Ravaged By Vikings - Solemn Oath Brewery

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Solemn Oath Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-19-2012

Rich caramel malt sweetness is beaten over the head with bright, fresh American hop flavors of grapefruit citrus, pine and tropical fruit in our double IPA. This beer is the bigger, more successful brother of Kidnapped by Vikings.
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Photo of Vonerichs
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaquely hazed dull orange body. Billowing and fluffy white head.

The aroma is grapefruit rind, a light floral lilac, and a strong grainy malt presence.

The hops almost end with the aromatics. It's really grainy and the hop
presence is mildly bitter but the grapefruit and floral notes I picked up in the nose struggled to pop.

Mouthfeel is meditate-light and a pinch slick.

Just ok to me. It started out strong but fell off quickly. I will say it drank much lighter than 8%, that's a plus. I found combat marshmallow, the stout that was bottled about the same time, to be way hoppier.

Photo of larryarms847
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is bright and inviting.

Smells of citrus fruits, hops, and bubblegum.

Taste is very citrusy and light for an 8% beer. Hop flavor a bit dull.

Mouthfeel is a mouthful of tropical fruit.

Overall this beer is a very good balance of fruit and hops to make this beer worth purchasing again.

Photo of Peter1977
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not what I wS looking for

Photo of trooperp
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A rocking citrus hop bomb mitigated by a bed of caramel sweetness..more like a imperial double red ale..my first Solemn Oath beer and I was NOT disappointed

Photo of BreakfastBeersInMyUndies
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - really nice opaque hazy orange with 2 fingers of head that left a nice lacing on the glass after settling. Very inviting. It just looks like a citrus bomb.

S - its got a nice nose. Citrus up front. Mostly orange and grapefruit. A little pit of pine as well. No caramel or savory malt notes.

T - taste is consistent with the nose. Citrus. Orange and grapefruit. A very nice level of bitterness. It stays on the palate for a while. The hop bitterness continues through the whole experience. Very little malt even though the label boasts sweet caramel malts. You can taste the heat even though the abv is not that big. I'm guessing IBU is 90-100.

M - decent mouth feel. nice carbonation. feels light bodied. a little bit of stickiness fell as well, which I like.

O - overall this is good beer. I would buy it again. It didn't blow me away, but its a nice drinkable IIPA that you can pair with some BBQ and be happy. I personally prefer something even bigger when I'm buying an IIPA in terms of bitterness and abv.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Solidarity is keeping it real with some tastiness from the 'Thrill down south. This stuff pours a lightly hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light leek, grass, and some light toffee in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit peel coming in as more of a zest, the leek is lighter, and some lemon rind, light banana, and light black pepper come through as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little DIPA, one that doesn't overdo the hops and maintains a healthy balance. Good times.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only other beer I've had from these guys is Butterfly Flashmob ( on tap ) which I enjoyed. They just started bottling so I had to pick this up when I saw it at Binnys.
Poured from 22oz bottle ( no date ) into snifter.

look - white head, settled with some decent lacing. Color of the beer is a sunburst orange with a slight haze

smell - citrus dominates. grapefruit, tangerine, piney, hops

taste - a bit of malty sweetness is nicely balanced with some citrus flavors and a hop bite

mouthfeel - medium body, on the lower carb side, a bit oily, but finishes dry

overall - nice balanced DIPA - very drinkable - I really liked it! . I usually don't buy bombers too often, but at $7.99 it's not as bad as buying an FFF DIPA bomber at 50% higher cost and almost as good.

Photo of vic21234
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a half finger of white colored head which fades to some froth along the top.

S- Nice citrus and pine aroma with an overall sweetness. The citrus was apparent upon popping the cap.

T- The hops dominate the taste as expected. A caramel malt starts off before the piney resinous notes take over. The alcohol is apparent but not overpowering by any means.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, hoppy, bitter and refreshing.

A nice easy drinking DIPA from Solemn Oath. I've enjoyed the few beers I've had from them so far and look forward to seeing them grow.

Photo of bschinelli
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a burnt, chill hazed orange into a pint glass with an inch and a half of off-white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass while you drink the beer.

S - Big, imperial IPA nose of resinous pine, followed by some citrus and a hint of starfruit. The nose is bringing tropical fruit notes to my attention along with a bit of pine and resin. If there's malt in the nose I missed it.

T - Pine, resin, blood orange, and other citrus dominate the tongue. Lots of

M - Appropriate carbonation for a medium bodied beer. Lots of hop oil on the tongue.

O - Another great beer from Solemn Oath. Excellent example of an Imperial IPA.

Photo of TTAmod
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. No bottled on date that I can find, but it should be fresh since this has just started being bottled.

A: Dark amber, clear, one finger white head that dissipates very quickly. A small amount of bubbles stream up to the surface. Looks undercarbonated. Okay other than that.

S: Smell is good. Strong tropical notes. Lots of grapefruits, mango, and blood orange. Also get a bit of pine and alcohol off the nose, too.

T: Lots of orange zest in the taste. Grapefruit rind, ripe mango, bit of marijuana and pine on the back. Bitterness is absolutely non-present in the taste. This is one of the least bitter double IPAs I've ever tasted. Slightly bready, sweet caramel malt on the hind end. Finishes slightly tropical. No lingering bitterness.

M: Not as undercarbonated as it looks. In fact, it's pretty much perfect. Body is on the lighter side, but it's not TOO light. Slightly resinous and sticky.

O: I like the hop profile, but I think there could be a bit more hop intensity. I think just a touch more would be perfect. However, this is very well balanced, and the hops are still pretty intense...I'm just a relentless hop head. I like the slight sweetness and the absolute lack of bitterness here.

Tough to live up to the neighboring Two Brother's, but this is pretty solid stuff.

Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle
$7.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Ravaged by Vikings fills the snifter with a body the color of a sunrise. It runs from red tinged orange at the widest to tarnished copper up the neck all of which is fairly hazy. The head is clean white and soapy before falling to a thick ring around the glass. Thin drink lines get left behind after each drink.

Sweet grapefruit and orange seem to be the focus of this IPA. The grapefruit is a touch pithy but more so broiled with sugar. The orange has jammy characteristics and sweet peel. A touch of resin and alcohol mingle in the background. The malt is actually pretty doughy and neutral making for a solid foundation. There is a buttery character to the sweet hoppiness that worried me but the more I smell the more I appreciate.

Again, the flavor profile bases itself on that juicy, dripping, sweet citrus. The citrus I mentioned runs from front to back. Resinous hops join mid palate with a drying, but soft, alcohol heat. The malt profile is faint with doughy and light caramel characteristics allowing the hop profile to shine.

A medium body and slightly prickly carbonation make up the mouthfeel. Bitterness grows to moderate and a drying alcohol finish cleans things up. The alcohol isn't tasted but the fumes hit the nose.

The sweet citrus makes this IIPA. It seems to just drip ripe oranges and grapefruit. Ravaged by Vikings is a good drinking IIPA all around and the price point for a bomber in this area isn't bad. I'd pick this up again in the future if they decide to bottle again.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Solemn Oath today.

Served in a Solemn Oath glass.

A: Poured a very cloudy gold, with a soft, white pepper-esque head.

S: Strong, strong, strong Pine Sol with cherry-infused filtered water. Grapefruit with even more added sugar.

T: Very hoppy, with quite a bit of lemon and orange zest. Others I split this with described it as soap….. I beg to differ.

M: The drinkability is a tad low on this one due to the richness, but it's still quite good. I wish there was a bit more caramel goodness in there.

O: Very respectable brew from a new (to me) brewery.

Photo of Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, rusty orange in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that falls to an extra thick ring around the corner and a patchy surface coating. Very little lacing.

S: Well, this isn't starting off so great. Orange, orange rind, caramel malt, balsa wood, earth, orange blossom, dirt with a touch of alcoholic spice on the back end. Yeah, it smells like a bag of dirty oranges.

T: Okay, the taste isn't much better. Starts off with a moderate sweetness. A blend of caramel malt and orange. Then a little grapefruit, before turing earthy and mildly skunky. Finish is yeasty esters, which are out of place for the style. However, the most interesting (and not interesting in a good way) thing is about a minute after you swallow there is this sticky blend of orange juice and bitterness in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied. Sticky. Appreciable bitterness. Leaves an unpleasant coating in the mouth. This beer resides at the exact opposite side of the spectrum from "clean."

O: From my experience, Solemn Oath likes to brew their beers "outside of the box" when it comes to styles. And this beer is no different resulting in a DIPA that is reminiscent of a DIPA, but not really. A DIPA that focuses on hoppy bitterness while forsaking hop flavor. Unfortunately, like many of SO's beers, this one is also fairly average.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brownish orange color with a finger of white head. Walls of lacing.

The nose is bringing tropical fruit notes to my attention along with a bit of pine and resin. There is a slightly sweet smelling malt backbone.

The flavor are sharp with hop presence. The tropical fruits offered by the hop oils are mingling with some piney flavors. There is a nice balance of hops and malt here as the sweet malt finishes each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a suiting moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a stand up ipa that carries great flavors and has little flaw. Yum.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I get the toasty Caramell… But then was just kind of bitter.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with some amber hues and a bit of haze. Head is about one finger and has decent retention.

Smell is great, lots of citrus, some mango a good piney backbone. Malt smells somewhat sweet through the citrus tang.

Taste follows the nose with citrus flavors laced over a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt is semi sweet and well balanced with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, mild to moderate carbonation. Perfect for an ipa.

Overall well balanced tasty ipa.

Photo of Mild_Bill
1.54/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

It looks really good in appearance, I received very high recommendations from my local beer store. However after taste and further review, I feel that it is less than satisfactory.

I got from a local store that is respectable, so i know it is not because of how it was handled or stored. I drank it fresh. However it was anything but special.

Appearance: This was the best part, looked like it had orange glow, made me excited to taste.
Smell: The smell was average, it was sweet but more of a sour odor.
Taste: You can barely taste the grapefruit. There is no strong flavor presence, kind of a let down.
Mouth feel: A liquid taste, nothing to write home about.
Overall: Never buy again. Not the worst choice in life, but not a good one. It tastes casual. If you have drank everything under the sun but this, then give it a chance. But I would buy/try anything else.

I would suggest give it a chance, to say you tried it. But if you are limited, try something else.

Ravaged By Vikings from Solemn Oath Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.