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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.


3.6
   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

4.2
   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.

4.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11822) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.4
   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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2197) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Big thanks to RBlaszak for sending this beer to me. The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruit and is outstanding. I get a lot of orange, pineapple and papaya, as well as some pine notes. The flavor is just as great. It is dominated by pineapple, pine and papaya. I also get a little bit of caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and not too intense. The beer is full of hop flavor, but the bitterness is restrained enough that the beer is still very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great Double IPA that I am very happy I got to try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Wonder if Bellís realized they labeled this as Oracle Double India Pale Ale Ale?

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a fluffy off white head. Leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma: A pine heavy hop nose with a trace of tropical fruit.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine. Dry malt. Finishes with lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy with modest carbonation.

Overall: Solid, fairly dry, fairly juicy. I prefer Hop Slam to this, but if you are looking for a less fruity DIPA, this would suit you well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4832) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
12oz bottle. Hazy, unfiltered orange-tan with a respectable soapy head. Mellow, sweet orange-grapefruit aroma. Wow. A really perfectly executed IIPA. Resinous and full of hoppy flavor, but retains a cool, calm mouthfeel, maybe even a touch of mint. Delicious, world class stuff. Displays an awesome malty balance as well. Delicate and bold at the same time. The thick, hoppy stickiness grows as you sip it. Excellent.


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