Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-30-2007

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45
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Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops, caramel, and some toasted malt

Taste: nice combination of pine hops, caramel, and toasted malt. some tea as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: An above average amber that almost tastes like a pale ale. I could have a six or could just as easily pass on it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber with a thin but pretty well sustained white head,aromas are subtle but there is a noticeable herbal hop note along with some toastiness.Flavors of herbal and citric hop although not overpowering,is a main component of the beer,toasty with some toffee notes as well.A quaffing slightly hopped up amber,its something to drink on all CHRISTmas eve.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy qualities. The flavor is very malt heavy with some toffee and caramel malt flavors as well as the same earthiness that came through in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Photo of chadjulius
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organic beer? I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I hope this doesn't catch on if it's going to taste like this. Deschutes Brewery has many superior options to Green Lakes Organic Ale. It doesn't really taste like an ale either. It has a plant-like taste (does that qualify it as organic?) that is quite heavy, like a darker beer. I'm not feelin' this one.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Rich, vibrant amber with nice off-white head and decent lacing.

Smell: English-like malts and some herbal, spicy hops.

Taste: Great balance of malts and hops. The malts consist of dry caramel and tea, while the hops deliver a mix of citrus and herbal, spicy notes.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Very dry finish that is almost tart. Great mouthfeel for a little ale.

Drinkability: Simply a great everyday drinking beer that proves that Amber does not need to mean boring.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very malt forward, but with a nice grassy hop presence. Lots of bready malts upfront. Big hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little bit of roast. Very earthy and grassy with some spicy herbal hops. Light hints of pine resin and citrus. Its what you would expect from a red.

Taste: Nice and malty like the smell leads. Big taste of English style malts with lots of caramel, toffee, biscuit, tea, and a little hint of roasted malt. Solid balancing hop presence. Spicy, grassy, and spicy hops abound behind the malt. Also a subtle bit of pine resin and citrus. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very solid red ale. I don't know exactly what being organic means for the beer, but it came out pretty solid.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks decent, pretty dark, light brown color. Thin body. A woodsy aroma, no hop qualities apparent.

Taste, kind of bland. Its thin body, with average hops. Kind of watered down for Deschutes, or maybe that's what qualifies as a "session ale," but I just look at this as Mirror Pond light. Its drinkable, but not going to knock anyone's socks off.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks out to SurlyDuff aka Geof for this fine organic amber ale from the PacNW. A light copper slight amber hue nice sized off white light khaki head forms and sticks around for a few. Most Organic brews have been underimpressive for me, this one so far has a very lively earthy complex hop nose to it. Usually the organic hops tend to fall flat, not in this brew. A bit of citrus adds to the hops with some grassy dirtiness about it. Flavor is clean with a nice rolling herbal earthy hop flavor brings about tea leaf tannin bitterness and subtle caramel malts. Finishes on the hoppier end of the spectrum much like an American ESB or west coast amber ale. Mouthfeel carries itself nicely with lively carbonation, light to medium bodied with slick hop oils found in trace amounts. Drinkability overall is nice I would like to get ahold of some of their other session strength offerings like their pale, Inversion IPA, or Buzzsaw brown solid starter for my Deschutes care package thanks much for the brews Geof!

Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A small light tan head quickly dies into a decent lacing above a clear reddish copper colored beer.

Not much to the aroma on this beer, getting maybe some light sweet caramel malts, and that's about it.

Light roasted caramel malts dominate the taste with just a bit of hops sneaking in to give this some balance.

A dryish aftertaste with just a touch of caramel malts hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

An easy drinking beer with a light caramel malt taste, not bad, I'll have another.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a Safeway in Bozeman, Montana.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of decently foamy beige head, which leaves some nice undergrowth lace around the glass as it slips away. It smells of caramel malt, some sweet sultana raisin, mild pine-sol, and some fruit-loops hops - quite nice for an amber ale. The taste is earthy, leafy, surprisingly bitter hops, bready caramel malt, and some once-again, late-arriving fruity hops. The carbonation is pretty even-handed, the body medium weight, and soothing in its edgy smoothness. It finishes with a push to the dry side of things, the sweetness trailing off, yet losing nothing in the way of flavour.

Wow. 'Organic' has left me wanting more often than not in the beer appreciation sense lately. Not here - this a nice West Coast amber ale - just hoppy enough, and quite drinkable.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear reddish amber with a white finger width head. Retention is average. Resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Light caramel and mild hop bitterness on the nose.

Taste - Flavors of light caramel and hints of apple. Citrus hops balance this baby out. Aftertaste is a mild, "high" bitterness that fades evenly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Carbonation is lively and bites the lips and tongue.

Overall - Really good amber / pale ale hybrid. Lively and refreshing. Carbonation makes this beer kick.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz. brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It has an amber, redish brown, color with little head and perfect clarity. Head is gone quickly and there's almost no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not like an IPA. More like a dry-hopped pale ale. Nice and citrusy.

Taste is very well done with some roasted malt character, some sweetness, and a good dose of hop bittering. Nothing weak about this organic ale. It's definately full flavored.

Mouthfeel is fair. I think this one might be a little over-carbonated but, other than that, it's enjoyable.

It has drinkability and I think it goes well with Deschutes' seasonal Cinder Cone Red. I enjoy both very much.

I think the "organic" label may turn some people on and turn others away. In these days of "being green" becoming trendy, I was afraid this might not have the interesting character I've grown to love about Deschutes' beers. Luckily, I gave it a try because it's really quite good.

Photo of appenzeller
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The concept of organic beer is intriguing to me. I'm a hard-core foodie and buy a good bit of organic food. I haven't really focused on that when buying beer or other drinks. How does this one stack up?

Deep amber with low carbonation and minimal head. Smell is very feint, mainly hoppy. Taste is well-balanced, nice bready malts with caramel and honey, hops give this one a nice bite going down. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I appreciate the beer's relative lightness. Not a session beer but one where you could have a few and still feel refreshed.

With some foods, true organic foods do taste better, not sure I could say that with beer necessarily but I REALLY like the idea that breweries like Deschutes are thinking about healthy and sustainable products and all things being equal I'll pay a bit more to support that. May not give the beer a higher score for that but it needs to be said.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boulders on Broadway. A drinkable pleasant beer, although served a bit too cold.Better as it warms. Body is amber and mahogoney, with off-white head, leaving lace. Above average mouthfeel, some unfortunately from above average carbonation. Fruity taste, tastes somewhat like a British strong.

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow orange-amber hue, topped by a small off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet, biscuity malt, some fruity hops, and a touch of astringency, as well as a very mild smoky character. Palate is more of the same, with a good balance between the biscuity malt and fruity hops. Body is substantial, yet still fairly light. A highly drinkable, if not particularly complex, offering from Deschutes.

Photo of sfprint
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangy amber.

S: Sweet malt in front of the hops, yet not a strong smell.

T: Not the most ambery of ambers. There's an unplaceable refreshing quality in the taste that I enjoy. Good, but not particulary interesting.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Fine. Drinkable but not special.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Cannery Row Brewing Co. in Monterey, CA. It appeared clear red with little to no head. It was a fine beer, but I'd hoped for more from a Deschutes beer. It was a little too thick and dry. I think it'd have worked better if the body were a touch lighter. There was a mild fruity. berry malt taste before the dry toffee kicked in. The beer was finished off with a dry, earthy bitter citrus edge from hops. Good beer, but maybe just not for me.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head on a fairly clear, but deep red colored body.
The smell is only faintly caramel.
The taste is has a mild malt sweetness to start, then a mild grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This is an easy drinkin' beer but still has some nice flavor.

Photo of scootpolute
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZS bottle into a 'cone' pint glass...

A - Pours orange/amber, with a nice white head...- some lacing.

S - Hops and malts lots of sweet citrus -

T - Sweet Tang! A good hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...

D - This is a great amber, since I'm not a fan of the type...the name 'organic-ale' hid the actual type...I was expecting a 'wild-like' ale... good blend of malts & hops...clean good beer!

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & caramel

T: Caramel, biscuitty malt & dryness up front. Slight citric hops, more prominent herbal hops more caramel & slight grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel & grainyess. plus a bit of citric hop, & bit of wateryness at very end

MF: Light/Medium bodied with minimal carbonation, & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not the best red I've ever had, but pretty good. Deschutes has produced another solid beer, but I'd rather have cindercone red. Maybe if this was more malty, I'd take it over Cindercone.

Quite frankly I'm not as excited by the organic movement, it sounds great in theory, but not sure it always measures up in the real world.

Photo of Kegatron
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of thick off-white colored head. Rich and frothy look to both the retention and lacing. The aroma is lightly floral and leafy, with a touch of citric hops and some gentle smokey malt tang. I'm getting flavors out of this but it's a bit of a chore. Just not a whole lot of strength to the nose.

The taste is green citrus mixed with some lightly toasted grainy caramel sweetness. A moderate tingle of spicy bitterness gives the profile a bit of a pop on the palate. VERY dry finish on this. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a certain amount of sharpness to the carbonation but this smoothes out into a much creamier feel as it warms. Pretty easy drinking overall for a 5% beer.

Beyond the lack of a robust nose, this was pretty smooth, unoffensive, and drinkable. Another tasty and easily sessionable pick here from Deschutes.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a beautiful and clear, bronze/copper colored ale. Head is tan colored and composed of a sporadic blend of bubbles. Not much of a pattern to it, but it hangs around for a while.

S- Smells are first nutty, then followed up with some caramel maltiness. Just a tad of roast and a touch of chocolate round out the sweetness. The hops are lightly floral and somewhat hidden in the back.

T- Malty, but light, up front with a pleasant hop bitterness in the middle. Lightly, I taste lemons and also a biscuit like taste.

M- This ale is light in the mouth with high carbonation. It's a little bit on the thin side for me.

D- Most definitely a good session beer. If I lived on the west coast, this would be my go-to session beer without a doubt.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a large head that held on for a long time. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma consists of caramel malt, with herbal, pine, and citrus hops. Has an intriging hop aroma.

Solid caramel malt base that does not go overboard with the sweetness. More on the hoppy side of amber ales with herbal and citrus flavors.

Love the texture of this beer. Soft, smooth carbonation tops off a solid body.

Another very solid Deschutes beer. I could care less about salmon-safe hops but Deschutes delivers a quality beer. Nice, reasonable ABV as well.

Photo of imasloth
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful, clear reddish-orange color with thin cream-coloured head when poured into pint glass. The short head persists while drinking because of the steady flow of small carbonation bubbles.

S- Almost entirely hops. A mix of piney, citrusy, and fresh cut grass.

T- Strong hop character with the slightest malt on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit more it gives a slightly better balance.

M- Very clean finish for so much hoppiness, light body and smooth.

O- Delicious for those who like a hoppy beer that doesn't destroy their palate for other brew types the rest of the night.

Photo of CapitalGains
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured and tasted 8/13/11
12 oz. bottle into an Edmund Fitz pint glass

Amber/burnt gold colored body with a ~2 inch creamy, bubbly faint peach head after initial pour, leaves a little lacing.
Aroma is dominantly caramel malt, general earthy hop notes which are subdued, residual sweetness as it warms a bit; smell overall is lacking.
Taste is sweet malt, pineyness, perhaps a hint of pineapple, very slight hop bitterness on the finish, balanced profile overall though it could stand to use some more bittering hops.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel on the whole, appropriate for the style.
A solid, unimposing amber ale overall. Can't say there is anything that makes this brew stand out but it is a balanced offering. It's a decent deal from a price perspective (usually ~$6-7 for a sixer) and at 5% or so ABV it could be a decent session beer.

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