The Oracle

Michigan
United States
Bell's Beer The Oracle Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first and foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt and balance.

The fireworks start with the aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer poured a hazy golden-yellow hue that was quite typical of a Double IPA. In the aroma I found moderately high notes of citrus, lemon rind and spicy hops, as well as some ripe melon esters toward the end with a clean, bready malt note to complement it. Upon taking the first sip, I found a large degree of bready malt sweetness that faded quickly, as if it were introducing the next act. Following that, the citrus, lemon rind, and spicy  hop character in the aroma is back for an encore, and delivers the balance this high-ABV beer merits. There are some piney hop notes as the beer warms that play very well with the dry finish, and the aftertaste is long and citrusy. A medium-heavy body and high carbonation give this beer a rounded mouthfeel that works well. The alcohol warmth is there as a reminder to take small sips, enjoy it, and although many may not abide by that message, I'm glad it's there. Overall, this is an excellently produced beer showcasing its hop aroma and flavor. This beer does a fine job at representing the style, and the different hop characters noted could not be in better harmony. There is also a sweet caramel malt note as it warms, which gives this beer another positive dimension.