East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

East Kent Golding Single Hop IPAEast Kent Golding Single Hop IPA
90 Ratings
East Kent Golding Single Hop IPAEast Kent Golding Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by plaid75 on 03-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by berebrando:
Photo of berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 22-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: pine
Brandon: good balance; this is a good hop but is not your typical "ipa" hop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a dull hazed burnt orange color with a large blooking white head that settled very slowly leaving broken globs of lace behind.Aromas of biscuit malt and herbal/leafy hop,like an amped up EIPA wich this bascilly is.Flavors of caramel/biscuit hit up front with the leafy,herbal,almost tea-like flavors from the hop coming in a lingering finish.Its a good beer,not as brash as others of the series wich is fine considering the hop varietal,not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice with notes of grassy and earthy hops and some bready malt. The flavor is grassy and earthy hops with medium bitterness and a little bit of a malt backbone. I also get a little bit of citrus in the flavor, but it is very subtle and may be imagined. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best of the 10 single hop beers I have tried from Mikkeller.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mildly grainy malts with good amounts of leafy and lightly floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by crisp hop flavors that are more leafy than anything. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through to the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was the IPA I was most interested to try and although it met my expectations I still thought it was the worst of the single-hop series. Still, I say this is well worth a shot to try such a widely used background hop take center stage.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single-hop (English variety at that) IPA, produced at a Belgian brewery. Yet it's an American style? Ok, I'm up for a challenge...

This beer pours a medium apricot hue, with many, many fingers of chunky icebergs of white head, which leave random plasterings of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of strong biscuit, crackery, and bready malt, with some grapefruit and orange hops. The taste is caramel, biscuit, and bready malt, grassy, spicy, citrus hops, and some mild alcohol warming. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the biscuit malt tempered by the crisp earthy, citrusy hops.

Well, a decent IPA, to be sure. Its particular classification? Confusing as hell, to say the least. In a pinch, a heavily (noble) hopped English IPA, which in the end is jolly well drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cole's. I was lookng forward to this one. It is hoppy yet undertsated bitterness, think bitter limes rather than North American citrys flavours. Above average mouthfeel. Some fruitiness. Golden with lasting off-white head. Malt offset is there, but not so complementary nor interesting.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled this one at brasserie V, sampled side by side with the single hop nelson sauvin and cascade

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a la chouffe glass - dull orange body, well laced cream head

smell: earthy green hops, tea leaf, herbal

taste: consensus #3/3 out of the cascade and nelson sauvin...seems like an english ipa - herbal and a touch spicy, tea-like hops. definitely enjoyable, just not the favorite

mouthfeel: less tongue-smacking than the cascade, smooth

drinkability: good

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Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/red colour with a 2 finger cream coloured head. Fades to a rocky layer but leaves a good bit of lacing behind.

Earthy, leafy hops are almost impossible to seperate from the sweet malt. A very well integrated nose, but nothing that stands out in particular for me. I suppose the sweetness could be called grainy and maybe biscuity. The hops become more evident in the smell as it warms.

Caramely malt sweetness if the main contender here but the hops do make themselves known. I was interested to try this because these hops rarely make themselves known as a heavy feature in a beer. I can see why. This is pleasant enough, but for a hop showcase they dont stand on their own amazingly well. Herbal, leafy qualities are certainly there from the hops along with a lasting, somewhat reserved, bitterness. This beer would be much better suited, as I'm sure it is with the other variations, to a more robust american hop variety.

A very well made beer, as is always the case with mikkeller. An interesting experiment but one that has revealed why EKG is not used more often in this style.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 elricorico
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 PhillyStyle
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large yellowish foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hops is dominating with subtle note of cat pee and non-descript caramel malt. Taste is dominated by the hops with loads of astringent notes with dry bitter notes and some subtle cat pee notes. Malt backbone is present though not too flavourful to disrupt the hosp assault. Body is quiet full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Interesting experiment with a type of hops that I am learning to appreciate more and more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.
Served in golbet

A - cloudy orange colour with hint of amber. Small amout of white head.

S - some bitter citrus hops and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Bitter citrus hops up front - grapefruit and orange flavours up front. Some sweet caramel malts priovide good backbone. A very unique hop flavour.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very enjoyable IAP. Unique, which is nice for a change.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for this one. Comes in a 330 ml brown bottle, plain green label. Date on bottle cap is 22/12/11. A bit of an oxymoron, calling it an American Style India Pale Ale while it is totally single hopped with an English variety of hops.

Tall chunky white head on the pour with good lingering retention, leaving chunky patches of lacing. Cloudy marmalade body.

Dry, musty, some graininess on the nose, light citrus, bready malt.

Flavour starts out dry, earthy and grainy, with leafy, herbal hoppiness coming out in the finish, slight citrus rind character.

Medium-bodied, assertive yet refined carbonation, nice zip on the finish.

It's good for what it is, but doesn't really blow my skirt up, as I'm not a huge fan of predominant English hops. Mikkeller is also having a laugh at us, this is a decent English IPA, but is not what he labelled it as. A great opportunity to discover the character of one specific hop though, that's your homework class!

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Photo of TobiasGoth
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a grassy hop and lightly sweet malt.

The taste consisted of a grassy and slightly herbal hop with some esters and a light malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and interesting single hop.

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Photo of Xul
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber, capped by a two finger cream colored head. Retention is good and some light lacing remains on the side of the glass.

S: Fairly subdued aroma overall, the predominant hop notes are of an earthy and piney nature, with some light herbal character and a bit of fruit, both citrus and green apple. Malt base is detectable but unremarkable.

T: Mostly follows the nose, with piney and earthy/grassy hops being up front. The herbal/spicy notes are a bit deeper than in the nose but the fruit is barely there. There's no real flaw making for a low score here, just a lack of anything particularly interesting.

M: Moderate body with low to moderate carbonation, could use a bit more on the bubbles.

D: Drinks very easily, but I'd see no purpose in having more than one when there are so many better beers.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque amber copper in color with a 1 finger foamy tan head; decent lacing that leaves rings.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, orange peel, grass and light caramel; pretty mellow considering the initial hop burst in the aroma.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, pine cone, sweet malt, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, light caramel, grains, grass, herbs and floral spices; very spicy in a good way with strong floral notes. The only knock I have is the strong grainy finish, which trails off with a slightly bitter metallic taste. I would have preferred the hop spices to end this brew and linger, but that's just me.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a slight prickle on the tongue; body is medium.

A decent beer, but not the best IPA from Mikkeller; this was good, but not great and a little disappointing as I expect big things from Mikkeller.

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East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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