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, it’s 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. we’ve worked with a bucket load of hop varieties over the years and we thought it’d 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 !

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fletchfighters (1546) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a hazy golden brown color. Moderate pour got a 2 finger bright white head that receded to one finger. Good shape to the head. Good head retention and decent lacing to this. More spotty than anything else. S-- Peach, orange blossom, and grapefruit . Very faint though. Some earthiness to this but overall very soft. T-- Earthy orange taste. A little bit of grapefruit but once again very soft and very reserved. As it warms up it is more like grapefruit that has the body but no zing to it. M-- Medium body and totally correct carbonation for the style. Bitterness is there but soft and reserved. More in the back of the palate then in the front. Much more about earthy orange and grapefruit than anything else. Honestly would say the feel is the strong suit of this beer. D-- Good but just very uninspired on so many levels.

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.

Muggus69 (2589) - 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 i’ve 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.

mkel07 (6195) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
568ml bottle. Big frothy head of foam, deep and clinging to the glass. Pretty clear and a good deep amber colour. Aroma is hoppy bit a little on the mild side. Light in the mouth and easy enough to drink.

Lunkie (1950) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2011
Hoppy malt aroma. Crystal clear amber colour with thick foamy hrad and good lacing. Malt spice hoo flavour. Fizzy palate.

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.

ComradeK (1248) - 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.

davidm (2080) - 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.

bmeup (679) - 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.

bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours a medium amber with a rocky slightly off white coloured head. Decent lacing. Nice though very restrained light floral hop aromas supported by light biscuity malt. Was expecting a little more. Flavours seem to be dominated by the resiny bitter finish. A little one dimensional. Thinnish mouthfeel. Was hoping for more.

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