Green Lakes Organic Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #154
Ranked #29,454
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45
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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 352
Reviews by younger35:
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this goodness at the Co-op last night. Lord knows I love Deschutes and I haven’t been disappointed by there Bond Street series yet (or any beer for that matter). Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly dark reddish copper with orange hues, terrific clarity and a giant two finger creamy off-white head. Leaves a cap and collar for the entire duration of the beer along with tons of lacing.
Smell- Very crisp and clean with a big hop presence. Lots of aromatic citrus leaning towards grapefruit and lemon zest. There is a faint dirtiness to this brew as well that reminds me of day old cut grass. Strong malt backing that is full of toasted caramel malt.
Taste- Whoa, not the crisp bitterness I was expecting from the nose. Starts with a nice roasted sweetness that leaves a nice toffee smoothness on the tongue that slowly turns bitter. A subtle hop twang in the back of the throat reminds you that the hops are still there. Finishes with a lingering nutty aftertaste with no traces of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- A tad thinner than I would have liked but it’s a smooth, light feel. Very little carbonation.
Drinkability- I’ve probably only had a couple organic brews in my day but this was pretty solid. The “Salmon-Safe” (straight from the newsletter) Sterling hops really come through nicely in the nose but I’d a liked a bit more of them in the taste and a bit more body. Good brew though from a great brewery!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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 MattyG85
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass at King's Hardware in Ballard.

Color is amber/copper with a thin white head.

Aroma is mild caramel malt and hops.

Taste is balanced malt with a mild hop finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but also not particularly complex or memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Vashtar
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on a beach in an ice cold glass, exhibiting a beautiful brown blonde colour. Smells sweet with a hint of caramel and nut. Low carbonation with almost no head, but extremely smooth going down. Given the 85' temperature I could drink a few of these. Very flavourful with a mild hop aftertaste, shows it's strength when it first hits your taste buds. Delicious.

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Photo of denver10
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 DCon
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a one and a half finger off- white head. A little haze, and a little carbonation.

Looks like an Amber, smells like a Pale Ale. The nose is hops, very earthy and 'organic'.

On the tongue there is slight hop bitterness, caramel malts and a little sweet breadyness.

Mouthfeel is spot on, smooth and medium bodied with a good carbonation bite.

This beer had a good sticky head and lacing. The drinkability is good on this one, maybe even great on the right night; highly sessionable.

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

Pours clear amber with a touch of orange when held up to the light. Small one finger cap of tight head with average retention and lacing that clings on the glass attactively.

A well balanced aroma of sweet malts and citrus and pine hops. Malts are caramel, only slightly bready backed with sweet resin and blood oranges from the hops, slightly vinous as well.

Bold and slightly more hop forward amber than I'm used to. Solid backbone of caramel malts that come off with a more grainy and hulled flavor than what was highlighted in the nose. Hops are a presence in the flavor through out the drink primarily sweet citrus, orange and tangerine with a hint of pine resin. Some bitterness comes in after the drink to balance out the sweet malts and citrus nicely.

Medium body with some heft and average carbonation. Mouthfeel comes off as a bit slick but drying after the drink.

Solid amber, really did enjoy the reversal of malt to hop forward that the aroma and taste play with. Amazing that this is all organic, good beer bordering on special.

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Photo of harrymel
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, with some orange hints. Foamy, tan head sticks around, leaving laces all down the glass and sticks around.

Smell is a strong mix of hops and malts, with malts being slightly more dominant. Toasted, bready malts make an appearance.

Taste follows the nose, with both the hoppy bitterness and malts keeping each other in check. The toasted flavors add a small amount of complexity to an otherwise amazing beer. Full of flavor and only 5.2% abv.

Mouthfeel is smooth, without falling too flat. Rich and creamy, yet enough carbonation dancing on the tongue to keep your senses interested.

Just a great brew. Not too overpowering on any one flavor, yet strong enough to keep me interested. Great interpretation of the style, with complex flavors and body. A true work of art

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 352 ratings