Green Lakes Organic Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale
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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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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright, copper color. Poured less than an inch of slightly off-white head. A pleasing amount of semi-sticky lacing. A solid malt aroma with a very pleasing hop tang. The flavor is reliable, a solid, full-bodied pleaser with just enough hop tang to make you pay attention. As stated, a solid body that will faithfully support the hop flirtyness. As drinkable as you could want a beer to be, solid without being an attention whore. Will pair with a lot different foods, and can stand alone while relaxing by the river. This beer will not beat you up, it's a solid, reliable companion.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of dbalsock
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was one kick-ass amber.

App: Poured dark amber/orange with a 2 finger head and great lacing. The head itself is offwhite. It looks exactly like I would imagine an amber ale to be.

Smell: A mix of caramel malt, cascade hops and bread come together. It's a very well balanced nose, but a little simple on characteristics to keep it from being perfect.

Taste: Very well balanced on the taste as well, as the hops mix with a great malt profile that isn't overloaded on caramel. A hint of roastiness, but so slight it almost isn't there as well as an equally subtle hint of molasses.

Mouthfeel: A great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Very nice body.

Drinkability: This is my new favorite amber. Very well done.

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Photo of R0man
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at a Deschutes tasting and was startled as my expectations were low to middling and the beer strutted surprising complexity. I got a six pack to confirm my first impression and was delighted that my expectations, now raised quite a bit, were exceeded yet again. This beer has a wonderful complex interplay between the hops and malts, a subtle lasting sweetness works in tandum with the grass, mineral, and quiet citrus tang of the hops. It is quickly becomming one of my essential session beers, in the company of Black Butte Porter, Sierra Nevada Stout, SA Lager, Anchor Steam and of course Weihenstephan Hefeweizen. Most Ambers bore me to tears, Full Sail is an exception, but if you are in the mood for a well crafted session you could not ask for much more: a beer simultaneously subtle and complex.

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Photo of mjurney
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark copper in glass... aroma of hops jumps out at you, both citrus and piney... very nice. malts in up taste are up front, followed by those delicious hops. superbly balanced. very smooth going down and quite sessionable. i love the hop flavor in this one, and really it is the best organic beer i can remember trying.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A new selection from Deschutes. They have been pouring it at the Public House for half a year (sometimes under other names such as 'scarlet fire') but have just now begun to bottle Green Lakes Organic Ale in 22oz bottles.

Amber/Orange pour with an inch of nice tan head.

Aroma is caramel and malt, though there is a cirtus bite there too.

Flavors are surprisingly complex. Dried fruit, caramel, and bready malt to start, then a dry finish with citrus and florals.

Dangerously Drinkable!

This one is organic too, though Deschutes has others that are as well, despite the label. I am really glad they decided to bottle this one!

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4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer into a glass after getting off work. Rich rusty red color and a head that stays frothy, and provides delicious texture, down to the bottom half of the glass. Smells pretty good but does not hint at the exceptional flavor of the beer. Extremely refreshing and satisfies with each sip. Someswhat citrusy flavor with a sweet caramel undertone. I will drink another.

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4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow... what an excellent brew! I can only buy this at my local Fred Meyer (go figure), and I always try to get it as fresh as possible, by reaching around to the back of the shelf. This is usually a little pricier than the other micros, even when on sale, but, God, it is SO worth it!

This is the very epitome of a perfect Northwest ale. It's just beautiful, first of all - one of the best looking beers ever. Clear ruby-amber, moderate lacing, just the right amount of bubbles.

The flavor is dark, woodsy, hoppy, sweet, and smooth... absolutely delicious. Few beers I've tasted come close. This, for what it is, is right up there with Aventinus, for instance, but is a much different style altogether. There really is no comparison, but suffice it to say, this is a brew of exceptionally high quality. The smoothness and balance, not to mention the fresh, crisp, cascade-hoppy quality make this one second to none.

Be sure to get it as fresh as possible. This is not a German beer, rather it's part of a whole new renaissance of great Northwest U.S. beers. People really know their craft up here, and take it seriously, it seems. I'm from the South, originally, and there is absolutely nothing down there that even comes close of which I am aware. Not every Deschutes brew is nearly this good--but, this one is obviously exceptional. If you see it, buy it. Organic makes a big difference, and with this one, you can REALLY tell. Just delightful!

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4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife's favorite beer are Amber / Reds so I am constantly seeking a new one.

A - Deep cloudy dark amber with it leanings more toward brown than red. Frothy cream head with spectacular lacing.

S - Earthy hops and bready malt

T- DELICIOUS. So much more than I was expecting from the nose. Nice C hops with biscuit and toasted malts. Nice bitter aftertaste.

M - medium body with a slick finish

D - I would gladly drink a couple more of these.

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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Green Lakes pours a lovely amber color with 1 finger foam head with some nice retention. It leaves some money sudsy lacing.

The aroma is malty with a sweet cookie smell. Some roasted nuts in there as well.

The taste was very delicious. It was malty up front and had a toffee flavor which morphed into the hop bitterness as it ran down the throat. You get a little bit of grassy hop bitterness and caramel as well. This is probably in my top 3 for organic beers.

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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/6/10

Best by 7/28/10

Green Lakes has a robust copper hue that borders on ruby. One finger of tannish foam made for a pleasing accompaniment to the color of the beer. The foam dissipates but swirling helps hold a layer of bubbles. A little bit of lacing but not much.

Upon opening the bottle I detected strong notes of orange. Once in the glass I swear it smelled like grape juice, though that impression comes & goes. Otherwise, it has some nice citrus notes; orange & tangerine. Toasted malts & a touch of caramel balance things out. Very faint yeast mustiness hidden in there.

My first impression after taking a sip is how bright of a beer this seems; not at all harsh, it exhibits impressive clarity. There are loads of floral notes upfront that are filled out with citric hops. A wee bit of dry pine bitterness swoops in on the finish. The malt bill seems more retrained than I often find with this style, just a mild-mannered toastiness & hints of caramel. The malt doesn't seem to weight the beer down at all.

Green Lakes is medium bodied but maintains an air of lightness about it. It's crisp for the style & rather clean. Carbonation is a little lower than moderate & is befitting the heft of the beer. The finish is equally clean; a few floral notes & subtle bitterness hang on.

I really, really enjoyed Green Lakes. Organic or otherwise, this is a fine beer. Amber Ales aren't usually one of my go-to beers but I could drink this one with ease on a regular basis. Easily superior to the Cinder Cone Red, in my opinion. Thanks to the dude at Saraveza that told me I should get this instead of some other Deschutes single I picked out; I was too drunk to make this good a call.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/7/08

Poured into a pint glass. Great, 1-2 finger, rocky, off-white head. Deep golden/brown in color.

Smell was of a mild amount of citrus hops with a nicely balanced maltiness.

Taste had a really good balanced taste. Moderate sweetness with a moderate amount of hops in the finish. Slighty spicey and fruity/citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with an almost cream finish.

Drinkability was excellent. Nice low ABV but a great balanced flavor.

Great session beer. Was on the few ambers I've really enjoyed.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, ruby-hued, red colored beer. When held up to the light some copper notes are mixed in with this red beer. This has a nice hop aromatic note to it that is noticeable as I pour this beer, it leans towards light spice, some berry-citrus aromas and a touch of herbal notes. A closer inspection of the nose reveals aromas of candied citrus, toasty grain, sweet berry aromas and a backdrop of herbal pine and green hemp oil that is subtly noticed only at times. I like the vibrant fruit character that the mix of sweet malt and hop character brings to this brew.

Dry up front, but it picks up a soft sweetness that becomes fairly fruity in focus as one moves to the finish where it actually lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Toasty, bread-like and browned cracker flavors are found from beginning to end providing a counterpoint to the sweetness. The hop character is quite present as well; it mixes in with the grain sweetness providing fruit flavors of currants, wild berries, and sweet citrus, but it also tempers the sweetness with sharp herbal notes that have grassy, pine-like with some astringent hemp oil notes as well as providing a light, persistent bitterness towards the late middle and finish of this brew. This beer has a nice heft to it, light enough to be quite drinkable, yet with enough body to carry the hop and malt character quite well. As the beer warms a bit it becomes a bit minty in its hop character and the overall effect of the malt is softened, with the toasty, darker grain notes becoming less noticeable and the sweet, caramelized notes coming a bit more to the fore.

This is a really tasty brew. I really like the mix of hop and malt character here; the hops provide both sharp herbal notes and accenting fruit flavors as well as the typical bitterness, while the malt plays a slightly secondary role, but provides lots of interest and flavor to this quaffable brew. There is nothing over the top or loud about this beer, the characterful malt and hop character just play well here; the flavors and aroma both meld as well as contrast and compete with each other all at about the right time, such that they create a really tasty brew, that is most definitely enjoyed while this is nice and fresh.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a white head with minimal lacing and low retention. Beer is a deep, clear reddish brown

Smell- Fresh, cereal grains, light spice of hops

Taste- Fresh tasting. Dry amber malts, hints of cereal, herbaceous hops come into play late and last for quite a while.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated and medium bodied

Drinkability- Smooth, refreshing and easy drinking

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 58.7% out of 100 with 351 ratings
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