Organic Free Range Red | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Organic Free Range RedOrganic Free Range Red

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 59
Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a red body.
The aroma is bright citrus and pine. A little bold but nice.
The taste is moderately bitter throughout with a lemony bitter/sweetness to balance it.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It is a nicely hopped up red ale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color capped by an impressive head of foam; the retention was good and it left behind a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Sugary caramel malt combined with piney hops

Taste: The sweet caramel tones hit the tastebuds first, with some apple and stone fruit flavors arriving to keep the sweetness in check; by mid-palate, the piney hops add quite a nice, bitter dimension and they dominate the finish, with a bit of pith, though there is some residual lingering caramel flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another one of those ambers that gives me hope for the style

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very dark red/brown color, very clear, white frothy head that chunky lace

S- Kind of faint, but some really nice rich toffee, juicy fruit, and red malts in the aroma

T- Very rich toffee and red malt notes, some chocolate, juicy fruit notes, and finishes with a light citrusy hop bitterness

M- Semi-dry, medium to light bodied, quite smooth

O- Really nice rich malt character with a nice subtle hoppiness on the finish. Really nice red ale with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap into a pint glass at Good Foot's in Portland, Ore. Reviewed from notes.

A- One finger white head over red coloration with nice clarity.

S- Piney hops forward. Caramel malts. Clean and crisp smell.

T- Hop-forward and sweet. Tasty and smooth. Nice beer.

M- Smooth and dry.

O- Just about average. Decent amber.

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Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had from tap and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a good foamy head.

Nice malt based aromas with some hop notes and grains. Not all that deep and singular, but it does do it well.

Good medium body, but lacking some depth. The feel is nice and smooth with notes of malts and some hops.

A pretty solid beer. It wasn't the greatest in the world, but a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Woody's Tacos in Vancouver, Wa. Check them out. Served an orange/amber color with a. 1.5 finger cream head. Carbonation is visible in the beer. As I drink the head leaves fuzzy concentric rings of lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine hops. Taste starts with the wonderful pine and citrus hops, balanced against the malt backing. As the beer crests my tongue I get a nice smooth sweetness. Carbonation is present, but not overly aggressive, just right. This is a rather enjoyable beer, it deserves a little more cred.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland airport.

A - Served a clear red amber with an average tan and fizzy head. Lots of lacing left on the glass

S - Not much. Some sweet bread and slight hop pine and grass.

T - Again som sweet breadiness and some slight hops.

D - Bitter, but not bad. Good carbonation and body.

O - Decent, bu not life changing.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured a reddish amber color with a small cap of white head; very nice lacing. Not too much in the aroma; sweet malts, a little caramel, mild hops. Taste was equally not-to-impressive, with some caramel sweetness, vaguely fruity, and a decent balance of hop bitterness, but just kind of flat overall. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable for those with a more non-adventurous palate.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a glass at Oddfellow's Hall in Seattle on 11/11/11

Caramel colored with dulled, burnt orange highlights. An almost one finger head thins but holds a decent layer. Impressive, solid lace.

Floral hop aromas with a pollen sweetening. Fluffy baked bread and a subtle caramel hint. Clean aroma. Hops are more earthy to taste. Dry pine, too. Hints of citric zest and peel tug at the edges. Malts come across as toasted bread. Suggestions of fruit esters. Dry bitterness rounds out the finish, though not too bitter. Lower side of medium with a juicy feel. Slight grit underneath. Carbonation is a hair on the high side.

Not bad, but I was hoping for a more righteous hop presence.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Keizer store. $4.99 Fine looking clear amber ale with a lovelly big fluffy creme coloured head. Substantial hoppy aroma on this oneresiny and citric..caramel malts in the background. Flavour is well balanced with a thick ,toffee,fudgey malt being over run by a red grapefruit,floral hoppyness. Very good mouthfeel..round and full yet easy. Overall and excellent and drinkable amber.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Hooverville in Seattle. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a clear body. Poured a good finger of creamy ivory foam -- nice.

Smell: biscuity, caramelly malt aroma. Pretty standard red-ale fare; decent, but not particularly exciting.

Taste: lightly biscuity, slightly sweet malt flavor with a nicely balanced bitterness. Hop flavor is present and, like the bitterness, balanced; they are floral in character, which works well here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy or anything, but not totally bland.

Overall: this is an easily quaffable brew. It's not complex, but it is quite refreshing; I would have this again.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly over a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is maybe just a hair off white and looks pretty darn fluffy, and maybe a little creamy too. Can't tell about lacing yet, I'll know once I drink the beer. The body is a dark red with hughes of orange and yellow, it's very dark and extremely cloudy for a red ale, I can barely see through it at all. The carbonation looks medium, maybe medium-high. Head retention is pretty excellent so far, something that is becoming pleasantly common from this brewery. I still have almost a whole finger of head left. We'll see how the lacing goes, but so far the beer looks almost perfect, the head is amazing, and I never dislike a cloudy body. The smell on the other hand does not smell like my kind of beer, it smells like a Sam Adams Irish Red, that's how malty it is, and whatever malts they are using, I'm not a fan of. The smell is very malty, pretty sweet, maybe some light caramel, sweet flavors. It's hard to describe, but basically it's all malts, and I don't get any hops on the nose, which is unacceptable for a red ale. We'll see how this tastes, but I don't think I'm going to be impressed. It might be a little ungenerous to give this beer a 3, because it doesn't smell terrible, but I can really just tell I'm not going to like it. Which isn't necessarily the brewers fault if I don't like the malts they use, but it is their fault that they seriously seemed to have skimped out on the hops, in a red ale. So 3 might be a little bit low, and I considered giving it a 3.5 for smell, because it's not a terrible smell, but I'm gonna stick with 3, cause it really doesn't smell all that great. Well, the flavor wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but it's still not that amazing of a beer. First off, there are some hops, not quite as much as I would like for a amber ale, but it's a lot more than I thought there would be. There is also a big malty flavor, but it's not gross like I thought it would be, I'm not a huge fan of it, but it does actually fit the beer pretty well. I also do get some spices, maybe cinnamon, nutmeg, or something else. I dunno, those aren't common in red ales, but I'm for sure getting another exciting flavor that isn't just the hops. There is a bit of a creamy flavor to it too. Perhaps some fruit, apples, mangoes, etc. The more I drink this beer, the more complex it seems, and the more I get out of it. I'm also maybe getting a bit of brown sugar? It's a sweet flavor, but not just like they overdid it on the malts or alcohol, or just dumped sugar in the kettle, it's different. It's really not your standard taste, and frankly I would usually extremely penalize a beer for having low hops for the style, which this does, it should have more hops for a red ale. But really, it's only in need of a tiny bit more hops, and actually...the amount of hops they used, and the malts, and just works. They made a pretty unique beer and they made it work. I'm not jumping out of my seat, maybe because I'm just not ready to fully appreciate what they did, I dunno. Either way, it's a pretty darn good beer. When I first took I sip I thought for sure 3.5, now I'm thinking at least 4, maybe more, well see. The mouthfeel is just fantastic, it's just like the rest of the beer, unorthodox. The carbonation is just perfect for an amber ale, just a hair under medium, it's spot on. The interesting thing about the mouthfeel is that the body is very thick and really creamy, which is not only unusual for a red ale, but it's really crazy that it fits this carbonation. It's the body of a porter, and the carbonation of a red ale, and they somehow made it work together amazingly! Drinkability is very good, it's not too heavy of a beer, you don't get the 6.1% ABV at all. On top of that it's tasty and it has a great mouthfeel, why wouldn't it be easy drinking? Overall I'm really shocked that I ended up liking this beer, granted it did have a fair amount of hops, but it still had a crap loud of malts that I'm usually not a fan of. It's a beer that is really unorthodox and it's fair to say that they took a leap when making this beer, they didn't score a 100, but they got close, it's a very good, and very unique beer.

The appearance turned out to be just fantastic, the entire glass was laced with magnificent foam, from top to bottom, I could hardly even see through the glass that was once clear. The body was good the whole way through, and the head hung around, even if it was only a small rim by the time I got to the bottom of the glass.

When I was getting close to finishing the 22 I was drinking, I somewhat changed my opinion on this beer. Not a big change at all, but I do think that it needed some more hops, the malts did become a little irritating. I'm not gonna change my ratings, but let it be known that a 4 for the taste may be a little generous.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Thai Pepper in Ashland, OR. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear deep reddish amber, and was brought to me with a minimal off-white head. Not much lacing no matter how hard I tried to inspire it.

Smell is barely detectable. There's a bit of hops there, but not much, and it's mostly present as earthy, resin, and bitterness.

Taste is balanced, with the edge tipping towards the hops. Again, not much present other than bitterness and earthy hop flavors. No aromatics, no fruit. Just not a whole lot there. Malts are present as a grainy fullness and a touch of sweetness.

Medium-light in body, ample carbonation.

Summed up in 3 words: hoppy, weak, and unremarkable. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste real good either. No strong flavors, not a whole lot of complexity. A rather bland, balanced-but-slightly-hoppy red ale.

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Photo of tbauer1134
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 220z bomber purchased on 6/1/2011. The pour was a deep amber/red with a nice offwhite head a good lacing. The nose was malty with underlying hop notes. The body came in medium as I like for this style and the taste also consisted of caramel maltiness along with the hops again. The beer was very fresh and very drinkable.

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Photo of harrymel
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle date unknown - boo!

A: Pours a copper ale with excellent clarity and <single finger cream head which dissipates almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Grain, bran, alcohol. Hints of resiny hops. Sweet, overly sweet.

T: Malt and bitter. Alcohol, sweet cherries. Not very good for the style.

M: Medium with lower carb. Creamy feel. Drying. Nice.

D: Okay beer. Would never guess it to be a red ale. For some reason, this tastes like cheap mac and cheese. Too bad, my first impressions of this brewery have been quite good.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since they won't let me review this in the retired Laurelwood Pizza place (and claim this beer retired), this beer will now live here.
Growler purchased by my dear friend Mr. Duke at Laurelwood for my birthday. Thank you, sire.
A clear red punctuated by an offwhite head that sits lightly on top. Aromas of bread, hop, and bit of oxidation. There is a crisp bitterness that starts it out, followed by a malty bready wave. Very smooth and easy with an evergreen forest finish. Slight oxidation makes the drink a little less exciting than it could be, but overall this is a nice red ale.

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Organic Free Range Red from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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