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

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

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -16%
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.

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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 CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of charlatan
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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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 pcbnumber1
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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).

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Photo of avalon07
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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 hdtrice
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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 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 BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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