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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy, cloudy beer. Malt assails you on the aroma. Malt driven with flavors of pine and caramel. Not my kind of IPA.

Photo of RWACKO
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WuBByG999
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ludachris
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its blood orange unfiltered body reminds me of some of the first American style IPA's I've had. Two fingers of creamy, tightly knit off white head boasts a good level of retention. Sticky patches of lace appear as soon as the head starts to recede.

The core is almost rich. Plenty of fresh bread and sweet toffee. Pithy citrus is coated on top, most notably grapefruit. A bit of mango skin is in there as well. Grass clippings give the nose some zip. More malt forward than what I was expecting. This could be due to it sitting on the LCBO shelves for who knows how long before I picked it up. The taste should be a better indicator of that.

Classic notes of pine needle and grapefruit quickly coat the palate. It's prickly and a bit sappy. A leafy, unrefined bitterness lingers past the finish. There's still plenty of malt backing it. I'm surprised at how tame the malt bill is, especially in comparison to the nose. I find it to contribute more to its weight than to its sweetness, although the sweet aspect is still there with streaks of rich bread in the middle.

Medium bodied. A bit sticky and a bit sappy with a pleasant creaminess. The finish is dry and bitter; as an IPA should be.

This for me, although not my favorite, is a classic take on an American IPA. Grapefruit and pine needle and a bit unrefined, both in its bitterness and it foregoing the filtration process, with just enough stickiness to make you lick your lips. It's nothing out of the ordinary but it's void of any real flaws and a pleasure to drink at 7%.

Photo of ssmack
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark for an IPA. Opaque, unfiltered, dark toffe brown. One inch of beige heads of bubbles of mixed sizes. Head lasted to the bottom. Good lacing leaving dots on the glass.

Rich citrus aroma. Grapfruit and mango with a hint of toffee from the malt.

Big flavours in the taste. Burnt nutty grainy malt. Bitter grapefruit. Earthy pine taste. Sharp bitter aftertaste. You can taste the alcohol.

Full mouthfeel. Chewy. Great.

This is not your typical AIPA. The dark malts add tremendously to the complex flavours. The west coast hops are present in spades. I only wish there was less alcohol taste. First rate.

Photo of azkkr
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green Gold has a plain and ugly label that really does it no favours. Its appearance, on the other hand, is quite striking; a deep terra-cotta colour with faint highlighting, you'd almost think it were sherried. It looks downright elegant and has a head thick as goalie pads.

Speaking of sherry, this dry, yeasty, nutty, tangy, lightly oxidated and alcohol-laced aroma smells like it could have been fortified. Like a sherry, this has notes of dried fruits, Christmas cake, and old furniture. It has that raisiny richness and raw citrus pith flavours.

All of the above replays on the palate - with the same level of intensity too! There's a heightened emphasis on both green and dried fruits, with a combination of lemons and grapefruit rounding out the back end. Grassy, leafy elements replay in the finish.

But this isn't all about the Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo - there's a hefty dose of Munich and CaraMunich malts in there too, the result being a rich, nutty base that keeps the finish of this 7% alcohol beer burn-free. It's a strong, but smooth tipple.

One bone to pick quickly: why is the 'best before' stamped two years from the bottling date? Seriously? This isn't my idea of an IPA to begin with, but Mikkeller is delusional if he thinks this will keep in good condition for that long. You're just asking for disaster.

Green Gold is an interesting mix of ruggedness and sophistication. Overwhelmingly grungy at first, things open with warmth and it starts to resemble a moist fruitcake with sweet orange and rum-raisin flavours to offer. There's lots to like, but only if the price is right.

Photo of Dimitar11
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Marcio1408
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hazy red color. Frothy big head. Grapefruit and biscuity malts with a bit of caramel. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Worth a try, but not a stand out IPA.

Photo of Electros
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Wajohnst
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ttylicki
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jlarimore4
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of LeeEvolved
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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: 4.34, 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.

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7.0% abv, 330ml bottle into spiegelau IPA glass. consumed on october 22, 2014. best before june 19, 2016... yeah right. brewed with simcoe, cascade, and amarillo hops

a: semi-hazy rich amber, almost copper-ruby colour. 4 fingers of bone-hued head from a very aggressive pour. excellent sticky lacing going on. not quite green or gold

s: caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple. slightly spicy, piney, and floral.. smells great, very balanced

t: malty with subdued fruit characteristics. bready and caramel-y up front, with pineapple and grapefruit following. malt carries on into mid-palate, pine introduces itself shyly, and the moderate bitterness shows itself as well. some floral notes. finishes dry and spicy

m: excellent stuff here. the flaked oats are working wonders i believe. medium-plus body with moderate carbonation makes this beer feel creamy and almost thick in the mouth. love it

o: not your typical modern day hop-forward IPA as the malt slightly edges out the hop presence, but it's still delicious

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.