espenra (856) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle at Olympen. Hazy orange colour with a big creamy head. Aroma is lafen with notes of malts, grass and some hops and caramel. Flavour is bordering on sweet with notes of malts, grass, caramel, nuts. Some faint hint of hops. This beer shows me that East Kent Golding alone is not a good hop for IPA-style beers. Too bland and lacking the bitterness expected of and IPA. Short aftertaste.
GJF (1217) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Sanctuary. Wonderful hop aroma. Sweet flavor with lots of grassy hop flavor--kind of raw, much less refined than the other single hop mikkellers. Good, not great.
Benzai (7220) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like Tbone says, indeed the name is wrong here. It should indeed be "East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA". Anyway, color is a hazy dark orange, kind of amber. Smell and taste of this hop seem to bring a little more bitterness instead of fruits, grapefruits and a little orange peel. In short: it smells and tastes a little less fruity than other IPA’s. Certainly not bad, but certainly not the best from this series.
TBone (12323) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 330ml (Beer Planet, BB 12/2011)
By the way, all of these single hops have wrong name at Ratebeer, the name of this beer is "East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA". Maybe it is done for alphabetic sorting, but wrong they are ... Slightly hazy deep amber color, small off-white head. Resiny hoppy aroma has also sweetish notes, some rubber or glue, caramel. Medium-bodied. Dry woody hoppy flavor, salty finish, some resiny notes. Malt profile is suprisingly a bit weak for this ABV, but flavor has some alcohol too. Not a bad beer, but East Kent Golding does not play very well alone it seems.
jrob21 (2462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Leons. A little citrusy but mostly bubble gum and my ever favorite band aid hop profile. Solid in the hop education just not one I would normally choose for a beer.
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Der Hopfen wirkt etwas hohl und bildet holzig-blumige Noten, die schwach ausfallen. Dazu kommt eine dezente Muffigkeit, die dunkel und wenig frisch daherkommt. Leicht süßlich, dagegen sehr deutlich herb, weniger bitter. Das IPA wirkt mild aber dennoch entschlossen, vor allem die Herbe trägt dazu bei. Zum Ende malziger, es bleibt aber ein Randaroma. Ein nicht sehr aromatischer Hopfen, der dennoch seine Liebhaber finden wird. 7/8/9/9/8/9
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rusty haze of orange with nice fluffy off white head. Nose of sweet malt and light grassy pine. Creamy body of malty caramel and light citrus with a slightly dry finish that allows a little acidic bitterness to shine from the kent goldings. A good, well balanced IPA with a fantastic body.
ogivlado (5531) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 330ml. -Amber coloured, medium to big sized off-white head, citrusy fruity nose. Moderated toasted malt, citrusy fruity and very bitter hoppy with grassy notes. Quite dry and bitter hoppy finish. Ok IPA but nothing special in general.
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Olympen. Copper red, very hazy, big white head. Aroma is much weaker than the other singlehops and has notes of grass and citrus. Taste is much the same. Some malts and some sweetness but not anything that really dominates. Finish is quite bitter. Much grass aromas here. Easily the best part of this beer
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellowish color, not quite as golden as the others in this series of 10 single hop IPAs. Tight and almost tart flavor, fresh taste with a slight sweetness. Not the greatest beer in the series, but a good thirst quencher, which lacks a little fullness.