Organic Green Elephant | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Organic Green ElephantOrganic Green Elephant

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-10-2003

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another picture of a bottle I have never seen,.. grabbed a pull at the 2009 PIB... what can I say.. a great IPA..

- Slightly cloudy copper-yellow IPA with a wonderful bubbly white head and big bubbles..

- Some citrus hop smell with a touch of pine, caramel, and some very wonderful bread notes and yeast... complex..

- Smooth sailing bready caramel sweet hop nectar citrus smoothie... a great all around west coast IPA flavor, and is really something different than their Workhorse. Great yeast and bread notes with a wonderful citrus hop aroma and flavor...

- Slightly chewy, a touch dry, but a nectar of the gods... smooth, and clean.. and wonderfully balanced...

- This I could drop 2 growlers of without a problem... a fantastic IPA that should set the standard for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like hops? You're in the right place. Green Elephant has a turbo hop aroma that leaps in cartwheels off the glass. And the verdant hop flavor is full metal jacket. The beer is copper with light suds and is offered as a summer seasonal.

Balanced? Not exactly. The beer actually leans too far in the hops direction for my tastes and is less preferable to the award winning Workhorse or the retired Boss IPA. But if you're a mainline hops user Green Elephant may be your drug of choice.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some citrus, and pine. Tastes of citrus, earthiness, floral, and some maltiness. Light to medium bitter with a lighter sweetness. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah oh, an organic brew - haven't had any that were any good so far. Let's check 'er out:

Hmm, nice amber orange pour, fluffy ivory head that sticking to the Cordendonk glass nicely.

And we have a solid west coast aroma here, citrus, orange and pine. Oh joy! The quaff is just as good, lip smacking with the juicy fruit that finishes crisp and clean.

The best organic brew to date, sips nicely while watching college football.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Contrary to what most people say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see."

--Jack Handy

Glowing kumquat with polished brass accents when backlit with sunshine. A few streamers of slowly rising bubbles can be seen disappearing into the underside of an orange mousse head that is beginning to leave a great deal of itself on the upper reaches of the glass.

This is an incredibly hoppy IPA that is a pleasure to sniff. The brewery needs to add the word 'aroma' to their statement of 'explosive hop flavor and bitterness'. This pachyderm smells like a cornucopia of tropical fruity goodness. Wow!

Organic Green Elephant is excellent beer that is as hoppy as advertised. The only thing keeping it from achieving the next highest flavor score is an underlying earthiness that might be due to organic ingredients. More likely, a small percentage of Munich malt is responsible. That said, hop flavor and bitterness come close to overwhelming all else.

The hop bill includes Amarillo, Ahtanum and Cascade... great choices all. Each sip delivers a serious smackdown of sweet orange, bitter white grapefruit, juicy pink grapefruit, ripe peach, a trickle of caramel and a crumble of aged cheese. Because it's impossible for me to resist beer this chock full of delicious hop flavor... 4.5 it is.

Keeping style in mind, the body/mouthfeel is spot-on. Any lighter and we'd be talking APA. Any more full and we'd be talking DIPA. It doesn't hurt that the bubbles, while abundant, are soft and creamilicious.

It has been said that elephants never forget. Well I'm not likely to forget Organic Green Elephant IPA. If you're a hophead, seek this one out. Final word: there may not be an organic brewery that I like more than Laurelwood.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Green Elephant poured a orange color semi-hazy with a good 2 finger foam head and good lacing.

The aroma was great. Bottle said it had 5 different hops. It was a clean smell with overtones of citrus and grassy notes. It had a solid malt backbone with a smooth hop crispness. In the mouth is was jumpy and left bitterness on the tongue. Overall a wonderful American IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my prized Double Mountain tulip pint glass.

A - Golden color with good clarity. Nice head on pouring but doesn't last long. Decent lacing.

S - Fruity, floral hops. Very nice. Some yeast as well.

T - Nice hoppy, mildly bitter flavor. A touch of sweetness.

M - Nice moderate carbonation. Maybe a tad on the thin side.

D - No complaints. Goes down easy. Line 'em up and I'll drink them.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick foamy head that leaves a tremendous amount of lace stickage after it slowly mellows to a thinner level. Super well-filtered copper color that's totally textbook IPA-looking. Nice.

Aroma is some of the cleanest, purest hops I've smelled in awhile in any beer. Takes me back to when I first discovered the joys of the hop. Neither too citrusy nor too piney, a wonderful balance of both with just enough malt sweetness to throw some balance in there. Shakes me out of my jaded stupor and makes me fall in love with hops all over again.

Flavor is quintessential NW IPA. Hops and hops aplenty, green and leafy, a bit on the raw side but not unrefined and not coarse...just right. Malt balance is supportive yet not overdone. Clean, crisp, refreshing...all that stuff you heard on beer commercials when you were a kid, for beer that didn't ever taste a fraction as good as this.

Texture is buttery, airy and light though in no way watery, with low-ish but present carbonation that's only there to infuse some life. Slides across the tongue and down the throat with almost too much ease. Once again, it's so close to perfect in this department, as in all the others. (Even though this is a bottled version, it's got that soft feel of a cask pour...I swear.)

My oh my...this is an absolutely wonderful IPA. What more could you want? Don't skip this because it's organic. Although I support organics whenever possible, organic beer usually disappoints. Not this one. I've only had one other Laurelwood beer, but that (Vinter Varmer) was also amazing. Perhaps this brewery is Oregon's best-kept secret? Gotta get my hands on more of their stuff.

A million-zillion thanks to msubulldog25, without whom...Cheers bro!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice aroma of fresh hops. Citrus and floral and a little bit grassy. Malt is there too, I get darker crystal like a brown sugar or a toffee aroma. The yeast also has some bread effects as well as good fruity esters that I'm picking up as peaches and plums.

Color is deep gold, almost orage and it is very clear. Poured with a pretty thick tan head but settles down to a small island in the middle and a clinging ring around the glass that leaves some lacing. There is very little rising carbonation in my glass.

Very malty backbone but then there is a powerful hit of mostly citrus hops. I get some woody hop flavor in there (N.Brewer?) as well. But the malt is definitely in the flavor. I get more caramel and even a light roast malt flavor too. I'm impressed by the yeast ester and fruit flavors. Combined with the citrus hops and the yeast, the esters reminds me of jellied orange slices or candied lemon peel.

Medium full bodied with a very nice carbonation level.

Really nice west coast IPA. Big and hoppy but not hugely bitter. Strong enough to no be a session beer but not so strong you can't have another. I would definitely buy it if I see it again.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a freind Sunday night and was really impressed with this organic IPA.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper/bronze with a thinner but tight well sustained white head,aromas were awesome big fresh floral and citrus in the nose it just burst out at ya,a noticeable light caramel biscuit mlat base was noticed as well.Flavors are alot like the aromas fresh and citric with a touch of mango and tea thrown in for good measure,there is some biscuit dough that gives off some sweetness as well.A refreshing beer to drink on a NC summer day,a great IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, the Green Elephant IPA is a chilled hazed bronze with a medium sized, bone colored head that is alternatively very tight and large bubbled, long lasting with lots of very nice lace.

Smell is a huge, floral hops with a strong spicy backbone and caramel malt.

Taste also very hoppy, but the malt has started to assert itself now. Although I grabbed this bottle from a cooler, I wonder how long it was warm before hand, as I think the hops have started to fade already, the conundrum with bottling IPAs. Still, the hops are very agressive, particularly on the finish, which lingers forever, leaving a prickly resin on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a weak point, it's oily, thin and watery.

Drinkablity is pretty good, this is tasty and light in the belly, with the 6.9% ABV (per the label) well hidden. Last time I had this was on draft at the pub, where I absolutely loved it, and was heart-broken with how quickly it disappeared. Seeing that this made it to the bottle line really had me stoked, but it's not quite as impressive as I remember...fresh draught has spoiled me I guess.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Light caramel color...sterling clarity, evident carbonation and a frothy two finger head. Pretty beer I got myself here.

Nose is orgasmically hoppy. So fresh and green I have no further words to describe it. Simply stunning.

Wow...taste pretty much lives up to the aroma. Extremely floral and fresh hoppy goodness...definitely "hoppy" as opposed to "bitter". There is a malt base here....but it compliments instead of distracts. Just balanced enough.

This is actually fairly light bodied; viscosity is minimal. Very slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. As for is difficult not to chug this.

I'm always impressed with Laurelwood beers...but this is a real find. Seek it out.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden brown with orange hues

The aroma consists of crisp hops with grapefruit dominating as well as piney and even that elusive spicy hop aroma is there.

On the palate there are notes of fresh grapefruit, clean pine, and that spicy hops that is so hard to find.

A full bodied, balanced, slightly spicy and smoothly enduring IPA.

An IPA that can stand up to any food and any level of beer enjoyer will appreciate this one.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Back from the grave to celebrate Laurelwood's 5th anniversary, it's one of my favorite beers ever. I got a 1/4 barrel for my going-away party in 2003, and shortly after I moved back to Portland, it's back. Awesome.
Pours a golden-orange hue topped by a small, stark white head. Aroma is pure fresh hops - beautiful, grassy, acidic, lupulin-laced hops. Up front, the palate is more of the same, becoming balanced a bit by a light malt profile. The finish is clean and a bit heavy on the alcohol. Body is nice and full, with just a touch of a syrupy feel from the lupulin. For such a potent and assertive beer, it's very drinkable. I'll be buying growlers until they run out again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is hop spicy and fruity. A big hoppy IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and slightly floral. Somewhat bitter. Well balanced. Very clean tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Organic Green Elephant from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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