Elephant in the Kanha – Brewers’ Notes

Our latest Cask Aged Beer “Elephant in the Kanha” (5.2% ABV) is now available to order.

A smooth, New England IPA, this is what the Oakham brewing team had to say about it:-

Ed Sharman has tasted the beer and says:-

“We’re very pleased with how it’s turned out. The sweetness is bold but not cloying and the Belma and Cashmere hops provide plenty of accompanying fruit – think tangerine and watermelon – with just enough bitterness to balance it all out. And the mouthfeel is smooth and full, thanks to the large dose of flaked and malted oats in the grist bill and the residual sugars left after fermentation.”

Oakham Production Director John Bryan added “I first came across the Belma hop variety  on my 2011 hop sourcing trip to the USA . It was relatively new then and I was excited enough by its potential to get hold of a small quantity and brew a single hop beer “Baby Belma” with it on my return. To be honest, a lot of the exciting aromas and flavour characteristics that I’d identified in the variety seemed to have flattened off a bit by the time the batch arrived in the UK and “Baby Belma” was a decent beer without being one of our best. So I left Belma alone until last year’s trip when I was encouraged to give it another go and was blown away by the way that it had developed. As Ed says, it displays loads of fruity hop aromas and flavours and seemed well worth another go. It works superbly with another relatively new hop, Cashmere and a couple of our trusty “go to” hops, Willamette and Centennial. What we were aiming for was the softer flavours and mouth feel that are typical of many New England IPA’s and I think that’s what we’ve achieved with Elephant in the Kanha” – Alex and his brewing team have done a great job.”

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