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Mikkeller Green Gold



  • Brewery: Mikkeller (Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 7%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Alko (Arkadia), 5.38€
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    Today it’s time for an India Pale Ale from the Danish craftbrewers Mikkeller, that should be packed with hoppy goodness. Green Gold is made from Pilsner, Munich, and Caramunich malt, Flaked Oats, and is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade. Sounds delicious! There are no notes on the bottle when the contents was brewed, but it is batch number 201128 (maybe 28th batch 2011?) and the best before date is 22/06/2013, so hopefully it should be quite fresh. Let’s see how it does!

    Mikkeller Green Gold
    The beer has a deep amber color, is slighty hazy (the beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned), and has a fluffy, cream colored, couple centimeter thick head, that collapses leaving some nice lacing along the glass. Really nice appearance.
    The aroma is a nice balance between resiny and citrusy hop tones, lending hints of pine and grapefruit, and a caramelly maltiness.
    There is a slight initial maltiness, with tones of biscuits and caramel, but it quickly becomes clear that this beer is all about hops, as resiny, piney, citrusy and grassy hop flavours take over in the mouth. The flavour ends with a quite sharp, but nice, bitterness on the tongue. Well balanced, but could maybe have had a slightly less dry finish.
    The beer has a smooth medium body and a moderate carbonation level, making it quite easy to drink, despite the sharp bitterness.
    Overall a very good American IPA by the Danish brewers, that is packed with a lot of hop flavour and bitterness, but is still backed up by a nice malt backbone. Mikkeller continue to impress me (even though Not Just Another Wit wasn't any spectacular) and will definitely continue to try out their beers whenever I have a chance. Luckily I have another bottle in the fridge, and might even have to take another trip to the Arkadia Alko before they run out. I recommend this one!

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