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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2011
On tap at Duckworthís. Greeted with a baseball batís slam of hops in the nose emerging from the thick tan headed, somewhat cloudy orange-amber beverage. Beautiful lacing down the glass. The flavor was an excellent balance of incredible hop juices and a malt backbone that never got in the way. Unlike many DIPAs, this one isnít too caramelly sweet. The hop nectar of grapefruit and pine resin are some of the best Iíve had. Reminds me of a Hop Slam on steroids.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with thin white head and broken lacing. Aroma: Light citrus, light spiciness and light toasted malts - nice, but too mild for a DIPA. I hope the taste is better. Taste: Yeah, the taste is better than the aroma, but this is still a very standard DIPA. Citrus and pine hops countered by lightly sweet toasted and caramel malts. Ends spicy and bitter, with a bit more pine. Palate: Moderate carbonation, full body that oozes hop oils. Warming and dry. The feel is the best thing about the beer. Overall: Whatís with the hype? This is a standard DIPA, and Hopslam is much better. In terms of more typical DIPAs, give me a Hercules any day. Still, I do like it quite a bit and it is very well made, despite the weaker aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1106) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit rind. Full bodied, with a huge hops and a dry, bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1284) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle via mattyb83, thanks! Pours a deep copper color with frothy white head that disipates fairly quickly. Aroma is of apple and hops and no real sweet notes like I remember from Hopslam. Taste is overly bitter with some very good hop flavors, mild sweetness near the end but really no malt which is great in my book. Very dry feel. Overall, I very much like this beer and think it comes close to a west coast double IPA. Not as citrus forward as the better west coast offerings but definitely nothing Iíd love to have again and again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Pours the standard transparent copper with a fairly large, foamy, off-white head. Nose is floral hops, green apples, and ginger. Flavor is potently bitter, front to back, with a relatively tame malt for so much hop aggression. Alcohol is hidden. Finish continues to be bitter and a little sticky. A better DIPA than I make it sound like, but not exceptional for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1346) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Clear amber body beneath a heavily laced thin white head. Citrus and floral aroma. Flavor is very similar to Hopslam in my opinion. The only difference is that this beer is slightly dryer. Itís a very nice beer, just hard to distinguish from Hopslam. It would be interesting to try these two side by side.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2011
(bottle) Pours a hazy, deep amber color with a medium cream colored head that retains very well and leaves sheets of lacing along the glass. Aroma is very potent and expressive, with a large amount of juicy, candy-like hops showing up. The aroma is so potent in fact, that I can smell this beer from about a foot away. Aside from the potency there is a lot of pineapple, flower petals, tangelo juice, and quickly this shifts to plenty of grassiness that I didnít particularly care for. A suggestion of Darjeeling tea. The aroma really likes to bounce back and forth between candy-like and grassy, which makes things interesting. That candy element smells a bit like sweet tarts. Alcohol is showing through on the nose. Flavor is pretty sweet to begin with, with plenty of candied orange peel, lightly scorched caramel, tangelo juice, which quickly shifts to the dry and grassy hop finish, that then veers towards astringency. Somewhat tea-like. Mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol flashes immediately upon drinking which yields a peppery element. Overall this is a solid IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle from Vienna Whole Foods. Clear orange yellow pour with with a nice white head on top. Grapefruit and tropical fruits on the nose. Very sweet when it first hits the tongue. Very bitter and hoppy and alcoholic. Resinous and a bit sticky. A bit harsh, but overall tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle, pours clena maple w/ super sticky white head, resiny hop aroma w/ some caramelly notes, big full malt body w/ sturdy bitterness throughout and lingerin bitter finish, slightly sluggish DIPA, too much caramel malt, not enough hop aroma

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5093) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a translucent amber with a thick, pillowy beige head of foam. As it dissolves it leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma is piney and musty with notes of grapefruit and an earthy presence. Taste is not nearly as overpowering as I might have expected. It has a nice bitter, grapefruit presence but the earthy, almost herbal pine notes balance out the bitterness. The malty backbone of caramel and roasted nuts really rounds the beer out nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and juicy, almost chewy. The alcohol in this beer just provides a dryness to the back of the tongue in the finish. Nicely put together IPA. A new favorite. I can see why these go so fast.


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