Craft Beer Hop Profile – East Kent Golding (EKG)
The East Kent Golding (EKG) hop is a UK hop variety that comes from the Kent Region of England. First brought to marketing in 1790 the EKG is a classic hop variety with a ton of history. Also known as Canterbury Hops the East Kent Golding Hop is well known for its English Style Pale Ale and Ales flavouring.
As a relatively low-bitterness hop the EKG has an alpha acid rating that is typically in the 4.0-6.5% range and is complimented with Fuggle Hops as a bittering agent. The flavour of the East Kent Golding hop is sweet, smooth and honey like which describes a classic English Pale Ale to the tee.
As a big coned hop the East Kent Golding is rather difficult to harvest and is a low yielding plant which makes it rather expensive. Despite this and a tendency for disease the iconic flavour and English love for the hop means that it is not going anywhere.
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BC Brewed Beers:
Harvest Date: 2014
Alpha Acid: 4.3%