Saturday, August 25, 2018

Bell's The Oracle

Fill date: 7/12/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong tropical/citrus juice concentrate. Hefty malt presence as well, though it's mostly pale malt with just a touch of caramel. Alcohol is present and emotes a slight honey and peppercorn note. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of orange (9-13 SRM). Large, beige frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hop-forward for sure and at all time. It begins with a tropical fruit concentrate taste and finishes with dank resiny/piney earthy sensation. Bitterness is quite intense, bordering on astringent at times. Malt base is rich to offer balance to the high IBUs. Subtle caramel and honey notes. Alcohol is also prominent and imparts a slight peppery/spicy sensation and enhances the somewhat astringent, dry aftertaste. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth, almost creamy. At 10% ABV and 90 IBUs, this is a sipper (but not a challenge to drink). 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An "Old School" DIPA by today's standards. Maybe a little more intense than it needs to be, but certainly meets the quality DIPA criteria. 8/10


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