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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of PerHops
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very dark cloudy amber color with an inch head that dissipates quickly

S- Very interesting. Piny, a little citrusy and very herbal. Has almost a cat piss kind of smell (like a good sauvignon blanc)

T- Again, very interesting. Whatever hops they used have a really unique flavor.

M- Standard ipa feel

O- Really unique, I would buy this again. Even at a ridiculous 6 dollar 12 ounce price.

PerHops, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of pigc
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark, murky, orangish brown color with two finger head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Bready malt, heavy pine, citrus, sweet hop juice.

T - Starts off with a strange malty taste followed by a somewhat smooth yet bitter wave of bitter, mouth drying hops. Flavor is sweet hop juice similar to higher abv IIpa's.

M - Medium to heavy. Hop oils seem to coat the entire mouth.

O - Much too sweet for a single ipa. The bitterness is there but that sweet tasting hop juice is just too much for this style. Drinks closer to 8 or 9% abv. As with many Mikkeller beers this one at 50 cents an ounce is just overpriced.

pigc, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

C

kojevergas, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange amber color. Big two finger sandpaper colored head. Good retention on it as it slowly died off. Head leaves solid looking rings of lacing to the glass.

S-- Pungent, dirty orange at first and then the smell disappears. Very clean after initial smell.

T-- Pungent, dirty orange and grapefruit. Little bit of sweetness but this is about fruit. One dimensional but good.

M-- Medium feel and carbonation. Orange in front and grapefruit mixed with lemon bitterness in the back. Long lasting bitterness that changes from grapefruit to lemon. Not a lot of sweetness to this. A touch bit oily and a touch bit dry.

O-- Had on tap at Mikkeller tap takeover and was not found of it. Prefer this much more in bottle. Good, solid IPA. Nothing fancy about this at all. Good drinker.

mulder1010, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice dark gold/copper color with a nice head to it.

citrus based nose with some copper tones, caramel, navel oranges, and some sort of oxidative tones

full bodied with a real good feel. Some hoppy tones along with tones of caramel, oranges and copper

this is okay. There is an oxidative flavor that I couldn't really get over. A solid IPA but not much more

KDawg, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark red or medium brown in color, maybe a little murky, with about two fingers of khaki-colored frothy foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - indeed hoppy, but with a sap-like smell. Smells good though.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very hoppy in taste and feel at first. After that, perhaps a bit of a pine-like taste, but the bitterness isn't extreme. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - a pretty good non-American stab at an American IPA. Good brew in general, and worth a try!

Nerudamann, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

wordemupg, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +6.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +15.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -7.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +7%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +7%
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
Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.