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RATINGS: 602   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oly (37) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Poured from a bottle (bottled on 8/8, drank on 8/29) into a snifter. Somewhat hazy copper orange with a lacy white head. Aroma is a subtle citrus with a bit of mango and floral notes. The taste is dominated by an almost Stone-like bitterness with little of the sweetness you expect from a DIPA. Unlike the aroma, the taste is mostly pine and resin hops with a long, long lingering bitterness. Carbonation is heavy and the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a very nice beer, but it’s less complex than I expect for the style and not quite worth the price (IMO), which brings it from a 16 overall to a 15.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3384) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle ($3): Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit, and some sugary malt. Taste is quite bitter, with only a bit of sweetness. Nice hoppy aftertaste. The citrus and pine flavors hit hard. This is pretty much what one does and should expect from the masters at Bells.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5320) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle with Paul. Pours a golden amber body with thin white active lacing. Aroma is very sweet, saccharine, cloying character. Light grapefruit/bitter citrus fruit. Mouthfeel follows through with the sweet syrupy sugar character taking away from the overall palate; notes of pith, grapefruit, bitter pine resin, sugar syrup and honey. Ultimately the alcohol character detracts from the overall impression of the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
whyteoutt (15) - Joliet, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle to glass pour. Very rust orange color. Wild hop flavor, Amarillo hops shine through tremendously. Resinous taste. Not a fan of Amarillo hops normally, but very good attempt at west coast style

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Juicy, touch soapy, foamy, bitter lemon, pine and some grapefruit. Pine on the nose, enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (410) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear golden light amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is somewhat mild, piney, floral, fleshy fruit hops. Flavor is much more full, with syrupy fleshy fruit hoppy goodness, a touch of alcohol, a solid caramel malt background. Medium body with a strong lingering boozy hoppiness. Tasty for sure, but with the ratings, I was expecting greatness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (942) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a clear amber color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus. The taste is strong bitter flavor and has citrus overtones

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3236) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of orange and grapefruit with pine resin and a big smooth malt backbone. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (307) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Aroma is malt, hops and funk. Golden pour white head. Mild lacing. Taste is strong bitter, grapefruit and alcohol burn. Malty bitter backend. Thick mouthfeel, silky and chewy. Very good hoppy dipa.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
12oz bottle shared by Dan P. Poured a hazy orange color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of celery, light tropical fruit, caramel malt, and alcohol. Taste of apricots, pine, bitter citrus skins, caramel malt, grass, and alcohol burn in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (470) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Orange and a bit cloudy with a thin off white head. Bright hoppy and malty aromas a bit cookie like. Med bodied and lemony citrus well balanced and warming malt. Bit boozey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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