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RATINGS: 716   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle, thanks tarheels! Pours golden with a nice foamy white head. Definitely an older bottle, hop acidity is high. Still very drinkable - notes of citrus, pineapple, pine. One of the best stale DIPAs I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 355mL courtesy of FlandersNed. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, white head that leaves micro speckles of lace all over the place. Aroma is not stale DIPA- though this is old (Aug 2009)- there is massive booziness, spicy alcohol, caramel in the nose but it is not unpleasant. Taste is not stale hoppiness but rather is massively bitter and robust like a barleywine with a buttery, creamy palate to follow suit. Could actually be mistaken at this point in its lifecycle as a super hopped up barleywine. Will definitely need to try this fresh- I can tell already that the base beer here is more robust than Hopslam. 5/19/2010 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

Tap at Churchkey. The pour is a clear orange with a small, rocky, yellow head. Full, sticky lace. Low carbonation. Nose is aggressive fruity melons and pineapple, sweet orange, vanilla, sugary jackfruit. Taste is boozy, sharp melon rind, cantaloupe, vanilla, heavy nutty bitterness. Very juicy but still wildly bitter. Very nice. Gets better as it warms. 8/22/2011 8/4/8/4/16=4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Pours hazy orange with thin white head. Thanks Dalzale! I think its a bit old/subdued, but still good. Grassy/piny hops up front in the aroma and taste, leading into caramel malt middle with a big, big bitter finish. I bet this was awesome fresh, but still really tasty and no sign of the 10%. Would love to try this fresh side by side with fresh hopslam! Rerate: Fresh bottle 2010. Much cleaner pine and citrus hop character with a nice subtle biscuit balance and a nice bitter finish. Really nice DIPA, but not up to the standards of hopslam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Enjoyable but not quite hopslam enjoyable for me. Too cloying and sticky, not quite to the point of being a mess, but it was on the verge. Not positive what Bells is going for with all these big hopped DIPA (hopslam, oracle, big head) I mean they’re all pretty similar to each other in the end. Not complaining, just wondering what’s the motivation behind it. Larry just gets big DIPA itches once in awhile? Anyways a very nice golden-amber pour with minimal white head. Flavors and aroma just pouring with juicy citrus grapefruit notes very small malt backbone holding it together. Good, a shade over the top, but solid effort. Glad to have found as much as I did during my little stint in Mi with the fam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2010
12 oz bottle, batch #9306. I MrBunn offered this in trade from W. Pennsylvania. Odd, I thought, since I’m closer to Bell’s than he was, but this did not make it to IL. So thanks! Big citrus & pineapple smell under the cap. In my IPA tulip, the smell spreads out with lessened intensity. Rocky, lacy, whitish head over a dark, cloudy IPA body. Taste is sharp, prickly and fruity bitterness that hits you like pangs of regret from taping a Hawks playoff game over your wedding video. Despite the alcohol, I can’t help but drink this right on down. Its malt is nicely sweet, little dry balance, and the hops are too busy making the drinker think sad thoughts to worry about matching up to the malts. Slight earthiness at the end belies the possibility this is a bit overaged. Still, lots of fresh hop flavor to go around, that’s why bottles have caps on ’em.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottle:   Orange of sorts in color, dirty, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Strong citrus rind aroma, otherwise a healthy hop aspect.   Seems like a decent IPA, or at least something associated.   As it warms the aroma becomes sweeter.   A bit alcoholic on the tongue.   Citrusy hop goodness on the exit.   Not a big malt background which I would prefer.   Like many Double IPAs, its bigger than your average IPA, but for my tastes it doesn’t have the malt background to back up the hop bitterness.   Rather good, hoppy, but could use more malty sweetness.   Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
Picked up a few bottles on Dan’s Bachelor Party Extend Weekend trip through MI last fall, somehow they’re all gone now and somehow I never got the rating up. Pours relatively clear dark golden tint. Nose is very fresh/sweet hops on the tropical fruit/piney side. Flavor is a crisp and refreshing hop fix with mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and enough pine to round the hop profile out perfectly. I was very impressed with this offering and would love to get some more fresh someday. The abv is very hidden. This is the closest thing I’ve had to PTE this side of the Mississippi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7961) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Brewed in August 2009, drank April 2010. Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head, foamy and lots of lacing. A rich herbal hop nose, oranges and grapefruit. The flavor is awesome; rich huge citrus, oranges, sweet, but a large bitterness in the finish and around the edges. A full fluffy mouthfeel. Like Pliny I think. Dominated by sweet orange-citrus with a wonderful balance from aggressive bitterness. Wonderful. So damn easygoing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Bottle… Cloudy orange ale with a small, creamy, white head that never fully dissipates. Loads of peach and tropical fruit in the nose with a distinct earthiness creeping in as the beer warms. Medium-bodied with measured carbonation. Intense hop flavor and medium to heavy hop bitterness. Lengthy, lingering bitterness in the finish. The palate and body don’t really scream double IPA, although the high ABV does. Just a very good IPA in my book. Thanks to dmschefke for shipping this brew to me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a slight hazed deep honey gold with a frothy sticky pure white head- nice lace. Aroma is very intense, piney hops, mint, tropical and tons of citrusy hops- good grapefruit as well- sappy and even a bit dank- very fresh- some tacky sticky moderately sweet honey and pale malt int he backbone. Flavor is sweet and malty in the back, but it is almost entirely dominated by sappy thich resinous hop oils- pine needle, tons of fresh grapefruit and orange oil, some weed- and dank with about as good a finish as you can get for 10.4% DIPA. Not completely dry but pretty good still.

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