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Free Range Red - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freed on 08-02-2003

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by bondjedi:
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +0.5%
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 Seattle_Suds
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -10.2%
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 beerme1
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -11.5%
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 Beardo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bret717
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BodyPolitic
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of josiahschlender
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 minterro
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 throwerbri
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattmaples
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Free Range Red from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.