I have been looking through our hop profiles and found that we have not written about East Kent Goldings (or any Goldings hops) yet. This variety is Mike’s “go-to” English hop. He uses these in his Ordinary Bitters and other English style ales.
Goldings is an Old English hop variety that was cultivated from a wild variety named Canterbury Whitebine. There are other Goldings (Kent, Whitbread) but the ones grown in East Kent are the premier version. Note: Styrian Goldings hops were bred from Fuggles, but that’s another post.
Origin: As noted above, East Kent Goldings hops are grown specifically in the area in the Southeastern part of England known as East Kent.
Aroma/Flavor: Sweet, Smooth, Citrus/Lemon, Floral. One source stated Violets and Apricot.
Alpha Acid: 4 – 5.5%
Typical Usage: Aroma – Good for dry hopping.
Beer Styles: All English style ales. Some Belgian styles too.