Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 311
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

First batches Brewed at Gourmetbryggeriet, Roskilde, Denmark.

Now brewed at De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, munich and caramunich), flaked oats, hops (simcoe, cascade and amarillo) and ale yeast.
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Photo of Oakenator
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange and brown in color with a cream colred head. Head is thick and pours at least a couple of fingers. Head lingers well - still has a top 30+ minutes after pour and thick lacing on the glass walls.

S: Over the top grass and pine hops. It catches you off guard up front but is a really nice twist on the aroma.

T: Good quality hop flavor - again grassy, earthy hops forward, with a bit of a malt balance on the back.

M: Medium body but really nice on the tongue - ample carbonation.

O: Really well done. Hope to find this one again. Would love to have really, really fresh but suspect this at least a couple of months old by the time it reached the states. (666 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger thick head with excellent lacing and retention.

S: very aromatous. Lots of earthy, citrus, pine hops. Incredibly complex aroma.

T: Very nice pine hop aroma that isn’t overpowering but just right. Light citrus with floral and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. The lingering pine aftertaste is perfect. Not too sharp and very flavorful.

Overall: This is an excellent IPA but the amount of hops is on the lower end yet this one still seems to have a full flavor and aroma. (512 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is clouded deep amber with red hints, a high tan head that settles slowly, some lacing and curtains.

The smell is exactly like a freshly opened tin can of grape-fruit juice. Some green gooseberries.

The taste is also perfect grape-fruit juice sweetened with fructose

Medium carbonation, a good body and soft fluid, a warm and dry finish.

Nearly a perfect grape-fruit-juice-beer, good stuff! (405 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper in color with blonde highlights and a thick, frothy, off-white, three-finger head that last for awhile leaving a great trail down the whole glass before finishing with a wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong earthy hoppy aroma dominates this beer from beginning to end.

T: Hop flavor jumps out of my glasses and punches me in the face. Love the full bodied citrusy hop taste. Good amount of alcohol masked by the dominant hop flavor.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: First-class IPA – wouldn’t expect anything less from Mikkeller. Very drinkable and enjoyable. (636 characters)

Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have only sampled a few of the Mikkeller beers, but "Green Gold" truly tastes delicious for a hop head like myself.

The beer is a bit cloudy and a dark wooden hue that looks like many hop filled concoctions.

The smell is great, pine + citrus makes the subtle afterglow of the beer notes resonate appropriately on your tongue.

The taste follows suit with a casual completeness of hops and sweet flavors.

The mouthful of beer is bitter, but not overpowering for the beer drinkers in the room.

Overall, you will want to drink more!

Je Suis- LCK (550 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Beautiful dark orange-reddish amber color. Slightly cloudy with a light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Mainly citrus and pine hop nose with some malty sweet scents. Almost has a slight English Ale scent. Must be the malts?

T&M: Incredibly balanced. Some roughness from all those hops, but the taste is solidly hoppy with a very good malt backbone to shave off some of the sharpness of the hops. Very tangy and dry on the finish.

Very good overall. I guess it's a pretty good job for those Eruopeans trying to make an American product. Definitely a slight variation on the Amer. IPA with a quality, original flavor. (740 characters)

Photo of Jake1605
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Freshness date says 2/3/12.

Appearance - Dark orange in color, light baige soapy 3 finger head. The lacing is as thick as it gets. Lots of sediment & carbonation, this one looks amazing.

Smell - Mild hoppy smell, very sweet. Citrusy & piney hops.

Taste - This one reminds me of a toned down, sweeter I Beat U. Very balanced, job well done.

Mouthfeel - Smooth & dry.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these, I wish it came in 4 packs. (481 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 Mikkeller Green Gold 11.2 oz. bottles purchased at Capone's. Brewed with simcoe, amarillo and cascade hops at DeProef. $8/bottle.

Appearance: a dark peach color, or sort of orange. Nice thick beige head. Not clear.

Smell: fresh orange and grapefruit juice.

Taste: I don't know..it simply tastes like alcoholic fresh squeezed juice to me..awesome..there's a huge, meaty bitterness in the middle, and finally a numbing butterscotch taste at the end of the sip left on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: bitterness lasts a while which I like!

Overall: It definitely reminds me of Stateside IPA although not quite as yummy. (616 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before June 19 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, light tan-coloured head. It seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a bubbly film and narrow collar. The aroma is hop-forward, with strong notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, pine needles and a hint of pineapple. That being said, the malt bill still seems fairly sturdy for this style, offering up some caramel sweetness and grainy, biscuity notes.

This is an excellent IPA. The underlying malt backbone provides some pale malts, bready sweetness and caramel that keeps things balanced, but it is the wide range of hop flavours that steal the show here. Orange and grapefruit citrus, peaches, pineapple and floral notes with a resiny, bitter finish that fades extremely quickly - this is one of very few IPAs I can think of with such a clean, almost dry finish. I'm impressed. The mouthfeel is on the heftier side of medium-bodied, with low carbonation levels that provide this brew with an exceptionally smooth, satisfying feel on the palate. I'd agree with the previous review, in that the oats really help bulk up this IPA's mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.31, an A grade. Mikkeller's Green Gold is an outstanding beer that all hopheads should consider well worth a try. The price point (and temporary availability) prevent this one from being a staple, but this is still an excellent hop-forward beer that compares favourably to many Ontario examples of the style. The luxurious mouthfeel, bold, citrusy hop flavour and the surprisingly clean finish are enough to make this one of the better IPAs I've had the pleasure of quaffing in my many years on this site. (1,738 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark and orange with a fomey head.
S- I notice hops and some fruit
T- Like the smell, I get citrus and grapefruit. aggressive hops
M- Lingers on the palate in a pleasant way. enough carbination.
O- Finally I try Mikkeller, I will now be trying there other styles. if only a bottle was a bit cheaper. (304 characters)

Photo of bark
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is amber; the liquid a bit cloudy. The very high head is pale brown and compact; it sinks slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter with lots of American citric notes: Grapefruit, lime, bitter oranges. Massive smooth sweet notes; some caramel and toffee. Some oily notes in the background.

The taste is very hoppy and balanced. Citric notes (mostly grapefruits) and a very elegant bitterness. Sweet malty flavours with notes of toffee, rye bread, and a touch of coconut. Hay, dried fruits, flowery flavours and a somewhat oily hint of fruit candy in the aftertaste. Otherwise there is a growing clean bitterness and alcohol. The finish is balanced and a bit dry with a touch of vegetables.

The carbonation is mild; lots of small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A solid brew and one of the best Scandinavian American-style IPAs there are. (881 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: cloudy orange/brown, like a real apple cider, tan head is fine with decent length, like sand

Aroma: excited already - unique spices, cinnamon, clove, five spice - feels like Fall; light caramel malt background, touch of banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: caramel malt and full, creamy body, with spice backing up the whole experience, and requisite hop bitterness (on the spice side naturally) finishing it off; but those five spice/cinnamon/clove flavours are the star of the show, matching the aroma and really linking all aspects of the beer; there's a woodiness too, almost like you'd find in root beer

Overall: a very unique IPA with loads of flavour and a solid malt and hop base, all of it well balanced; super interesting (735 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a nice head that stays for a minute or two. Unfiltered and almost brown

S- 4.25- Heavy malt, hops and caramel

T- 4.0- Pretty good. Rather heavy and malty good.

M- 3.75- Bit of a harsh bite here. Not an even beer. Very APA

O- 4.20- Pretty good beer but not very good once you factor in the price. Can buy just as good for $2.50/473ml can

Food Pairing

This pretty good APA went well with...... Pork in a mushroom cream sauce.

Enjoy! (566 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really tan to dark amber color with lots of off-white creamy suds.. Some lacing and nice head retention.
Smell is very piney. More pine than citrus. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is grapefruit rind and sugar malts. The sugar comes in heavy then the black bitterness wipes it out quickly.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the bitterness eventually cleans the palate leaving just a slight alcohol and bitter hop in the back of the throat.
Overall this is a really nice IPA. The only drawback is the price. (526 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden-copper, 2 finger thick off white head, good lacing rims and spots along the glass.

S - Fresh hops, grassy, slight pungent, hints of sweet caramel malts.

T - Muted citrus hops, some earthy hops, orange rind, clean bitterness, caramel malts in the finish, a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation.

O - Very solid session beer!

6811103, $6.49 at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD (441 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with orange highlights with a 2 finger head that had great rentention and great sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: lovely floral piney hop aromas with a good amount of malts seeping thru and citrus fruit zest. There is also bready boozy notes as well.

T: actually has a good piney hop bite with citrus grapefruit that helps intensify the bitterness. The malts do help out the balance and also adds slight sweetness with hints of caramel and booze at the end.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet citrus piney hop bitter finish and lingers on the palate.

D: by far one of the best IPA offerings from mikkeller. Really good drinkable beer with good characteristics all across the board. I'm glad I can still get some more of this stuff. (793 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good cooper colour. Relatively large beige/creamish head.

Plenty of citrus, pine, fruity hop notes. Some caramel malt sweetness is very present too.

Cleansing pine qualities are certainly there, along with the citrus and fruity notes in the nose, though I agree with the previous review that the pine certainly dominates. Some sweet malts are there to back it up. Not a very long finish.

Feels good in the mouth. Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

Not sure why, but I find this really drinkable. Keep wanting another sip.

Like the other Mikkeller IPA I had last night, its almost dipaish in its mouthfeel/malt presence. (631 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. You can't even see through the glass. I'm not sure this is the color of an IPA.

Whoa! A sucker punch of grapefruit goes across my nose, shattering it and leaving only an inkling of malt underneath.

A blast of hops to greet the mouth. Mint and grapefruit seem to dominate the most. Very little malt, which is certainly buttery.

Lingering mint and grapefruit notes. Alcohol heat as well. Overall, an interesting mix of flavors that stick around.

Wow. I like this. It's just a straightforward hop missile. Nothing out of place. (558 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark amber, one finger beige (almost orange) head with great retention and really sticky.
Big smelly punch of hops, fruity and sweet, citrus, peach, small tropical notes, but also with a bit of pine. Caramel maltiness, biscuit, flowers, grains, faint dry tobacco.
Taste is a bit complex and has different levels. Starts with malts and sweet perfumey fruits: peach, lime, pomelo, faint mango, maracuja, all covered in caramel. Hops turn a bit grassier, some faint flower petals, and bitter pine resin comes to counter the sweetness, not overpowering it tho. Spices and clearer malts follow towards the finish, pilsener malts, toasted grains, petals, lemongrass, orange peel. Hop oily finish, bitter, but also coated with all the sweet notes from before, nice and balanced mix.
Medium body, oily, kinda low carbonated. Great aftertaste of hop oils, spruce, citrus peel, some lingering fruity sweetness and some dry leafy bitterness. With the tons of flavours going around, you don't have time to feel the alcohol, so it's hidden pretty nicely.
I was a bit skeptical and expected a hop bomb, but this was really tasty and balanced. And cheap for a Mikkeller brew (around here), got it at around 4$. (1,206 characters)

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super tasty IPA, if a bit pricey. Color is orange/brown. Aroma of pine and citrus. Great smell. Taste is smooth and hoppy, pine and citrus. Almost a tingle on the tongue. Lacing is light and sticks around on the glass. Tasty beer, I'd get it again (hopefully at a slightly lower price :D). (289 characters)

Photo of dickroop
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on sale half price, bringing a normally exorbitant $7 brew into (sort of) affordable range. It's honey golden and hazy (promising) with beige-ivory head and generous lacing, lots of bubbles up the sides of the goblet. The aroma is citrus hoppiness with notes of honey and pears, a little grass.

The taste has more pineyness (in addition to the citrus) and some caramel malt for balance. Mid-palate, the hops take over with a pure citrus bitterness, leading to a clean finish that is full and light, with a touch of graininess. Quite tasty. As it warms, the malts become more evident (but never dominant), slightly toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium, delightful carbonation, sour tang with bitter bite, and astringency balanced with malt stickiness in the finish. Alcohol is well concealed.

Overall, there's noting wrong with this. It is true to the IPA type and better than many, but it's not a stand-out. The hops could be more alpha-acid, the malts a bit more pronounced. I'm not knocking this Green Gold, but at the price charged for it, I wouldn't make it my go-to IPA. It reminds me of a more restrained Hop Stoopid, but about 2x as expensive even when it was half price :-( Still, as with anything Mikkeller, it's a benchmark (of some sort). Now what are the hops blended into this baby.... (see answer above: simcoe, cascade and amarillo) (1,360 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, spicy hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and sweaty character as well as dark caramel and bready malt.

T - Pine and thick, sweet malt up front. Some pungent, sweaty hop notes in the middle with sweet toffee and a bit of brown sugar. Some grapefruit and more spicy, sweaty hop character along with a hint of red apple and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The hop character, particularly the aroma, is spectacular with huge, green notes that shine through despite the thick malty character. The sweetness is a bit too much for my taste, and while the level of dark malt adds some complexity it hurts the drinkability overall and I can't help but wonder what the hop character might be like if the malt was less aggressive. Still, a nice IPA and well worth trying. (1,003 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pint at Brewdog Edinburgh (£3.50):
Reddish amber with a 0.25cm creamy head with some lacing on the sides & not bad retention, holding okay & covering the surface of the beer at least.

Subtle & creamy initially before some citrus & pine notes plus some floral come through. Sweet malts & faint alcohol with some caramel follow. It smelt quite juicy & refreshing with some grapefruit coming through as well.

Bitter & fruity with some pine, grapefruit & floral hops. A nice sweetness with some caramel and malts & orange plus citrus flavours & faint alcohol.

Smooth & medium bodied with medium carbonation too. Hints of alcohol throughout but this didn't take anything away from the drink & it was still an easy on to get through, with some nice creamy bursts in places & a decent balance overall.

Another excellent beer from Mikkeller, it's not often the fail to deliver but this one was particularly good with a great aroma matched by the taste with plenty of hops present & a good balance throughout. A very nice beer for a hot summer evening, & it's not often I get to say that in Scotland. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an interesting cloudy apricot color with three fingers of light tan head. Light lacing left behind.

Hoppy grapefruit aroma as expected along with table sugar and sweet caramel malts.

The taste isn't as grapefruit heavy as the aroma but gives a good dosage. The sweet caramel malts are also bolder than the aroma and give a very nice balance to the beer. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and crisp carbonation.

Another nice beer from the folks at Mikkeller. It won't win any beauty contests but it makes up for that with the taste. (597 characters)

Photo of atis
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with creamy yellowish head with excellent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is fruity, with plenty of floral and piney notes.

Taste is pungent citrus, mostly grapefruit, floral hops, bits of sweetish caramel malt and bitter with piney hops in the drying fnish. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and light warming feel.

Overall, a solid and well made American style IPA. It is not very often that European brewers produce something this good; I will certainly buy it again. (501 characters)

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.