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RATINGS: 635   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Thanks Matt.Chilled. La Fin glass. Upon opening the bottle,I sat it down,and could smell the aroma. Huge aroma. Copper with orange hues. Streaming bubbles rising to the top which sets a fat head. Strong tropical fruit and resinous hop aromas. Faint malt in the aroma with a bit of alcohol. Thick,smooth texture. Upfront bread and strong pine. Following are slick malts and slight alcohol burn. Really is very smooth. Finish is long with woody,floral,resinous hops. There is a annoying lingering alcohol burn though,which becomes more evident upon warming to the point of almost being overbearing and pretty much dominates the flavor. A 2 hearted ale times 2,almsot 3. A real palate killer and alcoholic DIPA .Without the big alcohol presence,this would be rated quite a few points higher for me. Having a second bottle the aroma seemed even better. Still,this beer is so dominated by the alcohol itís almost not really enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (44) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Very hoppy and very intense. Not balanced or malty. Loved the taste and the appearance. The aroma is very good and I liked the this beer alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Cap pops off with a rather loud pop, revealing an aroma of fresh sliced oranges. Pour is a cloudy orange with a modest off white head. The taste is fantastic of oranges, some pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. Goes down smooth with a noticeable alcohol burn. This is so much better than Hopslam, and better than many DIPAs Ive had. Serious applause to Larry for this fine creation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (215) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2014
BOD 8/8/14. Pours a clear light amber with a touch of dark ruby making it a bit darker than golden. Very nice head with exceptional lacing and retention. Very nice nose of pine, grapefruit, tropical and a somewhat dank hop note over a caramel sweetness that also has a hint of spice. Medium body with a rich oily slick texture. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is complex and fairly well balanced given the 10% alcohol content. It begins as a blend of hop flavors, mostly dank with grapefruit and pine notes, that slowly yield to the tropicals as a blended biscuit/caramel sweetness sneaks in. The sweetness fades into a mild bitterness which has a dank and slightly spicy note. As the bitterness fades, alcohol is noted, but not excessively so. The finish is slightly sweet with a nice alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Better than the Mars offering which lacks balance and fails to cover the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerKurve (509) - - OCT 11, 2014
Strong piney hops upfront with some caramel and toffee malt sweetness; Aftertaste of bitter hops and grapefruits. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (741) - Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2014
bottle pours light orange with thick yellow head. Aroma citrus, resin, earthy hops. Initial taste of huge hops. After a bit your palate gets saturated and you notice the sweet malts and citrus. Finish bitter hops. Palate thick bordering on syrupy. This does smooth out as you drink the glass but this is no question a hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Criz (103) - - OCT 4, 2014
Excellent DIPA! Hoppy, bitter, balanced, and semi-dry. Pours a murky golden orange color. The thin white head sticks to the glass and runs down it. Aromas of stone fruit, citrus, and flowers. Flavors follow a similar line up. Get your hands on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (705) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2014
smell is 50/50 mix of citrus hops and darker fruits...quite nice! wow...hoppy...very much so....bitter, but in a way that isnít as offending as other IPAs..weird..smooths out the more you drink...as they all do..I can see why people love this...but not really my style...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste citrus, pine, malty. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to phalesu..Pour is dark gold with a thin head..Nose is musty, dried caramels, malt, some hop spice..Taste is musty malts, caramel, not much hop character, alcohol. .Pretty hard to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bellsman1991 (29) - - SEP 30, 2014
West coast style for sure, Piney citrus bitter, Itís a really good dipa, Almost better then hopslam-

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