LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonder if Bell’s 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.
nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mixmasterob (926) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 Bottle, batch 9901. Poured clear and golden with a decent white head that faded and left some sticky lace. This is a true hop bomb, aroma was big time citrusy hops along a big presence of a spicy hop characteristic. Those NZ hops tend to offer a spiciness. Lots of hops flavors, very pleasant. Spicy/earthy hops make a big statement up front, some citrus but not much. There was also a malt presence, some caramel but not much sweetness. There was something about this brew that set it aside from others in the same style, maybe it was the NZ hops, they aren’t used very much. Either way it was enjoyable, but maybe a bit over hyped.
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear, amber body. Frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. The aroma, thogh not overly strong, is dominated by the hops — orange, citrus, flowers, lemon. Beneath the hops are sweet, biscuit notes. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture and lively carbonation. The taste starts sweet and citrusy on the front of the tongue and turns very bitter on the backside. That combined with the syrupy body negate any juicy flavors. The beer is thick and the flavors are not well defined. Too bad it’s not cleaner.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of ncmussell. thanks. Pours a cloudy amber-copper color with a medium white head that has good retention. The aroma is medium in strength with sweet citrus, resins and a bit of rubbing alcohol. The flavor is biter hops forward with a good orange-grapefruit character, rye, resins, caramel malts and biter hazelnuts. The palate is heavy and the carbonation is mild. Finishes long with lingering biter resins. Overall: Very tasty.
drowland (6577) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/24/10. 12oz bottle. Huge thanks to cbfobes for this while I’m down in sunny Florida! Hazy dark orange pour with a thick off-white head that lasts and laces a ton. Light fruity aroma that blends well with a caramelly malt backing. Sweet floral citrusy flavor balanced nicely by sweet malts, but finishes dry. Not bad at all!
rgrizza (2) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful copper color from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Sweet, grapefruit aroma. Bitter hop flavor and lively, crisp feel, especially for the 10% ABV.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have had this a few times, but never ratted it. Picked up a fresh 12oz bottle so here we go. Definitely disappointed as I have been quickly becoming a fan of DIPA’s. Not much balance here. Lemon and a metallic taste linger way too long with the finish. No real malt or sweetness there at all. Not a fan.
Maddog (419) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good beer, but I had higher hopes for this one. I enjoyed the complex array of flavors in this dipa including grapefruit, pineapple, and a nice hop finish. There was even some subtle hints of spice in the hops, but overall, it was not over balanced on the side of hops which is what I’m looking for in a double. Balanced, delicious and the big alcohol is hidden very well, just not an elite dipa.
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great double! Citrusy and sweet with a earthy sweet finish. I would rate this one of my top two easily, but Devil Dancer is a better 2X. Shipyard xxxx is good but Oracle beats it. This is a wonderful brew but really hard to find.