Green Lakes Organic Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Green Lakes Organic AleGreen Lakes Organic Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #155
Ranked #29,158
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
Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Deschutes bottle. Label is nice with a topo map design, date is clearly marked. My one complaint with the packaging is the name - Organic Ale. How about you tell me something about the beer itself - maybe Organic Amber Ale, or something like that?

Appearance: Reddish brown, nice off white head. Good retention. A bit darker than I expected.

Smell: Bready malt and a hop aroma that reminds me of an ESB.

Taste: Nice level of bitterness, good malt aromas with just a bit of roasted and caramel. Good hop finish, again tastes like british style.

Overall impression: Very nice - highly drinkable, interesting flavors. Definitely one of the best organics I've had, and a solid beer even ignoring that.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

03/10/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. Couldn't find any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a 1/2 inch head which fades fairly quickly. Leaves light spotty lace.

Smell- Very odd nose of malted chocolate, pungent hop resin and burnt malt. Didn't love it, but boosted it up because it was very intresting.

Taste- Rally not what I was expecting or looking for. Strong hop prescence, actually quite bitter, but the malt was overly burnt with a wet cardboard taste. Kind of the familiar organic flavor that I am used to. Really came close to a drain pour.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation was on the right track, but the malt aftertaste ruined any goodness from the hops.

Drinkability- Pass once again on another organic. Thought that Deschutes could nail one...oh well, I'll stick to all their other great brews.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good for deschutes for going green. An oregon brewery being progressive? Nah.

Pours a beautiful dark amber. Has a slight redwood tree tinge to it. Big white head that vanishes to ring around the collar.

Smells very good for a small beer. Like a cinnamon bun.

Taste is pretty complex for such a simple beer. Spicyness, bitter hops, I wish all ambers were like this.

Decent mouthfeel, pretty much leaves you with a bitter hops taste thinning to cut grass.

This beer is bigger than the sum of it's parts.

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

Very cool label with a topo map showing the Green Lakes up in the 3 Sisters Wilderness. (though the map isn't really true to the real thing... but who cares, I still like it!)

Beer pours a darker amber color, with a decent white head.

Aromas, are spicy, malty, tea like, and bready. This has a pretty potent nose for such a mild ABV beer. Not really my favorite aromas, but it sure fits the style well.

Taste is very crisp and clean. Mostly malty, with a spicy bread like flavor, some very brewed tea like notes, and dry long lasting tart and very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Quite full, clean, crisp, nicely carbonated, and well rounded.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. This beer seems like a West Coast version of a British ESB. Very tasty, yet utterly drinkable and sessionable. Six packs next year please Deschutes?

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear reddish copper with a nice, burly head. Streaming carbonation aids in this brew's excellent head retention. Nice stratification of foam in my empty glass.

Nice malty aroma. Taste is malt dominated with some nuanced hop notes in the background. Caramel sweetness with a subtle citrus hop finish equates to a flavor that is distinct, but not brash. Well balanced to be an easy drinking ale, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is slightly slick and watery. I could drink this all day. Not too malt-laden or too bitter, just right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark but clear amber with an off-white head. Head retention could be stronger, but it doesn't disappear entirely.

Smell - Toasty and semi-sweet. A touch of citrus and pine from the hops. Pretty mild.

Taste/mouthfeel - Toast and caramel malt flavors are evenly balanced with zesty, herbal hops. The finish leaves a light hoppy bitterness on the back of the tongue, mild but pleasant. This is a bit bolder than the average amber. Crisp and medium-bodied. Easy to drink and well made, but nothing outstanding. This style of beer often seems very middle of the road to me, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, foamy white head settles fairly slowly. Smell is very malty with hints of citrusy hops. Taste is somewhat akin to a good pale ale, but with a bit more malt. Nice hop presence. Mouthfeel is just right, not too thin, not to thick. finishes nicely. Low abv and mellow flavor make this a very drinkable session style beer. And it's organic too!

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

Service Temperature, 35 degrees Farenheit. Service Glassware 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance on the whole is deep amber with a strong clarity. The pour ends with a strong vanilla foamy head with a blanket of lace left over as it eases down the glass.
Aroma, can best be described as mild pine with earthy, honey, and roasted tones.
To the mouth, I detect a medium mouthfeel along with some roasted nuts, slight caramel, honey, mild pine & some earthiness.
Overall a drinkable beer would go well with some bread and cheese.


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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking ale dark amber with a big thick light tan head. malty, buiscuity aromas mainlly, hint of wildflower. Semi-bittersweet malt dominates the flavour at first instance then,piney,juicy hops underneath, come to the fore in the end, for a nice finish. Nice simple drinkable beer. OK in my opinion.

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

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & caramel

T: Caramel, biscuitty malt & dryness up front. Slight citric hops, more prominent herbal hops more caramel & slight grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel & grainyess. plus a bit of citric hop, & bit of wateryness at very end

MF: Light/Medium bodied with minimal carbonation, & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not the best red I've ever had, but pretty good. Deschutes has produced another solid beer, but I'd rather have cindercone red. Maybe if this was more malty, I'd take it over Cindercone.

Quite frankly I'm not as excited by the organic movement, it sounds great in theory, but not sure it always measures up in the real world.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of czechsaaz
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty aroma. Little hints of roast malt and honey aromas. Pretty nice floral hop aroma too. Well balanced, neither malt or hops are dominant. good fruity yeast esthers round it out.

Deep amber almost red colored. very clear but with a very low head that leaves almost no lacing.

Very nice malty flavor with honey and tons of fruity fermentation character. Good amount of bittering hops and on the back end and aftertastes there's a light spicy and grassy hop flavor. Also a lot of caramel flavor of dark crystal malt. Very nice well balanced flavor.

Medium bbodied with a good carbonation level. not fizzy but definitely not light.

Very good and easy drinking. Pretty much perfect for having a few while watching football.

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

22 oz bottle poured into Deschutes pint glass

A - Pours a nice orange hued amber color with a good looking 1 inch light tan head. Lacing is minor, but head sticks around for a while making this a solid looking beer.

S - Dry, fruity (light citrus) scent with a clean grainy feel. Caramelized sugar with some interesting yeast notes. Nice addition of roasted nuts.

T - Starts a touch sweet with some dried nut and grain flavors. Hops provide a nice accent of piney citrus. Finishes with a drying, dark fruit taste.

M - Smooth with light carbonation and a medium body. Lightly drying in the finish with some sweetness.

D - At first it seemed eerily similar to Fat Tire (which, in my opinion, isn't really a good thing) but as it warmed new complexities arose. A tasty organic entry and another solid beer from a brewery that hasn't let me down yet.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am usually skeptical about these organic beers, its cool but not really viable so whats the point? Anyway this is a great beer that just happens to be organic. Very nice orange-amber color with a soapy white head. Smells citrusy and tastes fruity and floral. Drinkability is awesome as the bomber was gone quickly. This reminded me of Inversion a little bit. Well done Deschutes!

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Photo of younger35
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 JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the Boise Coop for about $4.50 ... enjoyed from a shaker pint.

Nice 1" head and lacing that sticks around for the entire glass... Brew is a very clear Amber-red... deep color... looks nice.

Aroma is toasted malts and mild caramel .. Faint grassy hops with a touch of citrus.... Clean.

Sorta husky (albeit light) .. toasted malt, I would be amazed if a significant portion of Munich was not used... clean hop flavor and good bitter backbone. Not alot of yeasty fruitiness. Descent medium body and expected creamy carbonation.

This is a very good beer... not a knockout.. but very good. Another of the Bond Street series that impresses. I've had quite a few organic brews... and this is right up there with the top.

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