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RATINGS: 661   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Well, I lost my notes due to a voice recorder malfunction, but managed to salvage my synopsis. In a nutshell, this beer is very clean, crisp, and hoppy... alcoholic, very fresh and easy. This is a very well-crafted beverage. A beautiful, beautiful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
glennmastrange (2424) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of roasted and caramel, pine and orange peel for the hops. light dough for the yeast, with hints of date and pepper. Head is average size, creamy/frothy, orangey off-white, with fair spotty lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a clean crisp finish. This DIPA was so easy to rate. When you know what youíre looking for in your favorite style all of it jumps out at you when itís of the quality of beers like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Pours a deep, somewhat hazy amber with a creamy beige head. Awesome nose, rich caramel malt, balanced hops. The flavor is a huge hops burst with citrus notes that leads into a long, bitter finish. Itís got enough resinous malt to give it some body and a hint of Malt sweetness. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Sweet and bitter IIPA with a nice complexity in the background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Twelve ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a large offwhite head that retains very nicely and caps all the way down. Lavish sticky lacing clings to the glass. Intense aroma of sharp and astringent wet hops. Earthy, leafy, citrusy, minty, and hempy notes sting the nose. Not quite the cat urine notes I get from Hopslam, but close. Ripe plum and some softer floral notes like Two Hearted Ale add to the aromatic smorgasbord. Creamy medium body is well carbonated and has a resinous feel. Taste is all about the hops. Citrusy, earthy, floral, grassy and minty. A soft nectar like honey sweetness struggles to balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Superb! Blends the best attributes oof its kindred, Two Hearted and Hopslam, into its own unique identity. Challenging, tasty, and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Orange-yellow, off white head. Sweet malty caramel, citrusy hops. Taste is much hoppier, light bitter, citrusy, sweet malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5482) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2010
When I call something a hop bomb, I usually mean that as a compliment. Thatís certainly the case here - Very hop forward, floral and piney, both in the aroma and flavor, maybe a even a little salty (in a good way), as well. Crisp, dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle into tulip. Pours copper with one finger head and thin lace. Nose of floral, graipfruit, pineapple, pine and malt. A little sweet up front; but not due to malt overload. Hoppy and bitter (Amirillo) on the finish. Alcohol is well masked. A very well balanced brew, but it didnít quite live up to ALL the hype. Although Iíd still pay the $5 for another, if I cold find one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. A: Pours a clear deep amber with a light white head. S: Piney, citrusy, and hoppy. T: Good balance between piney hops and sweet malt with a good hoppy bitter finish. M: Light bodied and well carbonated. D: The 10.0% abv never shows itself, even as it warms. This is a superb IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Pours a hazy amber with a moderate head. Lacing is full and thick. Nose explodes with hops on the citrus and resiny side of the spectrum. Slightly sweet but quickly fading into a significant if not intense bitterness. The sweetness helps make up for the lack of malt and the hop imbalance, normally Iíd say I wasnít a fan but in this instance I can appreciate what this beerís doing. I havenít had any of the west coast IIPAs that this is emulating/paying tribute to, so I donít have any basis for comparison, but if Pliny is like this, Iíll look forward to trying it. Creamy and full mouthfeel, a little oily, the 10% ABV is exquisitely buried underneath all those bitter hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Dark murky orange with a medium head. Aroma of apricot and orange, with hints of grapefruit and pine. Strongly bitter and acidic. Light fruitiness and floral notes. Moderate caramel malts.

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