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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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 Zahmzwickler
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beestin
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoPeL
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.