Goldings IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Goldings IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-so far my personal preference: El Dorado > Goldings > Waimea

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

Good old East Kent Goldings. Elegant and refined and like a quintessential English gentleman, inherently boring. Boring that is unless you put the amplitude into overdrive and hope the living daylights out of the beer with it.  This is East Kent Goldings re-invented and re-imagined and shows just what can be done with English hops if you use enough of them. An often overlooked hop superstar, normally getting lost in a woeful stream of conformist brown ales made by sleepy cask ale brewers. But not anymore. Classic Empire with an anarchic twist. God save the Queen. In this amped up Goldings reincarnation expect to be slammed with floral lavender, a fruity riot of blackberries and spiced pears, bumble-gum plums and the illusion of thyme. It reminds me of the apricot marmalade by grandmother used to make.


  • Style: (single hop, East Kent Goldings) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Blackberry toffee malt soft bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours pale orange-brown with suspended sediment, no head, a few big bubbles on the surface, no activity.

Nose: faint berries, toffee malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, low CO2

Mid-palate: brightness, tangy blackberry, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee malt backbone

Finish: red grape exhale, soapy, soft bitter hops.

Summary: Slightly heavier on the palate than the Waimea and El Dorado, fantastic distinct blackberry aroma.