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Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-30-2007)
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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Beercounter1, Sep 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Kirch
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Kirch, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Vashtar
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is foggy but it has a nice gradient and head.

The smell is just hoppy.

This beer tastes hoppy! Is there anything else but hops? My friend and I couldn't really taste the beer because the hops overwhelm everything.

The mouthfeel is clean. It's neither crisp, smooth nor textury.

Overall, it's just too hoppy to enjoy or even taste.

Vashtar, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of chadjulius
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

chadjulius, Nov 13, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

KevMo84, May 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

03/10/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. Couldn't find any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a 1/2 inch head which fades fairly quickly. Leaves light spotty lace.

Smell- Very odd nose of malted chocolate, pungent hop resin and burnt malt. Didn't love it, but boosted it up because it was very intresting.

Taste- Rally not what I was expecting or looking for. Strong hop prescence, actually quite bitter, but the malt was overly burnt with a wet cardboard taste. Kind of the familiar organic flavor that I am used to. Really came close to a drain pour.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation was on the right track, but the malt aftertaste ruined any goodness from the hops.

Drinkability- Pass once again on another organic. Thought that Deschutes could nail one...oh well, I'll stick to all their other great brews.

GClarkage, Mar 12, 2008
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Booman, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

CAcker, Jun 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bergdj, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

dorf, May 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Recless7, Dec 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a half finger of tan colored head with an okay retention. Color is a nontransparent dark amber.

S: Light caramelized malts dominate the aroma with light grassy floral notes.

T: Very hoppy taste that makes it more bitter than you would expect. Once you get past the hops, the malts are nice with a slightly toasted caramel flavor. It is not a well balanced beer and i would like the bitterness to be cut back yo enjoy the malts more.

M: Low carbonation with a weak body. While nicely creamy, it has a watery, thin mouth feel that is not very staisfying.

O: This beer's mouth feel is its weak point. I typically love hoppy, bitter beers but it does not work with this style. I would like to enjoy the caramel notes to be more present without having to search for them. Still, the flavor is good enough for me to enjoy. The weak mouth feel is what would keep me from coming back.

MouthfulOfchris, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of CapitalGains
3.1/5  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.

CapitalGains, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of denver10
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A dark amber color with a half thumbs width beige head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, leaving behind a trace coat atop the surface. A very smooth sweet and floral aroma. Maybe even a little fruit hiding in there. The flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the aroma with a surprise kick of some bitterness thrown in there. It starts off very sweet (kinda jolly rancherish ) paired with the florals, the bitter hops kick in mid stream and then leave, bringing you with an earthy, tobacco like and sweet finish. A pirckly, medium bodied moutfeel. I had high hopes for this and while I think it is a pretty decent amber I can't say I am much of a fan for it personally.

denver10, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of jzmaxson27
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to tony223366 for this bottle!

Reviewed on 12/15/11 from a bottle dated best by 1/11/12.

Appearance: Nice clear amber colored pour with a one finger pale white head that quickly dissipates, leaving light lacing down the glass. No real visible carbonation.

Nose: Fairly neutral here, some piney resin hop smells, maybe a little bit of chalkiness, nothing too noteworthy.

Taste: There is a surprising tartness on the tip of my tongue that I quite like, and that's followed by some nice malty notes. There's a caramel like sweetness that is by no means overpowering, but subtle and pleasant. There is a bit of bitter grapefruit in the finish, but it is balanced fairly well by that malty sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, maybe one of the thinnest beers I have ever tasted. Really surprising because the malty notes are robust enough that it seems to directly contradict the thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is subtle, but he beer is by no means flat. It's fairly equivalent to drinking soda water.

Overall: The taste is right, but the nose and mouthfeel are fairly disappointing. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, but it tastes good enough that I would never turn it down. Plus, it's organic! Have to give it props for that. NOT a bad beer, just not that special.

jzmaxson27, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a copper color with two fingers of off-white head that dissolves into a frothy layer atop the beer. The aroma is mostly toasted malts and bread but there is some "metallic" aroma. Taste is caramel goodness upfront with some burnt bread and sweet bitterness on the end. Its medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Its pretty sweet with lots of bready notes. Decent enough but I prefer a little more hop character from an amber.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of scootpolute
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

scootpolute, Mar 15, 2012
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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.