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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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Photo of laituegonflable
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Fulkrum78
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super tasty IPA, if a bit pricey. Color is orange/brown. Aroma of pine and citrus. Great smell. Taste is smooth and hoppy, pine and citrus. Almost a tingle on the tongue. Lacing is light and sticks around on the glass. Tasty beer, I'd get it again (hopefully at a slightly lower price :D).

Fulkrum78, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of dickroop
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on sale half price, bringing a normally exorbitant $7 brew into (sort of) affordable range. It's honey golden and hazy (promising) with beige-ivory head and generous lacing, lots of bubbles up the sides of the goblet. The aroma is citrus hoppiness with notes of honey and pears, a little grass.

The taste has more pineyness (in addition to the citrus) and some caramel malt for balance. Mid-palate, the hops take over with a pure citrus bitterness, leading to a clean finish that is full and light, with a touch of graininess. Quite tasty. As it warms, the malts become more evident (but never dominant), slightly toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium, delightful carbonation, sour tang with bitter bite, and astringency balanced with malt stickiness in the finish. Alcohol is well concealed.

Overall, there's noting wrong with this. It is true to the IPA type and better than many, but it's not a stand-out. The hops could be more alpha-acid, the malts a bit more pronounced. I'm not knocking this Green Gold, but at the price charged for it, I wouldn't make it my go-to IPA. It reminds me of a more restrained Hop Stoopid, but about 2x as expensive even when it was half price :-( Still, as with anything Mikkeller, it's a benchmark (of some sort). Now what are the hops blended into this baby.... (see answer above: simcoe, cascade and amarillo)

dickroop, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color; pinky-width head; very slight lacing

S: Sweet fruity hops pervade the nose beautifully; smell is very reminiscent of sticking your nose in a freshly opened bag of gummy-bears. Very enticing.

T: Light and fruity hops dance around the tongue before finishing with a nice earthy bitterness.

M: Light and refreshing, with slight carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA, and one that I would gladly buy over and over again were it not for the exorbitant price of $6.99 for a 12oz bottle. Definitely recommend at least trying one though, it's quite delicious.

Jules11788, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper in color with blonde highlights and a thick, frothy, off-white, three-finger head that last for awhile leaving a great trail down the whole glass before finishing with a wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong earthy hoppy aroma dominates this beer from beginning to end.

T: Hop flavor jumps out of my glasses and punches me in the face. Love the full bodied citrusy hop taste. Good amount of alcohol masked by the dominant hop flavor.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: First-class IPA – wouldn’t expect anything less from Mikkeller. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

ckollias, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of popery
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.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep amber color with a dense, frothy head which lives a long time and leaves intense webs of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - A blast of wild grasses, spruce needles, grapefruit pith and white pepper. A faint anise. A nice IPA smell.

T - Hops! Naturally... the taste is peppery and pithy with a hint of grasses and some biscuity malt backing. Aftertaste is faint, light pepper bitterness (which grows stronger in time) and a light hint of malt bitterness. In the long aftertaste this is an unpleasant peppery bitterness mixed with a bit of a medicinal bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little refreshing.

D - It's good, quite good in fact. Still, it is not leagues above SN Torpedo or anything. For the price tag, I just won't have it again. I might have again, if I find it on tap, but this is likely my first and last taste of Mikeller's solid green gold.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brownish amber in color. Started with a nice off-white head that slowly reduced to a healthy cap that leaves sheets of malty, sticky lacings on the glass. Light citrus hop and malt aromas. Aroma is more indicative of a pale ale than an IPA. Full bodied with rich carbonation and a resinous feel. Big hoppy citrus and pine hop flavors in the beginning with the citrus succumbing to the pine through the end. Sweet malt undertone throughout. Finishes semi-dry with lingering bitterness. I haven't had too many European IPAs. Maybe they don't dry hop as much as American brewers. Despite the subdued aroma, this IPA packs a wallop with it's flavor and hop character.

IronLover, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -A tanish amber color, that left about a two finger head that kept its retention, and dissipated into some nice lacing around the glass.

S - Not to much nose on this one, a bit of citrus hops, with slight hints of caramel.

T -A pretty good tasting beer, a few citrus notes up front with slight caramel backbone to it at the tail end. Reminded me a bit of Sweetwater's Ipa.

M - Perfect Mouthfeel, medium bodied perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Great session beer, not bad tasting at all very enjoyable and drinkable.

thedoubler55, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, beer palace - oslo

from notes

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

overall: good

dirtylou, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
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.

BretSikkink, May 31, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Appears unfiltered and/or bottle conditioned, extremely hazy, dark orange/copper, with a monstrous yellowish white head demonstrating good retention. Leaves bold streaks around the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, citrus rind, and caramel malt. Hoppy but seemingly well balanced.

Citrus, pine, and resinous oily hops. A sharp hoppy bite up front with an assertive malt backbone that allow the hop flavors to shine without bitterness being over-the-top.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, oily/sticky residual mouthfeel.

Allpe45, May 25, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 21, 2011
Photo of bark
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.

bark, May 04, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

stakem, May 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of dahlen22
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber red-brown with a nice 3/4" head.

Aroma: Call me crazy but it reminds me of old school juicy fruit gum (which we all know tasted great for 60 seconds and then faded).

Taste: Starts off with some soft bread maltiness, then quickly morphs to a hoppy grass-like flavor and finishes smooth with grapefruit and other citrus fruit flavors and a dryness. It did get warmer and smoother the most I sipped this one.

Overall: I heard about this nomadic brewer Mikkeller and the magic he was creating while brewing all over Europe. This American-style IPA is very drinkable and hop-heavy. If that is your thing, grab one of these. Me, I am more into malts then hops so while I enjoyed this, I would not be able to have 1-2 at one sitting. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 16, 2011
Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.