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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.

aplus01's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Aroma - strong citrus fruit and floral hop aromas. citrus, and grapefruit aroma with a hint of bready malt. Appearance - clear and golden in color. frothy white head. Taste - follows the nose: citrus/floral hop aroma. And just a tiny bit of malty sweetness. just enough malt to keep this beer from being too dry for my tastes. Palate - medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation that finishes just short of dry. Overall - an excellent double IPA, not sure that it lives up to the hype but excellent nonetheless. Would definitely recommend anyone interested in hoppy beers check this one out but I still prefer Sculpin to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evolutionary (463) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle from andersons. Nose is hop and cereal and pine. Smooth for style and hop and pine carry the load. Floral notes and a bit of citrus rind finish it out. Minimal sweetness. Pretty good and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1910) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle. These just hit town. One of the best parts about moving is that I can try all of these established classics for the first time years after I would have if theyíd always been available to me. This one feels like Iím about 5 years too late, but I can still appreciate it for what it is. Gorgeous clear honeyed amber pour with great creamy white head, excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is aggressively hop-driven, the way we all imagined the best imperial IPAs had to be back in the day. Loads of pine and resin, with enough caramel to carry it through. Taste is similarly aggressive -- moderately sweet, huge resinous bitter palate-wrecking punch in the tongue. Full body, slick/creamy/oily texture, average carbonation. Overall: 5 years ago, this would have been sublime. Today, itís a great throwback double IPA that pairs well with reminiscing about the good old days, when times were simpler and big IPAs were judged by how bitter and intense they were instead of how closely they could approximate a tropical fruit juice. I can say this with authority because Iíve been drinking IPAs since 2011, n00bs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1266) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Canít believe Iíve gone this long without trying one. Aroma is pine, citrus, tropical fruit, floral, slight malt breadiness. Appearance is amber, off white head, hazy. Taste is pine, dank, lots of pine, citrus, bitter, a weird wheat at the end. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, pine and malt aftertaste. Overall, not as great as I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (1267) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Pretty drinkable for such the high abv. Real hoppy as to be expected. Free oracle is the best oracle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (699) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle to a pint. Hazy cinnamon orange with thin white head and lacing. Dank honey and lemon zest. Pineapple, mango, resin and a balanced slightly bitter finish... Well done...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
[7813-20151016] Bottle. Fragrant floral citrus peel hops aroma. Clear, light orange amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Bitter orange peel hops and floral grains flavour with a lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Delicious. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(w/ jercraigs)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (584) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Semi cloudy orange - amber with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet citrus with a hint of hops. Smell is not overpowering but pleasant. Somewhat bitter and harsh. Taste goes straight to the back of the throat then returns to fill the mouth. Too much bitter citrus rind flavor. A little too harsh for my liking. Not as smooth or refreshing as I had hoped for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
raoul_duke (240) - - NOV 11, 2015
On tap at jerryís. I get some honey and malt in the nose with pineapple and honeydew. Nice fluffy white head. Straw with some orange in color. Outrageously hoppy. I love this. So good and sweet without being saccharine. Drinks really easy until you have a big dog and then it really shows its teeth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from Brown Derby Wines (warm), brewed 7/10/15, drunk 11/1/15.
Ya, so not exactly the most fresh sample at almost four months old and having sat on the shelf. But since you canít get the damned stuff in New England (and I never see it in NY or MI when Iím there), I figured Iíd pick up a bottle and see how it held up, not planning on rating it if it seemed like the 4 months had been terribly detrimental. That being said, this is an OVER 10% abv, heavily hopped, bottle conditioned beer, so four months is certainly not unreasonable and in some instances may actually give the beer a little time to cool off.
With that long prelude, the beer pours an auburn-tinged dark amber with some tan and dark beige tints. Sandy-beige head is medium-sized, fairly dense and retained fairly-steadily at cover. Good clarity with a bit of sediment left behind in the bottom of the bottle.
Nose is full of cherries, oranges, strawberries, watermelon and ruby red grapefruit. Toffee and caramel malts quickly reach up to balance and the typical Bells house yeast character is attractively added to the picture. There are pinches of alcohol-laced esters but by and large, itís not overly boozey relative to its size. Lush, juicy, rich and bold, it reminds me more than a little of their massively hoppy, alcoholic pale ale brewed just over 10 years ago (batch 6000).
The flavor just screams Batch 6000. If you told me this was a recreation Iíd be hard pressed to offer up much to dispute it. Huge, juicy ruby red grapefruit mixing with big caramel malt sweetness and warming alcohol tones. Gains complexity via pineapple, apricot and meyer lemon-like notes emerging with warming and breathing. Impressively tight carbonation is low to moderate and creates a creamy texture and huge body in concert with all of this malt. Bitterness is high, but not quite obnoxiously so (though fresh, batch 6000 was very intensely hoppy and I assume this would be the same). I donít know what it is about Bells big beers. I usually canít stand high abv malt and hop monsters, but this was good. The texture and carbonation go a long way, for one, but the flavors are so enjoyable here as well. On top of that, Bells almost always puts out malty and rich beer with still a high level of attenuation and this is no exception. Or maybe Iím just completely biased towards Bells at this point, past the point of no return....

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