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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 321
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger thick head with excellent lacing and retention.

S: very aromatous. Lots of earthy, citrus, pine hops. Incredibly complex aroma.

T: Very nice pine hop aroma that isn’t overpowering but just right. Light citrus with floral and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. The lingering pine aftertaste is perfect. Not too sharp and very flavorful.

Overall: This is an excellent IPA but the amount of hops is on the lower end yet this one still seems to have a full flavor and aroma. (512 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (1,359 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a murky copper color. The head was thin and white, leaves a thin wispy lacing on the glass. The smell isn't overly hoppy, you can tell it's an ipa but it's not excessively floral or citrusy. The taste has the floral citrusy bite to it. Very good flavor profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of on the creamy side. Overall it's a solid ipa in my opinion. Glad I got to try it. (410 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy hops is dominating with some medium notes of dry caramel malt. Taste is dominated by earthy hops notes which are quite pleasant though I prefer more citrus oriented IPA. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed and packs a good hops punch without being a one-dimensional bitter bomb. (436 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, dark golden brown colour, with two fingers of foamy beige head, which leaves some Torrent file block status lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of orchard fruit, some mild meadow flowers, soft yeast, caramel malt, and menthol. The taste is sweet citrus hops, a bit of earthy pine, bready caramel malt, fruity yeast, and a slight booze warming. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a bit airy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bitter fruity hops and yeast interloper doing a fair job of keeping things in hand.

A fairly respectable shot at the American style from the UN-like Mikkeller operation, but you can take the IPA out of Belgium, but you can't take the Belgium out of the IPA, no matter what you call it. That said, I like this - nice and fruity, with an adequate bitterness. (860 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 mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was decent with a nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last. Light caramel flavors that have overlapped with nice touches of hops (438 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love me some Mikkeller uber hopped IPAstyle beers,I liked this one,but didnt love it.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange with a huge billowing white head that left alot of scum behind as it settled ever so slowly into a creamy mass.Massive pine resin and grapefruit rind in the nose,it really jumped out and hit ya,not much malt presence,and just a light alcohol induced sweetness.The feel is just a little thin and it takes away from a great hop profile,the citric and resiny hops hit pretty hard but the watery feel kinda makes the finish fall off kinda flat.Bump up the malt just a little to give this more boday and it would be amazing,as is it pretty damn good. (686 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 nickfl
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, spicy hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and sweaty character as well as dark caramel and bready malt.

T - Pine and thick, sweet malt up front. Some pungent, sweaty hop notes in the middle with sweet toffee and a bit of brown sugar. Some grapefruit and more spicy, sweaty hop character along with a hint of red apple and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The hop character, particularly the aroma, is spectacular with huge, green notes that shine through despite the thick malty character. The sweetness is a bit too much for my taste, and while the level of dark malt adds some complexity it hurts the drinkability overall and I can't help but wonder what the hop character might be like if the malt was less aggressive. Still, a nice IPA and well worth trying. (1,003 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into Mikkeller stemware at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from notes. Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but IPAs tend to be me least favourite beers.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention (~3 minutes) for the ABV. Colour is a solid dark amber.

Sm: Amber and bittering hops. A mild strength aroma.

T: Very full barley with excellent ambering and bittering hops atop. Some light cream and bland hops are present. Not quite complex but well built for the style. Simple for Mikkeller. Some moderate dark esters are present, but forgettable. It's very balanced, but personally I don't like plentiful bittering hops.

Mf: Wet and overly coarse. Pretty complementary of the flavour. Suits the style.

Dr: High ABV, but far from easily drinkable. It's good, but I do expect more from Mikkeller.

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08/15/13

I picked up a bottle of Mikkeller "Green Easter" yesterday only to learn this is an alias for Green Gold. Hmph. I thought it might be interesting to re-review from the bottle. 11.2 brown glass bottle with standard pry-off cap served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Notes are truncated to accomodate beeradvocate length requirements. 7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a great fluffy head of white-khaki colour. Very good thickness and consistency. Good creaminess. Great (~10+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark reddish copper. Nontransparent. Glowing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Quite pungent and strong. Amarillo hops, floral hop character, and dominant evergreen pine. Pale malts, caramalt. Amber malts. Bittering hops. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Maybe a bit too much caramalt.

T: Caramalts and pale malts. Overly bitter hop character with a grapefruit edge. Some floral hops and pine. Some bready malts. Not as balanced as I recall it being on-draught. Decent complexity. Okay subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. No creaminess. Suits the flavour profile alright.

Dr: I blame age for the bottle not measuring up to the draught version. It's okay as-is,but was definitely better fresh on-draught. Hides ABV pretty well.

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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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the perfume and bubblegum, with some grapefruit and bready malt mixed in.

The flavor is very heavy on the grapefruit and other tropical fruit. There is a nice bread malt backbone and the bitterness is pretty low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (381 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (1,111 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from the bottle at Pizza Paradiso, poured into a tumbler.

A one finger off white/brown head that is kind of foamy. Body is cloudy... MURKY... muddy brown and yellow. Super foamy retention on the head with large big lacing. I just particularly do not like this body color.

Bouquet is a predominant obvious fresh grapefruit flesh. But that's about it, not much else, no malt sense of sugars and so forth. It's a good smell I'll give it that.

Taste brings a muted orange and fruit, mild citrus hop bent with a medium body. It's all citrus with a bitter lingering hop finish.

Overall there isn't much to say about this beer though, it's sort of one dimensional. Good but I was hoping for more. (698 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 DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, how many different IPA's can Mikkeller brew? Here's one more. On to the beer:

Much darker and dirtier than I was expecting. It looks muddy amber orange in color with the head over a finger's thick. Retention is adequate, and the foam leaves some lacing. The hops seemed to have faded in this one. Right now, there's some tea, pineapple, hint of orange, and bread crust.

There's still enough lupulin power to make this interesting despite much of it seems to have already melted into sticky resin. Resin and pine lead the way, plus the small additon of vague citrus fruits. Faint vegetal note. Time seems to reduce the resiny aspect and amplify the hop juice, which in turn raises the scores of both the taste and the overall experience. Pretty easy to drink even though it's at 7% ABV.

Smiles all around for Mikkeller. They got that IPA thing down. (858 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 dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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$. (1,206 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)

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.