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Little Creatures Single Batch East Kent Goldings Ale

Formerly brewed at Little Creatures Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
So, itís fair to say that we have a bit of a thing for hops and that we get a little excited over this botanical species in the brewery. weíve worked with a bucket load of hop varieties over the years and we thought itíd be a great idea to showcase a classic for this single batch release, East Kent Goldings. An ale with all the refinement of old english tradition, but with the heart of a true hop head, this single hop brew delivers classic, earthy EKG characters from a very liberal dry hopping regime all tied together with a good mix of Pale, Munich and Crystal malts. Tally Ho !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1101) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
Pint bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber, with a large white head, excellent retention and fine lace. The light, clean floral aromas of the East Kent Goldings (inarguably the classic British hops, and probably my favourite variety) dominate the nose, with a sharp hint of pine lurking in the mix. Those Goldings are present at the start of the beer too, giving it a nice light bitterness, with flower petal notes. The merest hint of smooth caramel malt comes in next, but it is soon overcome by a rosewater flavour from the Goldings in the finish. The malt certainly does take a background role here, allowing the hops to shine. It is far from unbalanced, though, as it might well be if a more aggressive variety was used. I must say, I am confused by the labelling of this as a blond ale, as it looks, smells and tastes like a bitter, and an almost perfect one at that. Whatever we choose to call it, however, it is a damn fine ale, and my favourite of the Little Creatures releases to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
568ml Bottle. lovely earthy east kent goldings hop aroma. A very well made beer. It has everything you need in a beer, a good malt hit with a very good hit of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
On tap at Harts Pub in Sydney. While I agree that this isnít the best single batch Little Creatures have made, it is still very good. Seems very much an English Pale Ale, fruity but muted hops, strong caramel malt. Drank this until the keg went off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ofey (68) - Doncaster, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
Got it in a Pint Bottle today. Pours as a golden cloudy ale with a bubbly head. Smells reflect the picture on the label with hay and grassy. Oily hoppy taste with a bitter finish. A real pommy type beer which would taste amazing had it come out of a hand pump.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours amber with a large lasting head. Nose shows some herbal, grassy hops with soft sweet clean malt underneath. The herbal earthy hops continue as a flavour backed by sweet bready and cookie dough-like malt. Carbonation is a little high. No real faults, but Iíve never found EKG to be a particularly interesting hop variety.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle 568ml. Nice beer. Aromas of hay, flowers, leaves, and some band-aid. Taste is bitter, with good length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2011
Hmm, a little subdued in all fields. Light colour, citrus and grassy hops, sweet malty and reasonably bitter finish.Burpy. Think would be sessionable on tap in summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2011
Tap, Mary Ellen hotel Merewether. Pale amber body, tight white head holds strong. Aroma certainly not over the top, but nice balance of earthy, spicy, dried apricot-like EKG with nutty, light caramel, pale crystal malt aromatics. Smooth, almost creamy texture, medium-to-light bodied, good length of flavour. Bit like the nose, the body reveals a nice slightly toffee-like malt sweetness with a good measure of spicy and dried fruit-like hop character. Bitterness is high enough just to cut through the malt and make it climb down the throat very easily. Rather clean overall iíve gotta say. Nice bitter! I could imagine this would be very nice indeed fresh off hand-pumped cask...bit of a rarity down here though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2011
Tried at Little Creatures both on tap and handpump also out of the bottle. Clear, light golden/amber body, a touch of sweetness on the start of the aroma then the hops and touch of crystal. In the taste light pleasant bitterness, light caramel and earthy hop notes. Not too adventurous but reliable enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2011
Large frothy head medium strong carbonation deep golden pour aromas grassy fruity citrus flavour medium ibu citrus hop nutty earthy taste toffee malt good session ale like a good lager to me finish fruit hop aftertaste grassy mild bitter earthyness

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