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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. Pors clear copper with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cookie, caramel), heavy hops (floral, spicy, citrus, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, biscuit), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and peach. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2010
[Bottle] pours a clear glowing gold with a soapy whitish head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma not quite as pungent as I was expecting, but thereís a bit of bitter orange peel, quite a bit of pine, and overall is resinous and oily. Not a ton of malt backbone in the aroma either. The first sip is slightly sweet on the front and quite bitter on the back end. As I continue to drink, the primary flavor component is the super resinous piney hoppiness. There is a little caramel malt, but mostly just the massive pine and bitterness. Overall itís pretty good, but not as much going on as I would have expected based on the ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Pours bright orange with a thin fluffy tan head. Notes of sticky cantaloupe, mango, sweet citrus, bitter herbaceous material, planty. Full to heavy bodied, sharp alcohol sting resinous with lively carbonation. Very nice hop profile, still a bit hot. Could have used a few more weeks in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Pours hazy oorange with nice head that faded quicky smelled of hops with nice sweet balance tasted bout the same nothing special

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Gift from awiseman01. Pours a translucent golden bronze with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is loaded with floral hops but is balanced delicately with subtle sweetness. Starts out a like a smooth strong ale but the real action takes place at the finish. The hoppy bitterness increases in intensity as it goes down and lingers to the next sip. Been a while since Iíve had a DIPA, but i think this was the right one to come back with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle at Fireworks.
Aroma: There are lots of citric hops in the nose minus the dense sweetness I sometimes associate with the style. There is a bit of a cotton candy note in the background though.
Appearance: It pours a light amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head.
Taste: The flavor leans towards the herbal side. There is a nice balance of bitterness without being overpowering.
Palate: Medium to rich and creamy in the mouthfeel but not too dense. A good bit of soft carbonation and a light touch of alcohol warmth. There is a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.
Overall: Definite a more subtle version of a IIPA. Very well done and definitely worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some cat piss. Sticky medium-full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
12oz bottle. pours a copper color, a little more orange with two finger white head that quickly resides. A: big grapefruit citrus aroma, some big floral too(what i would picture a field of hops would smell like), little pine. taste: great bite of bitterness from the hops that I love, little black pepper, lip smacking stickiness, some hints of the sweet roasted mallt, its like a 4th of july explosion of hops, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2010
12oz bottle.Pours a cloudy copper/amber with a full,fluffy white head.Nose is grapefruit and pine hops with a touch of spice.Taste is creamy malts followed by tons of nitter,sweet and citrus hops.This is truly a unique DIPA that really stands out.It is drinkable yet aggressive.Super offering from Bells!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 bottle. The Oracle pours an orange color with a 1/4" white head... settles into a deep orange with a very thin layer of white foam and a nice lacing. I was expecting more of a hop punch on the nose... the bitterness is there, but is somewhat subdued for a Double IPA. There is some spice on the nose along with orange and pineapple notes followed by light piney hops. Medium body with a citrus fruit filled experience with some bitterness. Very smooth and soft over the mouth. Nice bitter finish - the hops really deliver on the end.... more citrus hops dominate.... a fairly one dimensional hop forward experience - but nice. I love how Bells sells their beer high grav. beer in 6 packs... the price is high for a 6 pack, but compared to most 4 packs and bombers, itís a steal!

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