I’m the proud new owner of six Bells “The Oracle” Double IPA. If everyone hadn’t heard, Bells brewed a small batch of this Double IPA. It came out a couple weeks ago, and they finally reached my beer store, where a six pack was safely stuck aside for me. The beer differs in malt/hop profile from the Two Hearted and Hop Slam. It is just as good as everyone says (see Beer Advocate reviews – click here). This beer is a hop bomb. A huge citrus smell and taste. A very upfront hop wallop, with the malt flavors sitting far in the back.
I’m not sure it’s confirmed, but I read somewhere it weighs in at 10.4% ABV & 110 IBU’s. Wow. For as “big” as this beer is, it’s very drinkable. I sipped on one out of my favorite Bells tulip glass after dinner tonight, but had to take a break half way through to go mow the lawn. I put the glass in the refrigerator, came back over an hour later, and the beer still has a slight head on it. I haven’t seen these at any store, but keep your eyes opened and report back to us. Mine were $3.19 per bottle. I read on Beer Advocate that they arrive at stores and quickly disappear. Maybe the popularity of this will give Bells reason to brew it once a year. We can only hope!! Thanks Bells, another fantastic release.