Wreckagemaster | Solemn Oath Brewery

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170 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States
solemnoathbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kubrickx on 07-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Modest head which leaves only a couple of spots on the glass. The liquid is nearly clear with a deep gold color.

Mild and predictable aroma, maybe too much so for a DIPA.

Lightly sweet with berry overtones. The hop is more pronounced while the alcohol is muted for the style. Decent body with a higher level of carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste. Overall, fairly middle-of-the-road flavor wise. Not bad but also not complicated.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear golden body with a white head, moderately sized bubbles rise in streams. The label is so frickin' sleek: subdued yet shiny coloring with a dude destroying his drum kit with tools. F yes, +.25. Nose offers juicy tropical fruits like orange, papaya, grapefruit, mango, even outright added sugar, as well as a very slight pine note, that altogether offers a faux-sweetness and true bitterness that I could melt into. Tempering that is malt almost like wheat, but a bit heartier. The flavor still has those ripe fruit notes but more muddled, harder to pick out individually. The malt seems more toasted now as well, but still far from that awful bread crust/orange rind abomination of contemporary IPAs. It has a lick of sweetness and a bite of bitterness, but neither really punches your balls and they end up fighting like a preschooler vs a kindergartner; harmless but great entertainment. Quite the opposite of that, the 8.5% alcohol sneaks up and stabs you in the jugular before you know what happened; it was so well hidden that I forgot to even mention it until I read another review and edited this. Nice. Full-bodied and kinda slick, this beer puts its foot down before you guzzle it.
I'm glad this label wasn't disguising a dud; this beer had great, clear hop notes in good variety, a good hierarchy between hops and malt (and bitterness/sweetness), and was all around delicious but didn't make me feel guilty drinking it while eating big flavors as well (all judgement was passed down pre-mastication, btw). Score one for Midwestern IPA's.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pine/danky hops, citrus and a hint of honey. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, mildly nutty, malts, fruit and a mix of bitter, off-dry and slightly tart in the finish.

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drstalker
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wreckage Master sounds like a silly late 1980's independent wrestling star, an Ultimate Warrior clone, but likely more flabby, probably works as a night shift manager at Staples..

The bottle indicates Heavy Metal, a rock drummer with a platinum silver and onyx label. Perhaps there's a deathcore/grindcore connection that I'm not aware of.

I think the bottle ran me $9 so it has it's work cut out for it to be a worthy purchase.

So what would I anticipate from something named WRECKAGE MASTER? I think dark, I think harsh, a think biting. A name more befitting an 11% ABV Russian Imperial, so to read I'm about to drink a tropical, sugary and malty DIPA makes me think the labeling and naming was off. The claims of "assertive bitterness" at least lead me to believe I have a challenge ahead of me.

Looks good, the pour is what you'd expect, golden with some darker syrup dropped in. Minimal head retreats to a yeasty bio froth.

The smell is more Billy Ocean than Iron Maiden. A nice tropical porridge of crushed pineapples, tangerines and liquid sugar.

Taste follows, tropical, fruity, sweet. Some good balance here between the sweetness of the malt and the fruitiness of the hops.

Washes down pretty easy too. You'd never guess this was 8.5% because there's no warming alcohol, no abrasiveness in fact as it warms it almost goes sweeter. Terrific balance again, you lose the defined tastes and they all kind of mix together well but not spectacularly.

This is pretty damn good. It doesn't reach world class as it's far too subdued especially for an DIPA.

Recommended

Cheers!

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of reebtaerG
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HabaJohn
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreedeSon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phizzle
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wreckagemaster from Solemn Oath Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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