Breakfast Beer Tasting: Ramsbottom Craft Brewery White's Kent XI

A little history lesson before today’s beer tasting. The Whitbread Golding hop was developed by Edward Albert White of Yalding, Kent in 1911. When he retired in 1920, the farm he had bred it on was bought by Whitbread Brewery. Shamefully they didn’t recognise Mr White’s place in hop history and that is why it bears their name and not his. This beer is named in his honour.

It’s a 500ml bottle-conditioned specimen and comes in at 4.6%. It poured pale amber with good carbonation and a large, fluffy white head. The aroma was a little floral with perhaps a hint of lemon. Taste wise: it was a subtle mix of floral and herbal tones that led to a medium-dry finish. I’ve had this on cask and enjoyed it .While the bottled version isn’t as crisp, it’s still an enjoyable, easy drinking session beer. 


Colin Anderson said…
They had this on cask at The Hare and Hounds in Holcombe Brook a while ago. Although I enjoyed this, I enjoyed the Scottish Red from the same brewery much more. It was nice to taste a beer so willing to be different.

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