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RATINGS: 770   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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3.7
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
strong beer with a essence of piny, hops. the malts are very low with little sweetness but has a distinctive hoppy punch that is superior compared with other IPA of the same nature. strong alcohol flavor too. worth getting.

3.1
nick76 (4402) - 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 that’s big for the style. Taste wise it’s 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 doesn’t impress me as much as most people here.

3.2
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 it’s just an in-this-case unappealing hop bitterness. I’m not finding the resinous qualities claimed in the description, although there is some lingering citrus zest bitterness. Malts offer little beyond sweetness and there’s a lot of that. Somewhat disappointing beer, but I shouldn’t be surprised as I tend to not love the hoppier efforts from Bells.

4.1
decaturstevo (6343) - 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
JohnnyJ (5569) - 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 IPA’s go I am more of a hophead, I like crisp fresh hop dominate flavors. This is well balanced for an IIPA.

4
boFNjackson (4201) - 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
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.

4
DialSquare (5122) - 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 ipa’s with an Oracle, Hopslam and Two Hearted tasting. Didn’t go so well. The Two Hearted was totally drowned out by the other huge brews - none of them played well together. Oracle rerate on it’s 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. It’s good - but I definitely enjoy two hearted and hopslam more.

4
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 doesn’t overwhelm. Strong medium palate, but not as sticky as some double IPA’s. This one is really all about the hops.

4
ddemmingjr (800) - 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.


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