Wreckagemaster | Solemn Oath Brewery

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Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kubrickx on 07-21-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 167
Photo of WoodBrew
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ooooohhh I like this one. Probably my favorite offering from Solemn Oath yet. The beer poured a orange/copper clear with froathy white head that left a lace. The scent was pungent with pine and citrus. The taste was a very nice balance between sweeter malt and a nice piney citrus. There was also than nice oily resin that give the beer a nice body. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a great beer....nice job SOB!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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 barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle
A - amber colored body with a creamy ivory head that holds great retention
S - juicy and fruity nose with citrus, pine, and tropical notes with some sweet caramel
T big, assertive bitterness coupled with sweet malt and juicy hops: grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple, mango, pine, light caramel, some breadiness
M - medium-full body, a bit resinous with some sticky hop oils coating the palate
O - really nice DIPA. Glad I tried it!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head, nice lacing left behind

S- strong aroma of fresh tangerine, mixed with orange marmalade, citrus peel & fresh leafy notes. Small trace of caramel malt, but mostly citrusy hops

T- lots of citrus flavor that follows the aroma with an emphasis on fresh tangerine peel, some tropical notes kick in mid-palate with notes of mango and fresh cut grass. Hints of caramel malt underneath, allowing the citrus hop notes to take front stage, dry finish with more tangerine on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- really enjoyed the citrus aromatics and flavor with high drinkability

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $6 for a 10oz serving, served in a brandy snifter.

The beer poured an orange/rust color with a 1-finger white head that seemed to last forever. It also left a good amount of lacing.

Huge hop nose, and when I say huge, I mean huge. I didn't know whether to drink it or clean the floor with it - it was that piny.

The smell didn't lie - this was an overpowering hop bomb. While there is some caramel malt sweetness underneath, the pine and grapefdruit hops dominate everything. There's a whopping 115 IBU's worth of bitterness in here too. Too much of a good thing if you ask me.

Thick, creamy, and full bodied, with higher than average carbonation, which keeps the hops dancing around on your tongue.

Too one dimensional for me, but if you're a hop hound, you have to give this one a try.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear and deep golden orange. Minimal head with active carbonation.

I love the aroma. Heavy on the pineapple and mango. Sweet malt.

Tropical fruit, bubble gum, and toasty.

Really clean mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

Definitely my favorite from SO to date. They're really starting to grow on me.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun yellow and slightly cloudy in appearance.

Slight citrus notes, spices, and bitterness from the hops.

Taste is very hop forward and slight spiced. I don't usually enjoy spiced IPAs bit this one ain't so bad.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and does not have a strong booze appearance though it has an 8.5% abv.

Overall a modest showing from a growing brewery, not their greatest option, but they've got plenty of great brews and it is nice being within a half drive.

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Photo of Kubrickx
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Naperville Ale Fest and it was the first time trying anything by SOB for me. A 3oz dark amber pour with about a one finger off white head. A very citrusy (grapefruit/orange) aroma with hints of pine tree. The taste follows the aroma but also has a caramel sweetness poking in and out as you sip this.

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Photo of RMelyon
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent gold see-through color. No clouds. Not much lacing and a little less carbonation than your run of the mill DIPA. Almost no head, that was gone in a minute.

Lots of acidic caramel or molasses on the nose. Reminds me of GI Pierre Jacques.

Tastes much juicer than the smell, with some spice. I can't place the flavor, maybe it's like a really heavy Akari Shogun. Finishes pretty bitter.

Feels more carbonated than it looked and 10 minutes later I can still tell I drank it.

Overall just not my thing. Caramel malty DIPAs aren't my favorite, but this'd be good to try if you like 'em

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of clean white head. The color with a bright orange with a murky body. Rings of lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is extremely low for the style.

Smell: Caramelized sugars pop out on the front with accents of grapefruit, caramel, and saturated citrus. Some lighter tropical fruits shine through on the body with heavy accents of bubblegum sweetness.

Taste: The front is caramelized sugars that follows the aroma very closely. Potent grapefruits with some slight vegetal tones are the highlight of the front. Caramel sweetness with accents of tropical fruits linger into the body. The finish somewhat bland with some pine bitterness and heavy saturated fruits.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy texture with evident throughout due to the lower carbonation.

Overall: Pretty decent DIPA but doesn't really have any areas it blows the drinker away. Always nice to support a local brewery and having it turn out to be a decent brew is always nice too.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish orange with a thin white head. Funky hop with quite a bit of candies citrus smell. Funk hop, with citrus burst with quite a bit of balance for a double imperial. The resin hangs around for a while and tastes boozy. A little onion coming with the funk. Goes down quite smoothly with the expected DIPA burn in the end, due to nice Carmel and malt. A pretty solid DIPA.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Baltic amber pour with about an aggressive one inch whitish head. Foam recedes to wisps on top and scant lacing.

Huge wafts of melon especially honeydew. Fruity bubblegum. Resiny pine and caramelized sugars. This is really something special.

Hop driven grapefruit pith then resinous pine and then lays the light caramel malt. Nicely layered for the purists pleasure. After smacking the lips, a DIPA dankness is evident.

Medium mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation aid to sensationalize the bitters on the tongue. Abv toasted just right as this all lingers well into the cranium.

Winner winner chicken dinner! I had to stand up an applause such a well done craft. Truly a pleasure to spend time with and a wonderful neighbor to have. Another great DIPA in the Chicagoland area. Let the hits keep ona rollin'. Tremendously tremendous!!!

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Photo of vic21234
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Nice DIPA look. A cloudy oranger/ amber with a half fingers worth of off-white head which fades to the side of the glass.

S- Citrus, acidic, with some pine notes as well. Lots of orange and mango on the smell primarily.

T- Initially comes some citrusy hops with some caramel malt. The hops carry to the back of the taste with orange and mango continuing.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter with dry finish. Nice and refreshing also.

Another nice DIPA from Solemn Oath. They definitely do hops well.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: light Amber, white head that dissipates to a thin layer
S: cereal and caramel dominate, some pine hops but not nearly what I'm expecting from a DIPA
T: again, caramel sugar and cereal dominate, pine hops are stronger than the nose, but not strong enough. Malty sweetness in the mid palate and bitterness in the finish and linger.
F: medium body from the sugars.
O: too caramely/malty for me on a DIPA.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.



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