Inferno | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mark on 01-13-2007

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KStark
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint sleeve. Bottle version is 4.4% ABV.

L: Gold. Clear. No carbonation visible. Half finger white foam recedes to a cap with plentiful lacing.

S: Despite being made with five different American hops (sterling, amarillo, centennial, cascade, chinook) the nose is very understated. Faint citrus. A little melon when swirled. Otherwise not much of note.

T: A golden ale with added citrus, resin, bitterness. Prominent but not overpowering.

F: Medium body. Long & strong bitter finish. A little oily. Highly drinkable.

O: Based on the range of hops used and its name I was expecting slightly more from this beer. Maybe a hoppy, west coast USA, head-banger? Instead, it's a nuanced, slightly understated English pale ale with a good dose of bitterness and an understated fruitiness. Not bad at all but, from this brewery, I'd take a Citra or a JHB in preference.

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Photo of drmeto
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-light body
-medium carbonation
A Golden Ale for the Hop Heads among us

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Photo of hdtrice
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring: not a huge head but it lingers. Fresh and snow white and patchy. Carbonation: after the initial bubbles, it calms down to few bubble coming to the surface. Goldilocks level in terms of taste. The aroma is of pine, grass, nougat, lemons with a touch of sweaty socks in a kind way. Taste of citrus, toffee and aromatic new world hops. Astringent as it passes over the tongue. Tastes quite acidic. Too flavourful to be a session beer even though it is not high in alcohol. Something to be savoured. Has a pleasant sourness, not a metallic sourness. Very enjoyable and far less pretentious than this review.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of life_of_agony
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on cask at Bon Accord in Glasgow. Pours a pale gold with small but dense and sticky head. Lacing is more like a coating all over the glass. Nose is primarily citrus, but somewhat soft and rounded. Flavor is a mix of fruity, citrus, bitter, and malt. A bit vegetal. Mouthfeel is creamy good. Overall, a very good beer that could use some small tweeks.

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Photo of GrumD
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Hops all over it but it is refreshing and not too strong. Much better on tap than bottled.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask. Hazy yellow.
Summer fruit aroma and taste.
Harsh bitter at the end.
Smooth feel from a hand pulled pint.
I expected a bit more from a brewer I admire.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of NCMatt
1.7/5  rDev -54.8%
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!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of interzen
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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