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.