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RATINGS: 694   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of madvike. Thanks! Pours a hazy peach color with a medium sized creamy barely offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Nice fresh hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and floral notes as well as some tropical fruits. Taste is very bitter and very hoppy... resin, floral, tropical and citrus notes as well as a dry spicy bite reminiscent of rye. This seems just a bit unbalanced and like it could be put together a bit better, but it’s overall more than decent. Medium-full bodied with a lingering hop burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1040) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a cloudy, moderately dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, but more sweet than bitter. slightly floral in aroma. The flavor is rather sweet. Grapefruit and citrus in general dominate. The alcohol is well masked. I feel as if fresh this would have been superb.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle of batch #9306 at HopCat. Pours a clear amber with a thin beige head. Bitter orange and sweet malt aroma. Citrusy orange flavor with a sweet malt balance and bitter grapefruit finish. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle . A slightly hazy copper color pour with a big fluffy long lasting off white head , leaving streeks of sticky lacing behind , light carbonation. Aroma of sweet pink grapefruit, pineapple , spicy resin and an earthy malt note maybe rye. Flavor is grapefruit up front with a rush of spicy earthy bitter hops , dry toasty grainy malt , and finishing with a slightly alcoholic fruitpunch flavor, like rye . nice warning effect , long bitter finish . slick slightly oily mouthfeel at first till the hops dry it back out and you need another sip , full body , very drinkable but I would not call it sessionable , this stuff will kick you in the nuts. I bet this would be a bit better fresh but it still kicks ass ,I had high hopes for this and was not disappointed thank you bells , and I love you Larry xoxoxoxo

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6247) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (943) - 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.

4.3
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3108) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5819) - 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.


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