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Inferno - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mark on 01-13-2007

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 18
Photo of interzen
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Clear golden yellow with an off-white, slightly soapy looking head which doesn't last long at all, reducing to patchy surface form and a thin ring round the edges of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Interesting mix of malt and citrus. The latter is more noticeable than the former and becomes stronger as the beer warms up a bit. Overall, smells like a typical pale ale, although not as resinous as American-inspired brews despite the use of Yakima hops.

Taste: Slightly malty up front with the citrus and hops coming in shortly afterwards. There are some hints of yeast, but the resinous hop flavours take centre stage. Pleasantly bitter.

Feel: Slightly heavier that it's looks might suggest. Good levels of carbonation accentuate the dryness.

Overall: A British pale ale with an American twist - not as aggressively hoppy as a typical American-style pale ale, but stands well on its own merits. Well worth a try.

Photo of k3ve
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

perfect golden ale! super smooth and tasty

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint brassy yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a small patch of slightly bigger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/ruby red grapefruit over light notes of pale malts and just a touch of a distinctive English yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with light notes of minerals/hard water. Light amounts of distinctive English yeast. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/ruby red grapefruit and hints of spicy/peppery hops. Light amounts of bitterness present that lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Nice combination of American West Coast hops with traditional British pale ale - interesting and easy to drink. Sessionable at 4% ABV.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ruby red grapefruit are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger once the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of ruby red grapefruit and notes of lime zest. It finishes with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and some tang.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: The use of West Coast hops puts an interesting twist in this English Pale Ale as they impart nice aromas and flavors but don't overpower the delicate malts.

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle stamped BB 1 May 2014.
Pours light amber, slightly hazy, with a small weak bubbly head.
Aroma of mild hops, mainly of the citrus and floral types.
Flavor: a nice mix of hops with a mild malt base. The floral aroma carries over to the taste; too much so.
Feel: overly thin and watery body; decent carbonation level.

O: only a mediocre pale ale on this side of the Atlantic.

Photo of charlatan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Half pint at 'spoons Counting House in Glasgow. The beer is a light straw colour with a white head featuring large bubbles (not the standard mottled small bubble 'spoons head). The aroma is indistinct in typical 'spoons style though, but it seems lemony and maybe grassy. This lemon is very much reflected in the taste with a slightly more herbal finish. It goes down fairly easily: a slightly dry finish is tempered by a little oiliness on the tongue.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear amber gold body with a small frothy head. Maintains an attractive fine layer of foam.

S: Tropical fruit.

T: Very bitter. Lovely dry woodiness and a bit of rindiness. Very sharp. Mangoe and pineapple in there but subtle compared to your typical American IPA. Ah, the woodiness pics up a bit of an earthy quality and a bit of toffee. Very good balance of bitter-sweetness and it's lovely and sharp. The sharpness and hoppy earthiness are the focus of this beer.

O: Much better from the cask. Great brewery and I'm absolutely not at all biased. Okay, maybe just a little bit.

Photo of avalon07
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a sparkling clear texture. No real head to speak of. Some OK lacing.

S: An alright aroma of hops, malt, and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of light citrus and malt up front, with a surprising amount of hops in the finish. A decent flavor, but a little on the thin side. Needed to be more assertive.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this isn't a bad beer, it does fall into the same trap as other English beers: It's just a little too mild. Still, it is light and refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of crnipeter
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale-golden body with short white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is a compromise between citrusy (lemon, lime) hops and biscuity malt base.I
get sulphury notes indicating a high sulphate "Burton" water has been used.

Malt flavor dominates initially but gets quickly overshadowed by citrusy hops and
appurtenant bitterness leading into dry finish with English yeast flavor. Sulphur is evident.

Medium-light body is crispy yet with somewhat creamy texture imparted by addition
of wheat.

Overall, a Special/Best/Premium bitter marked by collaboration of lemony hops, sulphury
water and English yeast (500 ml, BB 06-25-2013, into tulip).

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of date bottle: drank 8th Apr 2012, best before 6th Jan 2012. Bottle calms 4.4%ABV.

Very light body and a good white head sat on the beer as it was poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Like the cask version the aroma is citrus hoppy, with Oakham's distinctive yeast culture sitting behind.

Again like the cask beer the lemon citrus smells are within the taste too, not many malt flavours found but I thought this had more depth than the weaker cask one.

The 4.4% ABV sits nicely, good carbonisation and an all round fine bottled beer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. ABV is stated as 4.4%. The label mentions that this uses 5 different hop varieties from the Yakima valley.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy, pale straw colour with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. A fantastic aroma of sharp, tangy citrus - grapefruit, lemon, lime... A subtle hint of light malt and dry yeast esters underpin the hops. Smells delicious.

Tastes of light malt with plenty of aromatic hops and a crisp bitter finish. Floral citrus notes dominate; grapefruit, lemon and lime flavours mingle. In the background, notes of dry yeast add depth. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and spritzy. Aftertaste of bitter citrus hops.

A great beer - would be the perfect refreshment on a hot day. Looks like a heavenly lemonade. Smells and tastes of citrus perfection - pervasive but never overpowering. The mouthfeel is lovely, perfect for a pale ale. The only thing I don't get is the name, unless it is intended to convey the appropriate weather for this beer. All in all, a top notch brew. Well worthy of your time.

Photo of SteveDavies
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught The Lodge, Alsager. Poured a straw colour with good white creamy head that lasted down the glass. Strong aromas of citrus fruits dominate. The taste doesn't disappoint from the aroma, citrus orangey flavours fill the mouth. Light carbonation is good and adds to the "easy drinking" feel to this beer.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the GBBF.

Pours white gold with a loose clingy snow white rocky surface. Sour pissy grain nose with some lemon underneath. Tart grain malts, lemon hops with some chalk. Light, a bit thin, and tight.

This is a winter beer?

Tastes summery to me, and not particularly distinguished at that. I wanted to find big hops in here, but they just weren't there for me.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale straw, fluffy white and fantastic, sheeting lacing that looks like static on a tv set. Exemplary.

Nose is just packed with floral & bright (lemony) citrus hops notes, overflowing with them. It's a one trick pony, but it knows its trick like none other.

Taste is floral a citrus hops, front, center, and all the way through. A bit of a pungent bite, with a bit of pine in there as well. Barely any malt, just can't be bothered to make it's way out from under all this delicious hop goodness. Long dry finish, notes of citrus, bitter.

Mouthfeel is silky, crisp, dry, sharp from the hops, leaves the tongue a bit prickly long after the swallow.

Hop head's delight. All the best characteristics of a traditional west coast hop bomb, yet with a bit of the subtlety and sessionability of the best of Britain.

Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Market Porter in Southwark. Hand pumped into a euro stamped pint glass. 4.00% abv. A good temperature too.

Straw body - no head - lots of lacing though.

Grainy nose, floral twiggy hop notes.

Floral hops come back on the palate, thin grainy feel, bitter astringent finish with a hint of sweetness. Metallic. Hop flavour is a bit one-dimensional but impressive depth for 4.0% abv.

Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted by a half-pint at the Swim Inn, a JDW pub on West Street, Sheffield. Served by a sparkler-fitted handpump.

A: a bubbly+fluffy white beer head sits on top of a dark straw hue with microscopic fizziness, leaving nice lacing along the way.
S: very “Oakham” indeed – featuring a rich and pronounced aroma of American hop varieties (maybe Cascade or Willemete?): lychees, flower-fragrance, mildly citric/limey notes, and juicy honeyish malts plus a drop of honey… very aromatic and dense, at the expense of complexity, though.
T: upfront on the palate is a fast-intensifying citrus-zesty and grapefruity taste, underpinned by an almost Chardonnay-like tropical fruity taste that is also dry-ish mineral and mildly flowery; in the aftertaste tangy bitter hops linger pretty well, also pretty dry on the palate, with an underlying flow of corn-ish maltiness.
M&D: like most other sister products by Oakham Ales, this light-bodied, thirst-quenching and lightly spritzy beer is a mini “hop fest in a glass”. Greatly quaffable!

Photo of johndawsonaustin
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was worried by the name that this might be one of those undrinkable chilli-flavoured beers, but no, far from it, and what a fantastic surprise.

Very pale yellow colour with a an initial foamy appearance, even from a loose sparkler, which rises to the top giving way to a crystal clear pint. The head diminishes, but stays as a thin layer on the top and clings to the glass as it is drunk.

The aroma has stacks of Elderflower in it, so much so that it reminded me of Cheriton Village Elder, though this one is achieved only with hops and malt, and without the addition of Elderflowers.

Exceptionally powerful hop flavours dominate this beer, with slight citrous tangs. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste on the palate, which if you don't like it, is best removed by taking another sip of it to restore the foretaste.

Absolutely wonderfully.

Photo of Mark
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal is a Pale gold color which surprised a bit, but head is thick and lacing sticks in thick sheets, very nice visuals. Very inviting citrusy hop aromas, grapefruit is strong. Hoppy grapefruit like taste profile with good balanced malt base, all resulting in a very smooth beer on the taste buds. Creamy mouthfeel add's more positives to this very drinkable and refreshing ale. Oakam is a small brewery that produces killer beers, never had one from them I didn't like, a whole lot!

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Inferno from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.