Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Inferno from Oakham Ales beer review. I picked this beer up along with Oakham Ales Citra )which I'll be reviewing later) from B&M for about £1 each which almost certainly has to be a bargain. Oakham Ales are based in Peterborough which is only about an hour away from me by train so if I like the beers I may have to pay the brewery a visit once lockdown ends. They're a fairly modern brewery who will be celebrating their 30th birthday in the next couple of years. I think I pretty much view any brewery which is younger than me as fairly modern. Anyway Inferno is one of their core beers so lets see how it rates.
Inferno Blonde Ale comes in a 500ml bottle which seems to feature a guy with a flamethrower torching hops. I'm not sure I approve of this as it feels like a waste, but it is suitably fiery. The brewer describes Inferno as 'A light golden beer with a big personality, bursting with fruity hop flavours, citrus notes, and a refreshing finish.' For those that are interested in such things the hops are Sterling, Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade and Chinook. This really could be very hoppy. The beer has a 4.4% alcohol content so it's unlikely to set your throat on fire, so it's more of a sparkler than a flamethrower really.
Inferno from Oakham Ales pours a very light, slightly hazy, yellow with a thin lacing head. It looks alright to be fair. The aroma is less intense than I was expecting from a beer with five different hops in. There's certainly some citrus in there along with some grapefruit and more malts than I was expecting. There's certainly nothing in the smell that'll put you off trying Inferno. The texture is as thin as you'd expect from a blonde ale despite the hazy look promising slightly more texture than it delivers.
Inferno offers a nice blend of citrus and malts with a hoppy finish, what it doesn't offer though is anything that will set your taste buds on fire. Despite seemingly containing an abundance of hops none of them stand out enough to make this an outstanding beer, however it's a more than acceptable session ale with a refreshing texture that you'll probably enjoy. I'm going to give Inferno from Oakham Brewery 6 out of 10. It might not be a taste sensation and more of a damp squib than a blazing inferno of a beer, but it's pretty nice and worth a try.