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RATINGS: 715   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 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 (2542) - 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 guy’s heart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10317) - 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 don’t 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 (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
12 oz bottle from nbondi- thanks, Nick! Batch 9901, so it isn’t 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 (isn’t "DIPA Ale" redundant?) but like one of the people I drank it with said, "It’s not going to make me forget about Hopslam."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3317) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dregs (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Aroma: Pineapple citrus hop aroma overwhelms the nose. Appearance: hazy amber color with a thin head. Taste: Pineapple juice sweetness hits initially then gives way to slight alcohol flavor with intense bitter aftertaste. Palate: Although this beer is high gravity it drinks like a much lighter bodied beer. Has average carbonation. Overall: This is a great DIPA. This is defintely my interpretation of what a DIPA should taste like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2386) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle. Thanks for the extra Skyview! Sweet Malty Mango nose. In the mouth it is very sweet and thick and surprisingly not overly hoppy. Still a nice beverage for sure, but really overshadowed by the hop monsters on the West Coast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2923) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Tanks to NBondi for the bottle. Light amber pour with a thin white head. Hops are the biggest thing in the aroma, lots of pine and citrus notes. Taste is smooth crisp malt with a dank hop bitterness. The bitterness stays behind in the finish, a little too much to my liking, but the aroma certainly makes up for it. Good stuff.

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