A big favourite in cask aged and unfiltered can versions when first brewed in 2020.
Cryptic was a popular choice as one of our celebratory “Oakham 30 Years” retrospective beers and a fitting tribute to our late and much lamented Head Brewer, Alex Kean.
An inscrutable IPA which teases out the answers down and across your taste buds – gold in colour and bewilderingly full flavoured from Aussie sourced Vic. Secret and Enigma hops.
Aromas of peach and raspberry and a slight minty note. Tastes of fresh raspberries and summer pudding with an underlying bitterness to balance the sweetness. All on a perplexing light caramel malt base.Brew Sheet
The Cask Ageing Process
Oakham’s Cask Aged beers command a lot of the brewing team’s care and attention and these award-winning beers prove that it’s time well spent!
The process starts with great beer being brewed in the usual Oakham way, but at the end of the initial fermentation, yeast cells are removed from the beer.
This is because yeast gets tired and a bit bad tempered after working hard in the fermentation process and this can cause undesirable aromas and flavours.
So fresh yeast is introduced to complete the fermentation – a process known as “Krausening” and the method which ensures that Oakham’s Cask Aged beers taste so smooth and drinkable.
The beer is then racked in casks and cellared like a fine wine to allow development of the remarkable flavours and conditioning that characterize the Oakham Cask Aged range.
All of the Oakham Cask Aged beers are aged for at least 6 weeks – usually for much longer.