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Ravaged By Vikings - Solemn Oath Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Solemn Oath Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-19-2012)
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Photo of Mild_Bill
1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

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.

Mild_Bill, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of patjohnfive
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

patjohnfive, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Gonzoillini, May 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

tmryan21, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jabo134, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

bcm75, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jschott75, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Norseman, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ctrevino, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

Florida9, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Vonerichs, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Inglewood
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Inglewood, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BreakfastBeersInMyUndies
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

BreakfastBeersInMyUndies, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

rbrefbeerman, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

krome, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

powz87, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jgunther71, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

SirPutzly, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

GoBlue12, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

SCZ, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

carmike813, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Davihaw, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

durlta, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

brbrocc, Dec 26, 2012
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Ravaged By Vikings from Solemn Oath Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.