Single Hop Goldings

31 Mar

2013-03-31 20.26.00

And finally, the third of my three 4% ABV blonde ales from Marstons, all brewed to the same recipe with the exception of the hops used.  This third ale uses the 200 year old english Goldings variety.  Once again, the beer is a light orangey amber colour, and this time it has a head that is creamy and really lasts.  There’s a lovely aroma of caramel, which continues through to the flavour, and this is a great balance for the classic english bitter taste.

This group of three beers has been a real enlightenment, and a great demonstration of the effect that the choice of hops can have on the character of a beer.  I’d like to have tried more but unfortunately didn’t manage to track down further bottled examples (though I understand that the original plan to create twelve beers – one for each month in 2012 has been extended into 2013).  I’ll continue to keep my eyes open for more examples, though…

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