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RATINGS: 718   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6195) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Batch 9901. 12 ounce from Beer Trappe. So, not fresh. Big taste of caramel right from the start. Pine and resin. It has that borderline barley wine / double IPA taste. Better fresh? Donít know. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap at Bells. Pours translucent copper/amber with a small bone-white head. Great lacing. Aroma is of pine needles, powdered sugar, caramel, and light fruits. Flavor is quite sweet - peaches, grapefruit, and caramel with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours bright orange/tan with a medium white head. Aroma is pine, sugar, and caramel. Flavor is caramel and pine. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4293) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 23, tap @ Excentric Cafť. Pours beautiful clear copper amber with a small white head leaving some lace. Aroma is hoppy citric, piny, hay and malty. Peppery bitter mouthfeel.Very bitter, piny, peppery, pungent, dry and even tart flavor. Great mix of all of the flavors. Fullbodied palate; tart and abit fruity. Great tart bitter and peppery lonngliived finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2011
Sweet orange with amarillo hops, peaches. very sweet, hops have faded but pretty bitter on the backend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Enjoying a fresh sample, bottled August 12 and sampled September 6. Absolute hop assault bitter bomb! MUST be enjoyed fresh! Wonderful!
Appearance loses the haziness of the aged bottle, very clear but still leaves wonderul lacing and is a joy to behold.
Aroma is about the same with strong apricot, citrus and tropical fruits with an underlying caramel malt backbone.
Biggest difference in the flavor is a far more pronounced bitterness and less maltiness. Very tasty.

Original review April 8, 2011.
12oz bottle, batch 9901, bottled August 23, 2010. A bit dated, I know, but this was my only opportunity to get a hold of a bottle of The Oracle.

Pours very hazy orange amber with beautiful swirls, huge off-white foamy head that leaves plenty of clumpy lacing.

Aroma is peach, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, some caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is peach, mango, tropical fruits, citrus such as tangerine and oranges, a bit of grapefruit, citrusy and tropical, strong caramel malt backbone with some sweetness, fair bitterness, a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation.

Iíd love to try a fresh bottle of this as Iím rather impressed considering it is a DIPA that is over 7 months old now. Taking a little mercy on the score due to the age, but holds up pretty well.
Aroma 7, Appearance 5, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 16, Score 3.8

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Poured a wonderful copper color with whimsy white head. Aroma was HUGE and hoppy. In the mouth the alcohol was a bit overwhelming for my tastes. The finish was big, as expected, but didnít leave a memorable taste on the tongue. A decent night-cap beer. Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
It pours a medium clear gold with a medium white head and retention. Not much retention. The aroma is the best part of this very with a very pleasant sense of fruit, mostly grapefruit and strawberries. You get a little hops. The taste is kind of let down, because it strays so far from the aroma. Its not sweet at all, the beginning and middled are light flavorless, but it has a very very bitter and strong finish which almost makes up for it. The mouthfeel is average, and you can drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a hazy amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, candied orange, light earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and light pine with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3033) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
Thanks to Secret Santa for this. Pours hazy orange amber with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is orange and floral hops. Although it doesnít come through as much as I would like. Taste is a surprising blast of orange peel followed by a great floral flavours and above average hop bitterness. This is a great beer, love to get more.

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