East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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East Kent Golding Single Hop IPAEast Kent Golding Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by plaid75 on 03-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. The cap was dated: 22/12/11. The body was hazy and deep apricot in color. The parchment paper head created a cap that stayed throughout.

The smell was fruity and bready.

The taste was bread with faded hops. Mildy spicy. Juicy citrus flavor but a drying finish.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Easy to drink, but a bit bland.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a deep honey amber with about a half finger of pure white head. It's a bit cloudy, but still looks solid. Not much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is really mild. It bit of sweet malt, some actual honey, and a touch of lemon. It's nice, but everything is really muted.

T: There are some big bitters right up front, followed by some mellowing sweet malt, and the finish is pure citrus. It's way more bitter than I expected.

M: Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is still on point. It starts out bitter, mellows, and then finishes bitter. I get a bit of stinging characteristics that linger for a bit.

O: It's a solid brew, but it's not my favorite. It's gets a little less bitter as it warms. I'm kind of glad they cut this hops from the second round of the single hop series.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left nice and clumpy lacing on the glass. A nice orange amber color with good clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: light citrus/grapefruit aroma, bready and carmel malts in the background too. Not much else going on.

Taste: Citrus flavor is more prevalent and the caramel and bready malts balance out things quite nicely. The citrus is very nice too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, and very enjoyable.

Overall: The first of many single hops series from this brewery that I am trying. Very educational for drinkers to know what a particular hops will do to flavors and aromas of a beer. Will be having more of these in the future. Too bad I never see it anywhere on draft.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Hazy golden orange in color. Like I said, hazy, so you're not seeing much through it. The head is pretty frothy. A hard pour takes a couple of times due to the head erupting.

Smell is good, pretty standard for this brewery. Fruity and citrus hop. Clean and floral all good. Hints of toasteyness on some caramelized malts. Decent balance, I think it's gonna taste good.

Mikkeller hit another one on par. This one's really good. It's hoppy with minimal bitterness. Clean citrus and herbal hops present in the flavor. Decent balance here, but sways in favor of the hops.

Great mouthfeel and drinkability herre. If you wanna review this one you actually really gotta pace yourself. Light bodied with a clean feel, personally it surprised me with how hazy it is. Smooth with a soft clean bitter finish. A really good beer from Mikkeller, no surprise here, they know what they're doing.

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Photo of TobiasGoth
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance Cloudy ochre brew empties a dark brown bottle, about half a finger of off-white creamy head with too little lacing to really mention it.

Smell A big bale of grass and hay, some aromatic hops and smidge of citrus fruits.

Taste There’s a remaining sweetness through out the taste, midway there’s a strong and present bitterness that stays with me until the aftertaste. There’s also dominating dryness towards the end. Flavors include almonds specifically, nuts in general and mazarin cake.

Mouthfeel Fleetingly medium bodied with a proper bitter tongue-bite, almost coarse, though this fades quickly. Like Mikkeller beer in general, it’s very smoothly carbonated.

My first acquaintance in the series was Simcoe, which in my mind is The Perfect IPA. East Kent Golding is a very tasty, much-better-than-your-average IPA but nowhere the star status of the Simcoe. Where Simcoe is a balanced symphony between malt, hops and bitterness, East Kent Golding is simply too full of alpha acids and tannin, yes too bitter.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle thanks to Platinum Liquor, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Looks a brown/ruby/amber colour, with some orange at the extremities. Fluffy beige/off-white head of foam that sits as film.

Smells of white wine to start with and then some bread and then marmalade.

Taste is slightly vinous, malty as well. Add in some sourdough, toffee and caramel and that is it.

Mouthfeel is consistent, not overly bitter, however this was not expected. Body sits well with the rest of the beer.

An nice sipping beer that has a good showcase of the famous British hop. Don't expect a Pacific Northwest bitterness level or flavour profile and you shouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small, creamy tan head.

S: Earthy and floral hop aroma along with some grapefruit pith. A hint of white pepper in there as well. Really nice but subtle hop smell.

T: Some smooth and faint caramel malt flavors lead off followed by some floral hops, grapefruit and a hint of lemon rind. Really nice. One of the best single hop IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a muddy ruddy burnt orange with a firm soapy white head and good lace. The clarity of an IPA certainly isn't there.

S: Kiwi fruit and pink watermelon with a hint of yeast, very pleasant.

T: Nice floral component, early on flowery with and hint of dandelion greens and grass. Weedy flavour (not pot), just the layman's weeds. Bit of a yeasty chalky flavour at the back end with only a hint of acid and tropicality.

M: Medium-bodied, quite smooth, chalky yeasty and unfiltered.

O: I like seeing East Kent Goldings displayed like this as it's a great hop and a classic of English brewing. A unique beer for sure.

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Photo of loren01
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, good sized bubbly white head with great lacing down the glass
S: This beer has a nice aroma...sweet fruity scent as well as floral hops
T: Sweet and fruity up front followed by herbal/peppery hop flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, thicker than I thought it would be.
O: Overall this is a great IPA, EKG's are not my favorite hop but this is different from the normal west coast style IPA I'm used to...I dig it!!

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Photo of Offa
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, characterful IPA with great complexity, balance, and breadth of character.

Hazy amber, it has a big pale tan head, long lasting, slowly shrinking to foamy ring and a lot of lace.

Aroma is fruit, plum, raisin, hint of metal, hint of earthy leaf, and lots of herb and leaves – very nice with some good complexity.

Taste is very nice, juicy, herbal-leafy hop character (varied in taste but almost minty) over a lightly raisiny malt sweetness, just lightly to the bitter side with strong hop character. It is spicy, herbal, juicy, faintly earthy, with some nice complexity. This is excellent, clean, bright, with good complexity and interplay of malt, yeast and hops.

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Photo of scott451
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass after warming from fridge temperature slightly. Poured a hazy brownish orange with a bubbly three finger off white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Floral hops and light sweet malts on the smell. Very floral hop up front. Mild malts follow and a light grapefruity hop finish. Overall smooth and subdued for an IPA.

Creamy and smooth. Good carbonation. The alcohol is only noticeable towards the end. Otherwise a subtle and very drinkable IPA. Very nice to be able to check out individual hops.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leon's Full Service (Decatur, GA)

Served in a Stange glass:

The beer appeared a nice murky orange with a nice off-white, maybe light tan, thick head that was well retained. The beer appeared very appealing.

The beer had a nice aroma to it, lighter than expected, perhaps pine hops, but not overly dominating. Perhaps I have come to expect too much given some of the American IPA aromas. Still, very pleasant.

The taste is what caught me off guard the most. The Beer was much more malty than expected. To be honest, I guess that the beer was really well balanced, as it was not overly hoppy or overly malty sweet and it was a nice change of pace, as compared to the American IPAs.

The beer was perhaps lighter than expected, but still had a medium feel to it. The beer was creamy and easy to drink with a nice hop and dry finish.

Overall, a good beer and one that I would be willing to try again.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky orange with a beige/tan head that is quite fluffy with a height of two fingers.

The most predominant smell is caramel malt with a touch of orange citrus. I also get some pine, as well as some biscuity malt. Does not smell all that hoppy overall, just mainly sweet malt and some citrus and pine notes.

This beer has an interesting flavour with some herby, floral, peppery hops up front supported by a biscuit/caramel malt backbone. I actually really like this. Different from most IPA's, but awesome. There is none of the citrus that came across in the nose mind you.

Mouthfeel is quite dry, and medium to full bodied. Pretty damn good.

Drinkability is quite high. I could pour back a few of these.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bronzey gold colour with slight dirty haze, revealing a strong but slow plop of carbonation. Head is beige, decent when poured, developing nice craters on its dense surface, and some small but nick sticky lacing trails. Looks pretty decent.

Pleasant caramelly malt underlying, with prominent but not overwhelming hop aroma. Hops are equal parts citrussy and herbal, with a lemon tang and big whiff of mint. Pepperminty with a side edge of metallic brass and fresh-cut grass. Slightly stale in character, but plenty of aroma.

Taste is quite minty throughout. Bit of a peppermint bite on the assault, with a touch of rosewater that mellows heading towards the very nutty malt on the mid, touch of hazelnut and pecan. Hops begin quite early and are definitely unlike the hops I'm used to in flavour. Herbal, with mint, a touch of green tea and a side order of steamed greens that develops into a mildly peppery bitterness with a very dry finish. Bitterness is very mellow though, which I think is the key selling point of the hop, very austere and British with plenty of cleansing bitterness but virtually no bite. Pleasant and drinkable but nothing brash or arrogant about it.

Perfect analogy for the difference between Poms and Yanks here; it's not as in-your face and offensive as your west coast American hops but there's also something lacking in the excitement department.

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Photo of ksmi116
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - cloudy amber with a massive off white head. Great staying power and retention

S - More malt smell than expected, some caramel in there as well.

T - Surprisingly bitter for what it smells like, you can taste mild bitterness up front, and more on the finish. Not very malty at all, which is a good thing

M- Full but not thick, no alcohol burn, feels great going down

D - I could go back for this, but I really enjoy the idea of single hopping to educate others about the specific hop tastes. East Kent isn't my favorite, but definitely does a good job of educating.

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Photo of edrachman
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up for a side by side tasting with the Centennial version. Had a stamp on the top listing a date(in the future?) of 22/12/11.

Pours a very light transparent amber with foamy head and which dissipates in the middle, but sticks around the edges.

I definitely cannot pick up the hop aroma as much as the Centennial version. Whereas the Centennial was a bright flower, this smell is much deeper/darker. Reminds me of violets and non-citrus fruitiness.

Like the Centennial, a solid IPA. I find the hops really complement the style here. Almost no bitterness (especially compared to the Centennial) and a really smooth tasting IPA.

Very well balanced IPA and an easily drinkable IPA. Actually a very good IPA - especially considering the 'gimmick' of single hop.

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Photo of elricorico
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown in colour with a slight orange tinge. Big rocky off-white head that seems to last a long time and leaves a thick sheet of lacing.

Aroma is a very nice mix of herbal and citric notes. The citrus is sharper and stands out more, but not so much as a Cascade based IPA.

Flavours of oak seem to be quite strong in the middle of this brew. Citric rind fairly strong in the finish. Some orange sweetness seems to round out the taste. Good, pleasant flavours for the most.

Relatively light in body with average carbonation. Mouthfeel is fine for this style.

Pretty good beer, I like the single hop IPAs that so many breweries are trying out.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; smells of oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has flavors of caramel malts, oranges and hints of grapefruit. There is a mild amount of bitterness and some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste.

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Photo of LaSalle
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange tobacco sunset with half a pinky's worth of sandy off white head. Quite appealing.

Very nice grassy Kent hops in the nose, as expected I suppose. Nice roasted Golding feel, with a very nice, fresh presence in the profile.

I am pretty satisfied with this experience; and i think that pretty much sums it up. The balance is quite good -- though the constituent parts, the goldings and (pale?) malts are somewhat more shallow than the nose had led me to expect. So, despite quite pleasant and reasonable experience, still kind of unremarkable.

Mouthfeel is fine. Reasonable effervescence, a bit thin with the high acid, but not unreasonable.

Moderately drinkable; not a full on session ale; but I could certainly have a few. Happy with the experience certainly.

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Photo of beerdepartment
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared East Kent Golding to Cascade Single Hop IPA by Mikkeller's:

Appears lighter and golder than cascade; not better or worse, but appreciably different in that it is less red than its counterpart.

Fragrance is peachier, fleshier than cascade; less grapefruity; more intriguing.

More complexity of flavor in hop category; wood tang; richer; less flower.

Mouthfeel was less carbonated than Cascade.

Though I love the familiarity of the cascade and the classic nature of the cascade as well, I'm newer to the flavor of this East Kent Golding, and the new taste was great.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orangish, brown color. Very hazy, almost a cider like appearance. Thick, 1/2" cream colored head, tries to cling to glass with decent lacing. Very grassy, piney hop aroma. Hoppy resin character to aroma, and almost a tannic oaky character. Flavor definitelycught me off-guard a little Get more of the pine and grassiness in the flavor, but also picking up a lot of oaky characters to flavor a lot with some pete notes as well, guessing this would most likely be attributed to the European hops. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Sweetness and hoppy flavor is big on the start showing more of the tannic. oak flavor in the middle and end, lending itself to more of the pete flavor on the finish with some hop dryness as well. Another good one from mikkeller, a very noticable difference in this hop type from the others. Warmth allows for some very nice ringed lacing. Nice and interesting amount of flavor coming from just one hop, way cool.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really looking forward to this one...

A - Pours a hazy golden copper with a reddish hue, two fingers of soapy beige head, solid retention (5+ minutes), big bubbled sticky lacing and nice solid body carbonation.

S - Citrus and pine hops come off the top with an earthy finish. The scent even comes off a bit bitter. Slightest caramel scent lingers behind the scenes.

T - As expected the hops are bitter, less of a citrus flavour than was noticeable on the nose, and much more cedar and pine with a wooden oak finish. Very reminiscent of an ESB as opposed to an American IPA. Slight caramel undertones linger on the finish. Tasty indeed.

M - Very nice mouthfeel that is big bubbled but not overly carbonated, finishes with a touch of dryness, typical of an IPA.

D - This stuff is delicious and well worth a try if you can get your hands on it. The alcohol is very well hidden, the hops are deliciously matched and balanced with a caramel malt finish.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazed orange amber, with a full and bountiful head of lovely crackling white. Head is very rocky, consisting of large bubbles, but this gives it some shape and texture. Lacing is sticky and intricate. Colour, tick. Head, tick. Haze, tick. This is a great looking IPA.

Nose is interestingly different from the others I've tried in the series so far, definitely more organic with the English hop variety. Citrus is still present, but with an earthy, leafy, tea-leaf tannic character to it as well that makes it feel darker and less buoyant. Quite fascinating.

Taste is also quite different to the usual Mikkeller single hop IPA. Here, the tannic bitterness from the English hops becomes very prominent, although it's not a particularly strong bitterness compared to the high-alpha American hops. Big earthy notes on the front, a bit of that classic nutty/marzipan Mikkeller character on the back. Feel is consistent with the others in the series, crisp and clean, but with enough body to support and showcase the hops.

I found this one to be one of the most interesting in the series, given that it uses a much different hop variety to the others. I have to say, I heartily approve. Indeed, I'm not sure I've had a better English-hopped IPA. Trust that Mikkeller would do a better job of it than the UK would.

It's a lovely brew, and the hops are different enough to give a really interesting experience.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cap date: 22/12/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and an earthy citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight citrus, and a big earthy hop note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a nice IPA. Very nicely balanced while it sat on the palate, but upon swallowing a big earthy hop kick that totally overpowers the balanced aspect to this brew. It also had a decent aroma to it, but nothing to get too excited about it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Cap is stamped "22/12/11" so this beer is probably still pretty fresh.

Appearance: tawny light-brown hue with a touch of haze. Poured with 3 thick fingers of creamy, foamy light tan head, which has inconveniently good retention. A pretty solid looking beer.

Smell: light, sweet aroma of malt and earthy hops. I know this is meant to be a single-hop IPA, but it really has the one-dimensional character to prove it. It is decent, but I like a little more complexity than just sweet and earthy.

Taste: sweet and earthy, although with a bit of citric fruitiness to it. There's definitely a tang here which I would not normally associate with the EKG. A simple beer, but a good flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation yields a pretty good creaminess. In this case, I think it is due more to the body than the carbonation, but it is still pretty nice.

Drinkability: this beer is growing on me. Hops are very big but this is not an overly bitter beer -- just the effects of the low-alpha EKG, I guess. But for the price, I could enjoy several of these in a sitting.

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East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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