Oakham Ales, the acclaimed innovative brewery based in the East Midlands is no stranger to using American hops for the first time in the UK. Oakham Ales was the first brewery to launch a single hop varietal beer using the Citra hop in November 2009, then, in November 2011 it was the Baby Belma hop. December 2012 heralds the launch of Oakham’s ‘Multihead’ beer (the nickname for the ‘Humulus Lupulus Neomexicanus’ hop), for the first time in the UK.
Multi HeadThe beer is once again a result of the Brewery’s Production Director, John Bryan, being introduced to the hop on his annual research trip to the USA. The grower, Eric Desmarais, introduced Multihead to John when he was visiting his farm in Moxee, a small town in Yakima County, Washington. Eric had acquired the hop from a friend who has grown unusual hops in the mountainous area of the Yakima Valley for the past twenty years.
John’s good working relationship with the growers, built up over the years, has enabled him to have first option and he arranged to have the whole crop of ‘Multihead’ flown over to Peterborough. He has enough in the brewery to produce 60 barrels of beer which will be available from the first week of December 2012.
Light in colour with an A.B.V. of 4.8% John Bryan describes the beer as having a fruity aroma similar to “boiled sweets and pear drops. The initial taste is tart softening to reveal some fruity sweetness with an accumulating bitterness.”
Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales comments: “It’s fantastic to have a UK first for the third time. We may not be the largest brewer in the UK, but we are proud to lead the way regarding innovation”
Multihead will be on draught nationally through the free trade and via selected distributors from December 2012.
evergreen0199 (1329) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Rake, Boro Market, London. A pale golden coloured pour with a medium fluffy white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, grapefruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, floral, grapefruit, lemon and slightly sweet.
DandyLion (224) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fruity golden beer. Balanced hops. Very drinkable if not remarkable. I could drink a lot of this!
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foxo82 (478) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Swan & Rushes, Leicester. Blonde ale with just the one head, despite the name. Floral hoppy elderflower aroma with a dry, bittersweet citrus taste. Bitterness lingers but this is very drinkable without being remarkable.
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, Swan & Rushes, Leicester. Pale gold with a bubbly head. Aromas are pineapple with white grape juice and grapefruit. Low pine with bready yesst and lemon meringue. Flavours are spritzy lemon and grapefruit with sweet pineapple. Woody with earthy, spicy notes and a dry finish. Typical Oakham, hops done well.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned handpump Malt Shovel Northampton 20/12/12. A blonde beer with a white head. Good lemon and grapefruity hops in the nose with a tiny amount of soap. Clean fresh and hoppy in the mouth, but all a bit understated really. Nice enough but relatively plain.
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