Mikkeller Nails It With This Solid Go-To IPA
Mikkeller is a brewery which is always on my radar, putting out beautiful and interesting beers at all times. I’ve longed to try their wheat Ales, their sours and everything in between. The good news is that recently I tried the Mikkeller Green Gold IPA which is solid and up there as a firm choice to have at any time.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark firstly starting out in 2006 as a very small gypsy micro brewer – Mikkeller has a reputation to experiment hard with hops, yeast, malt and anything else they can get their hands on. This experimentation and a strong track record of producing awesome beers all plays an important part in Mikkeller’s progress of building a very trusted and strong reputation in the beer world.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø now exports his beer to more than 40 countries and brews his beer for the best and most prominent gourmet restaurants in Denmark such as Noma, Mielcke & Hurtigkarl and Kiin Kiin all of which are Michelin starred. It is fantastic to see these types of eateries pairing craft beer to their food and enhancing their customer’s taste palates rather than having your average bottle of Red/White wine. Not that wine is such a bad thing when it comes to enjoying fine food.
Mikkeller and their artwork
Another thing I am pretty interested in with Mikkeller is their artwork and it’s something which has really grabbed my attention. Like Manchester’s Cloudwater, they use interesting and unique art on their packaging and I like that. A lot of breweries tend to keep it safe and not put any sort of imagination behind their beer branding so I love seeing breweries go that little extra mile to make you feel as though the beer has a visual interpretation of what it is about. Mikkeller definitely brings that across with Keith Shore who mainly designs their artwork at the moment. The Mikkeller Green Gold artwork is very minimal and straight to the point but it’s right on the money in my opinion.
Enjoying Mikkeller Green Gold
Popping the bottle open you’re enlightened with big oozing pine notes coming from the simcoe hops with caramel malt notes coming through with tropical and sour citrus which with the amarillo and cascade both working together bringing a lovely fruity and deep citrus note.
Pouring into a glass you’re delighted to see a deep amber colour body with a one finger light tan head and excellent retention and lacing which sticks to the glass. Taking the first gulp there is a lot of mango, loads of grapefruit and some juicy orange with a backend of resin that really adds a nice depth of character to this beer, whilst sourness stalks the back of your throat and then slowly goes after a few seconds. I also picked up some light biscuit and caramel notes towards the aftertaste which I found quite interesting.
Mikkeller Green Gold is definitely a perfectly balanced IPA and there was definitely no expectation that this would fall short. The only reason is I wouldn’t make this my go to IPA is due to the fact that in some bottle shops imported craft beers can sometimes be quite the pocket emptier – there’ll not be much change left over from a fiver or tenner!
But, I am not saying that in a negative sense, this beer could quite easily sit alongside The Kernel, Northern Monk and Beavertown and I would recommend this beer to anybody and no doubt it will be come a regular favourite of mine.
Pairing this, I would sit this alongside a grilled/smoked fish dish with a twist of lemon which with this beer would work a dream and a lovely green, hearty salad with feta cheese which will work nicely alongside the orangey, lemony notes coming from the Cascade hops and will work through the bitter end of this beer.
Anyway, try this, definitely go out and get this now and see what you think, like I said up top, Mikkeller is one of my favourite breweries at the moment and I am really excited to try more of their beers very soon. Milkkeller Green Gold is where it’s at!
*If you find yourself in Copenhagen then don’t miss our very special Mikkeller beer tour