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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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THECPJ

Delaware

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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

05-21-2011 15:20:13 | More by THECPJ
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bark

Sweden

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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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dahlen22

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6%

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!!

04-18-2011 18:42:43 | More by dahlen22
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

04-16-2011 02:11:40 | More by Mora2000
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roan22

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

2 Mikkeller Green Gold 11.2 oz. bottles purchased at Capone's. Brewed with simcoe, amarillo and cascade hops at DeProef. $8/bottle.

Appearance: a dark peach color, or sort of orange. Nice thick beige head. Not clear.

Smell: fresh orange and grapefruit juice.

Taste: I don't know..it simply tastes like alcoholic fresh squeezed juice to me..awesome..there's a huge, meaty bitterness in the middle, and finally a numbing butterscotch taste at the end of the sip left on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: bitterness lasts a while which I like!

Overall: It definitely reminds me of Stateside IPA although not quite as yummy.

04-15-2011 03:53:49 | More by roan22
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

Poland

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-04-2011 03:41:19 | More by rtepiak
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

L Deep ruby colored body, cloudy, hazy, a good bit darker than most IPA's. Pours a tall head that holds, retains, and leaves a lot of lacing. I'd say this certainly is unfiltered.

S The aroma is straight up grape fruit. Malt is there but completely dominated.

T Very well balanced beer. The hops are up front and direct and the malt balances them out and leaves a really good flavor. Almost reminds me of the malt in an amber but not as strong.

M Well carbonated, medium body but the carbonation makes it seem almost light. This makes for an easy to drink beer. Not sure that's the goal at 6.50 but this being mikkeller I guess price and results aren't going to make any sense what so ever.

D Could easily have a few, but the alcohol kicks more than a 7% beer should. A good bit more.

03-09-2011 23:10:17 | More by bobhits
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gford217

Georgia

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
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Jake1605

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +13%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Freshness date says 2/3/12.

Appearance - Dark orange in color, light baige soapy 3 finger head. The lacing is as thick as it gets. Lots of sediment & carbonation, this one looks amazing.

Smell - Mild hoppy smell, very sweet. Citrusy & piney hops.

Taste - This one reminds me of a toned down, sweeter I Beat U. Very balanced, job well done.

Mouthfeel - Smooth & dry.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these, I wish it came in 4 packs.

02-14-2011 02:08:48 | More by Jake1605
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Purchased to enjoy watching the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

It pours a nice amber color with no sediment. A 2 inch light tan head forms and slowly reduces leaving a very nice lacing.

The aroma is a healthy punch of citrus grapefruit from the hops and just a slight edge of malty sweetness.

The taste is very similar with a primarily citrus hop bite combined with a just a little malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that moves nicely with the flavor. A somewhat dry finish and smooth.

Overall, this beer is fairly easy to drink. It does a number on the palate but the ABV and overall taste is solid.

02-06-2011 23:24:43 | More by SykDoc
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rarbring

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%

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!

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

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-13-2010 21:21:44 | More by oberon
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

12-01-2010 03:00:30 | More by BEERchitect
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jsh420

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

pours dark amber orange with a big chunky pillowy 2 finger head with great retention and coated the glass with lacing - but for a name of green gold i see no gold

smell - lots of fruit pineapple citrus and apples?

taste - again lots of fruit but the apples are odd for an ipa - apples hit me first then citrus pine hops with the malts caramel backbone

mouthfeel - medium body with decent carb and smooth creamy feel

drinkability - the high price kills repeat buys but i enjoyed every drop

11-08-2010 05:26:48 | More by jsh420
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thetomG

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Orange-amber colored pour with light tan foamy head. Aroma smells STRONGLY of bitter hops. Taste is very similar, but with a slight hint of fruit as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is ok - a bit sticky, and the high level of bitterness takes away from the drinkability a bit, but overall this is another fine IPA from Mikkeller.

Would drink this one again.

10-26-2010 02:44:50 | More by thetomG
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RoyalT

Ohio

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
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Beautiful dark orange-reddish amber color. Slightly cloudy with a light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Mainly citrus and pine hop nose with some malty sweet scents. Almost has a slight English Ale scent. Must be the malts?

T&M: Incredibly balanced. Some roughness from all those hops, but the taste is solidly hoppy with a very good malt backbone to shave off some of the sharpness of the hops. Very tangy and dry on the finish.

Very good overall. I guess it's a pretty good job for those Eruopeans trying to make an American product. Definitely a slight variation on the Amer. IPA with a quality, original flavor.

10-22-2010 22:03:15 | More by cdizinno
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AgentZero

Illinois

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
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

10-17-2010 16:22:00 | More by GbVDave
Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
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