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 pigc
2.47/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark, murky, orangish brown color with two finger head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Bready malt, heavy pine, citrus, sweet hop juice.

T - Starts off with a strange malty taste followed by a somewhat smooth yet bitter wave of bitter, mouth drying hops. Flavor is sweet hop juice similar to higher abv IIpa's.

M - Medium to heavy. Hop oils seem to coat the entire mouth.

O - Much too sweet for a single ipa. The bitterness is there but that sweet tasting hop juice is just too much for this style. Drinks closer to 8 or 9% abv. As with many Mikkeller beers this one at 50 cents an ounce is just overpriced. (620 characters)

Photo of Zahmzwickler
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquisition: 02.25.2015 - Bottle Bar, Frankford Avenue - PHL 19125

(Appearance) OK. Deep amber / red color. Bottle conditioned, nice head retention with good lacing. Cloudy, chill haze, yeast? I was carefully pouring this beer and still caught a lot of yeast.

(Aroma) Below Average. I think this is an old sample. Their is very little hop aroma, and the malt that is breaking through isn't happy to be there? A little candy sugar, maybe Amarillo?

(Taste) OK. This beer taste better that it looks and smells due to the malt character. Round, candy, belgian fruitiness, sweet. Nice weight and with soft carbonation.

(Overall) OK. I wouldn't take too much from my review, I think this beer has waited a while to be drank? I bet it is fairly decent when its fresh. I do take issue with label representation. The beer is named GREEN GOLD, I taste a home-breweques belgian ale. I have no issue with breaking style but the beer seams confused. Maybe Mikkeller thought he needed to walk the belgian beer drinkers pallet slowly? Speculation, but It's neither a good American-Style India Pale Ale as stated, or a Belgian Ale. (1,119 characters)

Photo of squaremile
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Mikkeller website: The second IPA from Mikkeller is not afraid of living up to its name. The hops are aromatic, American and aggressive, and leaves you no doubt about what you're enjoying. Cheers! Ingredients : Water, malt (pilsner, munich and caramunich), flaked oats, hops (simcoe, cascade and amarillo) and ale yeast.

Beautiful label on the bottle. Pours a dirty orange/brown with an INSANE head. Without the head this would be a 1.5 appearance. Major lacing on the glass and foam on top the entire time. The nose is weak with the malts and some minimal grapefruit aromas dominating. Taste is caramel and malts up front, the second act is some bitterness on the sides of the tongue and a tiny alcohol burn, and a pretty dry finish but some bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but light, very smooth. This is more in the east coast style and fans of DFH 90 Minute would enjoy this. People that prefer a west coast style will be disappointed. (962 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The seems kind of odd for an IPA, with cerial, light sweet malt, light brown sugar and some citrus. Flavors replicate the nose in this very sweet IPA. The beer also has some noticeable heat in the finish, which only further detracts from the beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer is fairly smooth, but otherwise, I cannot say I'm very impressed with this one. Drinkability is not very good, with the sweetness and noticeable alcohol making me look for the dump bucket. Very glad I only ordered a sample size glass. (648 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber in color with a white head. The nose is fairly malty/malt forward. Lots of caramel and toffee with some mild citrus and pine, maybe some brown sugar. The flavor is also on the sweet side as well. Caramel and toffee for the most part. Some citrus peel, pine, and light grass hop notes. Only a mild bitterness. (326 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of pine and floral notes. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted very bitter and spicy hot. The piney hop bite blasted away any sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This beer was just too unbalanced. I don't think I'll go back to this one. (475 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great darker color for a flowery smelling IPA. Poured with a nice amount of head that hangs onto the glass slightly. A little heavy in the mouth but not too much. Has a pretty good taste/flavor. Lingers a little longer than I would like and has a heavy alcohol feel. IMO this is an average IPA at best. (302 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With thanks to the staff @ IBS.

Pours a brown-red. Good head/lacing.

Aroma holds a massive dose of melony Simcoe? Lavender, lemon and white chocolate.

Taste is big on orangey malt. Get a big dose of sugar and a big dose of semi-bitter hop oils floating around in here.

Mouthfeel is really thick and viscous.

Definite East Coast IPA. Just a lot of sweetness in this one and while enjoyable I find it oddly slightly cloying- still good. (439 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby hue with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, hops and a bit of alcohol. Nothing amazing here.

T - Hop bitterness engulfed in a semi-syrupy composition. Likely coming from the caramel malts. Nothing crazy going on, just some acute simplicity.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation.

O - Kind of a plain IPA, expected more from Mikkeller. I can say the BrewDog beers were just plain better than all in this series I have had. I do not think I will ever purchase another beer under this name. There are just too many great beers that I would be giving the middle finger for another taste something that is, frankly, mediocre. (667 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Green Easter pours a turbid orange edged garnet with billowing tan colored head. Big clump lays claim to the middle of the glass, which is coated in a web of chunky lace. Smell: whiff of grapefruit, soft red apple, caramel, sweet orange slices. Muddled and balanced, like an NC ipa. Taste: also confused or just not very good... caramel, lots of it, cut by a thin bitterness...pith, resin, borderline medicinal. Great label, not great beer. (440 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice dark gold/copper color with a nice head to it.

citrus based nose with some copper tones, caramel, navel oranges, and some sort of oxidative tones

full bodied with a real good feel. Some hoppy tones along with tones of caramel, oranges and copper

this is okay. There is an oxidative flavor that I couldn't really get over. A solid IPA but not much more (368 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a finger of long lasting off-white head, leaves some lace.

S: Moderate smell of Munich malt and grapefruit, not hugely aromatic.

T: Lots of white grapefruit on the palate. Melon rind, tree bark, bitter/aspirin and green, Simcoe is relatively light here. Malty for the style.

M: Long aftertaste, resiny, medium-bodied.

D: Again a good not great IPA from Mikkeller, seeing Simcoe and Amarillo made me think it would be quite different, I'm still waiting for them to wow me. (513 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L Deep ruby colored body, cloudy, hazy, a good bit darker than most IPA's. Pours a tall head that holds, retains, and leaves a lot of lacing. I'd say this certainly is unfiltered.

S The aroma is straight up grape fruit. Malt is there but completely dominated.

T Very well balanced beer. The hops are up front and direct and the malt balances them out and leaves a really good flavor. Almost reminds me of the malt in an amber but not as strong.

M Well carbonated, medium body but the carbonation makes it seem almost light. This makes for an easy to drink beer. Not sure that's the goal at 6.50 but this being mikkeller I guess price and results aren't going to make any sense what so ever.

D Could easily have a few, but the alcohol kicks more than a 7% beer should. A good bit more. (790 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan. Poured into a hybrid version of pilsner glass meets flute? This brew appears a cloudy copper orange color with an excessive 3 fingers of creamy tan fluff. The cap has good retention and is composed of large bubbles that pop revealing a pillow-like uneven surface atop the brew. It laces with a thick wall of lace all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is grassy with a light lemony citrus component. Some minerals are mixed around in the nose coupled with sulfur. A faint amount of green, young smelling yeast fills out the back end with a nearly cheesy smell to it. A bit of lime zest is evident as well.

The taste is rinds like orange and grapefruit mostly initially that gives way to toasty caramel sweetness. There is a solid bitterness throughout and a present abv warmth for 7%. This brew lingers in the mouth with a flavor of herbs, grain and rindy flavors that are somewhat oily and resinous in the feel.

This is a medium bodied brew with an acceptable amount of carbonation after I shook the shit out of my glass to release the excess carbonation. It was an interesting experience and take on the style but not something I would be quick to return to. (1,218 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy swamp brown... not really what you expect to see in an APA, very tall tan head retained endlessly
S - a mix of yeasty fruitiness and citrus hop aroma, mild pine and earthiness with some caramel notes
T - an interesting mix of resiny hops, fruity belgian like aromas, mild grapefruit rind, and some syrupy sweetness
M - starts creamy with surprisingly low carbonation, definite hop bitterness with a fairly full finish
O - this one is tough to review in that I like many things about it, but it is clearly advertised as an American IPA but it definitely misses that mark, more of a Belgian IPA or something like it ... that said I do like it so I'm stuck on 3.5 all around (686 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense, dark amber with a fluffy white cap that fades into a mild cap that never fades away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super pine, grass, tree sap, sugary molasses, bitter grapefruit peel, caramel, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet maltiness and a HUGE bitterness that comes in the form of herbal tea, pine, grass, and citrus in the back that lingers of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, bitter and dry in the finish. (493 characters)

Photo of julian89
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the Mikkeller's I had on Mikkeller IPA night.

Appearance: A dark fairly opaque ruby orange hue with a big frothy off-white head, good retention, and good lacing.

Smell: Subtle citrus smell, a fair amount of light hops, a touch of booze, and a fair amount of aromatic hops. Pretty much the same rating I gave to I beat you IPA.

Taste: Some hops bitterness, a slight syrup presence. A touch of floral notes and caramel. Very simple and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Quite syrupy. A medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Honestly this was like a slight downgrade from the I beat you IPA. (613 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Mikkeller Tap Takeover.

Pours pretty cloudy, almost opaque, with a brownish red hue that almost obscures all the light. Head is full and rich and extremely fine. The cloudiness is almost insane, but otherwise it looks really good.

Nose is bright and light, with a generic West Coast hop character without being particularly robust, fresh or strong. It's a bit like a couple of photocopies down from the best examples.

Taste is again, bright, but a bit lacklustre. Some sweet fruit on the front, with a hint of the tropical and a slight green apple character. It's all ok--it works, it fits in style, but it's not a great example of it.

Eh, not bad, but a bit generic. Seriously, it's not a bad brew, but it just doesn't do anything exciting. (790 characters)

Photo of levon15
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer glass

Look: it poured a dark amber color, cloudy and hazy, head was about two fingers, died down to a frothy layer that thinned out but never fully disappeared to the edges.

Smell: a dank sweet citrus with a grassy hint. Bright and inviting.

Taste: upfront it is all lemony citrus hops. can feel the alcohol at the finish, it leaves that bright citrus/fresh taste in the corners of my mouth.

Mouth: the alchohol is present, the beer fills my mouth at the carbonation seems to push its way through. leaves the mouth dry

Overall: the beer is good, i like its undertones of citrus that linger with the alcohol, Tough to justify a second bottle with the tankard mikkeller price (699 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fairly clear copper colour with a 3cm beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Floral & citrus fruit hops with some piney and slightly spice notes. Bit of sweet caramel maltiness.
T - Pine hop qualities come through a lot more in the taste as well as floral and fruity notes.
Sweet caramel also in the taste and probably a bit too much.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Bitterness is noticeable but not overbearing.
D - A decent beer but there are many others I'd buy before this. (496 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

This version was brewed at De Proef...

A: Pours a gorgeous, cloudy-apricot color with two fingers of creamy, light khaki foam on top. Retention was excellent and much lace was left behind.

S: Right out of the fridge I poured this and immediately thought not so much. Very harsh and solvent. As it warmed it took on some softer qualities. Pine, berry, caramel, and citrus. Actually, this got pretty good once it headed north of cellar temp, but it never completely loses that initial roughness.

T: Much like above. The solvent alcohol of the nose tranfered right over to the taste, but in a slightly less intrusive manner.

M: Starts off sticky and fruity but quickly becomes dry and astingent during the middle and finish. There is a minty quality to it that may be a result of the piney hops, or the not very well hidden alcohol.

D: I was glad that this is available in the small format now. It was good, but not great and any more than 11.2oz would've been a chore to get through. (1,041 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange amber color. Big two finger sandpaper colored head. Good retention on it as it slowly died off. Head leaves solid looking rings of lacing to the glass.

S-- Pungent, dirty orange at first and then the smell disappears. Very clean after initial smell.

T-- Pungent, dirty orange and grapefruit. Little bit of sweetness but this is about fruit. One dimensional but good.

M-- Medium feel and carbonation. Orange in front and grapefruit mixed with lemon bitterness in the back. Long lasting bitterness that changes from grapefruit to lemon. Not a lot of sweetness to this. A touch bit oily and a touch bit dry.

O-- Had on tap at Mikkeller tap takeover and was not found of it. Prefer this much more in bottle. Good, solid IPA. Nothing fancy about this at all. Good drinker. (834 characters)

Photo of kvgomps
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a lingering one inch head.

A whole lot of chunky sediment with this one. Looks well carbonated and it keeps the sediment moving. I've watched it for a minute now. It's like a beer lava lamp.

Moving on. The nose is great. Strong malt and hops aroma. Difficult to identify individual scents but some slight citrus is certainly there.

There's a lot going on with the flavor. It's chewy and tastes like a Dead Guy mixed with the leftovers from dry hopping. Points for a unique flavor but the hops make it far too bitter. It's very heavy handed on the taste buds, harsh at first but the finish is earthy and actually sort of tart - maybe grapefruit?

I can't figure this one out. Don't think I'd buy it again but I certainly would recommend trying it once. (782 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep amber color with a dense, frothy head which lives a long time and leaves intense webs of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - A blast of wild grasses, spruce needles, grapefruit pith and white pepper. A faint anise. A nice IPA smell.

T - Hops! Naturally... the taste is peppery and pithy with a hint of grasses and some biscuity malt backing. Aftertaste is faint, light pepper bitterness (which grows stronger in time) and a light hint of malt bitterness. In the long aftertaste this is an unpleasant peppery bitterness mixed with a bit of a medicinal bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little refreshing.

D - It's good, quite good in fact. Still, it is not leagues above SN Torpedo or anything. For the price tag, I just won't have it again. I might have again, if I find it on tap, but this is likely my first and last taste of Mikeller's solid green gold. (881 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at When Pigs Fly. This pours a hazy copper color with a cap of white head.

Citrus grassy hops with hints of toffee sweetness in the background. The pallet has a a nice orange citrus flavor with a grassy bitter finish. Nice malt backbone here giving a bit of toffee sweetness.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Enjoyable with a nice balance. (397 characters)

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