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RATINGS: 636   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Pantanap. Man this is a heck of a double IPA. Better than Hopslam but more complex and tasty than Two Hearted. Nose is huge orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Slight bitter up front with huge juicy hop flavor with some substantial bitterness on the back end at the end well balanced and masterfully crafted. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Maybe the Broodoo we had before this crushed my palate, but this was weird and not too good. Something not right. Big fresh hops were not on the nose, and there was too much sweetness and an odd vegetal thing going on... bad bottle? Not terrible, but definitely not what I would expect from Bellís. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Thank you ImperialKing (BA) for these bottles. Pours a golden rustic body with a white head. A fruity pine explosion of fresh hop character. Pine, lush citrus, some mild hop resins, and fresh grapefruit. Just awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Sampled during Darkness Day 09 in Brooklyn Center, MN and shared by EddieB23. Pours semi-clear golden amber colored brew with a decent off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and light golden grain malt, a hint of tangerine, and pine sap. Taste is medium to full bodied, nice balanced carbonation with flavors of grapefruit, a hint of peach/tangerine, some mulled spice and a touch of pine. Finish is a sweetened bitterness that slowly disappears. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, golden with a white head. Wonderful nose of grapefruit and pine. Taste? Taste was yummy, sweet fruit with caramel malt. Mouthfeel was creamy and resinous with a bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3456) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
12 oz. bottle shared by Rciesla. Pours a cloudy antique gold with an off-white head. Very pleasant aroma of sweet resinous pine and grapefruit along with some malt. Not as flavorful as the aroma would have you believe with malt and some muted pine. Bitter finish but again lacking just a bit in flavor. A good beer as it is, but I think the reputation of this beer is bigger than what it delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Shared at Captain Lawrence - Flaming Fury release - I am pretty sure by Rciesla, thanks Ryan. Lightly hazy orange in color with a lasting head. Aroma is alot of citrus and resinous, nice and fresh - somewhat pungent. Taste is very hoppy - lots of citrus, orange, earth, and alot of pine, bitterness is strong and gets fairly intense in the finish but it didnít get soapy or astringent. some alcohol in the finish, medium - full bodied but easy drinking - malt body is not over the top. This is a IIPA I would love to have more of....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 23, 2009
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! On my fourth bottle, I submit a rating. Aroma gives an expectedly pungent concentrated hop zest. Nearing pine sol levels of pitch and pine, it transforms in a more reflective cooked citrus character, with earthy, herbal shadows of oolong tea and sumac. Pours a chill hazy peachy-gold, with a well-lacing and creamy white head. Flavor starts where the aroma left off and goes deeper down a spicy, fragrant woodsy note. Wet mosses, aging bark, and fresh spring buds give way to spring water, fall ferns, and the ground after an early morning rain. This beer captures the complexity of the soil and the earth in a way most beers donít, drawing up the true feelings and characters of where the beer was born. Most of all, this beer has a beautifully melded hop character. Itís not bouncing from one place to the next, instead just singing one beautiful, harmonized, amalgamated ringing hop note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Hazy golden pour with robust white head. The nose is a lot like Hopslam: tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. Flavors are likewise somewhat similar: tropical fruits, intense pine and citrus hopping, long lingering bitter bite, abundantly obvious alcohol, but nowhere near overdone. Wonderful IIPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours yellow-orange and has a big citrus hop aroma that made me think of pineapple among other things. The flavor is a huge hops burst with citrus notes that leads into a long, bitter finish. Itís got enough malt to give it some body and a hint of sweetness under there, but as others have said, this one is definitely all about the hops. Good stuff.

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