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Green Gold | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

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:
378
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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Photo of danieelol
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With thanks to the staff @ IBS.

Pours a brown-red. Good head/lacing.

Aroma holds a massive dose of melony Simcoe? Lavender, lemon and white chocolate.

Taste is big on orangey malt. Get a big dose of sugar and a big dose of semi-bitter hop oils floating around in here.

Mouthfeel is really thick and viscous.

Definite East Coast IPA. Just a lot of sweetness in this one and while enjoyable I find it oddly slightly cloying- still good.

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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 Lostcarkeys
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have only sampled a few of the Mikkeller beers, but "Green Gold" truly tastes delicious for a hop head like myself.

The beer is a bit cloudy and a dark wooden hue that looks like many hop filled concoctions.

The smell is great, pine + citrus makes the subtle afterglow of the beer notes resonate appropriately on your tongue.

The taste follows suit with a casual completeness of hops and sweet flavors.

The mouthful of beer is bitter, but not overpowering for the beer drinkers in the room.

Overall, you will want to drink more!

Je Suis- LCK

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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 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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger thick head with excellent lacing and retention.

S: very aromatous. Lots of earthy, citrus, pine hops. Incredibly complex aroma.

T: Very nice pine hop aroma that isn’t overpowering but just right. Light citrus with floral and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. The lingering pine aftertaste is perfect. Not too sharp and very flavorful.

Overall: This is an excellent IPA but the amount of hops is on the lower end yet this one still seems to have a full flavor and aroma.

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Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, spicy hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and sweaty character as well as dark caramel and bready malt.

T - Pine and thick, sweet malt up front. Some pungent, sweaty hop notes in the middle with sweet toffee and a bit of brown sugar. Some grapefruit and more spicy, sweaty hop character along with a hint of red apple and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The hop character, particularly the aroma, is spectacular with huge, green notes that shine through despite the thick malty character. The sweetness is a bit too much for my taste, and while the level of dark malt adds some complexity it hurts the drinkability overall and I can't help but wonder what the hop character might be like if the malt was less aggressive. Still, a nice IPA and well worth trying.

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

A - Cloudy golden-copper, 2 finger thick off white head, good lacing rims and spots along the glass.

S - Fresh hops, grassy, slight pungent, hints of sweet caramel malts.

T - Muted citrus hops, some earthy hops, orange rind, clean bitterness, caramel malts in the finish, a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation.

O - Very solid session beer!

6811103, $6.49 at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD

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Photo of levon15
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer glass

Look: it poured a dark amber color, cloudy and hazy, head was about two fingers, died down to a frothy layer that thinned out but never fully disappeared to the edges.

Smell: a dank sweet citrus with a grassy hint. Bright and inviting.

Taste: upfront it is all lemony citrus hops. can feel the alcohol at the finish, it leaves that bright citrus/fresh taste in the corners of my mouth.

Mouth: the alchohol is present, the beer fills my mouth at the carbonation seems to push its way through. leaves the mouth dry

Overall: the beer is good, i like its undertones of citrus that linger with the alcohol, Tough to justify a second bottle with the tankard mikkeller price

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Photo of Converge
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big, bubbly tan head off the pour with a typical copper-amber IPA color, but with a lot more cloudiness to it. Surprisingly opaque. Decent head retention, but it leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

S - Nice balance of toasty caramel malt and piney hops with a touch of citrusy notes as well. Definitely more malt backbone here than expected, but it still smells great.

T - Lots of piney hops upfront, with a nice bit of caramel malt to help balance it out. Not as much citrusy character in the hops as I had hoped. Lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Some lemony hops flavors come up after a while. A good IPA, but a little simple overall.

M - Mouth is a little syrupy and weighed down. Carbonation is about average. Nothing special here, but I don't particularly care for the syrupy feel.

D - A nicely balanced IPA, but I felt like there was too much bitter and not enough flavor in the hops. Don't know if it's worth the premium price, but I could see myself drinking this one again.

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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 atis
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with creamy yellowish head with excellent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is fruity, with plenty of floral and piney notes.

Taste is pungent citrus, mostly grapefruit, floral hops, bits of sweetish caramel malt and bitter with piney hops in the drying fnish. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and light warming feel.

Overall, a solid and well made American style IPA. It is not very often that European brewers produce something this good; I will certainly buy it again.

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of pine and floral notes. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted very bitter and spicy hot. The piney hop bite blasted away any sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This beer was just too unbalanced. I don't think I'll go back to this one.

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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 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 pigc
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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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 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 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 KDawg
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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