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Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 17 5 9 2010
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.

Reviewed: 4/7/09

Price: $7.25 Served In: Pint Glass

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