I’ve caught a bit of a breather from the flood of calendar activities, with the new year. So I’m clearing some loose ends, finishing some article drafts, and wrapping up my stash local beers that I’ve bought for reviewing. Which means it’s time to go snag some more bottles and cans.
Solemn Oath Brewery of Naperville has several flagship brands in cans now. The one under consideration is End All IPA, described simply as “Sunshine-colored with haze for days, this IPA boasts a juicy, tropical fruit hop aroma with a massive orange-citrus hop flavor.”
The beer had a very grassy hop nose as soon as I popped the can. The pour is hazy yellow, under a puffy head that quickly dwindles to suds and some lacing on the glass.
Frankly, the first impression is of the carbonation. Some fine effervescence, though. Further on I get some tropical fruit and citrus hop that keeps building up stronger as I go.. There’s a bit of lactic aftertaste, which means… it slips away pretty easily. At 6.0% abv, it’s just at the edge of a “regular” beer. It stands as an good example of that nebulous “Hazy IPA” category.