Inferno | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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59 Ratings
InfernoInferno
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom
oakhamales.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mark on 01-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,166
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
59
pDev:
13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 28
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.

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Photo of k3ve
4.75/5  rDev +26%

perfect golden ale! super smooth and tasty

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Photo of petluo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of GrumD
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 cask...so creamy good. Overall, a very good beer that could use some small tweeks.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Inferno from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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