Green Lakes Organic Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #156
Ranked #29,291
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
Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 352
Photo of bennetj17
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper, minimal haze. Half inch tan foam dissipates slowly, leaving minor lacing. The aroma is a bit weak. Some vegetal malt notes present, but not much else. Not too inviting.

The taste has a nice balance of flavors. The malt is lightly sweet with carmel and bread character. In the finish the hops come through quite well creating a moderate bitterness. The taste is very clean. Mouthfeel is not too light, and has a solid carbonation creating light foam on the palate.

Overall a well-balanced sessionable beer. Just like with the Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond, Deschutes has created another drinkable, lower-ABV beer, and this one's organic. Worth a try...

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Photo of yesyouam
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale is clear and light amber with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a toasted, bready, grainy aroma. It's light bodied and pretty crisp. The flavor is well balanced, toasty and resiny. It's a nice session ale.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review notes from 6/3.

A: Clear amber and copper color. The head is ivory and very frothy. Plenty of retention and sticky lacing.
S: Spiciness up front on the nose. Some of it might be cinnamon. Subtle woody hops and a sweet malt on the nose.
T: Herbal hops right away, with the floral and pine coming around later in the sip. I immediately taste alcohol, but it's not overwhelming. A spiciness that I can't quite place causes a bit of pleasant tingling on the tongue. It seems a bit peppery. Toasted malts in there, too.
M: Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Lots of hoppy residue coating my palate.
D: Odd in moments for an amber, but enjoyable. I'd grab a 6er to share with friends.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

A pretty nice amber ale, from the creamy 2-finger head atop a deep amber pour to the snappy crisp and bitter finish. In between, the malt is lightly sweet and quite toasty, and the nice level of bitterness seems to be equal parts earthy, pine and spicy, with a dash of citrus, too. There's also some pronounced nuttiness with lighter fruit and yeasty flavors. Bitterness lingers for a few seconds before disappearing in a snap of biscuity malt. Good stuff.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice rich amber color with a frothy two finger head. Good retention and a decent bit of lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma with some nice grassy hoppiness in the background.

T - Sweet, toasty malt flavors with an earthy hop bite to balance it out. Ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation

D - I'm not usually too huge on ambers, but this one is really pretty solid. Nicely balanced, and quite drinkable. Goes down smooth and has a tasty hop character.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Flying Saucer in Austin.

First thoughts: taste like an amber. Fat Tire-ish, but better. Cleaner, smoother.

Amber, red. Soft, offwhite head. Fairly normal.

Malty aroma. Not much else. Maybe a bit of hops.

Amberish. Malty. Smooth bitterness.

Medium bodied.

Overall, solid. Nothing to write home about, but if it's on tap or close at hand, go for it.

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Photo of olmatty
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of Birmingham
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mild aroma with notes of floral and citrus and malts.

Appearance: It pours clear with a dark copper color with a tall off white head. The Head is creamy (small bubbles) and persistent. The lacing is thick and clings to side of the glass top to bottom.

Flavor: Balanced towards the bitter side. No discernable hop flavor, but the malt backbone is strong and provides a solid canvas for bitterness.

Mouth Feel: It is a full bodied beer with effervescences on the sides of the tongue.

Overall Impression: A beautiful beer brewed to style that exudes quality. I would buy it again if I if it was sold in Kansas City. Personally I would prefer a stronger hop flavor, but then Deschutes brews IPAs and Pale Ales for hop lover like me... I have four more Deschutes beers to taste and I look forward to it.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip - not the sort of glass I'd normally use for this kind of beer but I thought it only fitting.

A good dark amber colour with a one-finger off-white head that hangs around and leaves some good lacing. Both malt and hops are coming at me together - always a good sign. Quite grassy with some toasted malt flavours. Very nice balance here. Perfect level of carbonation and a good body. If this is your preferred style of beer I reckon you should give this one a try.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper color. Poured a 1 finger dense off-white head with good retention. Laced in blobs that clung unevenly.

S: Hay, grass and slightly sweet malts. Earthy hops.

T: Slightly sweet biscuit malts and burnt caramel. Pronounced resiny bitter hops in the finish. Pleasant malt flavors linger a bit.

M: Medium body Very balanced carbonation. Smooth and rich.

D: Delightfully flavorful and well-balanced beer that's easily sessonable.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I wish I hadn't wasted so long to try this. Remarkably good.

Pours a burnt reddish orange. Off-white head. Nice!

Smells like herbal and earthy hops, with a bit of citrus. Taste is quite nice, with toasted malts, that same herbal/earthiness, a splash of bitter grapefruit and pine ... it's really quite complex. This is a solid beer.

Very drinkable, nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of R0man
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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 aforbes10
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a tight creamy off-white head. Grassy hops and sweet caramel malt odor. fresh and pleasant smelling. Biscuity sweet malt, laced with hops and transitioning into a bready malty bitterness. Very clean and fresh tasting. Thin to medium bodied. Eminently sessionable. very tasty and enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the opportunity to try this beer.

Nice dark amber color with a dense inch of creamy foam. Great retention, and some lacing as well.

Aroma of toasted malts with slightly spicy, earthy, and grassy hops. Some biscuit and brown sugar sweetness comes through. Very nice combination of malts, a deep toasted character with some biscuit, brown sugar sweetness, and some faint fruitiness from the yeast. More on the malty side, the hops are there but just to bring some balance. As the beer settles I pick up more aromas of fruit like raisins, and sweet prunes. A touch floral in the aroma as well. I really like the delicate toast/brown sugar aroma with the floral and spicy hops in this beer.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, toasted malts upfront with biscuit in the middle, a bit of caramel near the finish but the earthy and slightly spicy hops push it away. A good dry and low to medium bitterness cleans the palate. I'm also tasting quite a bit of fruitiness from what seems to be both the malts and the yeast. A little more caramel or dark sugar flavor comes through. From the first sip I got a few hints of citrus flavors from the hops, delicate orange and maybe tangerine. Floral and a touch herbal hop flavor in the finish.

Medium carbonation which works quite well with this beer, just a tad syrupy upon entering but the dryness and slight bitterness in the finish balances the beer well.

Very tasty, I'm liking it more as I go along.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
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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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a solid little white head, good retention, spots of lace are left as the beer is drunk.

S: Earthy hops, grass, and hay with a smattering of caramel.

T: Mix of a light treacle and toasted biscuit bittersweet character from the malts and a raw, earthy hop bite. Good flavour overall.

M: Medium-bodied, though I found it thin in the finish. Resiny for sure, long aftertaste.

D: Another good one from Deschutes. In its style I think I'd choose Cinder Cone Red from the same brewery, it's a little sweeter and more balanced, but I like this new one as well.

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

Upon pouring, a thick white creamy head arises consisting of both small and large bubbles. The head dissipates slowly leaving thick lacing which slowly fades to a thin white film.

Held to the light, an orange/copper hue presents itself as well as a slight haze.

The aroma is a mixture of nuttiness, caramel and slight kettle hop with the nuttiness being paramount. Citrus notes are found on second and third whiffs.

Some initial sweetness up front, but not too much, is followed by a subtle backend bitterness and tangy carbonation. Roundish mouth feel. The slight lingering bitterness reminds you there is more Green Lakes in your glass and beckons you to let more of this delicious well balanced organic ale into your mouth.

You could have four of these in a sitting before you wanted to switch to something different.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just to start off, I love Deschutes brewery. I love the Bond Street series. I sometimes like Red Ales.

The bottle and graphics stand out, a really tree hugging label. Lets just say I did recycle glass bottle after I was done drinking the brew.

The appearance is nice, with a real golden yellow poor with a slight yellow head. Came to about one and a half finger head. Actually now to think of it, kind of came out to a dark orange color.

Smell was that of the Deschutes hops. A flavor that you can really enjoy with the Hop Trip, a different brew but none-the-less a somewhat similar taste. I really was not impressed with it. I was a bit prejudice because I am on the fence with Red Ales. The flavor was pretty mild, but good.

I could taste the hops, like said before. Other than that it wasn't very appeasing to me altogether. I was kind of so-so.

Overall I would probably drink another just to get a second taste just to make sure, but you know it was not all that I was expecting. If I saw it again I might buy it, matters on the situation.

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Photo of sevopie
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Let it be known that I am not a fan of ambers.*

Appearance - Hmm... Amber. With a frothy tan had, laces decently so.

Smell - This is where I started to get worried. This one smells typically of an amber, with a stale bitter bitter malt smell with a dash of hops. A small hint of caramel.

Taste - The caramel malt absolutely saves this one. Let it breathe! After 10-15 minutes of breathing, this one gets so much better. The caramel malt is the winner, with the hops still very much present with hints of fruit and a touch of clove to finish it out.

Mouthfeel - Not too bad, but too heavy on the carbonation.

Drinkability - Easily the best amber I have ever had, the only one I would ever consider returning to.

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

Reviewed on 10/11/08. Bottle courtesy of scrizzz. Pours a pretty clear deep red with a small white head. Flavor of sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor is light with nice fruitiness. Also a light spiciness that is really tasty. Definitely the best organic beer I've had (it's a short list, but still). Nice amber with a spicy kick.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, medium amber. Decent tan head with retention and lacing.

Nice, pleasant, sweet, malty aroma. Not especially complex or profound.

A bit like the nose. Sweet and malty with mild hop bitterness coming in the middle and lingering through the finish. Again, not particularly complex.

Mild tingling, almost creamy texture. Dry finish. A bit thin.

Way easy drinking. At 5%abv, it should be.

Up here in Alaska, we don't get alot of days worthy of lawnmower beer. On those rare occasions, this just might the one. A solid effort, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of josiahschlender
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This summer I hiked the 45 mile or so loop around Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness. The Green Lakes are on the eastern flank of the mountains... what a beautiful place. Putting on quite a few miles I just passed through, but I'd definitely pitch my tent there the next time. Check them out if you ever get the chance.

Green Lakes Organic Ale is also picturesque, in a different way. Nice hearty amber in color, not totally clear but not hazy. A modest tan-colored head leaves pretty good lacing.

Nice aromas going on, really great for an American Amber. Lots of malts and hops mingling. Definitely noted the sweet caramel and bready malts, not to be outdone by the resinous, nectar and pine hops.

Flavors strikes a nice balance of hops and malt for this self-confessed hophead. Maybe more hoppy than some might like, but the sweet caramel and nutty grain malts aren't overpowered at all. Flavors aren't quite as sweet as the aromas, but are mingle for a while on my palate before a easygoing finish with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Feel could have been just a bit more substantial, but at the same time, it's making this a very sessionable beer, as well.

For some reason, Deschutes can hardly do no wrong with what I've tried of theirs. Great work again! Kudos to making a very drinkable, quality, affordable organic beer!

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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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