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RATINGS: 660   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2010
In short: A well malted and very bitter resinous IIPA. Very tasty stuff. Excellent.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh, about 3 months after the beer release. Sent to me by ditmier, thanks a lot Eric
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by medium off-white head
In long: Nose is highly resinous pine-tree hops. Taste has plenty of caramel, plenty of honey, oily bread crust, some citrus fruits, a ton of woody resinous hops. Bitterness level is very high and sticky. Medium carbonation. I wouldn’t say the alcohol is very well hidden but still feels less than the 10.4%. There is a woody dryness in the finish that keeps the sweetness in check and really makes the beer a lot more drinkable than it should be. Man, this is insanely drinkable for a 10%+ Double IPA. The beer said “If a six-pack of me you drink, shit faced you will be and before the night is over calling you ex-girlfriend you will do”. That beer is the real deal people.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
bottle, via trade with ogglethorp, golden color with hoppy sweet grapefruit aroma, flavors of candied sugars, sweet honeydew, more grapefruit to finish, well done IIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (807) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours murky orange with a small white head. Aroma is of hops, caramel, pine, grapefruit, and alcohol. Smells extremely juice and boozy. Taste of is of very juicy, bitter hops. There is also bublegum, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. The hops are extremely resinous and linger long after each sip. Has a very buttery malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very heavily carbonated, and is a little heavier than expected. A fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle thanks to MaltOMeal, sampled alongside a Hopslam batch 9470: Pours a transparent orange amber with a frothy, clingy-lacing ivory head. Has a juicy resiny grapefruity hoppy nose with some sweet lightly toasty caramel maltiness, very similar to the Hopslam, but with a little less dank tartness. Body starts with a nice malty fullness and light toasty caramel sweetness with a great fresh piny hop flavor and smooth bitterness before a slightly warming bittersweet finish. Has less bittering hops than the Hopslam, but a similar hop flavor and more of a fuller maltiness. Reminds me a lot of 3F Dreadnaught. A very enjoyable and well-balanced double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3054) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle from silphium...thanks Brad! - Porus amber with a fluffy white head. Smells resiny and sweet, with fruity, citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. That same maltiness shows up on the first sip, with toffee and Werther’s Originals peeking up underneath a nice citrusy hop blanket. Not a hop-bomb at all, it still has a nice, bitter finish and a blast of nutty, buttery malt. Real smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation and resin. Would have loved to try this fresh, but it was still a complex experience five months after bottling. Flavors came together real nicely on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
( 12oz bottle marked batch 9306 thanks to blutt59) Pours clear yellow with nice oily bubbles and good lacing. Nose of pineapple, mango and citrus hops. Taste of astringent bitter hops, pine with an oily body and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle, Batch# 9306. Pours gold-orange with a small off white head. Sweet citrus, hoppy aroma. Nice initial flavor, sweet and sour citrus and sticky hops. Finishes with a sharp alcohol bite that lingers longer than I would prefer. Sticky, syrupy texture and well carbonated with a medium body. Boozier and less flavorful than Hopslam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Rerate. Fresh at the Maduro pre party. Lots of danky hops now, minimal caramel. Alcohol in flavor, bitterness peaked 7-8. Minimal sweetness. Not getting the peach notes here. 8-4-8-4-15--3.9Batch 9306, bottled August 28th, 2009 from badbeer, thanks Mike. I fear this may not have held up well. Slightly hazy bright orange with a one finger yellowish white head, fading to a thick film before long. Old ass stale hops dominate, citrusy, pineappley, and peachy. Moderate caramel sweetness. Flavor has old hops again that take away from the balance of the beer--even the citrus hop notes seem sweet. Still lots of peachiness and pinapple present. Finish is semi-dry with light alcohol presence, bitterness peaking @ a 6-7 and lingering. Full body with moderate carbonation. Probably was an awesome beer before it got old, unfortunately.7-4-7-4-13--3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of riversideAK. Thanks, Alex! Pours a bright, slightly oily orange-golden color; thin off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled and glistening lacing. Lots of citrus and grapefruit and peachy hop bitterness in the aroma; some astringency and light warmth coming through; the hops seems to have dissipated significantly by this point; still pleasant though, if a tough rougher than intended. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: average carbonation with a touch of creaminess; again the hops aren’t what the used to be: some astringency, light alcohol, and plenty of citrus and grapefruit and tropical fruit hop character; you can tell this was pretty lovely when it came out, and it’s too bad it came out when we were abroad; pleasantly intricate, resiny hop character overall; nicely resigned malt core, with some candy sugar and hard candy character; it’s hard for me to rate this much higher at this point, but I’m guessing this has seen much better days. Lengthy bitter finish: lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit character, candy sugar, and nice fruitiness at the core; reasonably dry end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
bottle thanks to blutt59. crisp amber pour with a white head. big citrus hops and not much else on the nose. great thickness with a big citrusy hop resin flavor and a light alcohol finish.

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