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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 500 ml can on November 25, 2015. Can stamped B.B.D. 20/05/17. Look is a nice bright amber with a thick creamy light tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus, pine and biscuit malt. Taste is grapefruit, orange, pine and biscuit. Feel is medium in body yet smooth in finish.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer taste. Long aftertaste with a pleasant bitterness. The color and odor as a good standard! Such thirsty beer every day and not one bottle!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber appeareance. Good head.

Smell is floral, citrus, herbal hops. Piney as well. Good strong aroma.

The taste is very "green". Fresh hoppiness as if it was made yesterday. Don't know when this was canned (500ml can). Very nice hoppy but somewhat balanced beer similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo but rather more aromatic and fresh smelling and tasting.

Overall this beer delivers as a hop bomb with complexity and deliciousness in abundance. Love the 500ml can. A decent serving size!!!


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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the commander of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, minty, some pine. Taste is lots of hops, pine, bitter, minty at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of dipso123
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle was a gusher. Poured nice fine head which lasted a few and laced the glass a bit. Very dark for an IPA and cloudy. Yeast character and astringency overwhelms what ever hop flavor there may have been leaving a lingering unpleasant taste and mouth feel. Given the gushing this may have been a bad bottle but what was there was not promising.

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

16 fl oz. can, with best by date 05/20/2017 printed on the bottom of the can, so apparently this beer will be good for another 2 years or so.... Anyway, another new canned IPA creation to me from Mikkeller, this one also brewed at De Proef.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - It pours a hazy dark burnt sienna orange body, almost DIPA-ish, with over three big fluffy fingers of khaki beige foam that bubbles and stays for a while. Excellent head retention considering the modest 7.00% abv. Lots of big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A beautiful fresh aroma. Piney, fruity, & floral. Fresh oranges, tangerines, mango, blueberry. Very tropical and citric, with subtle bready maltiness.

T - Bready caramel malts & yeast comes through more so in the taste. Almost a sweetened caramel / amber / red malt flavor going on. Piney & lightly resinous. Lots of oily hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but I would call this more of a DIPA than it is a standard IPA.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, & easy-drinking. Medium-light body with excellent carb. Oily, resinous, and bitter hop finish. Some sweetened caramel / yeast in the finish as well.

Overall, another nice canned offering from Mikkeller, though I could see this thing changing entirely into a rotten caramel malt bomb by the time it reaches it's best by date of 2017, so perhaps they could do something about that one - the shelf life of an IPA is *not* two years, sorry guys. Glad to have tried it fresh.

Mikkeller Green Gold -----4/5.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/20/17.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and earthy hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I recently purchased a CAN of this beer at The Fridge for inclusion in The CANquest (tm)! I love it that so many brewers and breweries have embraced aluminum cylinders for the medium in which to store their beverage.

The Crack! was so loud that my ears popped. There was no thought of an inverted Glug since a) it was a 500-ml tall boy and b) as soon as I began even a gentle pour, it began foaming up almost uncontrollably. I got two-plus fingers of rocky, tawny head for my patience and the sticky lacing that it left in its wake made me wonder how I was going to remove it. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of raw pine tar and once more, my hophead mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy. The taste was really biting and kind of hot. This was an AIPA bordering on becoming a DIPA! I was really digging the way that the pine hops were simply sticking in my mouth. The malts were acting as a good base, but unobtrusive. This was just hops, baby! Finish was dry, but cool, like mint mouthwash. Feel the sensation!

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Photo of drmeto
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a hazy red-amber with a big,frothy,beige head and visible particle floaties
-low to medium carbonation visible
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
Just a really good IPA

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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this a while ago not-so-fresh in the 375ml bottle, this is the brand spankin' new 500ml can format. Best by date of 5/20/17 printed on the bottom.

A - Pour to a pint glass is all foam at first, soon enough darkish amber-orange beer appears with the beige-ish head slowly settling down to a big puffy finger.
Decent lace.

S - Earthy grapefruit, herbal hop, kinda big malt presence of toasted bread and some caramel. Some more citrusy notes coming through with warmth but overall feels a bit tame.

T - Taste is much more potent and solid than the nose. Nice mix of citrus, herbal and piny hops with a toned down caramel/bread malt backbone that compliments rather than overpowers.

M - Solid. Satisfying full body, nice high-ish carbonation and good bitterness level, hop+malt flavor both contributing, flavors linger.

O - Good IPA. Kinda run-of-the-mill but solid enough that I'd be happy to drink it anytime. The scent is definitely a weak aspect, but the great mouthfeel, improved taste, and nice hop/malt balance+interplay make up for that.

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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%.

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Photo of ssmack
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of BGDrock
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.


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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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$.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Alias: Green Easter

Solid beer. Not the best IPA, but it has all the right ingredients. It is overly bitter, but not the extreme. The mouthfeel is a bit thick. It is not very cloudy, but it has a nice cloudy yellow color. Definitively a beer that will fill you up.

Nice head, though not very carbonated.

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Photo of babaracas
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich creamy head pours from the bottle. Awesome looking beer. Quite a bit of citrus and hops in the initial smell. Lots of maltiness as well. The taste is not as hoppy as one would think and that's a good think. Good balance with the malts leaving you with a balance in your mouth.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Secret Beer Garden festival, Dublin.

Cherry amber with taupe film.
Orange caramel nose.
Toffee hit with some papaya then mad red grapefruit hops.
Orange hard candy finish and resin and rind linger.
Medium, chewy, slightly oily.

Simcoe, amarillo and cascade.

A proper hop bomb. Drinks like fresh ruby red grapefruit juice. US calibre.

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