Sunday, 6 May 2012
Mikkeller In May
6. Mikkeller Green Gold 7.0%
Pow! Welcome to Mikkeller Green Gold.
It's an India Pale Ale with definite leanings towards the USA, but this is a much more cultured rounded beer. Sure it's a hop bomb, but the flavour is superb.
This beer uses a wonderful combination of Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops to full effect.
It pours a wonderful red-amber with a tightly carbonated beige head. The initial and dominant aroma is toffee-apple caramel but with a real background buzz of mango and pineapple. It's initially smooth over the tongue then liquid caramel mixed with tropical fruit flavours explode in the mouth. It's roasted pineapple, peach, grapefruit, mango, kumquat and baked apple with a touch of cinnamon, all with a deliciously rich and sweet toffee coating. These flavours then contract suddenly, like a hop implosion, sucking and biting at the tastebuds, leaving behind a honeyed tropical sweet caramel aftertaste. If Willy Wonka created an American style IPA then this would be pretty close to it.
It really is an incredible sensation, delivering wonderfully intense and deliciously beautiful flavours. I know I'm saying this a lot about Mikkeller beers, I chose them for May for good reason, but this really is stunning.