Kidnapped By Vikings | Solemn Oath Brewery

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Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 270
Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Above average lasting head which leaves blanketing lace. Golden color and clear.

Strong but brief golden malt start to the smell. The floral hop nose takes over.

The malt is brief but the hop is mild as well. Still the beer works. Thinner in body with an elevated carbonation level. Good finish and lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of The_Ocho
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Smelled great and was such a smooth drinking beer, that I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 24 case of this and drink it as my every night beer. Try it, you will love this if you love American IPA's.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Let's see how this new brewery is. Canned 11/27/17

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, a bit of sticky lacing, crystal clear orange tan color

Nose brings nice hops, tropical notes, passion fruit, grapefruit, pink lemonade, some citrus, tart, touch of malty sweetness

Taste brings a bit of malty sweet cracker, malt extract like candy malt like character, then hops, herbal grassy and a bit spicy, touch of pine, little generic fruit, finishes a bit sweet sticky, lingering malt and herbal spicy hop.

Mouth is med bod, a decent carb

Overall started nice, but flavor fell off, more malty sweet syrupy, hops were kinda bland and nothing special,

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a single at Craft Beer Cellar in Plymouth for four dollars and twenty five cents. I have never heard of, or tried this brew before. Decent, but unremarkable brew...would be up for trying some of their higher ABV offerings.

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Photo of bwood06
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife and I decided to meet a couple friends out at Solemn Oath's taproom and I noticed a plethora of interesting beers on the menu. This one happened to stand out to me so I gave it a shot.

This ber pours a clear, glowing amber hue that is light on carbonation and is topped with a frothy, almost creamy, head that is off white and dissipates slowly to a rocky layer that is retained. 4/5 The aroma is nice and hoppy with a good dose of pine resin that is backed up by a white bread maltiness. A bit of butter and caramel come out as the beer warms. 3.75/5 Light caramel and white bread kick things off in terms of the flavor profile before the pine resin quickly comes to the rescue. The white bread transitions to a grainy note while the caramel disappears entirely into the pine. Surprisingly, the malt is not overpowered by the malt, instead acting as a strong 2nd lead. Bitterness is mild and lingers lightly after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied IPA that is light on carbonation and is lightly drying with a light lingering dryness. It is actually a bit wetting before the dryness kicks in. 4/5 This is a good piney IPA that is fairly simple in terms of aroma and flavor, but this simpleness is what makes it so effective. I can't say that it is the most flavorful or most interesting IPA that I have ever had, but it is one of the most drinkable. 3.75/5

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Photo of joe1510
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
4 Seasons - Morris, IL

Kidnapped by Vikings is brilliant orange with a shine that lasts for days. There's a touch of haze throughout the body but a glow when backlit. The micro bubbled head is pure white with a quick fade down to a skimming that's kept alive by active bubbles to the surface. Spotty lacking slides back to the body after each drink.

The nose is sugar cookie sweet, a little powdered sugar even, a very pale mat sweetness. The hop profile is citric in nature but seems to be confused as to it's exact direction. Orange, a little sugary, plays the biggest role along with some peppery under ripe pineapple. The citrus seems faded and confused with no certain pop; pith, peel, jam, nothing. Vague, generic, citrus.

Again, we have that generic citrus. It's orange but with no direction. There's some pineapple, it's faint without much authority and bordering on sweetened bread of sorts. A drizzle of caramel makes itself known that wasn't present in the nose. The best part of the flavor profile is the lingering citrus, it manages to clean up a bit on the finish.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of the beer. Medium bodied with a slick carbonation and sweetness that dries up quickly. Bitterness seems low at first but grows to a solid moderate over time and lingers. Drinkability is there.

Solemn Oath has fallen flat with Kidnapped by Vikings. It's vaguely this and vaguely that. Half good and half bad. There's not much to get excited about with this beer. It's unfortunate. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle from Binny's Napertucky into a tulip. No bottling date, when will I learn?

Murky and a little sloppy in color, head is short lived, lacing is minimal.

Bit of pineapple, some juice and leafy hops, and a light buttery biscuit.

In a word: boring. Some fruity hops, a bit of pineapple, minimal bitterness, some support malt. It's a very standard, nothing offensive but certainly nothing unique or even that interesting IPA. Not very complex, not overly tasty, easy to drink but not all that encouraged to do so.

Watery mouthfeel in finish make this a weak point.

A hometown brewery is exciting and something I'd like to support, and while this isn't discouraging it also doesn't hit any real key notes for me either. A middle of the road entry and nothing all that special.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date? SOB 2014.

A: really nice golden amber with about 2" of head with some lacing. Didn't last a real long time.

S: hints of citrus, but mostly hops. Not strongly piney.

T: not nearly as complex as I anticipated. Some grapefruit and hops and that's about it.

M: pretty light bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, but not my ideal IPA.

O: Glad to have tried this. I love supporting the small breweries and thanks to a friend that picked this up for me on trade. But, not overly impressed. I'll stick with my PNW IPA's.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pints in Elmhurst. They usually have one or two of this brewery's beer going at any given time.

Served in a shaker, the beer is bronze/orange with a fluffy beige head. It has pretty nice lacing.

Nose of grapefruit and caramel malts. There is also a tropical fruit note that is a cross between mango and juicy fruit gum.

The taste follows the nose. Nice citrus and tropical bitterness balanced by slightly sweet malts. Balanced with more spicy notes mid glass.

Mouth is pleasantly oily and a bit coating. I like this one and am glad to see it in regular rotation.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no apparent freshness date other than "SOB 2014", 6.0% also listed on label
L - hazed amber-orange colored ale topped with a creamy ivory head, good retention and lacing
S - juicy, fruity, citric, orange, grapefruit, lemon, grass, caramel; very fresh aroma
T - grapefruit rind, pine, orange, caramel malt, herbal, and tea-like
F - thin-to-medium body, sharp, bitter, semi-dry finish
O - good American IPA from a local brewery just a couple of miles from my house. It's nice to finally see them bottling some of their beer. At its price point ($6.99), which is unfortunately pretty fair these days, I don't think I'd buy this again seeing as there are many less expensive, better options available. Still glad to try one.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I just want to say that I've had this on tap and thought much better of it but from the bottle it was less impressive.

Cloudy orange/copper w/decent head and nice lace.

Smells of loads of piney hops. Little citrus. Not much else.

Taste is where I was left to wonder. I remember this being fairly balanced on draft but from the bottle, all I'm getting is massive amounts of hops. Almost to excess. Some people probably like this, but I prefer a little more balance and this is burn my tongue off hoppy and fairly bitter.

I would like to try this one again on tap and possibly update my review.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden slightly amber in color with a one finger white frothy head that has great retention.

Aroma is hop forward however much lighter then expected. Some grassy piney floral aromas dominate with some lighter hints of grapefruit and a rich caramel malt body.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of floral and grapefruit hops are forward blending to a sweet candy like floral flavor. Lighter malt flavor and a surprising amount of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is good light body and light carbonation keep this drinkable and refreshing. Not a whole lot of oils resin or bitterness present.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pink-orange, big soapy off-white head with spotty lacing. Not much carbonation to be seen. Silver and black bottle artwork is certified badass.

S: Lots of pine, some citrus in the back, too. Full and rounded.

T: The strong pine aromas have been mellowed by some softer malt notes. Citrus fruit notes mingle in there as well, but aren't major players. Not very bitter, but super dry as well. It seems the flavor has been diluted a bit compared to the nose. I still love it, but people who enjoy tons of hops will probably be disappointed.

M: Crisp, great carbonation.

O: Awesome easy drinking beer. Perfect for my hopbomb-averse palate if I still want to get some hop flavors and refreshment. I'll be returning to this one.

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Photo of Rope
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Muddy orange, very hazy.

Nice balanced hop profile, and a slight spicy malt.

The hops start and it melds into the malt with a bitter hop end. Nothing comes though too clear here.

Thinner than I would have hopped.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a Solemn Oath tulip.
6% ABV,

A - Deep golden raw honey on the verge of being amber, Kidnapped by Vikings is a hazed beer that forms a lasting off-white head with dots of lace left in it's wake.

S - Fresh, juicy hops bring the pineapple and mango tropical fruitiness but give this glass a swirl and dank marijuana and sour apple Blow Pop, complete with bubblegum, join the mix! Hops steal the show but smooth caramel malt makes for a seductively sweet base.

T - Like the aroma before it, Kidnapped by Vikings is straight hop in your face but the flavor changes course towards even more fruity flavor. The Blow Pop is still there too, it's just more of a blue raspberry taste mixed with ripe tropical fruits; this beer is almost a girly drink! Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and melon join the fun in this ridiculously tasty IPA!

M - Kidnapped by Vikings' smooth body starts medium full for it's lower alcohol content but quickly turns refreshing and crisp from the abundant hops which dry out the palate and leave a spectacular bitterness on the tongue.

O - Who knew being Kidnapped by Vikings would be so damn delicious? Solemn Oath proves it with this powerfully hoppy yet slightly restrained IPA, which showcases an abundance of tasty tropical fruits. Smooth, easy drinking, and fresh as hell, this is one of the better IPAs I've had as of late.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Really nice copper, thick foamy two finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Can't really tell what I am smelling in this one. I get bready notes with the smell of the carbonation. Some caramel and pine.

T: Toasty bready malt backbone with some caramel sweetness. Not much in the taste of hops

M: A little thin but not a lot of sweetness and easy to drink.

O: This was just okay for me in the bottle, however I remember really liking this much much better on draft.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at The Vine on November 10, 2018. Bursting with fresh hop aroma, thisd American IPA has a light malty sweetness to balance the dominant, pine and citrus hop presence.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Highly bitter not a lot of maltiness.

A rocky but thin head.

The smell is pretty light.

Lots of red grapefruit on the nose and grapefruit pith on the palate.

Defiantly a first-drink-of-the-night beer.

There's a little cinnamon in the aftertaste. And possibly a hint of apple pie crust.

The color is a hazy reddish golden amber.


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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1747th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL

App- When this was put on the bar it did look like a bit of a mix of IPA colors. A bit orange with yellows and haziness mixed in. The center was a bit deeper and richer than the rest was. The edges are a bit clearer. The head was a nice wite 2 finger with sticky cling for days.

Smell- When I got this one it was a bit of a mix of aromatics. A bit of a cat pee hops with a bit of pine and then thrown in is the deep tropical flavors and aromatics that bring a bit of dry grass as well.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer. It was a classic american IPA with decent flavors. It was a bit dry with some good spicy hops and a little bit of a balanced tropical fruit flavor behind it. It wasnt overly bitter but did have some good grainular flavors behind it.

Mouth- A semi medium body with a bit of thiness behind it and then moves into a semi bubbly medium carbonation. A bit of the cat pee flavor remains and has a nice dry flavor as well. A little bit like a pine tree intermixed with grapefruit.

Drink- I have been waiting to try some Solemn Oath beers and this was very good. I will have to have some more of it soon.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright red with tan lacing and foam. I definitely did not expect a Red IPA.

Smell: Strong pine and grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit with a cookie backing. Very yeasty as well, which gives it an excellent mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: An IPA that Erik the Red would be proud of.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Founders All Day IPA shaker pint glass at the Map Room.

My first stop on this particular Chicago jaunt, my first visit to the Map Room (hell yes, indeed!), and my second Solemn Oath brew. Let's dance. This stuff pours a hazy amber-blonde topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light lemon rind, light coriander, toffee, and a very light sprinkling of leek fragments. The taste brings in more of the same, with more lemon rind, a touch of orange peel, and a light sensation of pine. Not bad at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops in any direction, doesn't "over-balance", and keeps things simple and tasty. Right on, brother.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife and i stopped by here after dinner, it was packed and standing room only in the tiny place, so we got a growler and headed home to watch a movie. I wish i had the chance and spot to stay, as they had some intriguing wheat beers with 3 different coffee regions and the base beer available in a 4 glass flight, i need to go back for that. Anyway, the beer at hand, Kidnapped by Vikings.

Visually it looks great, tons of lacing and a large dense, healthy head. Color is a bit hazy sunburst orange color.
The aroma is mostly straight forward citrus in a centennial type of way. i have no idea what they actually brewed this with, but Centennial seems like a good possibility.
A dark orange flavor is leading the way here, the pine is lighter, a sweetness on the back end. Add a guess of cascade to my prior assumption.
The mouthfeel is medium full and slightly sticky for the style.

This one is certainly well made, and an above average IPA in the big C catagory. I had/have no knowledge of what hops were used in this one at the time of purchase, and while i personally prefer the Citra, Nelson, and other hops in those areas, this one is quite well done. remove a bit of the balance/back end sweetness and and sticky body, and this one would be really good and in the 4-4.5 range, but it is still quite above par.

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