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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4397) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
The aroma is intensely hoppy with grass and citrus with caramel malt in the back seat. The appearance is amber with a head thatís big for the style. Taste wise itís very much in line with the aroma. There is also a bit of astringency. The palate is very smooth. Overall a quality beer that just doesnít impress me as much as most people here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2010
20101113 12oz bottle from some store around Detroit (Red Wagon or something like that?). Lighter amber with smallish but lasting beige foam that clings in small rings. Aroma is floral, citrus and tropical blossoms, fresh pineapple, peppery alcohol, cookie dough, bubble gum, and some green apple. Coating and thick palate, but with a busy eff that explodes with temp on the palate and evolves into an almost chalky astringency that could just be the emergence of the alcohol late but I rather think itís just an in-this-case unappealing hop bitterness. Iím not finding the resinous qualities claimed in the description, although there is some lingering citrus zest bitterness. Malts offer little beyond sweetness and thereís a lot of that. Somewhat disappointing beer, but I shouldnít be surprised as I tend to not love the hoppier efforts from Bells.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Orange pour with watery head and lace. Resin, sweet malt, and bread on the nose. Sweet malt, light resiny bitter, bread and a hint of abv. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to wnoble. Golden orange pour, hazy, with white head. Citrusy hops, grapefruit, light tropical flavors, lots of sweet malt and caramel. Nice beer, I recommended, but as IPAís go I am more of a hophead, I like crisp fresh hop dominate flavors. This is well balanced for an IIPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle... Poured hazy golden/orange with a white head. Passion and citrus fruit and lots of hops on the nose. Big and hoppy all the way through. Resinous, pepper spice, very muted malts, and more earthy, floral hops in the bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2010
(12oz thanks to thirdeye11) Cloudy orange with foamy egg white head. Smells very tropical- mango, pineapple, alcohol, sugar cane. Taste is sweet- honey, maple sap water, pineapple. Supper hoppy with all the tropical fruit flavors but also a good dose of caramel.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4874) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Very excited to get to try this. I believe this was courtesy of drowland - but many people brought - so not 100%. Two hearted-esque up front. Seemed a little meatier and chewier after that. Little warmer also. Great. Would love to try again. ReRate: 6/4/11 -- six pack from Andersons in toledo this past Christmas. We tried a few then and brought a couple back with us. We did a Bells lineup of ipaís with an Oracle, Hopslam and Two Hearted tasting. Didnít go so well. The Two Hearted was totally drowned out by the other huge brews - none of them played well together. Oracle rerate on itís own from the last bottle - big warm boozy nose in a pleasant way. Just a huge beer - not for the faint of heart. Spicy, bready, caramel, piney, apple, floral - all out attack of a chewy bitter mix. Itís good - but I definitely enjoy two hearted and hopslam more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Batch #9901. Pours an burnt orange/amber color. Hea/thy sized frothy off white head. Lots of lacing. Huge earthy aroma. Tons of hoppy bitterness, but just enough sweetness to compensate. Clean and dry. Mouthfeel lingers, but doesnít overwhelm. Strong medium palate, but not as sticky as some double IPAís. This one is really all about the hops.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ddemmingjr (799) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle:pours a hazy apricot,amber.spruce,pine with big citrus and peach notes.Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.subtle bitterness on the finish.Really appealing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Well, I lost my notes due to a voice recorder malfunction, but managed to salvage my synopsis. In a nutshell, this beer is very clean, crisp, and hoppy... alcoholic, very fresh and easy. This is a very well-crafted beverage. A beautiful, beautiful beer.


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