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RATINGS: 780   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.

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3.6
Enwiebe (318) - - OCT 14, 2016
10/14/16. Bottle. Big, over the top DIPA. Surprisingly mild nose (older bottle?) but huge hop and alcohol battle going on in the mouth. Not boozy but definitely leaves a hop flavor behind for a while. Resinous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Foxbush (2028) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2016
12 oz bottle from The Caboose in Ashland, VA The DIPA poured hazy amber color with a small off white head that dissipated to n off-white collar. There was nice lacing. The aroma of floral hops with hints of pine and tropical fruits. Nice start! The taste was more complex with some alcohol sweetness but a balanced ale with bitter pine resin dominating. Some other fruits come into play: peaches and grapefruit. The ale has a medium body with soft carbonation. Bitterness is solid, but gentle enough not to throw the sip off kilter.

4
bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Pours copper-orange into the glass, with a small soapy white head that reduces to a tiny ring that leaves light soap lace. The nose is definitively floral. The flavors are of caramel, mixed citrus, phenols and earthen notes, finishing with an aggressive piney hop bitterness that mingles with the peppering alcoholic heat. The full body has an oily palate and semi-chewy mouthfeel. This is a nice DIPA, and one that has plenty of substance and complexity... maltiness, huge bitters, alcohol, citrus and woodiness. Who could ask for anything more? Superb!

3.2
ehaak26 (518) - - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head. Aroma is citrus, mostly grapefruit. Taste is largely bitter.

3.6
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Bottle-I have been wanting to have this one for many years. I wish i had a more fresh sample than this July bottle (over 2 months old). Regardless, i will rate it as it is. Pours slightly hazy dark orange with a very small spritzy white head and sparse lacing. Actually a pretty cool looking brew. Nose is slightly ozidized floral/citric hops, lite alcohol and big sticky robust hops. again, this was not fresh so it smelled a bit on the sweet side. Flavors of big sugary sweet hops to start mixed with a big pale malt base. Finish is huge resinous bitterness-think spearamint, earthy and piney with lots of minty notes. I REALLY want a fresh sample of this beer because i bet its pretty damn fantastic.

3.9
monkeychugg55 (1090) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Slightly orange gold color with a nice white head. The aroma is mostly pine and orange/tangerine, with some sweet, light colored caramel malt. The flavor brings a lot more malt into the mix, with a slightly toasty note. The hops are very prominent on the back end, lending resinous pine, floral, spicy, and citrus flavors. The alcohol is pretty noticeable but who cares!, this is tasty.

3.7
hershiser2 (3241) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle, Wine Warehouse. Plan of going to Random Row foiled after a few hours of yard work and not wanting to move off the couch, so let’s go big. Pours orange with a large frothy beige head.Nose is very faint under that huge head, so letting it sit a bit. OK, so grapefruit, pineapple, minor caramel. Flavor is full of booze, with a heavy amount of grapefruit peel and almost grapefruit concentrate. Not very malty - which I kinda like, a little grass, and even more grapefruit.

4.3
rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2016
The pour was amber in color, with hazy body, and a good sized, two finger thick head. The aroma was very potent, even at an arm’s length. Upon bringing the glass to the nose, I could smell lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. There was also some hay in addition to the tropical fruits. The first sip was was quite bit more bitter than I was expecting, proving flavors of grapefruit pith, bitter orange, and pine. There was a good deal of malt sweetness, and alcohol lurking behind the hop assault. This was a thick, chewy DIPA, providing a hefty mouthfeel. Definitely a DIPA made for sipping.

2.1
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Drank from a pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle. This brew was mega boozy, I’m going to allow a bottle to age and see if it smooths out with time.

3.5
Beaver (1799) - 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.


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