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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

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Ratings:
379
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the commander of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, minty, some pine. Taste is lots of hops, pine, bitter, minty at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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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 mulder1010
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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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 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 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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of fear025
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle cap on this beer is printed with 02/03/12.

Aroma:Sweet with the smell of freshly cut grass. A little bit of alcohol.

Appearance:Fantastic head that is slow to dissipate. Amber in color. Hazy.

Taste:The first taste hits hard with sweetness and hoppyness. The hops are rather subtle in flavor (but not with bitterness). Towards the midtaste, I get a little bit of peach or apricot that sticks around through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Nice low to medium body. Nice carbonation. A slight astringent bite that makes this beer more refreshing.

Drinkability:This is a subtle IPA that's very pleasant to drink. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer actually comes in a label very similar to an eariler Mikkeller brew Stateside anyways this brew pours a deep copper hue with average carbonation that leaves a nice frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the aroma is a distinct cross between pine needles and caramel,fruity yet sweet i like it,it has an above average mouthfeel with sweet caramel the first thing i taste followed by a subtle fruity hop edge but not nowhere near as bitter as i would of liked and unfortunately even tho it is a nice brew i definately prefered Stateside.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy dark gold with a fat head that faded to leave nice lacing

S - Aromas of nice grassy hops, floral, light pine.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good light floral hops, grassy, strong bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin and watery.

O - Overall this was a rather a generic ipa.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of ludachris
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its blood orange unfiltered body reminds me of some of the first American style IPA's I've had. Two fingers of creamy, tightly knit off white head boasts a good level of retention. Sticky patches of lace appear as soon as the head starts to recede.

The core is almost rich. Plenty of fresh bread and sweet toffee. Pithy citrus is coated on top, most notably grapefruit. A bit of mango skin is in there as well. Grass clippings give the nose some zip. More malt forward than what I was expecting. This could be due to it sitting on the LCBO shelves for who knows how long before I picked it up. The taste should be a better indicator of that.

Classic notes of pine needle and grapefruit quickly coat the palate. It's prickly and a bit sappy. A leafy, unrefined bitterness lingers past the finish. There's still plenty of malt backing it. I'm surprised at how tame the malt bill is, especially in comparison to the nose. I find it to contribute more to its weight than to its sweetness, although the sweet aspect is still there with streaks of rich bread in the middle.

Medium bodied. A bit sticky and a bit sappy with a pleasant creaminess. The finish is dry and bitter; as an IPA should be.

This for me, although not my favorite, is a classic take on an American IPA. Grapefruit and pine needle and a bit unrefined, both in its bitterness and it foregoing the filtration process, with just enough stickiness to make you lick your lips. It's nothing out of the ordinary but it's void of any real flaws and a pleasure to drink at 7%.

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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 sweemzander
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of janubio
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two fingers head that fades soon, leaving good ring and lace. Aroma of herbs, pepper, spices, some citrus notes. Medium body, creamy and harsh palate, great carbonation. Taste of spruce, lemon, herbs, candy, spices.

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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 Lunch
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.2oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Stone IPA fluted goblet at the appropriate temperature (05/10/10).

A: Pours a darker shade of golden amber that is very hazy. A 2+ fingers of off-white head sticks around for the duration of the beer leaving lots of thick, sticky lace.

S: There is certainly a fresh floral and pine hop aroma going on but it is not as fragrant as I expected. Some citrus notes are found as well.

T: WOW!...what happen to the hops? This is extremely disappointing as the hop profile is very one dimensional and rather weak. Sort of a watered down hop flavor with some bitterness. This is by no means a bad beer, but the hops are just average.

M: Lighter-bodied with moderate and sort of creamy carbonation that is prickly as well. This is fairly watery. A mild lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Quite easy to drink, but disappointing.

Overall this was not at all what I expected from this beer. I came into this one thinking that it was going to be a hop-bomb, but it certainly fell short. At around $5-7 per 11.2oz, pass.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green Gold has a plain and ugly label that really does it no favours. Its appearance, on the other hand, is quite striking; a deep terra-cotta colour with faint highlighting, you'd almost think it were sherried. It looks downright elegant and has a head thick as goalie pads.

Speaking of sherry, this dry, yeasty, nutty, tangy, lightly oxidated and alcohol-laced aroma smells like it could have been fortified. Like a sherry, this has notes of dried fruits, Christmas cake, and old furniture. It has that raisiny richness and raw citrus pith flavours.

All of the above replays on the palate - with the same level of intensity too! There's a heightened emphasis on both green and dried fruits, with a combination of lemons and grapefruit rounding out the back end. Grassy, leafy elements replay in the finish.

But this isn't all about the Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo - there's a hefty dose of Munich and CaraMunich malts in there too, the result being a rich, nutty base that keeps the finish of this 7% alcohol beer burn-free. It's a strong, but smooth tipple.

One bone to pick quickly: why is the 'best before' stamped two years from the bottling date? Seriously? This isn't my idea of an IPA to begin with, but Mikkeller is delusional if he thinks this will keep in good condition for that long. You're just asking for disaster.

Green Gold is an interesting mix of ruggedness and sophistication. Overwhelmingly grungy at first, things open with warmth and it starts to resemble a moist fruitcake with sweet orange and rum-raisin flavours to offer. There's lots to like, but only if the price is right.

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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 mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 500 ml can on November 25, 2015. Can stamped B.B.D. 20/05/17. Look is a nice bright amber with a thick creamy light tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus, pine and biscuit malt. Taste is grapefruit, orange, pine and biscuit. Feel is medium in body yet smooth in finish.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm embarrassed for myself. I paid 9 bones for this. Either mikkellar has the worst hop contracts in the world or Shelton brothers just hates me. It's alright, lot of green taste and not in the most pleasant resiny way one might expect. I suspect I'm tasting a hop profile I'm not interested in, but at the same time the dry hopping technique leaves something to be desired. Body and carbonation are on point.

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Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet a grungy caramel color with a light beige fluffy, loose settled 1" head. No visible carbonation rising from the bottom as the liquid was murky like apple cider - looks kinda like it too. Nice thick sheets of lace all the way down.

Has a definite Belgian spicy, estery twinge in the otherwise floral hoppy nose. Funny, because when I said this ale has a Brach's caramel color, it really does have a caramel tone in the smell also. The hops are apparent but muted. Doesn't smell vibrant as I had hoped, seeing this brew was made with Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops.

The taste is also muted. The hops are there, but I'd have a difficult time identifying all three - which is usually a breeze as there all very pronounced and extroverted. The Belgian yeast has made a definite impression; mineral-like, a tad bit funky - in a good way. Limp flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is extraordinarily tuned. Fine, playful carbonation at a perfect level. Medium bodied with a zippy, hoppy finish.

Overall I really wouldn't say I disliked the beer as I appreciate it's uniqueness. But I will say I wish I didn't spend the $7 for an 11.2 oz. single. Definitely a boutique price for an unremarkable beer. The craftsmanship is there, you can taste it. But I guess the American IPA lover in me was underwhelmed.

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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.
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