Beer Review: Solemn Oath Pain Cave DIPA


Got some nice local Chicago (well technically Naperville) action here from Solemn Oath with their Double IPA Pain Cave. Solemn Oath have found their way into my fridge quite a bit lately with their move to cans, their great price points and very good availability in Chicago. Pain Cave comes in at 9% ABV.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a 1 finger sudsy head and some great lacing. Solemn Oath tends to have some nice art and Pain Cave is no exception.

Nose: Pine, resin and caramel are the big ones up front. Fruity notes, juicy grapefruit and some citrus rind are evident as well. Has a definite west coast feel to it, but is kind of weak.

Taste/Mouth: Has the pine and resin notes from the nose carrying over heavily with a good balance of caramel malt and hop bitterness. Feels very balanced all around with a classic west coast double feel in the flavor following the nose. Slightly dry finish, hardly no heat at all despite coming in at 9%. Creamy and medium mouth feel.

Price/Availability: $5 a bomber, 9% ABV? Sign me up for that. Great price point here and really good availability in Chicagoland area.

Overall: I have liked what I have had of Solemn Oath’s hoppy stuff thus far. Nothing mind blowing here, like a lot of the rest, but it is certainly solid and at $5 a bomber you can’t really go wrong just grabbing one of these. It isn’t a beer I would go out of my way to go down to the store when it is released but I certainly will always throw one in my cart when I see it. I’m a fan of what Solemn Oath has been doing and I will continue to check out their stuff in the future.

Grade: B-

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