Mikkeller Green Gold Gluten Free

Reviewed by on November 14, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rated On: November 13, 2014

  • Best Before: October 16, 2015

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Mikkeller has taken to re-brewing a number of their offerings in gluten-reduced formats, including this, their Green and Gold IPA (less than 20ppm, apparently), which comes fast on the heels of their I Wish IPA.

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and lightly bubbly tan head, which leaves broad swaths of tacky, sudsy lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of musty, somewhat dank leafy and piney hops, muddled orchard fruit (apples, overripe grapefruit, and white plums, mostly), understated grainy, gritty, and faintly toasty pale malt – like it’s maybe missing a wee something, eh? – and further herbal, weedy, and slightly floral and perfumed hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a twinge of dry toffee, white grapefruit and pithy navel orange, murpy yeast, and more middling weedy, and kind of perfumed floral hops.  The carbonation is obviously quite active, and a veritable man about town, but eventually settles to a dull, overarching hum, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, the hops peeking in, and deciding that they have better things to do. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel and bready pale malt enjoying a testy tête-à-tête with the lingering cadre of piney, citrusy, and herbal hops.

Another equitable and enjoyable gluten-reduced (it has to be) IPA from Mikkeller – probably it would have been better had I not known this tidbit ahead of time, as personal biases tend to seep in that way. Anyways, as I seem to be saying more and more of late, if you are actually afflicted with celiac disease, or merely think that consuming gluten will explode your nether regions, seek this one out.

Brady White

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