Free Range Red - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: freed on 08-02-2003

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by bondjedi:
Photo of bondjedi
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Outstanding brew from a brewery that should fly higher above the radar than it does. Plenty of body, plenty of heft, yet quite easy to quaff in a session. Perhaps the best beer of the entire festival - buy it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with great clarity in to a imperial nonic a rich bronze with a very well difined clingy one finger slightly off white head that never really ever fades.Aromas of caramel malt,a tinge of hard water,and leafy hop,not in your face but nice.A well rounded palate,toasty with caramel and some stone fruit up front,the hops are more herbal and leafy in the finish.A solid red here,decent hop presence and well toasted.

Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler tonight and wasn't disappointed. Pours a reddish amber hue topped by an inch or so of sticky off-white head. Appealing, well-balanced aroma of slightly roasted sweet grain and mildly fruity hops, along with a mild astringency. Palate is more of the same - well-balanced, with an astringent, malty aftertaste. Medium, slightly creamy body holds the flavor very well. About as drinkable as any beer I've had recently, this is a wonderful session beer. Good work, Laurelwood.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray.

A finger white head, deep copper body. Some lacing.

Sweet malt and honey on the nose.

Big nutty malt flavor, leafy/grassy hop finish.

A bit foamy.

Decent red, almost a light nut-brown with more hops.

Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great RED!

Being a local Portlander... I was waiting a long time to see a great Red. Always drinking Weinhards red when I was in a Weinhards kind of mood... this one stands out. Not a basic Red by any means.

Laurelwood amazes me with the brews. Where did they find the Brewmasters?

The color is rich and bold.. makes a statement. Makes you say "Oh boy, here it goes, a real Red".

Rich flavor, sweet but not overpowering. Laurelwood does like to make everything a bit on the rich side... but how do you make your unique notes really stand out?

Leaves my mouth a bit dry, but a sample beer platter works great after this with some friends.

Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red with a good sized head. Plentiful amount of lacings. Nice hoppy aroma.
Taste is sweet malts with a nice bitter hop component to help reduce the overall sweetness.
Mouthfeel is just right for the style.
Drinkability is very good considering the 6.1% abv. Very tasty red ale. Not the biggest red I've had but very near the top of the short list of exceptional ones. Will have to try this on tap sometime.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend... Poured into my shaped SA glass..

2 finger head has great retention and lace.. sorta rocky.. the brew is more orange than red and has a slight haze to it.

Nose has a caramel essence without being sweet.. citrus hops are the only real game in town.. really clean on the yeast front.

Flavor has a pronounced biscuity quality with less caramel than the nose. the hops are citric but sorta muted (IMO) for a PNW amber.. but it is still pretty much without any flaws.. very smooth and very drinkable.. sorta creamy mouthfeel..

Despite my average review, this is a pretty great amber.. I guess, I probably should have waited till I was in the perfect mood for the style.. I've had at least a few other brews from Laurelwood and have always been very impressed.. some of their one-off's at the Public House were fantastic.


Photo of josiahschlender
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Concordia Ale House for carrying local beers. Somehow I've never heard of Laurelwood Brewery until now. Glad to find out about another good local brewery.

I liked the hazy, orange/amber color of this brew. Not quite striking red, but it seemed to glow. Moderate, beige head dissipated lasted fairly long.

A fair amount of hops in the aroma that are earthy, grassy, and slightly spicy. I detect a little bit of bready malts, but not much.

Taste is similar, hops drive the taste along, primarily being grassy and earthy. Not quite enough malts to balance it out for me. Especially being organic barley, I was hoping for something a little more defined.

Medium mouthfeel balanced flavors well. The finish seemed kind of dry, which balanced quite well with the hop notes. Overall, a unique take on a red ale. A friend of mine drew a comparison to the dry flavor and finish of an Irish stout. Despite the obvious differences, I can still see his point.

It didn't come off as a typical red, but this is a good, interesting ale that's worth a try.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint glass...

A: Pours a bright ruby red/amber hue, nice frothy two finger head of creamy foam, great retention, really thick lacing.

S: Bright citrus hops, sweet malt hints of spruce in the hop aroma as well. Pretty straightforward.

T: Huge citrus/spruce hop flavor hits the palate upfront, gently followed by just the right amount of malt. Great example for the northwest, nice balance of hops and good malt backbone.

M: Crisp and clean, dry finish, solid.

D: Very drinkable overall, solid example of a red.

Photo of mattmaples
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a coppery red color that is brilliantly clear and has a froathy low head. The aroma is earthy and fruity from the hops and has a pepper spiciness from the yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet with crystal malts. It then moves to a pale graininess and a citrus rind hop bitterness. Creamy on the pallet with a dry hop finish. This is one of the enduring staples of the Portland beer scene.

Photo of bamansfi
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excpetional beer enjoyed on a camping trip down the Oregon Coast from a growler purchased at one of the brewpubs.
A nice looking beer that smells and tastes even better. Lots of cascade hops all around, but not too much as I have had in a few beers lately. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. One of the best beers I have had and really with I could get my hands on some more often. They have just started to bottle it, but I think still generally for the greater Portland market.

Photo of PDXHops
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint.

See-thru lightish amber body. Just a half-finger of off-white head, but a nice coat of sticky lacing.

Lots of caramel malt and general sweet fruitiness in the nose. That's about it.

A little more lively in the mouth, with some roasted, toasted malt, a bit of nuttiness and a nice citrus undercurrent to provide some contrast to all that sweet caramel. A slightly odd medicinal aftertaste. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a very sweet, sticky finish.

Overall impression: OK, but too sweet for extended enjoyment.

Photo of MadeInOregon
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hoppy for a red. Typical of NW beers. All hops.

Photo of Gavage
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear reddish copper in color with a one finger head that slowly fell to a long lasting thick surface foam. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness.

Taste: loads of caramel and ripe black plums. A general berry sweetness hides in the background. Mild but effective bitterness balances this out. One of the few organic brews that is elevated above an average flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied. The aftertaste is extremely short.

Drinkability: usually red ale tend to be dull, but this was one flavorful beer. Very easy to quaff, and everyone should try this one.

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of cascade hop flavour in this red ale. If you like Cascades, it's crazy drinkable, and doesn't seem like it's nearly this strong. There some nice caramel maltyness to back up hopping; bitterness seems remarkebly balanced for 60 IBU. Very well-crafted.

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber-orange with a small yellowish head, and good lacing.

smell is of grass, malt, and hops.

taste is nutty, malt, some grain, and caramel, ends dry and a little bitter.

overall one of the better organic brews i have had, didnt even notice the funky taste that is typical of organic beers.

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Attractive clear copper-red amber color. Nice foam with plenty of lacing in the big chalice. Faint flowery aromas.

Bold hop flavors dominate the first sip. Some roasted grain and a taste like Crystal malt. The hops are resiny and a little murky, which seems to be common with the Oregon hop mix from the numerous Northwest brews I've tried this fall. Decently balanced, however, between the bitter hops and the slightly malt taste.

Quite drinkable, full of flavors, and the tangy and sudsy mouthfeel is a winning combination. Label says ABV is 6.1%. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Hondo's Brew & Cork in Astoria.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a very light tan or beige while the body is a dark amber with hints of copper red which appears as a medium to dark amber in the light. Considerable lacing that shows sheeting in patches.

Nose- Starts off with a caramel note which seems as if it will define this beer. It is flanked by hop aromas of orange, grapefruit, and minor lemon. Mostly just caramel from the glass- the hop profile is more noticeable from the bottle. Simplistic but effective.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but shows much more of the hops profile. Starts off with a touch of sweetness that comes from both the caramel and orange notes. Hop notes pretty much cover the entire length of the flavor profile and consist mostly of citrus- orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Slight chalk on the finish which is a bit dry. Not much of a linger at all. Some pine and resin on the finish as well- this does have a little bit of a linger. There's nothing special about this beer- it's just an efficient hoppy red. Above average to good, probably closer to above average. No flaws but also not a beer that I'm really into as I've never been much of fan of amber/red ales. Light spice on the finish, think coriander.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with mild carbonation but a slight carbonic sting which matches well with the pine, resin, and slight spice of the finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and the hops are pretty well rounded and approachable. It think these run about 4 bucks a bomber so the price is good but the beer itself just isn't what I generally want in a beer. If I were to go for a red, I probably go for something from Lagunitas instead.

Overall- Above to good beer and a pretty standard representation of the style. I would give it a try- it won't wow but I doubt it will repulse most craft beer drinkers.

Photo of
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, courtesy of msubulldog25

Poured a slightly hazy, dark orange/gold color. Medium sized, rocky, ivory colored head.

Aroma was peaches and pine. Caramel showed up as well. Smells like a tasty IPA/DIPA.

Taste had a very nice balance. Biscuity. Pine in the hops, with some citrus as well. Bit of caramel and peach. Bitterness lingers nicely.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Very good, and being organic is a nice bonus. Think of a milder Nugget Nectar, and you have a good idea of this beer.

Photo of livewire78
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from sdawson in a good trade.

Pours a rich amber with a nice fluffy white head that hangs around long enough for me to enjoy thoroughly.

Smells nice. Hoppy but not blast your face with a bazooka hoppy. A nice caramel bready aroma is in there in combination.

One of the few beers I've given a 5. Well worth it. Flavors flow seemlessly together. The hoppiness and the bready malty sweetness compliment each other perfectly. Each is in the right proportion to the other and neither is trying to be overpowering. Wow!

I like the carbonation level. Nice and bubbly without going overboard. A nice level of crispness in the finish with zero alcohol burn.

For the style, I think this is or should be the benchmark. Of the ambers I've had this one reminds me of a Metallica album. Kill 'Em All! It does that indeed.

Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty, fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Amber Ale.Malty and fairly hoppy. Nice flavor. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of cbros
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Ninkasi pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful amber color with a decent carbonation activity anbd a small wite one finger white lace. A very nice looking red ale.

S- I am picking up a nice equal combination of piney hops and sweet malt. Trhe balance seems to be 50/50 on this one.

T- The first thing I taste is a smooth even taste that turns into a somewhat weak bitter hop flavor. This is interesting to me, I assume that a red ale is more malty and sweet; however this beer seems to be a pale ale trapped within a red ale body. I think that this is a very nice tasting red ale, primarily because I am a huge hop head. I was not expecting this type of flavor. I have heard that the Pac NW is all about hops but this seems to take it to another level. This is the knid of red ale I can get used to.

I received this beer from an unexpected package sent by madhombrewer. This was a retalitory tahnk you box and I am very thankful that I was able to try this. The more I drink Laurelwood beers the more I am impressed with what they are offering. This is the 3rd or 4th beer I have had that from them that has really impressed me.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Courtesy of end 0))) / [BA member ramnuts]. Thanks buddy!

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange / copper body with half a finger of off-white head. Moderate retention (a few minutes) that recedes into a thin film on the glass. Leaves moderate lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: Toasted, bready malt with toffee and caramel notes. Absolutely dominated by a malty sweetness. But wait! There is a grapefruit and orange hop component to this as well! They are serious about this red ale.

T: A strong malt backbone that splits into toast, bready, and toffee flavors quite readily. The mid-taste sees a development and dominance of sweet caramel malt, with the previous flavors taking a back seat. The finish allows grapefruit and orange rind flavors to shine through, with a just-barely-sweet finish that is contrasted by lingering citric hop bitterness.

M: Perfectly medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Not so light that it feels unsatisfying, and not so heavy that you can't drink it. Well-balanced. Well-masked ABV, although at 6% I suppose that isn't hard.

D: An example of a high-quality red ale. Just fantastic.

Photo of loren01
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Had on tap at Laurelwood Public House. Pours a caramel color, good lacing down the glass.
S: Smells very earthy, also a sweet malty smell
T: Slightly malty up front. Peppery, crisp taste. Not bitter, very well balanced.
M: Moderate carbonation, fairly easy drinking.
D: Nice beer, doesn't get much more fresh tasting than this.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free Range Red was served off the tap at the NW Portland pub. In the pint glass, the beer was a rich and vibrant orangish red color, and was topped by a thin white head. The nose presented a firm and sharp roasted dry maltiness and robust and spicy-herbal hoppiness. On the palate, a lighty roasty, bold and dry toffee-tinged malt profile opened up and was joined by an assertive spicy bitter hoppiness that followed through to the rich finish. The body was full and appropriate for the flavors and character of the beer. Free Range Red is a balanced, bold, and original brew....and possibly the best organic beer that I have experienced.

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Free Range Red from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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