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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.


JPDIPSO's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2009
LIght copper color with a dense beige head. Aromas of heavy fruit, somewhat tropical and plenty of hops, both citric and pine-like. Quite sweet and thick and chewy. A citric bitterness does a decent job balancing. Flavors of tropical fruit and hints of alcohol along with a mild pepper bite. Nice, but I like a balance ot two hearted better.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1647) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2016
12 oz bottle dated 7/26/16. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and fruit with piney hops and some fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some fruit that quickly gives way to a big harsh piney resiny hop bitterness with some noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I was hoping for Hopslam but too much harsh alcohol and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1169) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Hazy amber gold with a off white head that lasts and laces. Aromas of orange, melon, pine, floral notes, spice, light caramel. Flavor is pine, orange, grapefruit, caramel, spice, floral notes. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, very bitter end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dal9000 (527) - Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Pours murky yellow with a thick short sticky head. Thick malty creamy citrus and floral hops. With a lingering finish of earthy hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4872) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2016
12 oz. looks like it was bottled 07/26/2016. Translucent amber with a big sticky foam on top. Smells of yeasty white bread, flowery orange, mild citrus zest, white grape and herbal resin. Tastes of orange flesh, honey, evergreen resin, bread, citrus zest and peppery green herb. Medium body is soft, dry and lightly astringent. Medium carbonation and just a bit of warmth from the abv.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (813) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle from Crafted in Haymarket, VA Aroma: citrus,caramel, pine Appearance: clear deep golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish Delicious

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1849) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Out of the bottle. Caramel malt takes center stage here. Slight orange. Pours a mostly clear orange with dusted white topping across the top. Taste is slightly cloying malt, a little tingling on the sides of the tongue. Low bitterness. Hops really get overtaken by the malt and the residual sweetness. Looking forward to my next bottle to see if this gets an upgraded score.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goodgrief (1994) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Golden pour with nice fluffy head. Caramel and pine on the hose. Sweet, about sticky, with caramel. Soapy pine and resin. Lots of alcohol burn. I love Bells, but this is just okay. Maybe my bottle was a little dated...it tasted like it might be.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3569) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy orange color with a small head. Sweet tropical fruits and caramel on the nose, resinous hops and some mild alcohol. Lots of resinous hops on the flavor with pale malts and sweet fruits, alcohol comes through a bit too much for me, otherwise decent. Good amount of malt.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_queue (9) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2016 does not count
Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/dark amber; medium white head. Aroma: Citrus fruits followed by some piney hops. Taste: Arrives with a big hop kick; so West Coast with all the bitter piney, citrus fruit peels. Malty & subtlely sweet middle but finishes dry with more hops. Palate: Light and crisp; hops are tingly up front. Dry as hell at the end. Overal: A good example of the style of DIPA; easily drinkable while the alcohol is well hidden even at 10%. I wonder why this beer isn’t more widely available year-round.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4103) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle. Golden orange color. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramelised malt and tropical fruit. Taste has fresh pineapple, mild bitter pine, tropical fruit, mango and soft caramelised malt. High abv well hidden. This is great, way better than hopslam.


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