Inferno - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 48
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mark on 01-13-2007

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 48
Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow.
Summer fruit aroma and taste.
Harsh bitter at the end.
Smooth mouthful from a hand pulled pint.
I expected a bit more from a brewer I admire. (154 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of passion fruit, peach, subtle orange, some grass and floral hops. Taste of fresh floral hops, passion fruit, some straw and orange. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, floral bitterness in the finish. (271 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
1.7/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle to glass. I want to hope that I had a bad bottle, that it's not normally like this. No date on the bottle, and was consumed within a few weeks of purchase, but it had a bad odor and a skunked / rotten taste to it. I had two sips, the second just to confirm it was as bad as the first. Terrible. The rest went down the drain.

I know this is an English ale, so there's going to be a decently long transport time, and ample opportunity for something to go wrong before I can consume this stateside. I didn't dock this as much as I could have. My bottle was absolutely rancid.

If at a later date I happen to come across this again and it's as good as the current 86 rating would suggest, I'll gladly edit this review, but until that day I don't have much positive to say about this beer. I can only hope that what I was drinking was a skunked bottle and not what this actually tastes like! (916 characters)

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml B and M stores, Bristol - Pours clear deep golden with foamy white head. Nice lacing. Smell - Floral, hoppy with a hint of fruitness, citrus. Taste - Dry crisp bitterness. Nice thirst quencher on a summers day. Worth checking out. (237 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from B&M Bargains (£1.39):
This one was a fairly decent offering from Oakham Ales, a nicely balanced beer that definitely wasn't as hoppy as I'd been promised but there was still a few nice bursts here and there and the floral/citrus taste was present throughout despite never really being overly pronounced. An easy drinking beer that I at least don't regret picking up but it's not quite in the same league as the brewery's Citra offering. (455 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oakham Ales, the oak that is the ham of Ales, fine delicious Ale ham - that’s Oakham. Enough wordplay! I’ve got myself another Oakham Ale, and I bloody enjoy a good pint of Citra, so I naturally clutched at the bottle of Inferno as soon as I saw it at Plonk, I knew good times were ahead of me. Interesting fact about Oakham: Apparently their “trophy cabinet is bursting at the seams...” and why are we not surprised? Note: If you haven’t tried their Citra yet I implore you to stop reading, burn your computer, run down to your local bottleshop wearing potato chip packets on your feet whilst screaming “I’m a happy little pony!”† and try it now.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Once again Oakham certainly like to bring out some hazy urine coloured Ales... not that I’m complaining - same colour out as in, easy on the kidneys I guess. The head is a thin white lace covering. 7/10.

S: More Oakham goodness - Jolly Rancher mango (does that even exist?) [of course it does - you can get every flavour candy in America, no matter how stupid an idea the flavour is] with hints of lemon, tea leaf and a toasted malt base. 8/10.

T: Ehhh. It’s good, not as good as their Citra though. The profile is quite soft and light upfront with hints of mango, tea leaf and lemon, but it’s finished with an acrid medicinal bitterness that seems a touch unforgiving and unwarranted given the brevity of the flavour characters. Perhaps I’m being a tad harsh but I don’t really see a niche for this brew in the Oakham line-up. Nor am I detecting five different Yakima Valley hop blends... so there’s that too. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with some flat old English pub carbonation. Spot on UK brew. 8/10.

D: Citra is much better than Inferno... and similar. Which is a shame as Oakham could have branched out in a new direction but it’s like they’re a dog playing the same tricks... no wait - a pony. A one-trick pony. Huh, I’m a happy little pony with all my metaphors coming home to roost, like a chicken... no wait - a pony. A pony coming home to roost... yeah, that works. 7/10.

Food match: Roast lamb and gravy roll - pub style! [Awww yeah!]

†Addendum: Yeah, don’t do that, really. (2,233 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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). (660 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of SteveDavies
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (1,031 characters)

Photo of johndawsonaustin
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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! (492 characters)

Inferno from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.