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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
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle shared by Josh with a group of other beer lovers. Thanks Josh! Pours orange with off white head. Aroma is citrus grapefruit simcoe hops. I said I thought the aroma reminded me of hopslam without the honey. Opulent mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a great citrus hop blast from grapefruit or orange and finishes semi dry with slight alcohol. Someone else suggested it was like their big head. Either way a great IIPA and was a pleasure to try. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle: The aroma is a nice combination of oranges, mango, pine, grapefruit, herbal hops, and faint alcohol. It pours a hazy amber with some very fine sediment floating around and a creamy moderate off-white head that has good retention and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind. The flavor starts with mango and tropical fruits. It gets more citrusy in the finish with orange, grapefruit, light pine, and a hint of alcohhol. Grapefruit lingers for awhile in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. It makes me think of a slightly bigger version of Hopslam. Iíll be curious to eventually see what the alcohol percentage gets listed as.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Pours a slightly hazy orange with thick off-white head, lots of lacing and good head retention. Aroma very obvious of citrus hops, quite noticeable orange, decent herbal and floral hop presence, resin, and lots of pine. Flavor matches well with an additional taste of honey, slight fruity character, and a noticeable alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but finishes heavy and a bit sticky. Overall very solid, look forward to trying some more in about a month.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle from trade with coyotehunter. Pours a nice hazy golden color with a thick creamy white head. Nice aroma of pine and tropical fruit along with a pepperiness and slight alcohol note. Taste is a piquant pineapple-like flavor with a mild alcohol presence that becomes a tad bit overbearing as I drink on. The finish is nice because there is little to no astringency that gets in way. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Batch# 9306. Slightly cloudy, amber colored pour with a small, dense, white head. Luscious resiny pine and citrus aroma with notes of mango, orange, red apples, honey and caramel. Intensely bitter with loads of pine resin, balanced by dry earthy malt, pepper, mango, ruby red grapefruit, clover honey, honeysuckle, orange zest and a very floral finish. The body is full and creamy with soft carbonation and a sticky, resiny finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
12oz bottle, batch 9306. a big thanks to xnoxhatex for picking this up and having his minions lug it near my door step. this bad boy pours out a not so translucent light orange with a frothy white head that last as long as the drink. i swear this is a wet hopped beer. the aroma is wet hop, tons of fresh, earthy, wet hop goodness. i could be wrong (probably am for a few reasons), crazy, or both but thatís what i get from it. perhaps simcoe or something that is coming off more wet hopped to me. any way it is a great nose. other notes found in the aroma are piney and tropical fruit hop notes. the flavors initially come across as bitter with a lot of alcohol warmth, while the big mango, apricot, grapefruit, and resiny earthy hop flavors converge on a simple sweet toffee malt base. the alcohol is present through the whole flavor and finish but it doesnít burn, it warms, and i actually never found it obtrusive. along with the alcohol in the finish is a rather salty hop bitterness that lasts and lasts and lasts on the palate. the mouth feel is full and syrupy at times. although some of the early reviewers keep mentioning this should sit a week or two i have to politely disagree. nothing is astringent, the alcohol is sure there but i dont think it gets to the point of being "hot" (but close), and the hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness really canít afford to be weakened at all as they really arenít over the top in any way. drink this baby up, get used to the alcohol, and enjoy this tasty hop treat while it is still that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 FYI: The Batch ID that you entered í9306í, is a Bellís The Oracle DIPA Ale. Your Bellís The Oracle DIPA Ale was packaged on August 28, 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rated 9.9.09] 12oz bottle 9306 thanks to xnoxhatex and funkybrewster for delivery. Pours similar to hopslam, slightly hazy glowing golden orange with a medium frothy white head. Aroma is sweet, toasty and citrusy, also stingingly piney, white grapes, but overall bright and juicy. Woa, hugely bitter, that is startling, hit me the same way as my first sip of Devil Dancer. Aggressively bitter, seemingly salty, easily detected alcohol, dry, some Florida oranges. Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation but it is cumbersome and fairly corse, not sticky at all like hopslam, clearly a dryer beer. Maybe too fresh to really tell... I do like burping up very dry piney hops though . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 9.12.09] Poured at 55F this time, pours a lovely near clear glowing orange with a fantastic thick creamy ever-so frothy whipped white head, densely creamy and foamy 5. Aroma is basically the same as before, piney hoppy with lots of fruits ands and some detectable alcohol, tangerines and marshmallows. Flavor starts with utter bitterness, then kind of a creamy ambrosia fruit salad type thing, earthy, resinous, dry and bitter pine, medium toasted malts, much more of a peachy mango thing going on this time around. Body is medium/full, creamy but dry, low soft carbonation. Scores better on appearance this time around but thats about it. Still quite interested to see if it gets any better in a few weeks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate, my last bottle, 12.9.09] - great pour, aroma still nice and sharp, oddly chalky feeling, seemingly yeasty, piney earthy super bitter, big upfront citrus but canít stand up to the pine...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle from the Bells general store. Obviously batch 9306. Slightly cloudy orange with creamy, medium sized white head, nice lacing. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell an intense aroma of intense citrus, like a freshly peeled orange which as soon as it was poured in the glass a medium sweet caramel balanced it out, a slight sulphur comes out, remincent of many fresh ipas, light dough and alc in the finish as well. Flavor is really juicy citrus like a blood orange or less bitter grapefruit, a slight resiny pine, nectarines, medium sweet caramel upfront but the hops really help balance it as well as dry it out in the finish, alc is not very apparent until it warms up and it make seem a little perfumey but overall does not detract from the flavor as a whole. Full, luscious, creamy body. Excelent, better than hopslam in many ways, I will enjoy seeing this develop over the next few weeks/months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Hazy burnt orange pour with a nice white head floating on top. Piney, citrus hop aroma, a bit of sugar cookie malt. Flavor is dry and bitter, big citrus and pine flavor. Its a hop bomb, but very drinkable since the hops are very complex and balanced well with caramel malt. Nice mouthfeel with decent carbonation. An absolute pleasure to drink, Iím so lucky they had bottles in the eccentric cafe when I stopped in. Absolutely worth the drive to Michigan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 12 oz bottle. Picked up at the Bellís general store. Pours cloudy orange with a nice white head. Aroma at first is huge pine, then slowly moves toward tanerines, juicy orange, and a little pineapple. First taste is huge pine as well and more of the above, a decent backing malt profile and a huge bitter resinous pine finish. This beer is hugely bitter and incredibly fresh. I think I will plan on rerating this to see if that pine drops off a bit. Really intense and delicious overall. We will see how it changes. Re-rate: Had this with a bunch of other DIPAís and this blew most of them out of the water. Also, I thought it was incredibly enjoyable this time around. This stuff is intense and delicious. Iím really liking this bells DIPA project.

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