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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing, but not as good as on some of Mikkeller's other IPAs.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, yeast, and a slightly grainy quality. Hops aren't nearly as sharp and bitter as with others of the style, but still a tasty beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied, though lighter than I expected.

D: A generally well made, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 13:08:06 | More by avalon07
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a sugary-looking brown in color with lots of sediment in the bottom of my glass. The head is moderate but very light and fluffy.

Smell - This big hop aroma is pleasing but dominated by the Cascades. It seems like the Amarillo and especially the Simcoe were wasted here. I enjoyed the stiff, piney scent well enough just didn't get the mix.

Taste - The piney character of this hop profile took over at the taste as well. What little grain I could pick up though was quite nice.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale had some light but quality carbonation. Fair warning though, this fella is dry as a bone.

Drinkability - This is a very unique mix. On the one hand it is so incredibly smooth that you just want to session the heck out of it but the ale has other plans as its dryness demands patience.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:17:06 | More by RoyalT
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gford217

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a frothy beige head that recedes very slowly to a thick cap and leaves delicate lacing along the sides.

Aroma is juicy with pithy grapefruit and some sweeter citrus notes as well. There is more than a hint of caramel and a touch of lemongrass as it warms.

The taste is bitter up front with the grapefruit taking on a much more abrasive character. The malts are present but overshadowed by the hop blast. The finish is drier than I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is dry and bitter, but still with a bit of sugary sweetness lingering as well.

This is a solid IPA that's not exactly balanced as the hops are definitely abrasive and bitter. Still, Mikkel knowns his way around IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:02:28 | More by gford217
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bark

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is amber; the liquid a bit cloudy. The very high head is pale brown and compact; it sinks slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter with lots of American citric notes: Grapefruit, lime, bitter oranges. Massive smooth sweet notes; some caramel and toffee. Some oily notes in the background.

The taste is very hoppy and balanced. Citric notes (mostly grapefruits) and a very elegant bitterness. Sweet malty flavours with notes of toffee, rye bread, and a touch of coconut. Hay, dried fruits, flowery flavours and a somewhat oily hint of fruit candy in the aftertaste. Otherwise there is a growing clean bitterness and alcohol. The finish is balanced and a bit dry with a touch of vegetables.

The carbonation is mild; lots of small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

A solid brew and one of the best Scandinavian American-style IPAs there are.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 19:06:18 | More by bark
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nickfl

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:37:48 | More by nickfl
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an odd duck, but pretty good. Served with a very large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted a long time and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a pungent blend of caramel, citrus hop, malt, yeast. Flavor is like nose and oddly, despite how full flavored it is, still balanced in some odd sense. Body is full, good and carbonation is a bit on the light side. Finish is like flavor, of medium length.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 05:44:10 | More by drpimento
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brownish amber color with a nice two finger head that had good retention and left some chunk lacing on the sides throughout consumption. A very nice looking beer.

S - Smell is a little muted, with a slightly unsweetened caramel backbone and a nice citrusy hops smell. It smells like a pretty solid APA with a decent hops addition.

T - This is actually quite good, it reminds me a lot of a hoppy APA such as daisy cutter. The hops add some nice cutting bitterness to light caramel backbone. Slight fruit sweetness, without being sweet. Citrus and resin meld well for a great tasting experience. This one is a surprise, and a pleasant one at that.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation appropriate for the style and taste.

D - Could definately do more than one, but not sure if it is sessionable. Drinks pretty easily for 7%.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:04:07 | More by AgentZero
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a tulip the beer was a hazy copper color with a small tan head. There was a lot of gauzy lace.

Aroma mostly citrus. Some caramel malt.

Lots of grapefruit, a little bit of pine which I didn't appreciate in the aroma. Sweet biscuity taste.

A big hoppy beer, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 22:21:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished toffee colour with lovely, tight head retaining a thin crown with nice lace trails. Looks like an IPA should.

Whooo, wasn't expecting that nose. Mega tartaric tang with hints of sherbet. Woody smoke, some white pepper and an overlying lemongrass note. Could use more grounding, but good.

Taste is pleasant enough. Subtle caramel malt underlies the whole thing - detectable hops on the front that blossom with floral, citric notes from mid to back. Lemon zest, tangerine and pineapple then go bitter and resinous on the back with decent IPA characters, clean enough. Fairly par for the course overall.

Decent, smooth, full body. Pleasant.

Yeah, an enjoyable IPA, nothing overly special to note down though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:22:38 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark coppery brown.
Nose shows pine, green apples, grapefruit and pineapple. Also some biscuity and sweet clean malt.
Similarly fruity flavours, also the piney notes. Then that biscuity malt follows before a powerful, sharp bitterness rolls through.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 10:14:28 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer actually comes in a label very similar to an eariler Mikkeller brew Stateside anyways this brew pours a deep copper hue with average carbonation that leaves a nice frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the aroma is a distinct cross between pine needles and caramel,fruity yet sweet i like it,it has an above average mouthfeel with sweet caramel the first thing i taste followed by a subtle fruity hop edge but not nowhere near as bitter as i would of liked and unfortunately even tho it is a nice brew i definately prefered Stateside.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 11:14:59 | More by ADZA
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Pine, grassy, and citrus hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Pine, grassy, floral, and light orange and citrus hops, some bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice IPA. Good hop profile and bitterness and overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 07:29:29 | More by ngeunit1
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:22:00 | More by GbVDave
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle at Olbutikken after a long stay at Mikkeller Bar. I may not have been in reviewing shape when I had it. From notes.

A - Poured with a great white head that was thick with one finger. Gold or dark gold body with a little carbonation coming up. Bright.

S - Hops were certainly faint for an IPA but surely dominated. Mild alcohol was there.

T - Great juicy resinous hops. It was a different sort of hop profile than I'm used to. Obvious citrus and pine but there was a sort of strong grassy note as well which mixed nicely.

M - Nice tingly carbonation and a medium body. Very smooth.

O/D - Good. A nice IPA. Nothing spectacular and could seriously use some sort of aroma adjustment, but it was nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:51:16 | More by tbeckett
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy almond/amber hue, tight creamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Bready, grainy malt on the nose, with some spicy, earthy, mild citrus hops.

Flavour is greater than the sum of its parts. Decent thick bready, biscuity malt backbone to carry along earthy, leafy, spicy, citrus pith hops. Well balanced, good depth to the hop presence.

On the fuller side of things in the mouthfeel, creamy, slip, moderate carbonation.

Nothing complex, but Mikkeller manages to produce a refined American IPA that holds its own, doesn't overwhelm, and leaves you wanting another one. Abv% doesn't fall into session range, however this is a very approachable, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:28:24 | More by IronDjinn
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StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 15:15:16 | More by StJamesGate
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thank you to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber that produced a great frothy head with great retention behind it; plenty of lacing too.

(S)- A relatively closed aroma. Rather bone dry with hints at caramel and pine.

(T)- A nice combo of caramel sweetness and bone dry pine and lemon/lime and citrus.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Dry and mildly sweet with a surprisingly mild bitterness. A very smooth IPA.

(D)- A solid IPA from across the sea. Obviously they know hops as well. An easy drinking smooth offering that was a pleasant surprise in a sea of over produced; poorly made IPAs

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:58:47 | More by sweemzander
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rarbring

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is clouded deep amber with red hints, a high tan head that settles slowly, some lacing and curtains.

The smell is exactly like a freshly opened tin can of grape-fruit juice. Some green gooseberries.

The taste is also perfect grape-fruit juice sweetened with fructose

Medium carbonation, a good body and soft fluid, a warm and dry finish.

Nearly a perfect grape-fruit-juice-beer, good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 20:53:10 | More by rarbring
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange in color with a strong tight foam of an inch right off. Hazy but bright with golden streaks. Looks sticky and fantastic.

Fruity with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Malts seem a dry, metallic note with some brown sugar. Definitely hop-driven but also quite sweet.

A little more malty than i expected in the flavor; far from being overbearingly hoppy, it's quite balanced. Hops emerge from the initial caramel coating to really become the star, with notes of a wide variety of hops ranging from herbal to tropical fruity to citric zesty. Great flavor.

Body is quite full, for alcohol content and style. Just dry enough to keep it drinkable. Finishes slightly metallic as well. This is a hoppy beer and rather hefty for an IPA. Great recipe, keep up the consistency.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:14:43 | More by BretSikkink
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popery

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. One of the better Mikkeller IPAs that I’ve tried, but not my favorite. Pours a fairly dark amber-orange with a beige head. Aroma is quite hoppy. Big notes of grass, wildflowers, lemons, tangerines, minerals and earth. There’s a pretty strong caramel malt flavor, as well. The taste has a lot of that same caramel malt and European-ish hops. It’s a bit more of a hop nectar than I normally prefer, but Mikkeller is much better at crafting this type of IPA than most brewers, so it still works pretty well. Pretty thick on the palate for the abv. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:15:44 | More by popery
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an interesting cloudy apricot color with three fingers of light tan head. Light lacing left behind.

Hoppy grapefruit aroma as expected along with table sugar and sweet caramel malts.

The taste isn't as grapefruit heavy as the aroma but gives a good dosage. The sweet caramel malts are also bolder than the aroma and give a very nice balance to the beer. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and crisp carbonation.

Another nice beer from the folks at Mikkeller. It won't win any beauty contests but it makes up for that with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 22:05:09 | More by Monkeyknife
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with orange highlights with a 2 finger head that had great rentention and great sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: lovely floral piney hop aromas with a good amount of malts seeping thru and citrus fruit zest. There is also bready boozy notes as well.

T: actually has a good piney hop bite with citrus grapefruit that helps intensify the bitterness. The malts do help out the balance and also adds slight sweetness with hints of caramel and booze at the end.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet citrus piney hop bitter finish and lingers on the palate.

D: by far one of the best IPA offerings from mikkeller. Really good drinkable beer with good characteristics all across the board. I'm glad I can still get some more of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 07:17:40 | More by Gobzilla
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:33:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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rtepiak

Poland

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

must say that it was pretty consistent and rich. a bit darker then most with a somewhat small head. had it better with nicer bigger head. this was the end of the keg which made for something nice and rich but not particularly evanescent. head of about a finger if that. usually about 2 fingers. nose of pine and apricot predominantly. but all the nice citrus fixings. palate was nice and broad citrus, pine, and apple hints in the malt. bitter finish... sort of earthy apple. but not the most potent of bitterings. good all around. better then most american.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:41:19 | More by rtepiak
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a dark copper body...it was dark enough and murky enough that I couldn't see through...a pillowy, off white head formed and stood about 2.5 fingers tall...it slowly receded and never went away completely...nice lacing

S - The nose is very hop forwards with both citrus and pine notes...you can tell this one is going to be bitter...not much malt, but there is some brief balancing sweetness

T - Hops are all around...like the nose suggested, this one is bitter...there is also a leafy hop presence providing a "green" flavor in the beer...brief caramel, again, provides just a little bit of balance...piney hops finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...it has some lightness to it, crisp, lingering bitterness

O - This was an average IPA...I enjoyed this find...looked nice, smelled and tasted of bitter, citrus and piney hops, and left a lingering bitterness...I'm glad I stumbled upon this Green "Gold"

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 14:35:22 | More by thain709
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86 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.