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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.5 A: Hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of beige super creamy head with good retention and tons of lacing. 4.5 S: Smell is great! Reminds me of DFH 90 or something like that. I love hoppy DIPAs that also happen to have respectable malt components. Strongest aroma is pineapple with orange, lemon, and mango close behind. Malts are sweet with plum fruitiness and solid caramel and toffee components. Bready yeastiness. Very nice. 4.5 T: Tastes just like it smells. Pineapple is strongest again alongside papaya with the orange, lemon, and mango playing supporting roles again. Bready yeastiness without being too bready. Lots of toffee with a lesser amount of caramel and plum fruitiness again. Surprisingly low bitterness and only traces of alcohol. 4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy, smooth, and a bit chewy due to the yeast. 3.5 D: I find a lot of unfiltered IPA/DIPAs to be less drinkable than similarly flavored filtered varieties and this is no different. The bready yeastiness just becomes too much after a while. Still, this is an excellent beer and definitely worth an occasional bottle. I donít know if Iím nuts or if the age of the bottle has made me think this isnít anything like a West Coast DIPA. There is a plenty of contribution from the malts and the yeasty breadiness distances this even more from a WCD. Iíll have another bottle soon and adjust the review if necessary. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-09-2011 03:57:38

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pours cloudy, deep copper-orange with a very light head. Aroma is massive, with tons of tropical fruity and resinous, piny hops. Likewise, this is huge on flavor. Pine and tropical fruit up front, followed by a crisp bitterness, and just a bit of alcohol in the finish. Lasting bitterness. A stellar DIPA - one that I cannot get enough of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Appearance: Lightly hazed, golden-amber body with a tall, white head. Spotty, patchy lacing on the way down. Smell: An extensively hoppy scent simply brimming with a stern, resinous grassiness, fresh-cut tangerines, pineapple jelly, and tropical mango spritzed with a strong sweet mead. Taste: Speedy introduction of biscuits sweetened with toffee and top-notch honey, then, an ardent grassiness touched with tropical fruits, and bitter orange extract represent the generous hopping. Deeply bitter. Throughout the taste, the malts remain completely secondary to the hops. Some heated alcohol leeching into the long, dry, fruity finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel features a tongue-coating smoothness. Drinkability: A fierce DIPA buzzing with its high hopping thatíll leave you reeling and buzzing from the alcohol and satisfaction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Very good double IPA. Clear, but very sweet aroma with a hoppy floral top. Small head, but to be expected with such a beer. Flavor of sweet hops. A little thick - could be thicker for a double IPA. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Round citrus and grapefruit hops in the aroma with sweet caramel malts. Intensely bitter citrus hops in the flavor with a backing of caramel malts, sweet malts. Really bitter, really powerful caramel malt, sweet, and quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Pours orange-yellow with white quickly dissolving head. Nose is mandarin oranges and pine with a bit of booze. Medium-heavy sticky mouth-feel with lots more orange and pine. Carbonation leaves my tongue fizzing. Big bitter finish to balance out big sweet citrus start. This hop attack on my mouth disguises the booze well. No doubt this is an excellent brew, but man-handling my senses is not the way to this guyís heart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
I like a number of IPAs better than DIPAs, the case again here. A decent DIPA with in your-face assertive hops so it hits the spot. Understated for the astringency it could have. Good drinkability, however I was not overwhelmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle via Rayl101. Gracias brother. Pours a glowingly deep opaque orange with a thin but full sheet of orange-tinted suds atop. Nose is vibrant and fruity...ripe mango, apricot, and tangerine pez come to mind. Hmmm...a lot more bitterness than i was expecting...some charred orange and caramelized sugar too...but lots of grapefruity hop bitterness that seems to linger for an eternity. Alcohol well hidden. I donít usually say this about midwest and east coast IPAs or IIPAs, but i could use a little more sweetness from the malts to bring out more of those fruity notes i smelled and to counter-balance the lingering bitterness. That being said, not a bad beer by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
12 oz bottle from nbondi- thanks, Nick! Batch 9901, so it isnít brand new but it is the latest batch. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small white head. Aroma of tangerines, honey, sweet pale and caramel malts, nectar, pineapple, and soap. The flavor largely follows suit, with some mild pine resin and citrus in the mix. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a malty, citrusy mouthfeel. A little bitterness lingers and is balanced by sweetness. Pretty good DIPA (isnít "DIPA Ale" redundant?) but like one of the people I drank it with said, "Itís not going to make me forget about Hopslam."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3413) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Thanks to Daknole for this one. Clear gold with a small, firm, off-white head. Juicy malt with citrus and pine hop aroma. Bitter yet smooth with a dry finish. Another good one from Bells.

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