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RATINGS: 769   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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3.3
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
2 year old rating of batch #9306. Bright gummy mango and passion fruit aroma. Dark honeyed gold. Sharply astringently bitter, stinging tingly finish.

4.2
bhensonb (15336) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle from Guerde. Thanks man! Pours clear orange/copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is floral and citrus with a hint of caramel. Med body. Flavor is very hoppy, but there is some malt sugar towards balance. I get burning resin and citrus hop, and the finish is just beautifully bitter. The burn eases, and the bitter never quits. Heat? With all that hop who could tell?

4.2
Busko (9) - Keller, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011 does not count
Poured from tap at The Hopleaf last night. Very good strong Dipa. Nose has a piney, citrusy aroma with some herbal tones. Lacing all over the glass, great body and has a bit of the alcohol aftertaste to it though. Unlike Hopslam, this beer is similar but definitely stronger and more malt to it. Very nice beer to drink a few on a rainy afternoon which leads for a fun voyage home.

4.3
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Oh wee, sticky icky icky. To quote the great Snoop. Damn I may have found the hoppiest beer. Pours an amber orange color with a thin white foam head. Aroma of hop, hops, hops. Lots of earthiness. Overwhelms the grapefruit and caramel notes. Sweet caramel taste with what may be the harshest hop taste I have tasted so far. Only weakness in the beer is I could use a bit more body. But overall a top DIPA.

4
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Thanks Carl. Amber pour with a great white lasting head. The aroma holds tons of citrus and evergreen like sap notes, which I love in the style. The flavor is also a sappy resin onslaught. Lots of citrus in the background, with a caramel biscuit malt character for balance. Palate is quite thick with medium carbonation. Yum yum yum.

3.9
Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
A shared glass atbthe brewpub. A kind of golden copper but itnis a little different. The nose is fullmof hs, just full! So is the flavor. So much pine and floral. This is nothing but good.

3.8
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pours razor clear light gold with 1 finger and good head retention. Aroma is intensely aromatic from dry-hopping, similar to fine cannabis. Pine and citrus take a backseast to the massive amounts of resin with only a hint of honey on the malt side. Taste is piney resin, very aggressive, little to no malt presence other than a mild toasty flavor, booze is somewhat apparent. Body is medium, oily, average carbonation, long bitter finish with booziness. Overall, this is basically Imperial Two Hearted ale. Good, but the apparent alcohol flavor is a big no-no for me in this style. Not something I will go out of my way for next year.

4.1
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Fairly clear copper pour with a medium sized billowy head. Nose holds loads of citrus including tangerine, pink grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange rind, along with some very nice pine and wet grass notes. In the flavor the evergreen characteristics come more to the forefront, though the citrus and caramel malt provide an excellent backbone. Sort of like Two Hearted on steroids with additional complexities. Good stuff.

4.2
KingMoomie (5) - Poland, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2011 does not count
Drank on draft at The Happy Gnome in St Paul. Had to pass up the Surly Furious to drink it but was not disapointed. Awesome copper color with in your face hop aroma and flavor, a must drink for hop heads.

4
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
12 oz. bottled, labeled “10588 PKGD 8/12/11 A. Must be pretty fresh. Clear copper pour with a 2’ foamy head which retains well leaving lacing throughout. Beautiful job with the dry hopping, very full aromas of pine and tropical fruit. Body is medium oily and slick with a velvety mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness. Flavor gives no way to malt, this is mostly a hop bomb as advertised. Fruity and bitter. Almost too bitter but still an enjoyable one.


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