Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS
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3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
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.
10-04-2011 08:42:05 | More by kojevergas
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
04-07-2012 02:21:30 | More by weeare138
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-23-2011 04:53:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
05-03-2011 19:45:23 | More by stakem
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-08-2011 04:52:25 | More by DoubleJ
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
06-05-2010 20:42:25 | More by John_M
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-21-2011 02:50:12 | More by smakawhat
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a cloudy amber color. You can't even see through the glass. I'm not sure this is the color of an IPA.
Whoa! A sucker punch of grapefruit goes across my nose, shattering it and leaving only an inkling of malt underneath.
A blast of hops to greet the mouth. Mint and grapefruit seem to dominate the most. Very little malt, which is certainly buttery.
Lingering mint and grapefruit notes. Alcohol heat as well. Overall, an interesting mix of flavors that stick around.
Wow. I like this. It's just a straightforward hop missile. Nothing out of place.
03-28-2011 06:42:02 | More by Brad007
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Reviewed from notes had on draft at Cape Henlopen Oyster House.
appearance: dark amber red / brow with a 1 finger off white head
smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts,
taste: a nice balance of hops to malts, citrus, grapefruit, malts
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body
overall: well balanced IPA from Mikkeller, will definitely enjoy this one again before they kick the keg.
05-21-2011 15:20:13 | More by THECPJ
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
on-tap, beer palace - oslo
appearance: pint, bright orange-amber body, light off-white film
smell; pungent and juicy - citrus, light notes of pine
taste: pungent and juicy - grapefruit, citrus zest, lemon extract, biscuity malts, moderate bitterness. this falls somewhere in the middle of all the mikkeller ipa's i have tried
mouthfeel: medium, oily
06-08-2011 20:59:51 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 8/9/11
A murky brownish orange with a massive half glass of light tan head that retains well slowly falling to a thin island leaving plenty of random lace deep down the glass
S floral hops with some citrus and earthy notes I can't quite place with some faint booze
T faint pine, a little bready and some toffee on top of what I smell, citrus is still there but it's rind opposed to fresh flesh
M fairly full for the color, just the right amount of carbonation, leaves a little behind in your mouth assuring you'll be tasting it for some time
O A good IPA for sure, some balance too it but still plenty of hops
worth drinking without doubt give it a try if you get the chance
09-09-2011 01:54:27 | More by wordemupg
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
05-04-2011 19:06:18 | More by bark
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-23-2010 13:08:06 | More by avalon07
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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%.
10-19-2010 18:04:07 | More by AgentZero
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-26-2010 01:17:06 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-17-2011 03:02:28 | More by gford217
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-23-2010 07:17:40 | More by Gobzilla
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-01-2011 01:22:38 | More by laituegonflable
Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
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