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RATINGS: 764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A very nice, fairly smooth drinking IIPA from the always reliable Bells Brewery. Pours a medium dark copper with a nice but fairly small light tan head. Nose is citrus, mostly orange, and nice but not overpowering. Flavor is fuller than the nose, rich with strong hop and alcohol notes. Long finish full of complex bitter hoppy goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
12 oz bottle from CAH that I was amazed to see in Craft Ale House, so kudos to them for their beer acquisition efforts. This one pours turbid dark straw toward coppery with a nice, uniform, 2-finger off-white head. The nose is caramel malt, heavy blacck pepper, orange marmaladey fruit, hops, canteloupe. Perhaps a tad overripe on the nose. Tastes rich, earthy, very hoppy, with some peppery, mild fruit, and some heat that gets barleywinet and fuselly late. Starts very hot and gets even hotter, and I dare say this one would rival a single malt scotch or cognac in flavor profile. Rivals some of the Brew Dog efforts, and gets hot and dare I say unbalanced not just late but at the beginning, but is well made and delicious. Like a beer version of Big Ben Roethlisberger, Bellís could brew Budweiser for the rest of their careers and still be a hall of famer, and by brew Bud I mean do nothing of value.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 9, 2010
Pours a clear copper with a nice creamy slightly off-white head that lasts and laces. Outstanding juicy aroma--grapefruit, lemon, lime, and a doughy biscuity malt backbone. Just beautifully delicious and balanced aroma--and it maintains a uniqueness that separates it from other IIPAs. The flavor is damn solid too. Juicy fresh hops upfront, fades into a moderately dry finish, where the resinous hops come through. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Smooth and mellow. Overall: a damn tasty and impressive brew. I wish this was a regular from Bells. Why is it that these guys canít manage to do anything wrong?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle via trade. Pours a slightly hazy orange-bronze color with a thin, bubbly white head and some lacing. Aroma is pineapple hops, maybe some peach and a little alcohol. Hops are unabashedly the centerpiece of the flavor...however the bitterness is not overpowering and only lingers slightly in the aftertaste. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Amber / orange pour with a thin white head. Wonderful bouquet of citrus and pine hops. Taste is orange, grapefruit, big hop profile but well balanced, and...... 10% ABV - are you kidding me? By the time you figure that out on your own it would be too late... Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (2168) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
12oz bottle pours hazy amber/orange with small white head. Aroma is citrus, sweet apricot, sugar, caramel, slight pine. Taste is sweet, malty, floral, bitter earthy pine until the finish followed with a punch of alcohol. Palate has full body, and sticky. A little disappointed in the taste but a decent DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours amber with orange highlights and a thin white head. Biscuity malt, grapefruit, citrus, and grass aromas. The flavor begins with a sweet biscuit malt, then an explosion of hops. The burst of over-ripe oranges fades to citrus, grapefruit, then grass leaving your mouth coated with a hop bitterness. This beer really hides the alcohol. It goes down dangerously easy for a 10% abv beer. Hatís off to Bellís for another wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
hazy reddish brown with large white head. rich nose of herbal and citrus hops. firm bitterness before a huge punch of the above mentioned hops with a hint of low crystal malt and a remarkably dry finish with a touch of yeast character. alcohol somewhat present and adds depth. wondeful dipa, a paradigm for the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Sample from a bottle courtesy of JaBier at the Day Before Labor Day party. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Sticky patches of lacing. Leafy hops aroma that has citrus and malt notes. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, earth, and caramel malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering floral and citrus aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2292) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle. Pour is clear red amber with a nice off white creamy head and solid lacing. Aroma is strong pine with grapefruit as well there is faint scents of sugary malt. Taste is bitter pine and booze with faint orange zest. Palate is rubber and sticky chaulky finish. I am glad I finally rated this, not what I remembered when dalzale shared a bottle with me about a year ago.

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