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Green Gold - Mikkeller ApS

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

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 kvgomps
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a lingering one inch head.

A whole lot of chunky sediment with this one. Looks well carbonated and it keeps the sediment moving. I've watched it for a minute now. It's like a beer lava lamp.

Moving on. The nose is great. Strong malt and hops aroma. Difficult to identify individual scents but some slight citrus is certainly there.

There's a lot going on with the flavor. It's chewy and tastes like a Dead Guy mixed with the leftovers from dry hopping. Points for a unique flavor but the hops make it far too bitter. It's very heavy handed on the taste buds, harsh at first but the finish is earthy and actually sort of tart - maybe grapefruit?

I can't figure this one out. Don't think I'd buy it again but I certainly would recommend trying it once.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.56/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with best by date 05/20/2017 printed on the bottom of the can, so apparently this beer will be good for another 2 years or so.... Anyway, another new canned IPA creation to me from Mikkeller, this one also brewed at De Proef.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - It pours a hazy dark burnt sienna orange body, almost DIPA-ish, with over three big fluffy fingers of khaki beige foam that bubbles and stays for a while. Excellent head retention considering the modest 7.00% abv. Lots of big fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A beautiful fresh aroma. Piney, fruity, & floral. Fresh oranges, tangerines, mango, blueberry. Very tropical and citric, with subtle bready maltiness.

T - Bready caramel malts & yeast comes through more so in the taste. Almost a sweetened caramel / amber / red malt flavor going on. Piney & lightly resinous. Lots of oily hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but I would call this more of a DIPA than it is a standard IPA.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, & easy-drinking. Medium-light body with excellent carb. Oily, resinous, and bitter hop finish. Some sweetened caramel / yeast in the finish as well.

Overall, another nice canned offering from Mikkeller, though I could see this thing changing entirely into a rotten caramel malt bomb by the time it reaches it's best by date of 2017, so perhaps they could do something about that one - the shelf life of an IPA is *not* two years, sorry guys. Glad to have tried it fresh.

Mikkeller Green Gold -----4/5.

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Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pint at Brewdog Edinburgh (£3.50):
Reddish amber with a 0.25cm creamy head with some lacing on the sides & not bad retention, holding okay & covering the surface of the beer at least.

Subtle & creamy initially before some citrus & pine notes plus some floral come through. Sweet malts & faint alcohol with some caramel follow. It smelt quite juicy & refreshing with some grapefruit coming through as well.

Bitter & fruity with some pine, grapefruit & floral hops. A nice sweetness with some caramel and malts & orange plus citrus flavours & faint alcohol.

Smooth & medium bodied with medium carbonation too. Hints of alcohol throughout but this didn't take anything away from the drink & it was still an easy on to get through, with some nice creamy bursts in places & a decent balance overall.

Another excellent beer from Mikkeller, it's not often the fail to deliver but this one was particularly good with a great aroma matched by the taste with plenty of hops present & a good balance throughout. A very nice beer for a hot summer evening, & it's not often I get to say that in Scotland.

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Green Easter pours a turbid orange edged garnet with billowing tan colored head. Big clump lays claim to the middle of the glass, which is coated in a web of chunky lace. Smell: whiff of grapefruit, soft red apple, caramel, sweet orange slices. Muddled and balanced, like an NC ipa. Taste: also confused or just not very good... caramel, lots of it, cut by a thin bitterness...pith, resin, borderline medicinal. Great label, not great beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before June 19 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, light tan-coloured head. It seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a bubbly film and narrow collar. The aroma is hop-forward, with strong notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, pine needles and a hint of pineapple. That being said, the malt bill still seems fairly sturdy for this style, offering up some caramel sweetness and grainy, biscuity notes.

This is an excellent IPA. The underlying malt backbone provides some pale malts, bready sweetness and caramel that keeps things balanced, but it is the wide range of hop flavours that steal the show here. Orange and grapefruit citrus, peaches, pineapple and floral notes with a resiny, bitter finish that fades extremely quickly - this is one of very few IPAs I can think of with such a clean, almost dry finish. I'm impressed. The mouthfeel is on the heftier side of medium-bodied, with low carbonation levels that provide this brew with an exceptionally smooth, satisfying feel on the palate. I'd agree with the previous review, in that the oats really help bulk up this IPA's mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.31, an A grade. Mikkeller's Green Gold is an outstanding beer that all hopheads should consider well worth a try. The price point (and temporary availability) prevent this one from being a staple, but this is still an excellent hop-forward beer that compares favourably to many Ontario examples of the style. The luxurious mouthfeel, bold, citrusy hop flavour and the surprisingly clean finish are enough to make this one of the better IPAs I've had the pleasure of quaffing in my many years on this site.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this a while ago not-so-fresh in the 375ml bottle, this is the brand spankin' new 500ml can format. Best by date of 5/20/17 printed on the bottom.

A - Pour to a pint glass is all foam at first, soon enough darkish amber-orange beer appears with the beige-ish head slowly settling down to a big puffy finger.
Decent lace.

S - Earthy grapefruit, herbal hop, kinda big malt presence of toasted bread and some caramel. Some more citrusy notes coming through with warmth but overall feels a bit tame.

T - Taste is much more potent and solid than the nose. Nice mix of citrus, herbal and piny hops with a toned down caramel/bread malt backbone that compliments rather than overpowers.

M - Solid. Satisfying full body, nice high-ish carbonation and good bitterness level, hop+malt flavor both contributing, flavors linger.

O - Good IPA. Kinda run-of-the-mill but solid enough that I'd be happy to drink it anytime. The scent is definitely a weak aspect, but the great mouthfeel, improved taste, and nice hop/malt balance+interplay make up for that.

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Photo of mick303
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Gold.
Poured a huge 2-3 finger of creamy tan head, impressive retention and lacing on this. The colour is a a hazy coppery brown, pretty dark for the style, with some obvious unfiltered yeast. 4

S - a huge kick of juicy pungent grapefruit citrus hops, fresh pine needles, an underlying almond nuttiness. Rosemary herbal oiliness, lemon, some farmy yeast under the hops, really intense and so much going on. 4.5

T- caramel malts, juicy grapefruit, bread, orange peel and sweet netarine, overall the hop bitterness is forefront but not overwhelming with a lot of malt presence to back it up. 4

M- a big body with such a smooth carbonation, bitterness prickle on the finish. Amazingly tasty and refreshing, the finish is dry and straight hops. 4

O - 4.25 A really solid, well-made IPA. Balance is quite good, a strong contribution of caramel malt adds some sweet nuttiness. It isn't the hoppiest of IPAs but a very flavourful and complex beer, that is really enjoyable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hazy red color. Frothy big head. Grapefruit and biscuity malts with a bit of caramel. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Worth a try, but not a stand out IPA.

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Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really tan to dark amber color with lots of off-white creamy suds.. Some lacing and nice head retention.
Smell is very piney. More pine than citrus. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is grapefruit rind and sugar malts. The sugar comes in heavy then the black bitterness wipes it out quickly.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the bitterness eventually cleans the palate leaving just a slight alcohol and bitter hop in the back of the throat.
Overall this is a really nice IPA. The only drawback is the price.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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"

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Photo of brendan13
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fairly clear copper colour with a 3cm beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Floral & citrus fruit hops with some piney and slightly spice notes. Bit of sweet caramel maltiness.
T - Pine hop qualities come through a lot more in the taste as well as floral and fruity notes.
Sweet caramel also in the taste and probably a bit too much.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Bitterness is noticeable but not overbearing.
D - A decent beer but there are many others I'd buy before this.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris at Boo's for landing this one.
Appearance: not pale to be sure but gorgeous. Hazy dark honey with a big pillowy head.
Smell: redolent floral, sweet hops.
Taste: more of the same. Nice sweet, bitter finish.
Overall: a fine American style ipa from Mikeller.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at When Pigs Fly. This pours a hazy copper color with a cap of white head.

Citrus grassy hops with hints of toffee sweetness in the background. The pallet has a a nice orange citrus flavor with a grassy bitter finish. Nice malt backbone here giving a bit of toffee sweetness.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Enjoyable with a nice balance.

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Photo of mscudder
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby hue with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, hops and a bit of alcohol. Nothing amazing here.

T - Hop bitterness engulfed in a semi-syrupy composition. Likely coming from the caramel malts. Nothing crazy going on, just some acute simplicity.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation.

O - Kind of a plain IPA, expected more from Mikkeller. I can say the BrewDog beers were just plain better than all in this series I have had. I do not think I will ever purchase another beer under this name. There are just too many great beers that I would be giving the middle finger for another taste something that is, frankly, mediocre.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great darker color for a flowery smelling IPA. Poured with a nice amount of head that hangs onto the glass slightly. A little heavy in the mouth but not too much. Has a pretty good taste/flavor. Lingers a little longer than I would like and has a heavy alcohol feel. IMO this is an average IPA at best.

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.