Green Lakes Organic Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45

Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-30-2007

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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 193
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about two months ago at Bottles in Millwood for $1.49. "Best by 06/21/08." Oops.

Poured a light russet color that took on a more reddish-copper glow when held up to light. Big, two-fingered (and I have thick fingers) beige head that left a surprising amount of lace for something that should have been drunk more than a month ago. At least a half-inch of foam remained present for most of this beer's duration in my Mirror Pond pint glass. All in all, this was a pretty good looking beer.

The nose is of mild, floral and citrusy hops, a modest but clear herbal note, and a subordinate but still substantial caramel-y malt backing. This is how I like ambers and pale ales (whichever you choose to classify this as - I lean toward the latter) to smell.

The taste starts out malty, but not overly sweet. The hops are present primarily in a bittering sort of way, giving character but not taking charge of the flavor profile. There's a citrus flavor alongside the bitterness, but it's fairly toned down.

The body of this one pretty much fit the definition of "medium." Pretty decent amount of carbonation for the style, I thought. So many beers under the "amber" category seem a little too leaden.

Quite drinkable, to the point where I wish I had purchased several. Hopefully Deschutes will not consign this to that oft-mentioned dustbin of history, but will bring it back as a seasonal instead. I've generally found in the past that beers labeled organic have tended to taste a bit bland and insipid. Glad to see that doesn't always have to be the case.

NOTE FOR GEEKS OF 70'S ART ROCK: I drank this after doing some housework after getting home from work which I decided to accompany with Pink Floyd's "Pulse (sadly the VHS version-gotta buy the DVD) on the telly. Judging by the "topographic" nature of the beer's label, I should have busted out some old-school Yes.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber with a thin but pretty well sustained white head,aromas are subtle but there is a noticeable herbal hop note along with some toastiness.Flavors of herbal and citric hop although not overpowering,is a main component of the beer,toasty with some toffee notes as well.A quaffing slightly hopped up amber,its something to drink on all CHRISTmas eve.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops, caramel, and some toasted malt

Taste: nice combination of pine hops, caramel, and toasted malt. some tea as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: An above average amber that almost tastes like a pale ale. I could have a six or could just as easily pass on it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy qualities. The flavor is very malt heavy with some toffee and caramel malt flavors as well as the same earthiness that came through in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of chadjulius
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Rich, vibrant amber with nice off-white head and decent lacing.

Smell: English-like malts and some herbal, spicy hops.

Taste: Great balance of malts and hops. The malts consist of dry caramel and tea, while the hops deliver a mix of citrus and herbal, spicy notes.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Very dry finish that is almost tart. Great mouthfeel for a little ale.

Drinkability: Simply a great everyday drinking beer that proves that Amber does not need to mean boring.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks out to SurlyDuff aka Geof for this fine organic amber ale from the PacNW. A light copper slight amber hue nice sized off white light khaki head forms and sticks around for a few. Most Organic brews have been underimpressive for me, this one so far has a very lively earthy complex hop nose to it. Usually the organic hops tend to fall flat, not in this brew. A bit of citrus adds to the hops with some grassy dirtiness about it. Flavor is clean with a nice rolling herbal earthy hop flavor brings about tea leaf tannin bitterness and subtle caramel malts. Finishes on the hoppier end of the spectrum much like an American ESB or west coast amber ale. Mouthfeel carries itself nicely with lively carbonation, light to medium bodied with slick hop oils found in trace amounts. Drinkability overall is nice I would like to get ahold of some of their other session strength offerings like their pale, Inversion IPA, or Buzzsaw brown solid starter for my Deschutes care package thanks much for the brews Geof!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of heather625
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz. brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It has an amber, redish brown, color with little head and perfect clarity. Head is gone quickly and there's almost no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not like an IPA. More like a dry-hopped pale ale. Nice and citrusy.

Taste is very well done with some roasted malt character, some sweetness, and a good dose of hop bittering. Nothing weak about this organic ale. It's definately full flavored.

Mouthfeel is fair. I think this one might be a little over-carbonated but, other than that, it's enjoyable.

It has drinkability and I think it goes well with Deschutes' seasonal Cinder Cone Red. I enjoy both very much.

I think the "organic" label may turn some people on and turn others away. In these days of "being green" becoming trendy, I was afraid this might not have the interesting character I've grown to love about Deschutes' beers. Luckily, I gave it a try because it's really quite good.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The concept of organic beer is intriguing to me. I'm a hard-core foodie and buy a good bit of organic food. I haven't really focused on that when buying beer or other drinks. How does this one stack up?

Deep amber with low carbonation and minimal head. Smell is very feint, mainly hoppy. Taste is well-balanced, nice bready malts with caramel and honey, hops give this one a nice bite going down. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I appreciate the beer's relative lightness. Not a session beer but one where you could have a few and still feel refreshed.

With some foods, true organic foods do taste better, not sure I could say that with beer necessarily but I REALLY like the idea that breweries like Deschutes are thinking about healthy and sustainable products and all things being equal I'll pay a bit more to support that. May not give the beer a higher score for that but it needs to be said.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boulders on Broadway. A drinkable pleasant beer, although served a bit too cold.Better as it warms. Body is amber and mahogoney, with off-white head, leaving lace. Above average mouthfeel, some unfortunately from above average carbonation. Fruity taste, tastes somewhat like a British strong.

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Photo of mhenson42
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow orange-amber hue, topped by a small off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet, biscuity malt, some fruity hops, and a touch of astringency, as well as a very mild smoky character. Palate is more of the same, with a good balance between the biscuity malt and fruity hops. Body is substantial, yet still fairly light. A highly drinkable, if not particularly complex, offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of sfprint
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangy amber.

S: Sweet malt in front of the hops, yet not a strong smell.

T: Not the most ambery of ambers. There's an unplaceable refreshing quality in the taste that I enjoy. Good, but not particulary interesting.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Fine. Drinkable but not special.

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Photo of Booman
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Cannery Row Brewing Co. in Monterey, CA. It appeared clear red with little to no head. It was a fine beer, but I'd hoped for more from a Deschutes beer. It was a little too thick and dry. I think it'd have worked better if the body were a touch lighter. There was a mild fruity. berry malt taste before the dry toffee kicked in. The beer was finished off with a dry, earthy bitter citrus edge from hops. Good beer, but maybe just not for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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