Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-30-2007

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45
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Photo of Beermazter310
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with beige foam on the head. smell is very floral with a little bit of hops and caramel, the taste is pretty malty with light hops on the finish. it is very smooth with mild carbonation, on the lighter side, very easy to drink. overall its a very good quallity beer. If you like west coast pale ales and amber ales you will like this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a gold tint. Off-white head. Creamy. Head drops to a thin cap after a minute or two. Some spots of lacing on the glass. More or less clear with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Toasted bread crust. Caramel/roasted sweetness. Bready and a touch of dough. Malty as can be. Dusting of citrus from the hops. Mildly earthy with slight peppery note that creeps through the back. Graham crackers.

Taste: Grainy and roasted. Grassy and mildly citrusy. Caramel sweetness. Earthy with a faint peppery note. In fact, it's almost a spot on replica of the nose. Eerily so. Dough with a touch of crust. Some toasted malt character. Very roasted with a solid cooked malt profile. Lingering earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but clean overall.

Overall: Not a bad beer. For the style it's incredibly drinkable and has enough flavor to keep things interesting. Drinks incredibly well and is easy on each sip. Balance and more balance. Unique, but all about moderation.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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!

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Photo of denver10
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

way more of a pale than an ember for me, pours lighter and clear as can be. good 2 inch white lace head. smell is that of an amber, malty and sweet, but with a complex depth. tobacco in the nose as well, but not in the burned form, just fresh and pungent. wet. flavor is less intense, a good balance of the amber malts and the fresh tasting hops. just a good solid ale in my mind here. mouthfeel is nice, bright and a little filling, but drinkable as a first couple beers. everything deschutes is gold, and this is no exception, props for organic too!

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Photo of army01
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

I bought this beer with a "best by" date that had passed 30 days ago, but I do not think the flavor of the beer was changed by this.

Poured a caramel color with burnt orange highlights, the slightly off white head appeared thick (2 inches) but quickly reduced to a slight 1/8" head across the top of the beer.

Very light, sweet aroma.

The taste is also light, with a hint of fruitiness, and a mild bitterness.

Almost creamy in texture.

Overall, a decent beer, and probably a little better than I expected when I made the purchase.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was more complex than I thought it would be.

It's a dark cherry red with a tan head, and it smelled caramel sweet, with a little hint of fruit like bananas (not as much as in a Hefe, though). Smell was different for the type of beer...I liked it.

The taste was also caramel sweet, but with a little bit of smokiness and fruit jumbled all together. A good amount of hop bitterness finished it off.

Green Lakes had a lot more flavor than I'm used to from Amber/Red Ales. Definitely a good beer to start with during the night, since it kept me on my toes.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a darker amber color with a thin whitish head; decent lacing, moderately carbonated. Thin aroma of toasted malts, light notes of herbal hops and citrus. Taste of toasted bread and light caramel or honey, herbal, grassy, some tea-like essence, but not too heavy on that, mild but slightly bitter in the finish. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable overall.

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a dark amber color with a nice off-white head that receded fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing, mostly towards the top of the glass. Had an aroma of sweet malts, earthy hops and caramel. The taste followed the nose, though I also got some floral hops in the taste. A very interesting balance of light hops and malts that made for a very drinkable, smooth beer.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A good session ale that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lot of tiny carbonation rising. Small off-white creamy 1-finger head.

Aroma is dominated by hops and a nice malt underpinning.

Taste is of hops & malts. Some caramel. Grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, another solid beer from Deschutes. They never do much wrong. Drinkable. Worth reasonable price of a sixer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. I'm a bit wary of the whole "organic" beer movement, but I do trust Deschutes. My bottle (2011) is labelled 5.3%.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and decent thickness, but merely okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark amber.

Sm: Amber hops, light caramelized malt, and light grassy floral notes. Also unexpected light nuts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: More hoppy than expected, lending it an unexpected and largely unwelcome bitterness that persists until the third act. The malts are its best feature, and are well handled and perchance slightly toasted. The caramel is slight if present, which may actually be a good thing. I wouldn't call it balanced, but it's decently built. Not refreshing or particularly pleasant, but nonetheless enjoyable. No alcohol comes through (predictably).

Mf: Alternating smoothness and coarseness, ending on coarseness - which isn't particularly suitable for the flavours (or style!). It's wet, but falls short of refreshing. Some of the notes feel stale as a result of the texture.

Dr: On account of the hops, this would age poorly. Its balance is its weak point. It isn't real drinkable on account of the coarseness, but the flavour is alright. This may be one of the worst Deschutes beers I've had, but that isn't saying a whole lot. I'd try it on draught if I came across it, but otherwise it's largely unremarkable. Would pair well with spicy food.

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Photo of jzmaxson27
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thank you MADhomebrewer! best by 2/21/12

a - opened the bottle and to my E snifter. poured a golden amber that settled more ruby in the glass. finger and a half of white foamy head and milkshake like lacing. sticky. looks nice. rich, transparent.

s - brown sugar and malts. nutmeg. clean. a bit soggy.

t - malty. pretty uneventful and average.

m - little fizzy. medium to full bodied.

o - overall, ambers aren't my favorite, but i've come to try a wide array of the style and this one falls a bit short in my opinion. it is kind of lagery...and earthy at the same time. not my thing. always glad to try another beer from this stellar brewery none-the-less.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Whole Foods in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Best by 1/24/12.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace drip back down into the beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and some citrus zest and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, fruits, and herbal/citrus zest hops. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good amber ale that is very easy to drink. Being organic just adds a cherry on top.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive, rocky head that leaves a lot of clumpage on the pint glass

Smell: Packed with caramel aromatics and and underpinning of candied citrus

Taste: Opens with a lot of caramel flavor but balances out, by mid-palate, with plenty of candied citrus hops; plenty of residual sweetness lingers into the aftertaste but the hops do a fine job of balancing the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I shy away from Ambers but the folks at Deschutes could make this beer a regular in my lineup, if I had such a thing; there are only a few Ambers that have impressed me and this is one of them

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, oranges, fruit, and a bit of earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: follow the nose as caramel, oranges, pears, and a decent bitterness is wrapped in a hearty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a great sessionable beer with a nice flavor profile. This one will not disappoint and a few could be quaffed in a session.

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Photo of imasloth
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper colour with a small, foamy, light tan head.

Moderately malty aroma with a slightly nutty note. Earthy hop character.

Biscuit malt with a hint of tart roasted malt for colour. Earthy hops.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent session ale but this lacks a bit of character to make it interesting.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Boulders on Broadway.

Rust-colored and cloudy, with only shadows visible through the glass. The head is about a finger’s worth of silky bubbles that fizzle away quickly, clumping together where beer meets glass.

Very sweet biscuits, cotton candy, caramel. A nice smackling of fruity apricot hops.

Toastier here. Sweet biscuits, burnt sugar. Soft bit of apricots and orange peel, white raisins, caramel. Mild bitterness and lingering slightly acrid toast.

Carbonation massages the tongue softly amid the rather big and pillowy medium body. Finishes clean and slightly dry.

Better than expected. Nicely malty, sweet and flavorful. And I’m saving the environment! Or maybe it’s good for me? Whatever. It’s tasty.

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Photo of zdk9
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours amber, maybe kind of orange with half a finger of puffy white, large bubbled head.

S- Aroma of caramel, thick dried up hunks of pine sap, maple syrup. A bit candyish. A pretty powerful smell for what I'm expecting out of this beer.

T- The taste has less candy taste, and more earthy, woody, bitter hops. The taste reminds me of a dank log cabin in the pine woods- a great expression of the "ode to mother earth" described on the bottle. I wish a bit for more of the caramel that was in the nose, but besides that the beer's flavorful and nice drinking.

M- Fairly bitter- lending to the red ale side of the catagory.

O- More powerful in the smell and taste than I expected. A nice beer that I could have a couple of without tiring of the simple flavors.

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Photo of avaldivia
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice clear amber color. Inch thick off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Hops and caramel. Sweet smell. Appealing but lighter than I expected.

T: Bready malts with a bit of caramel. Nice fruity hop taste as well. Reminds me of apples and bananas.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O: Decent amber ale. I would pick this up again for the right price. Only complaint was the aftertaste that I was not crazy about.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, vibrant amber color. Produces a finger of creamy off-white head that diminishes down to a thin layer. Leaves good lacing.

S- A really nice bready, sweet malt aroma with caramel and a bit of fruit and some light hops. Smells very tasty.

T- Starts out with a big wave of malts that are bready and grainy malts along with some caramel and nut flavors. Hops are present throughout but really take over towards the end, produces a floral, bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, the feel is well carbonated and maybe just slightly on the chewy side, very smooth and extremely drinkable.

O- A very solid brew with great aroma and flavors, surprisingly good for an organic beer. Definitely session-worthy.

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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.