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Green Gold | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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
Ranking:
#11,666
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
412
pDev:
13.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. One of the better Mikkeller IPAs that I’ve tried, but not my favorite. Pours a fairly dark amber-orange with a beige head. Aroma is quite hoppy. Big notes of grass, wildflowers, lemons, tangerines, minerals and earth. There’s a pretty strong caramel malt flavor, as well. The taste has a lot of that same caramel malt and European-ish hops. It’s a bit more of a hop nectar than I normally prefer, but Mikkeller is much better at crafting this type of IPA than most brewers, so it still works pretty well. Pretty thick on the palate for the abv. Good stuff.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brownish amber color with a nice two finger head that had good retention and left some chunk lacing on the sides throughout consumption. A very nice looking beer.

S - Smell is a little muted, with a slightly unsweetened caramel backbone and a nice citrusy hops smell. It smells like a pretty solid APA with a decent hops addition.

T - This is actually quite good, it reminds me a lot of a hoppy APA such as daisy cutter. The hops add some nice cutting bitterness to light caramel backbone. Slight fruit sweetness, without being sweet. Citrus and resin meld well for a great tasting experience. This one is a surprise, and a pleasant one at that.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation appropriate for the style and taste.

D - Could definately do more than one, but not sure if it is sessionable. Drinks pretty easily for 7%.

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Photo of Jame515
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - This is a sugary-looking brown in color with lots of sediment in the bottom of my glass. The head is moderate but very light and fluffy.

Smell - This big hop aroma is pleasing but dominated by the Cascades. It seems like the Amarillo and especially the Simcoe were wasted here. I enjoyed the stiff, piney scent well enough just didn't get the mix.

Taste - The piney character of this hop profile took over at the taste as well. What little grain I could pick up though was quite nice.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale had some light but quality carbonation. Fair warning though, this fella is dry as a bone.

Drinkability - This is a very unique mix. On the one hand it is so incredibly smooth that you just want to session the heck out of it but the ale has other plans as its dryness demands patience.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ArkyVaughan
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 jsh420
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 vermilcj
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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 peensteen
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 user785335
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Oakenator
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange and brown in color with a cream colred head. Head is thick and pours at least a couple of fingers. Head lingers well - still has a top 30+ minutes after pour and thick lacing on the glass walls.

S: Over the top grass and pine hops. It catches you off guard up front but is a really nice twist on the aroma.

T: Good quality hop flavor - again grassy, earthy hops forward, with a bit of a malt balance on the back.

M: Medium body but really nice on the tongue - ample carbonation.

O: Really well done. Hope to find this one again. Would love to have really, really fresh but suspect this at least a couple of months old by the time it reached the states.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Green Gold from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 412 ratings
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