pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler courtesy of our good friend tom - less than 5 days old... opening with a small his, the pour yields somewhat hazy, mildly transparent, pale orange tinted brown and topped with a rather significant soapy white head that slowly reduces down in size... citrusy orange and tangerine focused effervescent perfumey aroma, bright and assertive and nature. semi-sweet with a smaller malt backbone. some tropical fruit sweetness but more citrusy, at least for me. a slight tinge of herbalness surfaces late.. flavors more or less follow suit in a postive manner. assertive semi-sweet citrus and orange upfront, biscuit malt present but taking a backseat to the aforementioned. a mild but tamed controlled bitterness exists on the backend. medium bodied with a somewhat fluffy mouthfeel that cuts into the bitterness. grapefruit rind pithiness further exists... first chance at a solemn oath beer and hopefully one of many more to come.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
64 oz. growler and sampled from a nonic at the brewery. OK OK OK. I think everything I’ve had from Solemn Oath thus far has been fantastic. However, this might be Solemn Oath’s introduction to the upper tier of local brewers. Aroma of citrus, mango, and pineapple. Some grapefruit and tangerine. Strong hops. Apparent pine. Flavor is very bitter, strong fruitiness. Notes of mango, pineapple, strong grapefruit and citrus. Semi dry, with a touch of malt sweetness that actually adds to the fruit bomb that is this beer. Mild orange peel towards the back of the throat. Some passion fruit, some berries, lots of tropical fruit. Wow. What an IPA.