Little Creatures brewery has produced a single batch East Kent Goldings ale, which is typical of an English ale, with plenty of hop characteristics. The beauty of this beer is it is sold in pint size which really takes this Brit back to the proper brewing country. Think of it accompanying pub baked potatoes, autumn fires and dominoes.
Being a single batch, they can play around with the label on this beer. I can see what they are trying with the rustic hut and countryside scene, but it’s does shout moonshine and banjos a bit.
The East Kent Goldings ale looks like a typical English bitter, with a light coppery colour and moderately carbonated head. The head holds it’s structure nicely and the beer is lightly carbonated.
When you smell this beer, there are nice bitter aromas with some hop qualities. I have a bit of a cold, so the aroma is probably stronger than I am reporting it.
This beer starts out with the smooth creamy head which produces a buffer to the strong hop bitter taste which is typical of a strongly bitter English ale. This beer is certainly best at cellar temperature as being too cold does not do it justice. This is a solid hearty beer with many strong bodied flavours from the creamy initial head to the bitter aftertaste. The ale is nice and smooth initially, but then becomes more bitter as you drink it, so you have to be aware of these qualities, but if you are used to drinking a good English ale, then you will really enjoy this beer.
Summary. This is an excellent ale in the style of an old English ale. It is smooth, with a nice creamy head, good bitter qualities and nice hop tastes. Think of pub baked potatoes and pints of ale. Cold and damp autumn evenings shaking off the damp into a warm chatty pub. This ale fits all of these with an excellent warming hop and bitter finish.