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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to the good work of xnoxhatex to get them from the brewery. Pours a beautiful copper golden with a thick off white head that isnt going anywhere fast. Aroma is amazing fresh cut pineapple and juicy hops. Very citric, peachy and floral perfumey but still keeping a solid caramel maltiness. Flavor is like freshly squeezed peach and mango, just so juicy and rich. Gains a surprisingly soft bitterness in the end which is great for not wrecking the palate while drinking these big IPAís. Loses a little for some alcohol that lingers and didnt sit quite as well as the rest of the swallow, but still a great flavor. Medium to full body and a soft but tickling carbonation. Really nicely done DIPA, love those freshly squeezed citric juices.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle: Pale orange pour with a small white head...good lacing and retention. Huge nose of mango, peach and pineapple with a hint of pine. Sticky, full-bodied mouth feel...flavor is massively hopped in the west-coast sense. Very clean, almost no malt background to be found...huge on the pineapple, mango and peach...finishes clean with a strong, lingering bitterness. This could very well be in tops of IIPAís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Sent from a friend in KZoo. Pours a dark orange color with a small off white creamy head. thick, dark bubbles meander towards the top. The nose is a fruity hop blast that is very juicy and filled with mangos and a light crisp, toasty malt backround. The palate is smooth and juicy with a nice hoppy bite in the finish and a warm tinge of alcohol. A light alcohol nose appears as the glass nears the end. FLavors of light alcohol, toasty grains, some burnt notes and a juicy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Tangy,juicey hops quickly mixed with some malting, hops had that indication of age,that silght rubbery taste. mildly sweet hop drenced grain malt with a noticable grain presence and a bitter finish that lingers long in the mouth. The emphasis is on the heavy bittering,which makes it different from most other Imp IPAís seems like a full flavored quality brew,nothing like Hopslam ,which Iím positve most people would prefer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Pours orange / amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma has tropical fruits, smooth citrus, toasty malt and light green onions. Medium / full body with a touch of slickness and some sharp biting carbonation. The flavor started off with the aroma notes and a bit more of green hop funkiness and more green onion traits. The finish has some pine. This is drier than Hopslam, but there are some definite similarities to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2852) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Wow...really enjoyed this one!!! Another amazing beer by Bellís (and happy to hear we might be getting Bellís in AZ soon!!!) 14 karat tangerine color with a tightly woven 1/4-inch ivory head that left some web-like lacing inside of the glass. Aroma is sharp pine and lemongrass. Lots of herbal hops in this one. Flavor is quite resinous...like lickiní sap off of a Ponderosa (not that Iíve ever done that). Decent amount of caramel malt to offset the citrus bite. A bit syrupy but the nearly 11% wasnít noticeable. Very well put together brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle, Batch #9306. Poured slightly hazy peachy-golden with a short-ish, dense cap of off-white head. The aroma was thick and resiny with pineapple and pine resin amplified by alcohol warmth.. the malt base was hard to decipher, but it was quasi-sweet and it supported the hops decently.. more fruit as this warmed up. The flavor opened tart, bitter, and warm with pine resin and peppery alcohol hitting it hard.. syrupy pale malts rolled onto the core.. pineapple, grapefruit, and fragrant floral bitterness surrounded.. very warm on the finish with booze amping up the bitters. Heavier-bodied and a touch too assertive on the palate.. lots of good stuff in here, but only decent execution.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1898) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle at pilsnerpeterís. Thanks to everybody for their generosity. Pale orange with ring. Awesome orange citrus fresh hoppy spicy aroma. Orange dry bitter spicy pine grapefruit with assertive bitter finish. Well-disguised alcohol. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2009
100th rating of this brew. In short, this was a bit disappointing. Kind of tasted like two hearted with more alcohol and less flavor. Very resinous but also pretty hot and sticky. I really wanted to love this one ( like two hearted and even Big Head) but it just didnít do it. Iíd like to try this fresh at the brewery but I doubt thats in the cards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Big thanks to fogdog for providing this sample at the weekly tasting. Pours hazy deep orange with white head. The aroma is sweet malts mixing with grapefruit, tangelo and resin. The taste is much the same with grapefruit and tangelo hop flavor blending into resiny hop bitterness. The bitterness builds into the finish and helps dry it out. Very nice brew!

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