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Inferno - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
86
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-13-2007)
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Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

chinchill, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

CwrwAmByth, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

charlatan, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mtbdonn, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

sdm9465, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mungus, May 08, 2013
Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hanglow, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of crnipeter
3.53/5  rDev -9%

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).

crnipeter, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

avalon07, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

StJamesGate, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

metter98, May 16, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

RedneckBeerz, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

davet100, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TT--Cashout, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dcmchew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Antilochus
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Antilochus, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

dbrauneis, May 16, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +3.1%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Ciocanelu, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mizx, May 11, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Dave1999, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

wl0307, Dec 18, 2007
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Inferno from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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