etching around the inside of the glass.The finish is heavy, long and bitter; to the end, that pepper comes burning through in the aroma, growing more fierce by the quaff, eventually drowning the citrus. I am loving this and I know Iíll be seeing much more of this lady in my future.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBrain (135) - Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours golden hazy. Good foamy head. Moderate carbonation. Nose is lemon, faint honey, resin. Taste is hop bitterness, malt is toast almost buried by hops which have a profile that is not that diverse. Like the intensity, drinkability, but not as balanced as some other DIPAs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5312) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Faint orange peel and pencil shavings aroma. Cloudy orange, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Lemon zest, whole orange. Grapefruit peel finish. Full body, moderate carbonation, extremely bitter, resinous. Wow, the IBUs are off the chart with this one. I can tolerate quite a bit of the overhopping that has become in vogue, but I didnít enjoy this very much. Tone it down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1559) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a murky deep golden with a luxurious white head. The head is so rich, once it recedes, literally the entire inside surface of the glass. Competing tangerine and sweet grapefruit nose. Nice and clean. Puffy mouthfeel. Alcohol is noted nearly immediately, but not before the abundance of citrus bursts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (287) - Darnestown, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle. Grassy aroma. Solid IPA with a big bite. Very bitter mouthful and after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3455) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Pours hazy dark golden color with white head. Citrus and light caramel aromas. Grapefruit and pine flavors with moderate bitterness and a hint of sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1653) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pours medium orange with a one finger off white head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of a lot sweet malts, caramel, booze, some citrus, some pine, and some tropical fruits. Taste is very sweet with a lot of sweet malts and caramel dominating, with some mild citrus, pine and some light booze in the finish. Overall, I wonder if I got a bad bottle, has this is a rather disappointing beer that is way too sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2892) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, bottled on July 10, 2015, from Sergioís. Bright translucent orange with small white head. Aroma is grapefruit hops, medium/thick body, and good small bubble lacing. Taste is grapefruit hops, some dank, some herbal hope, some pine hops, some booze, and bitter finish. Quite flavorful, but heavier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
12 oz bottle from arminjewell. Nose is pine with mango and papaya changing to very tropical fruity as it is imbibed. Murky yellow orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is moderately bitter with malty and resinous notes. Good but not great compared to a lot of the newer brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (3765) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle, thnx to SummerSanta. Pours a slightly hazy, golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma has massive citrus. grapefruits and piney resinous matters. Incredibly hoppy with a faint malty, boozy backbone. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, citrussy with some grassy, hay notes. Alcohol takes over in the back, giving it a sweet, sticky moutfheel and finish. Very well balanced, with soothing booze and no flaws. A bit one dimensional in the hop characters, but overall a very nice beer!

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