Beer Name: Green Easter (Green Gold)
Beer Style: APA
Size: 12oz Bottle
Beer Advocate: 87
RateBeer: 99 overall and for style
Well, if you are one of the 5 people who reads me regularly, you have probably been wondering where I have been. If that is the case, go ahead and read this next part, if you don’t care about me and want to read about the brews, skip to the next section ( I don’t blame you) So a couple months back I had a celiac scare, the gene runs in my family and I was convinced I had it because there was about a 95% chance. I gave up gluten for a couple months and did not see any significant change; a quick blood test confirmed that I do not in fact have the gene. In essence I won the gene lottery!! Well, sort of, I am still a damn ginger. I waited a bit before getting back to writing, since this is the most popular day for resurrections, I decided to rise like the Phoenix. So here I go, out of the ashes to return to my fiery form! (Please imagine “Mars, the bringing of war” is playing because I have a flare for dramatics)
Since Mikkeller decided to do two Easter beers, I decided to drink them both. Shocking right? Green Easter pours pretty easily and comes with a nice head. The simcoe, cascade and Amarillo hop aromas come pouring out of the class and I could tell right away that me and this beer were about to have a makeout session. So when I did put this beer in my mouth I was not at all surprised that is was delicious. You get a perfect balance of the three hops on delivery. Very grassy and damn tasty as the light carbonation helps to deliver a nice bitter from start to finish. The bitter is not overwhelming, but it does finish with a nice pucker. This is a very approachable and nicely balanced with just a touch of malt on the front end. I would recommend this for someone looking to get into the IPA/APA style. Also, the bottle has a hulk hand choking a chicken with no explanation, so there is that. You may not like me when I am angry, but you won’t find me angry if I am drinking this brew!
Ratings for Green Easter
Sessionability This is a very easy 6 pack. I could drink this all day.
Overall: 5 pack leaning toward the 6 side. The only keeping it from a 6 is that it is in a class of really good IPAs, but probably not elite
Best Consumed: Not with peeps. Grill a brat and watch some baseball with this to wash it all down.
Beer Name: Hoppy Easter
Beer Style: IPA
Size: 12oz Bottle
Beer Advocate: 87
The second zombie Jesus beer for today is “Hoppy Easter”. Mikkeller, really making us flex our mental muscles to understand the complex name of this beer. The beer pours easily and forms a nice little stratus cloud of foam. I put my nose up to the glass and get almost no scent, which is odd for an IPA. It smells almost like a bock or a lager. When it first hits your mouth you get just a bit of carbonation and a light hit of hops. The hops are so feint in this beer that I cannot even make a guess as to the strain they used, so I will make up one. This beer was brewed with “Soccer Hops” because BORING. This beer is a snooze fest. It almost tastes more like a standard pale or maybe a lager that is a bit hop forward or a combination of the two. This is like listening to your one aunt that talks about her strategy when it comes to extreme couponing. It’s not going to kill you, but it’s not worth paying attention to either. I am glad the Green Easter was so tasty because even with the cute little drunk bunny on the front of the bottle, I cannot say I would recommend this beer.
Ratings for Hoppy Easter
Sessionability: 1 pack? You could easily plow through 6 of them, but why? Maybe you would if you are that asshole who thinks a plain bagel with nothing on it is tasty.
Overall: 2 pack, it’s not offensive, just not a well executed IPA in the opinion of this hop lover.
Best Consumed: Watching soccer, knitting, napping.