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Brewed by Salopian
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Shrewsbury, England

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Colour: Straw
Style: The intention of the hop character is to be pronounced but not all encompassing, dry but not overtly bitter and a tiny hint of sweetness to add body. Its one of the most expensive of the Salopian beers to brew as it relies heavily on expensive hops from the US.
History: The creation of Oracle came about because of the employment of a new member of staff and a trip to a local pub. Jake Douglas joined the brewery in early 2008 having spent a decade at a brewery synonymous with hoppy beers; a promise was made early on to brew a beer to his taste. The trip to the pub was to try a beer of this style. The ambition was to create a balanced low gravity golden beer with a striking hop character. After a period of test brews Oracle was born.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3699) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2014
500ml bottle from Ales by Mail

BBE FEB 15 - Pours clear golden with a smooth white head. Aroma of fresh stingy grassy hops, earthy notes, crisp maltiness and hints of bread. Taste is smooth, grassy hoppy and crisp with some maltiness and earthy notes. Finish is lingering bitter, grassy and crisp. Pretty good classic golden ale with a touch of US hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8068) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle @ home, gift from dEnk I believe, thanks! Clear apple juice golden color, small white head that diminishes quickly though that may be because I served it a bit too cold. Aroma and taste are malts, hops, nicely bitter, nice grassy hoppyness. Decent body, firm carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Ales By Mail [210214]
Light golden, clear, frothy pillowy white head, some lacing
Aroma of fresh citrus grapefruit, grapefruit zest, floral hops, background of light sweet malts, great nose
Taste of grapefruit, fresh citrus zest, floral, background of nice light sweet fruity pale malts, great flavour for abc
Palate - Very soft carb, light body, little oily, soft sweet malts, bitter floral zest, good bitter sweet balance, very refreshing. Finish as main flavour, floral, bitter zest hop tail
Overall - One of the best golden ales I’ve tried

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6179) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
500 ml bottle.
Pours a clear golden colour with a lacy head. Aroma is very citrusy with some herbal notes. Also some interesting lakewater notes. Flavour of crisp citrusy bitterness, pale malts, some biscuit and orange pith. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a dry, crisp, biscuity finish. Drinkability is excellent. Great. I wish I had a cask of my own.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Hoppy with a bitter finish. Stronger than you would expect. An above average session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2661) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 10, 2014
On cask at The Post Office Vaults. Appearance: light orange, tiny white head. Aroma: wow, very hoppy, catty, some mango too. Smells great. Flavour: catty and mango, a little tropical fruit rind, lovely long fruity finish. Delightful.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask in the Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury. Pale with a small white head. Feels a little watery, but there are some good citrus flavours. Lots of grapefruit on the finish. Not bad.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
minutemat (1496) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
500ml bottle from Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. An incredibly full-flavoured ale with lashings of peppery citrus hops; crisp and fresh on the palette, with clean malts and an impeccably dry finish. A deliciously moreish, thirst quenching beer that hits the spot more than any other English ale this year. I have a feeling this will have a regular residency in my fridge over the next few months.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle@home from beer Ritz
Hazy pale gold, slight white head, herbal nose, pithy bitterness followed by citrus. Medium body+carb

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask at the Rake, 21/12/13. Very lightly hazed golden with a moderate off white head. Nose is juicy hops, straw, orange, apricot jam, grassy. Taste comprises juicy hops, light mango, orange pith, hint of grapefruit, soft bread dough, citric sherbetism. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sweet and hop laden closure. Top notch GB, lots of juicy hop resonance, good feel.


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