Infamous Brewing Company

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Cream Ale
Ranked #264
Ranked #46,336
3.4 | pDev: 15.29%
Infamous Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellow-amber color with a massive head of white foam with huge bubbles entrapped within. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a small amount lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is grainy and sweet with the sweet being a mix of caramel and crème . Along with these smells comes a good showing of some grapefruit hop as well as some herb and earth. Overall this one has a rather hoppy aroma for a crème ale.
Taste – The taste begins with a lightly caramel malt and grainy taste that is paired up with a crème and sweeter citrus flavor. As the nose hinted at there is a decent showing of a grapefruit rind like hop taste right from the start along with a little bit of a herbal hop taste. The grapefruit and herb get stronger as the taste advances brining a decent hop hit to the flavor. All the while however, a bit of a cardboard/papery like taste also develops on the tongue bringing a bit of a almost off malt liquor like taste to the brew. This mix of flavors end up taking the taste to the end and leaves one with a odd mix of crème ale, hoppy pale ale, and cheap malt liquor like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin and light with a super high carbonation. Both are great for the odd mix of flavors and make it a bit easier to take down.
Overall – A strange brew overall. If it wasn’t for the cardboard like taste I think I would have actually liked it quite a bit. Not the best but interesting to say the least

Jan 23, 2020
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_drummer_ from China

3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, slightly cloudy, decent carbonation. Fruity and spicy flavor with a smooth, malty finish. All in all, not a bad beer. Pick one up if you get a chance.

Jul 16, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. A cloudy yellow with a thick rich head and pleasing lacing. Smell is floral. Taste is of lemon and pepper, reminds me of a Belgian white or saison. Significant carbonation gives the beer a fizzy feel. Not like the Gennie of my youth!

May 10, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains with light bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains. Pretty one dimensional.

Nov 07, 2015
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Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

1/5  rDev -70.6%

One of my homebrews a while back turned out very much like this. It was thin and watery with a diluted sugary taste. I've always considered it one of my worst batches ever. But now my eyes have been opened! If someone ever says to me "Dude, what the hell is wrong with this beer?", no longer do I have to hang my head in shame and apologize. My answer will simply be "It's a hijack clone. That's what it's supposed to taste like. Now drink up, bitch!".

Oct 15, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on date)

L: yellow, slight cloudiness but can see through it ... perhaps a hint of gold (orange) in it; weak 1/4-inch head of foam that dissipates quickly; keeps a decent collar of foam but there's almost no carbonation running up the column

S: lemon, grain, sour grain ... just a hint of sweet light malt but the lemon and grain overpowers it all; sour grain showing more and more ... hints of creamed corn

T: sweet biscuit/bread malt with a hint of pepper spice ... tons of sweetness; grain; taste is much sweeter than the smell ... there's no sour here

F: quite solid for a brew that looks half flat ... tons of carbonation, and a solid weight ... not watery; super drinkable

O: as i've worked through a six-pack, this one is growing on me. some of the new cream ales are almost sickly sweet and taste only like creamed corn -- they aren't undrinkable, but this seems to have just a pinch of some german/noble hops that is giving just a teeny spicy/black-pepper hop bite to help it balance. not a bad brew at all.

Jun 11, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out with a clear golden color capped by an impressive head; looks like a pilsener and delivers nice lacing action

Smell: Bready with a hint of lemon and vanilla

Taste: Opens bready, with a touch of lemon building alongside the vanilla cream; the finish is slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshingly quaffable; a nice summer beer

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

Jun 05, 2014
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Uanof from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: a lot of sud action going on here, well carbonated. Pale yellow in color, semitranslucent, white head holding steady at 1/4" with decent amount of lacing being left behind.

S: very clean, mostly pilsner malt.

T: equally as clean, i can only notice the malty backbone and some corn notes.

M: medium bodied while being light, crispy and easy drinking. It dries your palate to some extent, slightly creamy but i'd say this is where it falls short in the category.

O: Idon't have much experience with cream ales (this would probably be my second one), but i couldn't detect any imperfections flavorwise. Everything seems to be well achieved for the style although it claims to be an "untraditional cream ale" would have liked it to be a bit more creamy though. Not as dry on the palate, but more fuller as you drink it.

Mar 16, 2014
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Riccymon from Texas

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. This was the first time I've seen Infamous on a menu in Austin. Hijack was listed in their printed menu, though, so it looks to be a standard offering. Served in a pint glass: fairly clear, lawnmower-yellow color with a small amount of head.

The nose is a little subdued. I smell a little lemony citrus coming through, but mostly the kind of grainy aroma I associate with pilsners. The latter observation soon became a theme for Hijack--it reminds me of a pilsner as much of a cream ale. I just drank Genny Cream Ale yesterday, so I'm looking for the same sweetness in Hijack but not finding it. Instead, bready/grainy flavors combined with a lemony hop presence. I also get some fruity notes that reminded me of Sam Adams Summer Ale (grains of paradise?). On the whole, maybe not that different from Sixpoint's Sweet Action.

Well-carbonated and light-bodied with a drying finish. This beer was pretty refreshing and paired well with pork tacos. Although I'd hesitate to classify it as a cream ale, I did enjoy drinking Hijack, and I'd order it again over other summer-friendly Texas options like Saint Arnold's Fancy Lawnmower or Real Ale Fireman's 4.

Jun 23, 2013
Hijack from Infamous Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 73 ratings