Green Gold | Mikkeller ApS

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
381
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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11
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Photo of mdwalsh
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes of a fresh bottle.

A: BIG, 5 finger head of tan. Beer is amber, a little hazy which obscures what appears to be alright active carbonation. The head texture is good and it has ok dexterity, but only ok or bad lacing.

S: A little dank, a rich fresh cut pine smell. Malt is there, even giving a slight roast aroma. It could be a sharper hop aroma.

T: A little cleaner and sharper than expected from aroma. Good and not too citrusy, not too piney taste. Slightly toasty oak taste.

M: Mm, pretty good, but there's something just not quite right. Carbonation?

D: I dunno, something just not calling me back.

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Photo of PerHops
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Ruds
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Meantime goblet to a murky caramel/orange colour with a small white head which soon recedes to a small pool in the centre.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grassy slightly sour - not a sweet smelling beer!

On the palate - big grapefruit hit, sweet piny taste, ripe tropical fruits with a sweetish aftertaste of my old friend grapefruit!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little carbonation but just right, all round well balanced.

Not a world beater from Mikkeller but a very decent IPA and would have this again.

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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 DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of thetomG
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - my local (and alma mater) university and professional football team (no personal attachment) are green and gold in their colour base - I know, so what of it?

This beer pours a hazy, dark golden amber colour, with three hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and rather foamy beige head, which leaves some Torrent file block status lace around the glass in its slow-ass wake.

It smells of zippy orange, lemon, and other indistinct orchard fruit, some tame meadow flowers, softly acrid yeast, biscuity caramel malt, a hard water flintiness, and burgeoning menthol. The taste is semi-sweet citrusy and floral hop bitters, a further bit of earthy pine, grainy and bready caramel malt, equally fruity yeast, and a subtly metallic booze warming.

The carbonation is average in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid and somewhat sticky medium weight, perhaps a tad airy, but generally smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the bitter and fruity hops, as well as that yeasty interloper doing a fair job of keeping things in hand.

A fairly respectable shot at the American style from the UN-like Mikkeller operation, however, you can take the IPA out of Belgium, but you can't quite take the Belgium out of the IPA, no matter what you call it. That said, I like this - nice and fruity, with an adequate rounded bitterness.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. Best before date is 12/10/13 (on the cap).

A - pours a brown-orange cloudy color (darker than most IPAs), with an initial two finger head that lingers around for quite a while and never quite goes away (with some head ad the edge and chunks of lacing).

S - A little unusual on the nose as the spicy, resinous hops appear to be fighting it out with some bready and even caramel malt elements (thus the color).

T - this beer is an interesting balance of hops and malt, to the point I was second guess if it's really even an IPA. The hops are certainly there: resinous, grassy and with a background hint of grapefruit, but they're battling with a strong toasty and caramel malt backbone to the point where the finish is sweet and sour. It finishes bitter and earthy.

M - it's a bit heavy on the tongue, from medium/heavy to even heavy, with smooth moderate carbonation. It's not overly rich in its finish, but is pretty juicy and full. No alcohol warming or oiliness.

Overall this is an interesting beer where I would guess that Mikkeller pushed the envelope of the malt profile to counterbalance a fairly traditional hop-bill. It's definitely maltier and richer than your usual IPA, but it's also solidly bitter. Definitely and interesting take on an IPA as in spite of the experiment, it's still fairly balanced. Just don't expect a hop-bomb with this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty first rate IPA. Foaming initial pour, with slight hoppy aroma. Lots of lace at the end of this rapidly drunk well balanced IPA. Average mouthfeel. Citrus,carmel, some grapefruit, tasty till the last drop. Great drinkability, though tingling palate and tongue after it all.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Chestnut-amber colour with a creamy head that quickly recedes to thin blanket. Noticeable carbonation in the pour.

(4.25) S: Caramel-toffee, oak, grapefruit rind, raisins, nuts, and mix of spices. Rich and varied aromas with a nice underlying semi-boozy oak element coupled with a strong toffee aroma.

(3.75) T: Caramel, hints of oak, grapefruit, raisin, nutmeg, and hints of darker fruits (some cherries). There is a nice mellow and well balanced flavour to this despite large presence of both hops and malts.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, creamy, and oily.

(3.75) D: This is good and glad to try it but not something I would revisit. While tasty, I find the flavour is a tad lost and a bit untidy. Of the Mikkeller LCBO release I would prefer the K:rlek to this, despite the style difference.

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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 gford217
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Pours an amber orange color with a very nice off white head and great lacing. A little murky looking.

Aroma is not very hoppy. Mostly caramely malty. Little bit of hops.

Taste is pretty good. Not as hoppy as expected. Mostly malty. A little hop kick. It's ok.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I like my hoppy beers lighter in the mouth.

Overall it's a decent beer but when I live in a place where I can get Pliny I will do that instead.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and frothy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface and left thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong hop aromas of citrus, pine resin, spices and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really stand out—grapefruit and passionfruit in particular—and contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. There is some hints of caramel from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and prickly on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very flavorful IPA that’s quite balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great great ipa, very signature mikkeller. the pour is a little cloudy with a few fingers of tanish head. the body is like unfiltered apple cider, more red than orange, but kind of dull. the nose is amazing, this beers best feature. there is some belgian yeast and a light fruity character, but this is all about the hops. pine meets grapefruit right in the middle, and much oil and resin is retained in the nose and taste. these are fresh and delicious hops, robust and bitter. long lasting bitter finish. mikkeller always pulls out another level of bitterness beyond so many american brewers. im not sure the secret, but this beer is another lovely illustration that bitter and fresh can indeed go together. a little light on the carbonation, this beer has a very soft feel. i liked it a lot and at 7% abv it felt just right to me. wish it was more affordable and more widely available, i could drink this every day.

edit: I just had this is green easter, not knowing that the two were the same when I bought it. not sure if the easter was fresher or what, but it seemed like an even better version of this. I highly recommend this if you can get it fresh, its really fantastic.

edit: just had a real old bottle of green easter and it was rough. a total yeast mess, huge and chunky and nothing left but bitter. man did this fall off. avoid if not fresh!

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