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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a one inch head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: floral bitterness with some softer pine and citrus tones.

Taste: caramel, pears, green grapes, pine, grapefruit and a hint of orange citrus. This is also a bit bready. Bitterness is hearty but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA that is well balanced. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a dark copper body...it was dark enough and murky enough that I couldn't see through...a pillowy, off white head formed and stood about 2.5 fingers tall...it slowly receded and never went away completely...nice lacing

S - The nose is very hop forwards with both citrus and pine notes...you can tell this one is going to be bitter...not much malt, but there is some brief balancing sweetness

T - Hops are all around...like the nose suggested, this one is bitter...there is also a leafy hop presence providing a "green" flavor in the beer...brief caramel, again, provides just a little bit of balance...piney hops finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...it has some lightness to it, crisp, lingering bitterness

O - This was an average IPA...I enjoyed this find...looked nice, smelled and tasted of bitter, citrus and piney hops, and left a lingering bitterness...I'm glad I stumbled upon this Green "Gold"

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Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange in color with a strong tight foam of an inch right off. Hazy but bright with golden streaks. Looks sticky and fantastic.

Fruity with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Malts seem a dry, metallic note with some brown sugar. Definitely hop-driven but also quite sweet.

A little more malty than i expected in the flavor; far from being overbearingly hoppy, it's quite balanced. Hops emerge from the initial caramel coating to really become the star, with notes of a wide variety of hops ranging from herbal to tropical fruity to citric zesty. Great flavor.

Body is quite full, for alcohol content and style. Just dry enough to keep it drinkable. Finishes slightly metallic as well. This is a hoppy beer and rather hefty for an IPA. Great recipe, keep up the consistency.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark orange red color with about an inch of white head.

It smells of caramel and citrus grassy hops.

It tastes initially sweet there is a mild fruity flavor. There is a little of citrus flavor and a bit of a grassy hop flavor. The hop flavor is very complex in this beer. The sweetness of the beer balances the great hoppy flavor. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

The carbonation is moderate low.
The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these if they were not so expensive.

Overall a nice complexly flavored hoppy IPA.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Pine, grassy, and citrus hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Pine, grassy, floral, and light orange and citrus hops, some bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice IPA. Good hop profile and bitterness and overall balance.

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Photo of Allpe45
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Appears unfiltered and/or bottle conditioned, extremely hazy, dark orange/copper, with a monstrous yellowish white head demonstrating good retention. Leaves bold streaks around the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, citrus rind, and caramel malt. Hoppy but seemingly well balanced.

Citrus, pine, and resinous oily hops. A sharp hoppy bite up front with an assertive malt backbone that allow the hop flavors to shine without bitterness being over-the-top.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, oily/sticky residual mouthfeel.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is a very dark orange almost brown.

S. Hoppy aroma. Predominately piney hops. Has a bit of resiny smell to it. Pick up some caramel malt behind all the hops. Good bitterness with just a bit of resiny alcohol heat.

T. Pretty nice hop and malt balance. Drinks easy. Pretty resiny piney hop flavor. Nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some bitterness.

O. Good IPA. Nice hoppy piney bitter IPA. Has a bit of resiny hop quality to it. Not the most smooth 7% IPA I have had, but not bad. Overall a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of Converge
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big, bubbly tan head off the pour with a typical copper-amber IPA color, but with a lot more cloudiness to it. Surprisingly opaque. Decent head retention, but it leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

S - Nice balance of toasty caramel malt and piney hops with a touch of citrusy notes as well. Definitely more malt backbone here than expected, but it still smells great.

T - Lots of piney hops upfront, with a nice bit of caramel malt to help balance it out. Not as much citrusy character in the hops as I had hoped. Lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Some lemony hops flavors come up after a while. A good IPA, but a little simple overall.

M - Mouth is a little syrupy and weighed down. Carbonation is about average. Nothing special here, but I don't particularly care for the syrupy feel.

D - A nicely balanced IPA, but I felt like there was too much bitter and not enough flavor in the hops. Don't know if it's worth the premium price, but I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an odd duck, but pretty good. Served with a very large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted a long time and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a pungent blend of caramel, citrus hop, malt, yeast. Flavor is like nose and oddly, despite how full flavored it is, still balanced in some odd sense. Body is full, good and carbonation is a bit on the light side. Finish is like flavor, of medium length.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great great ipa, very signature mikkeller. the pour is a little cloudy with a few fingers of tanish head. the body is like unfiltered apple cider, more red than orange, but kind of dull. the nose is amazing, this beers best feature. there is some belgian yeast and a light fruity character, but this is all about the hops. pine meets grapefruit right in the middle, and much oil and resin is retained in the nose and taste. these are fresh and delicious hops, robust and bitter. long lasting bitter finish. mikkeller always pulls out another level of bitterness beyond so many american brewers. im not sure the secret, but this beer is another lovely illustration that bitter and fresh can indeed go together. a little light on the carbonation, this beer has a very soft feel. i liked it a lot and at 7% abv it felt just right to me. wish it was more affordable and more widely available, i could drink this every day.

edit: I just had this is green easter, not knowing that the two were the same when I bought it. not sure if the easter was fresher or what, but it seemed like an even better version of this. I highly recommend this if you can get it fresh, its really fantastic.

edit: just had a real old bottle of green easter and it was rough. a total yeast mess, huge and chunky and nothing left but bitter. man did this fall off. avoid if not fresh!

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Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. One of the better Mikkeller IPAs that I’ve tried, but not my favorite. Pours a fairly dark amber-orange with a beige head. Aroma is quite hoppy. Big notes of grass, wildflowers, lemons, tangerines, minerals and earth. There’s a pretty strong caramel malt flavor, as well. The taste has a lot of that same caramel malt and European-ish hops. It’s a bit more of a hop nectar than I normally prefer, but Mikkeller is much better at crafting this type of IPA than most brewers, so it still works pretty well. Pretty thick on the palate for the abv. Good stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 8/9/11

A murky brownish orange with a massive half glass of light tan head that retains well slowly falling to a thin island leaving plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S floral hops with some citrus and earthy notes I can't quite place with some faint booze

T faint pine, a little bready and some toffee on top of what I smell, citrus is still there but it's rind opposed to fresh flesh

M fairly full for the color, just the right amount of carbonation, leaves a little behind in your mouth assuring you'll be tasting it for some time

O A good IPA for sure, some balance too it but still plenty of hops

worth drinking without doubt give it a try if you get the chance

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Pours an amber orange color with a very nice off white head and great lacing. A little murky looking.

Aroma is not very hoppy. Mostly caramely malty. Little bit of hops.

Taste is pretty good. Not as hoppy as expected. Mostly malty. A little hop kick. It's ok.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I like my hoppy beers lighter in the mouth.

Overall it's a decent beer but when I live in a place where I can get Pliny I will do that instead.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and frothy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface and left thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong hop aromas of citrus, pine resin, spices and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really stand out—grapefruit and passionfruit in particular—and contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. There is some hints of caramel from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and prickly on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very flavorful IPA that’s quite balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pungent, citrusy IPA with a juicy fruit front and bitterly dry finish. All assertive and all MIkkeller.

Pouring a strong amber color and carrying a dense and foamy eggshell colored head, the beer laces and retains very well. The expected hoppy haze decorates the otherwise bright amber hue.

Aromas of pithy citrus flesh, grapefruit zest, earthy bitterness, and light musty malts swirl for a bold and balanced scent. Minor notes of metals emmit through the sharp hop scent.

Malty, bready, and somewhat dirty (as if brewed with rye) with underlying biscuity caramel sweetness. Sweetness gives way to allow for the hop dominance to shine- bitter citrus peel, piney/sappy resins, leafy/grassy elements, and tinny earthy bite. Alcohol flavor takes the shape of nail polish remover and seems to accent the bitterness.

Somewhat full and creamy up front, the beer turns to drying and crispness just as the malt flavors begin to favor the hop bitterness and flavor. Consistency follows the beer well into the deep and lingering bitterly dry finish and aftertaste. The metalic notes continue to haunt the beer with mild astringency late.

A very solid and well focused IPA. A joy to drink if you like beers that fall somewhere between an IPA and a Double IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brownish amber in color. Started with a nice off-white head that slowly reduced to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of malty, sticky lacings on the glass. Light citrus hop and malt aromas. Aroma is more indicative of a pale ale than an IPA. Full bodied with rich carbonation and a resinous feel. Big hoppy citrus and pine hop flavors in the beginning with the citrus succumbing to the pine through the end. Sweet malt undertone throughout. Finishes semi-dry with lingering bitterness. I haven't had too many European IPAs. Maybe they don't dry hop as much as American brewers. Despite the subdued aroma, this IPA packs a wallop with it's flavor and hop character.

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Photo of jsh420
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours dark amber orange with a big chunky pillowy 2 finger head with great retention and coated the glass with lacing - but for a name of green gold i see no gold

smell - lots of fruit pineapple citrus and apples?

taste - again lots of fruit but the apples are odd for an ipa - apples hit me first then citrus pine hops with the malts caramel backbone

mouthfeel - medium body with decent carb and smooth creamy feel

drinkability - the high price kills repeat buys but i enjoyed every drop

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on draft at Cape Henlopen Oyster House.

appearance: dark amber red / brow with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: a nice balance of hops to malts, citrus, grapefruit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: well balanced IPA from Mikkeller, will definitely enjoy this one again before they kick the keg.


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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a frothy beige head that recedes very slowly to a thick cap and leaves delicate lacing along the sides.

Aroma is juicy with pithy grapefruit and some sweeter citrus notes as well. There is more than a hint of caramel and a touch of lemongrass as it warms.

The taste is bitter up front with the grapefruit taking on a much more abrasive character. The malts are present but overshadowed by the hop blast. The finish is drier than I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is dry and bitter, but still with a bit of sugary sweetness lingering as well.

This is a solid IPA that's not exactly balanced as the hops are definitely abrasive and bitter. Still, Mikkel knowns his way around IPAs.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty first rate IPA. Foaming initial pour, with slight hoppy aroma. Lots of lace at the end of this rapidly drunk well balanced IPA. Average mouthfeel. Citrus,carmel, some grapefruit, tasty till the last drop. Great drinkability, though tingling palate and tongue after it all.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark coppery brown.
Nose shows pine, green apples, grapefruit and pineapple. Also some biscuity and sweet clean malt.
Similarly fruity flavours, also the piney notes. Then that biscuity malt follows before a powerful, sharp bitterness rolls through.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Chestnut-amber colour with a creamy head that quickly recedes to thin blanket. Noticeable carbonation in the pour.

(4.25) S: Caramel-toffee, oak, grapefruit rind, raisins, nuts, and mix of spices. Rich and varied aromas with a nice underlying semi-boozy oak element coupled with a strong toffee aroma.

(3.75) T: Caramel, hints of oak, grapefruit, raisin, nutmeg, and hints of darker fruits (some cherries). There is a nice mellow and well balanced flavour to this despite large presence of both hops and malts.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, creamy, and oily.

(3.75) D: This is good and glad to try it but not something I would revisit. While tasty, I find the flavour is a tad lost and a bit untidy. Of the Mikkeller LCBO release I would prefer the K:rlek to this, despite the style difference.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

must say that it was pretty consistent and rich. a bit darker then most with a somewhat small head. had it better with nicer bigger head. this was the end of the keg which made for something nice and rich but not particularly evanescent. head of about a finger if that. usually about 2 fingers. nose of pine and apricot predominantly. but all the nice citrus fixings. palate was nice and broad citrus, pine, and apple hints in the malt. bitter finish... sort of earthy apple. but not the most potent of bitterings. good all around. better then most american.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, beer palace - oslo

from notes

appearance: pint, bright orange-amber body, light off-white film

smell; pungent and juicy - citrus, light notes of pine

taste: pungent and juicy - grapefruit, citrus zest, lemon extract, biscuity malts, moderate bitterness. this falls somewhere in the middle of all the mikkeller ipa's i have tried

mouthfeel: medium, oily

overall: good

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. Best before date is 12/10/13 (on the cap).

A - pours a brown-orange cloudy color (darker than most IPAs), with an initial two finger head that lingers around for quite a while and never quite goes away (with some head ad the edge and chunks of lacing).

S - A little unusual on the nose as the spicy, resinous hops appear to be fighting it out with some bready and even caramel malt elements (thus the color).

T - this beer is an interesting balance of hops and malt, to the point I was second guess if it's really even an IPA. The hops are certainly there: resinous, grassy and with a background hint of grapefruit, but they're battling with a strong toasty and caramel malt backbone to the point where the finish is sweet and sour. It finishes bitter and earthy.

M - it's a bit heavy on the tongue, from medium/heavy to even heavy, with smooth moderate carbonation. It's not overly rich in its finish, but is pretty juicy and full. No alcohol warming or oiliness.

Overall this is an interesting beer where I would guess that Mikkeller pushed the envelope of the malt profile to counterbalance a fairly traditional hop-bill. It's definitely maltier and richer than your usual IPA, but it's also solidly bitter. Definitely and interesting take on an IPA as in spite of the experiment, it's still fairly balanced. Just don't expect a hop-bomb with this one.

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.