Green Lakes Organic Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45
Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 352 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in that dark amber color, thin 1/3" white head. Some woody malt aroma, but nothing else really.

Lacks flavor. Bland, somewhere between a blonde and a brown ale in many ways. For those who found a pale ale too hoppy or bitter, like a melange of the more pedestrian flavor style beers.

Apr 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice and mild amber ale, somewhat subdued from the norm for the NW. Amber in color with small airy head, malty, nutty, some hop bitterness. Not picking up any differences from the organic nature of this brew.

Nov 03, 2015
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mjurney from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, touch of haze. Lots of rising carbonation. Thick rocky head.

Piney and citrus hops, sweet caramel malts.

Piney, citrus, slight floral hops. Fruity notes, red apples and pear. Deep caramel malts in the background. Finish is bitter-sweet, clean. Body is medium, soft, slight creamy, smooth, semi-dry.

Well made American Amber Ale. Very delicious and highly drinkable.

Apr 14, 2013
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kemoarps from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful rich mahogany/ruby amber. foamy white head. decent retention and lacing. I likes the looks

smells green and wet. caramel comes in and kind of sinks into the first mentions

taste follows the nose. caramel malts with a wet hoppiness, almost a little musty. some loam and almost a dusty/mild spiciness in there towards the finish

I like it. There are other things I'd rather pay for before buying another bomber, but I'd definitely pick it up again at some point

Mar 09, 2013
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N3rdM3t4l from Oregon

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into standard pint. Pretty excited for this, deschutes never fals and I like ambers.

A: a finger of offwhite head that is leaving good lacing. A splotchy cap remains. Good clear amber color almost red.

S: fruity hops anda slighly sweet malt smell. Pineapple and other tropical fruit notes. Smells pretty good.

T: the hops aren't as fruity as I was expecting. Solid malty body with slightly bitter end. The taste isn't as good as the smell but I would gladly buy this again.

M: good medium body. Nothing amazing about it.

O: a good amber, but nothing fantastic. I enjoy it and will finish happily.

Feb 16, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -12%
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.

Feb 05, 2013
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CommanderOfAwesome from California

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Twelve oz bottle best by Jan thirteenth two thousand thirteen

A:Pours half finger head, with little retention. Deep amber color.

S: Nose has a strong caramel aroma. Otherwise non description.

T: Carmel malts, slight bitter dry finish. Having trouble being more descriptive.

M: Decent amount of carbonation, dry finish. Medium to light bodied.

O: Easy drinking beer, solid amber. Not overly powerful on the palate, but leaves you knowing you had one if that makes sense.

Jan 12, 2013
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MouthfulOfchris from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Nov 23, 2012
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budgood1 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a dark and cloudy deep amber colour with a rich and thick light tan head. plentiful lace. candy like malty aroma with a pleasantly hopped up nuance that is quite inviting. the flavour profile runs on the sweet side, layered maltiness throws off some fruity overtones probably more from the yeast used. bright hoppiness melds well with the overall profile. never bitter with a dry finish. this is a nice amber ale. tastes great. the body of this brew is fullish, with a yeasty, chalky mouthfeel due its unfiltered nature. drinkability is really nice.

overall, this offering from Deschutes is top notch and especially pleasing for the style. ambers are usually somewhat boring but this one is a bit above the level and totally organic. very nice.

Nov 10, 2012
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OF001 from Canada (BC)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy red-amber off copper hue on the pour, with fair head and good carbonation that maintains a thin sporadic film and adequate lacing.

Nose is uneventful with light malts and unsweetened toffee. Aroma is likewise poor but adds a citrus hop note.

Thin body mainly consisting of caramel malts and lightly toasted breads. A light citrus hop abruptly cut off by a dry, palate coating finish. The carbonation prevents the citrus hop and harder water quality from being too sharp and gives a moderate creamy texture. Although this just staves off the notion of it approaching a lager.

I wish there was either a little more body through additional malt or more hops to satisfy my NW North America palate. Or make it a dark lager.

Nov 05, 2012
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Oct 28, 2012
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bambam2517 from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I put this one right in the wheelhouse of amber ales that you could enjoy with a dinner, versatile enough to pair with alot of foods. Downside of that is it doesn't stand out well enough on its own. Nice copper color and light hop aroma, its clean and bright but just doesn't grab you. It will rotate in with fat tire, Alaskan, and levity nicely as a quality drinker for those times when beer is not the focus of the get-together.

Oct 11, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber body topped off with a thick, stick head; nice lacing and rings down the glass. Decent smell -- slightly malty with a fruity undercurrent. Soft malt taste and feel; light biscuit and caramel notes for taste; light bitterness. Smooth and lightly creamy; dry and crisp finish.

A nice, evenly balanced amber ale; tasty without being in-your-face.

Sep 27, 2012
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rusty red color with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts mostly.

Tastes of a good malt base with some overlaying hops. Malts lead off with a toasted bread and toffee. A bit of caramel sweetness comes in. Hops then make an appearance with some herbal and floral notes. Not particularly bitter, but the hop flavors are well developed.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and it is definitely a pretty good amber.

Aug 19, 2012
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a striking deep amber-red with a creamy khaki head that receded slowly to a thin skein, leaving copious lace.

Drink by 8/14/12 is clearly indicated on the label.

Smell is caramel, biscuit, nut, yeast.

Taste rich nutty biscuit, caramel malt, sweet, then a mild, mild bitterness of a citric nature on the late back end. Refreshes the palate for a fairly clean finish. Quite taste and not only a great red ale, but very likely the best organic beer I've ever had.

Jul 20, 2012
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DCon from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $1.38. Poured from the Green/Blue Labeled bottle w/ a Lake & Mountain on the front into a Yakima Tennis Club Beer Stein. Has BEST BY 07/10/12 0837 C on the side of the label too.

Aroma- Has a ton of malt and sweetness to the aroma. Hops are in the background and seems organic with unfamiliar ingredient included!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has good head retention. Has a good amber/copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves some lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet and light floral hops seem to be most dominant. Has a fruity background and a slight light bitterness at the finish. Nice!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Fruit and light hop finish, and very sweet with a complexed ending on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very close to an American Pale ale with more sweetness and malt. I wish they distributed this to MO! One of my favorite go to brews from WA now. Grab some if you've never tried!

Jul 14, 2012
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in mid-June for $6.99. Best by 7-31-12.

Beer poured a deep copper with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Caramel malts and citrus blend nicely together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated which is refreshing, yet pretty smooth.

Overall this is a nice session brew with some good flavor! Glad i tried, would recommend if you are looking for a session brew!

Jul 09, 2012
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PintOHops from California

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - A clear amber colored brew with moderate C02. It produced a massive 3-4 head on a gentle pour, head was pretty soapy looking with craters and a pillowing effect. I got some pretty nice lacing on my glass.

S - A very grainy like aroma, almost reminds me of Lager yeast. Cracker, soft biscuit and caramel. Not sweet smelling, not much hop either. Subtle leafy hop qualities.

T - A little more to it than the smell lead me to believe. I pick up graininess upfront with this rye bread sourness throughout. Not enough to pucker but it's there, along with allot of dryness. Subtle cocoa throughout, little sweetness, herbal hop twang on the finish. Bitterness is low but lingers on the tongue a bit.

M - Low-moderate crispness with a smooth, medium body.

O - Hmm, well I think this is a solid Red Ale. Nothing wowing about it but just a good example of the style, and I like that it's not all sweet and sickening. Pretty balanced. I'd enjoy a couple or more in one sitting. Worth a try for sure, and don't forget, it's organic! Cheers.

Jul 07, 2012
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JosiahS from California

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: nonic

Deep ruby/orange color, lots of carbonation, very clear body. 3+ finger head, eggshell, frothy. General malt aroma initially, swirling reveals some lemon, light plumb/cherry with caramel.

Caramel malt, subdued plumb, lemon rind on the taste. Bitterness takes over mid to finish. Simple. Body is medium with medium-high carbonation.

This might be one of my first beers from deschutes where im just not impressed, it falls short compared to their other offerings. Wouldn't go out of my way to have this but it is decent and certainly worth drinking.

Jul 07, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jun 23, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Jun 15, 2012
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask. Pours a reddish copper color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is malty with some spicy hop aroma. Taste has some more of the spicy hops along with the malts. A bit of citrus as well. Creamy mouthfeel. I wouldnt call it a hoppy red ale it does have a fair amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Decent red, worth having again.

Jun 11, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 28AUG12

Pours rusty amber with a solid sheet of creamy foam. Smells of english malts and some tea as well as just the slightest hint of caramel and herbal hops. Flavor is a nice malty amber with just enough astringency and herbal hops to keep me interested. Medium on full bodied with moderate carb and an off wet finish. Nice beer.

Jun 05, 2012
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

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

Nice looking deep copper color, clear, good head and nice lacing, with rising bubbles.

The smell is a bit subdued, but nice. Lots of bready and caramel malts. A bit of citrus.

Tastes pretty good, hoppier in taste than you'd expect from the smell. Lots of maltiness, with bready and caramel malts taking center stage. A little earthy and a little bit tangy with pepper.

Great body, very easy to drink, yet with a little bit of a crispy hops bite on the finish. Almost slick with maltiness.

Overall it's a very nice amber, well worth trying, especially if this is one of your favorite styles. I'll definitely have this one again.

May 31, 2012
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morimech from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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