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RATINGS: 570   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Sampled December 2009; Batch 9306
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour causes my 25cl tulip glass to foam over. I end up with three-fingers of lightly tan / amber colored head. The beer is a rich, copper - amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep copper color when held up to the light. The head is thick with hops and has quite a bit of staying powerr and leaves a nice thick layer of lace on the sides of my glass. Sticky up fron malt notes are framed by a solid, enticing, biscuit-like maltiness. Candied grapefruit zest, tangelo and nice lychee, lemon and even something that is a touch like urea aromatics play a prominent role, but the malt plays a fairly large role here as well (at least it does after a couple months of sitting in the bottle). This has quite an enjoyable nose, and I really like the clean, expressive malt character that is noticeable underneath the hop notes.

As this hits my tongue it is creamy feeling with a hint of diacetyl that is not really distracting in my first sip. A firm, gripping, herbal bitterness becomes more and more noticeable as the beer moves across my tongue. An herbal, essential-hemp oil flavor mixes what I thought was diacetyl, but really seems to be a hop derived flavor. In fact this definitely has a dank quality to it. The herbal hop notes play the lead role, but lots of fragrant citrus / fruit hop notes are found here as well; tangelo oil mixes with grapefruit zest, lychee and piquant tropical fruit notes are all quite noticeable. The malt plays a clearly supporting role here (even more so than in the nose), but still provides a structured biscuit like maltiness, some clean caramelized malt sugars, and a nice whole grain bread like sweetness. This has perhaps just a touch too much body to strike the perfect quaffability I prefer in a DIPA, but it is close enough; light enough to be drinkable, but it does have some sticky palate heft to it. The hop character provides a nice spiciness to this beer that is at times peppery, definitely a touch earthy, but really mostly nicely herbal.

This is quite a nicely "balanced" DIPA at this point. I like the mix of "hemp"-like and fruity hop notes found in this beer. The biting bitterness and bright malt character serve as a perfect anchor for the dominant hop character found in this beer. This is really quite nice at this moment in time. I am curious how this tastes when newly released, but I don’t know if it would actually be better than it is right now.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, peach, tangerine, and grass. Flavor of orange, caramel malt, peach, pine, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: The Oracle pours a hazy copper color with a very fluffy white head and amazing lacing. S: Can you say hops? I had very high hopes for this one and I was not let down. An absolute assault of pine and grapefruit hops followed by a slight malt sweetness. T: Much as I would have expected from the nose. This is a very bitter beer. Very bitter (I felt the need to emphasize this). After the initial pine subsides, there is a very refreshing grapefruit flavor. The finish is resinous and bitter as well. M: The carbonation is actually fairly low which gives the beer a very sticky mouthfeel. D: You have to be an absolute hophead to enjoy this one. It is a very bitter hopbomb, and very different from Two Hearted and Hopslam. I am very pleased with this offering from Bell’s, however. They rarely seem to disappoint.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1303) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Thanks to fogdog for sharing this one. A: Pours a nice golden hue with a tall foamy head. Nice retention and a good smattering of lace. S: Lots of bright bitter grapefruit rind with notes of caramel, and candy sugar. T: Nice tasting beer. Wonderful candy like sweetness with notes of candy sugar, biscuit malt, and toffee. The hop profile is nice. Lots of tart grapefruit juice, with lighter resinous pine notes. There is a hint of herbal grass as well. Darn good. M: On the fuller side of medium rather full for the style. Smooth feel with just enough hop bite to really carry the flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle from Ryan by way of masonjer, thanks guys. The aroma is fresh citrus hops. The flavors are grapefruit and pine; very bitter with a touch of sweetness. Overall, a pretty excellent double ipa, though I still prefer Hopslam.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle from masonjer. Damn, this stuff is surprisingly still fresh. Really dank, hoppy nose with lots of fresh citrus. Fairly dry, some bread and honey, especially on the finish. Really bright citrus peal hops, some apricot and grapefruit juice. Moderately bitter. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of madvike. Thanks! Pours a hazy peach color with a medium sized creamy barely offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Nice fresh hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and floral notes as well as some tropical fruits. Taste is very bitter and very hoppy... resin, floral, tropical and citrus notes as well as a dry spicy bite reminiscent of rye. This seems just a bit unbalanced and like it could be put together a bit better, but it’s overall more than decent. Medium-full bodied with a lingering hop burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (937) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a cloudy, moderately dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, but more sweet than bitter. slightly floral in aroma. The flavor is rather sweet. Grapefruit and citrus in general dominate. The alcohol is well masked. I feel as if fresh this would have been superb.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle of batch #9306 at HopCat. Pours a clear amber with a thin beige head. Bitter orange and sweet malt aroma. Citrusy orange flavor with a sweet malt balance and bitter grapefruit finish. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle . A slightly hazy copper color pour with a big fluffy long lasting off white head , leaving streeks of sticky lacing behind , light carbonation. Aroma of sweet pink grapefruit, pineapple , spicy resin and an earthy malt note maybe rye. Flavor is grapefruit up front with a rush of spicy earthy bitter hops , dry toasty grainy malt , and finishing with a slightly alcoholic fruitpunch flavor, like rye . nice warning effect , long bitter finish . slick slightly oily mouthfeel at first till the hops dry it back out and you need another sip , full body , very drinkable but I would not call it sessionable , this stuff will kick you in the nuts. I bet this would be a bit better fresh but it still kicks ass ,I had high hopes for this and was not disappointed thank you bells , and I love you Larry xoxoxoxo


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