Bell’s The Oracle

Posted: December 13, 2015 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Bell's Brewery, Reviews

Val is still knocked out, so I’m watching some of the shows that we have DVRed that she doesn’t like to watch with me (American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, etc.). I do find that American Horror Story is much more graphic this year, not that it bothers me. They always try to push the envelope just a bit. Today’s beer is from Bell’s, which I picked up in Pennsylvania, since we can’t get it here.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 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.”

Random: Lady Gaga is really good in the show. I was pleasantly surprised.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated very slowly and left a massive amount of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a hazy apricot color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with a lot of citrus notes. There were some floral notes also with pine resin and some alcohol astringency. The taste was better than the nose. It was intensely bitter with lots of pine resin. Then, the grapefruit note came through along with a medicinal taste, but it wasn’t very strong. I kept searching for other flavors, but this was a relatively simple, upfront, double IPA. The alcohol was present and warmed the back of the throat. The finish was lengthy with the same dank, pine resin and booze. For $3.99 a single ($.33 per ounce), this wasn’t a cheap beer, but worth the pricetag. I liked the beer, but it had a few notes and that was it. I think that there are more interesting beers of the style out there. With that being said, it wasn’t a bad beer and it had some nice flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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