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 Jules11788
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color; pinky-width head; very slight lacing

S: Sweet fruity hops pervade the nose beautifully; smell is very reminiscent of sticking your nose in a freshly opened bag of gummy-bears. Very enticing.

T: Light and fruity hops dance around the tongue before finishing with a nice earthy bitterness.

M: Light and refreshing, with slight carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA, and one that I would gladly buy over and over again were it not for the exorbitant price of $6.99 for a 12oz bottle. Definitely recommend at least trying one though, it's quite delicious.

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Photo of baggio
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 650ml, purchased at ölkonsortiet.

A: Golden red with a creamy lace that sticks to the glass.

S: Toffee, Exotic fruits, Citrus, Pine

T: Resin, Biscuits, Grapefruit, Caramel, Peach.

M: Smooth but yet quite simple with a nice kick of hops at the end. Low carbonation.

The aroma from this beer made me all happy inside. The taste is not up to pair with the aroma but still damn good. I like!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

A: first impression was that this was a very nice looking beer. beautiful dark, hazy, copper/orange color with a full two finger white head. sticky lacing on the glass

S: smells of bitter citrus fruity hops and sweet bready yeast

T: fruity hops with a nice pine presence and a good blend of malts and breadiness thrown in.

M: medium body with a dry, bittersweet bite

D: this was a very drinkable american style ipa. pleasantly dry with a good bittersweet hop kick. 7% abv was just right.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer but the price tag might keep me from buying it again. $6 for a 11.2oz bottle was a bit much but I've come to expect that from Mikkeller.

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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 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 SayBoom
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It was drunk 2 month after BB date. Appearance is deep-orange color, weak white head. Very dark for a classic IPA. Smells like an American-style barleywine ale. Caramel malt, honey, brown sugar, toffee. Then follows hop bunch in the background. Almost a sweet caramel malt profile going in the taste. Grapefruit, pine, herbal notes supplement a picture. Lots of hop bitterness going on the finish. Good bitterness level in the aftertaste. Big body with a medium carbonation. Balance is such good, that is really enjoyable.

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Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a moderately hazy brownish amber with a ridiculously effervescent body, capped by a frothy, two finger off-white head. Retention is very good and a moderate amount of lacing is left down the side of the glass. The haze knocks this down, but the head retention is excellent.

S: Floral hop notes are right up front, followed by strong pine. Some juicy orange mixes in with the pine at times but mostly keeps to the sidelines, along with lemon zest. Malt base is detectable in the background but as one would expect with an IPA, not at all prominent.

T: The floral hops are much less intense than on the nose, with the pine gaining slightly in strength and citrus taking on a bigger and slightly more complex role. Pine is still up first, but juicy grapefruit and orange cuts right in, with a touch of apricot on the side. Finishes with a blend of resinous pine and juicy orange.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation, has a long finish.

D: Well-integrated hop profile and goes down very easy.

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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 BGDrock
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: cloudy orange/brown, like a real apple cider, tan head is fine with decent length, like sand

Aroma: excited already - unique spices, cinnamon, clove, five spice - feels like Fall; light caramel malt background, touch of banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: caramel malt and full, creamy body, with spice backing up the whole experience, and requisite hop bitterness (on the spice side naturally) finishing it off; but those five spice/cinnamon/clove flavours are the star of the show, matching the aroma and really linking all aspects of the beer; there's a woodiness too, almost like you'd find in root beer

Overall: a very unique IPA with loads of flavour and a solid malt and hop base, all of it well balanced; super interesting

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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 ssmack
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark for an IPA. Opaque, unfiltered, dark toffe brown. One inch of beige heads of bubbles of mixed sizes. Head lasted to the bottom. Good lacing leaving dots on the glass.

Rich citrus aroma. Grapfruit and mango with a hint of toffee from the malt.

Big flavours in the taste. Burnt nutty grainy malt. Bitter grapefruit. Earthy pine taste. Sharp bitter aftertaste. You can taste the alcohol.

Full mouthfeel. Chewy. Great.

This is not your typical AIPA. The dark malts add tremendously to the complex flavours. The west coast hops are present in spades. I only wish there was less alcohol taste. First rate.

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Photo of dickroop
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on sale half price, bringing a normally exorbitant $7 brew into (sort of) affordable range. It's honey golden and hazy (promising) with beige-ivory head and generous lacing, lots of bubbles up the sides of the goblet. The aroma is citrus hoppiness with notes of honey and pears, a little grass.

The taste has more pineyness (in addition to the citrus) and some caramel malt for balance. Mid-palate, the hops take over with a pure citrus bitterness, leading to a clean finish that is full and light, with a touch of graininess. Quite tasty. As it warms, the malts become more evident (but never dominant), slightly toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium, delightful carbonation, sour tang with bitter bite, and astringency balanced with malt stickiness in the finish. Alcohol is well concealed.

Overall, there's noting wrong with this. It is true to the IPA type and better than many, but it's not a stand-out. The hops could be more alpha-acid, the malts a bit more pronounced. I'm not knocking this Green Gold, but at the price charged for it, I wouldn't make it my go-to IPA. It reminds me of a more restrained Hop Stoopid, but about 2x as expensive even when it was half price :-( Still, as with anything Mikkeller, it's a benchmark (of some sort). Now what are the hops blended into this baby.... (see answer above: simcoe, cascade and amarillo)

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich creamy head pours from the bottle. Awesome looking beer. Quite a bit of citrus and hops in the initial smell. Lots of maltiness as well. The taste is not as hoppy as one would think and that's a good think. Good balance with the malts leaving you with a balance in your mouth.

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Photo of squaremile
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Mikkeller website: The second IPA from Mikkeller is not afraid of living up to its name. The hops are aromatic, American and aggressive, and leaves you no doubt about what you're enjoying. Cheers! Ingredients : Water, malt (pilsner, munich and caramunich), flaked oats, hops (simcoe, cascade and amarillo) and ale yeast.

Beautiful label on the bottle. Pours a dirty orange/brown with an INSANE head. Without the head this would be a 1.5 appearance. Major lacing on the glass and foam on top the entire time. The nose is weak with the malts and some minimal grapefruit aromas dominating. Taste is caramel and malts up front, the second act is some bitterness on the sides of the tongue and a tiny alcohol burn, and a pretty dry finish but some bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but light, very smooth. This is more in the east coast style and fans of DFH 90 Minute would enjoy this. People that prefer a west coast style will be disappointed.

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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 SCproUA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer taste. Long aftertaste with a pleasant bitterness. The color and odor as a good standard! Such thirsty beer every day and not one bottle!

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Photo of roan22
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber appeareance. Good head.

Smell is floral, citrus, herbal hops. Piney as well. Good strong aroma.

The taste is very "green". Fresh hoppiness as if it was made yesterday. Don't know when this was canned (500ml can). Very nice hoppy but somewhat balanced beer similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo but rather more aromatic and fresh smelling and tasting.

Overall this beer delivers as a hop bomb with complexity and deliciousness in abundance. Love the 500ml can. A decent serving size!!!

91/100

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

Alias: Green Easter

Solid beer. Not the best IPA, but it has all the right ingredients. It is overly bitter, but not the extreme. The mouthfeel is a bit thick. It is not very cloudy, but it has a nice cloudy yellow color. Definitively a beer that will fill you up.

Nice head, though not very carbonated.

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