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Inferno - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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86
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-13-2007)
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Photo of crnipeter
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of petluo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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Out of date bottle: drank 8th Apr 2012, best before 6th Jan 2012.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
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of johndawsonaustin
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
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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