East Kent Goldings is most often used as an aroma addition. But it was once one of the main variety used in the first IPAs, so it does have potential as a bittering hop; especially if seeking to replicate those first early India Pale Ales. It also performs admirably in the role of dry hopping, where its subtle but complex character can come to full light. East Kent Goldings is described as having a delicately smooth aroma and flavor; lightly floral with hints of lavender, lemon thyme, and possible apricot. It can be earthy and spicy with a honey sweetness often described as marmalade-like.
Alternativer: Whitbread Golding, Progress, Fuggle, First Gold