A Dual Purpose hop

East Kent Golding

United Kingdom
East Kent Golding

aroma profile: Citrus, Spicy

Developed from wild Canterbury Whitebine in the late 1700s, East Kent Godling is the quintessential English variety. It has been used in kettle and dry hopping and is known for is subtle citrus, floral and herbal characteristics.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon, orange, grapefruit and thyme overtones.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

0.4-0.8 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    4.5 - 6.5%
  • Beta Acid
    1.9 - 2.8%
  • Co-humulone
    28 - 32%
  • Total Oil
    0.4 - 0.8 mL/100g
  • Myrcene
    29 - 31% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    12 - 16% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    38 - 44% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0 - 0% of total oil

4 Brewer Reviews


My homebrewed Goldings with the Tower Of Power became one of my best ones so far. Very smooth, delicate taste, very nice aromas in hop. The taste reminds me immediately of my first Goldings from Shepard Neame's I bought and enjoyed on the train in Kent om my way to Royal Tunbridge Wells on holiday.

Lars | Jun 17th, 2016

I have used EKG several times as a late addition hop to Scottish ales, with very good results. It adds a subtle floral hop aroma and flavor, but doesn't overpower or dominate the intended malty profile of the style.

HW | Apr 3rd, 2017

My go-to beers are British ales, and EKG usually figures somewhere in the brew. EKG is subtle in flavor and aroma with herbal, wood and earth overtones predominating. I tend to notice a bit of astringency when added as a battering hop early in the boil, this is perceived as a papery, or cardboard dryness. I just completed a SMASH (single mash, single hop) trial with the hops added at the 10 min and whirlpool. The full hop aroma dominated, with no astringency.

Barry | Jul 6th, 2017

A nice but often overdosed/celebrated British aroma hop variety that works best when used in moderation and in combination with other British varieties. Overdose will lead to excessive floral/honey/earthy flavors and aromas that can be quite overwhelming and not especially fresh. A nice combination would be Challenger, Northdown and a little bit of EKG. This is used by some well-known British breweries, too.

PN | Dec 19th, 2017

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