Atilla | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by joe1510 on 04-07-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Clembo1957:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served via Handpump in the Wellington, Birmingham December 2011, the beer is now 7.5% according to the pump clip and The Oakham website.

This is a superb beer, a good clear pour resulting in a good head, a clear golden appearance, very easy to drink, a fruity citrus aroma with a fruity bitter finish. Highly recommended and highly drinkable!

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Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking gold color with very good head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, this beer is intriguing. I get some honey, but there's also some cereal and light hoppy bitterness. On the palate this beer is fairly sweet, with almost a honey and milk chocolate flavor. The beer is incredibly creamy and soft on the palate, with a very long, smooth finish. In some ways the milk chocolate flavor comes through more in the texture then it does in the flavor profile. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though it's still noticeable. Nevertheless, this is a very good strong English Ale, one I just wish was more available here in the states.

A very nice beer...

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask at their micro brewery in Peterborough.

Decent enough lacing. Sometimes it tastes like a heady Belgian with coriander notes but this particular pint doesn't at all. It's quite sweet and very syrupy. There's a bit of a weird gassy flavour, which while not unpleasant, makes me think the cask is on its last legs. A bit of ashtray hops and a tad of burned toast.

Always enjoy this one.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is currently 7.5%

1/2 pint cask, from a JDW

Really clear and very light for an ale of this strength. Small head that lasts, good condition.

Low hoppyness on nose, sweet soft fruits, light malt and sweetness

Taste is pear drops and pineapple, light malt. There is little evidence of the Oakham signature pithy bitterness that you get in their lower strength beers, but it's not too sweet, finishes with a light bitterness and light dryness and a bit of hop spice. Little alcohol but it is there. Light body for the strength.

A good strong pale ale but not as enjoyable for me as their other beers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask Pint
Birreria Paradiso, Georgetown

Attila was brought to my table in a standard pint glass and sported a straw golden body with a touch of haze. The haze was minimal to the point I could read the menu through the glass. One finger of creamy white head sat atop the body and showed great retention while leaving sticky sheet lacing down the glass with drink lines mixed in for good measure. When this beer is about half gone it looks stunning in the glass with the incredible lace and beautiful body.

The nose on this strong ale is incredibly interesting. As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm blasted by both floral and fruity notes. Orange peel, green apple, and spring bloom flowers galore kick things off while the malty backbone shows signs of both caramel and toffee, the former being dominant. At times the floral notes seem a bit soapy but oddly enough that only enhances the overall aroma.

Each drink brings across all the charm of the nose but manages to step it up a notch. All the green apple and floral notes are there but the citric hoppiness manages to stand tall. Orange peel and other unidentified, but soft, citrus roll across the tongue on each drink. Caramel and toffee malt backbone try and balance things out and actually do a fair job with faint, peppery alcohol on the swallow.

The mouthfeel is near heavenly with a medium body and velvety smooth texture. There's a mild hoppy bitterness on the swallow and the floral aftertaste lingers for what seems to be forever. This is the type of body a beer of this style should possess.

Drinkability you ask? Well, it's off the charts. If pints weren't so expensive I would have pulled up to the bar after lunch and tried my best to put a large dent in the contents of that cask.

Attila was my first beer from Oakham and I hope not my last. Usually English IPAs (this being a strong one) aren't one of my favorites to drink but this hit the spot like no other I have ever encountered. I hope to see this around the Chicagoland area at one point or another preferably sooner rather than later.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of soulgrowl
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagery yellow, clear as day with a parchment-ivory head. Good retention. Smell is very, very enticingly fruity and hoppy, with lychee up front, plus pear, orange, lemon and lime. Wow. It reminds me of Sprite, in a way. There's also a faint, chervil-like herbal note, plus a bit of honey from the malts. Mmmmm. The taste is just as exceptional, quite grapefruity, and very complex. Deliciously tropical flavors of curacao, rum, pineapple, and champagne round out the refreshing yet wonderfully deep flavor. Five Alive comes to mind, as does pineapple upside-down cake. And yet for all its juicy sweetness, this is very dry, wonderfully attenuated to be crisp and light. Amazing, this is not an everyday beer. Reminiscent of a tripel - pair with food accordingly.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at NERAX 2009

crystal clear, very golden straw with deep amber tones. bubbly, sudsy head stays around. occasional splotches of lace here and there.

grassy hop aroma, apple/grape esters with touch of citrus zest and... cherry! then, the cherry blends into... vanilla! malty caramel foundation. trace of alcohol on exhale.

taste: lots of apple fruitiness upfront, and a smokey, roasted note? continues into caramel and yeasty esters with a touch of diacetyl, then back to grassy, moderately bitter hops. very balanced. just a touch of citrus and pine.

thin but smooth, with touch of resins in the finish. gentle cask carbonation. 7% from a british cask ale!? nice!

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Atilla from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
4.15 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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