steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet orange with amarillo hops, peaches. very sweet, hops have faded but pretty bitter on the backend
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Enjoying a fresh sample, bottled August 12 and sampled September 6. Absolute hop assault bitter bomb! MUST be enjoyed fresh! Wonderful!
Appearance loses the haziness of the aged bottle, very clear but still leaves wonderul lacing and is a joy to behold.
Aroma is about the same with strong apricot, citrus and tropical fruits with an underlying caramel malt backbone.
Biggest difference in the flavor is a far more pronounced bitterness and less maltiness. Very tasty.
Original review April 8, 2011.
12oz bottle, batch 9901, bottled August 23, 2010. A bit dated, I know, but this was my only opportunity to get a hold of a bottle of The Oracle.
Pours very hazy orange amber with beautiful swirls, huge off-white foamy head that leaves plenty of clumpy lacing.
Aroma is peach, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, some caramel malt. Good strength.
Flavor is peach, mango, tropical fruits, citrus such as tangerine and oranges, a bit of grapefruit, citrusy and tropical, strong caramel malt backbone with some sweetness, fair bitterness, a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation.
Iíd love to try a fresh bottle of this as Iím rather impressed considering it is a DIPA that is over 7 months old now. Taking a little mercy on the score due to the age, but holds up pretty well.
Aroma 7, Appearance 5, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 16, Score 3.8
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a wonderful copper color with whimsy white head. Aroma was HUGE and hoppy. In the mouth the alcohol was a bit overwhelming for my tastes. The finish was big, as expected, but didnít leave a memorable taste on the tongue. A decent night-cap beer. Cheers
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a medium clear gold with a medium white head and retention. Not much retention.
The aroma is the best part of this very with a very pleasant sense of fruit, mostly grapefruit and strawberries. You get a little hops.
The taste is kind of let down, because it strays so far from the aroma. Its not sweet at all, the beginning and middled are light flavorless, but it has a very very bitter and strong finish which almost makes up for it.
The mouthfeel is average, and you can drink a lot of this.
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a hazy amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, candied orange, light earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and light pine with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.
cfrancis (3161) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this. Pours hazy orange amber with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is orange and floral hops. Although it doesnít come through as much as I would like. Taste is a surprising blast of orange peel followed by a great floral flavours and above average hop bitterness. This is a great beer, love to get more.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.