Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter on 6/6/10
Best by 7/28/10
Green Lakes has a robust copper hue that borders on ruby. One finger of tannish foam made for a pleasing accompaniment to the color of the beer. The foam dissipates but swirling helps hold a layer of bubbles. A little bit of lacing but not much.
Upon opening the bottle I detected strong notes of orange. Once in the glass I swear it smelled like grape juice, though that impression comes & goes. Otherwise, it has some nice citrus notes; orange & tangerine. Toasted malts & a touch of caramel balance things out. Very faint yeast mustiness hidden in there.
My first impression after taking a sip is how bright of a beer this seems; not at all harsh, it exhibits impressive clarity. There are loads of floral notes upfront that are filled out with citric hops. A wee bit of dry pine bitterness swoops in on the finish. The malt bill seems more retrained than I often find with this style, just a mild-mannered toastiness & hints of caramel. The malt doesn't seem to weight the beer down at all.
Green Lakes is medium bodied but maintains an air of lightness about it. It's crisp for the style & rather clean. Carbonation is a little lower than moderate & is befitting the heft of the beer. The finish is equally clean; a few floral notes & subtle bitterness hang on.
I really, really enjoyed Green Lakes. Organic or otherwise, this is a fine beer. Amber Ales aren't usually one of my go-to beers but I could drink this one with ease on a regular basis. Easily superior to the Cinder Cone Red, in my opinion. Thanks to the dude at Saraveza that told me I should get this instead of some other Deschutes single I picked out; I was too drunk to make this good a call.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2010 02:31:00 | More by Ryan011235
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