Green Lakes Organic Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 352
Photo of avaldivia
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice clear amber color. Inch thick off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Hops and caramel. Sweet smell. Appealing but lighter than I expected.

T: Bready malts with a bit of caramel. Nice fruity hop taste as well. Reminds me of apples and bananas.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O: Decent amber ale. I would pick this up again for the right price. Only complaint was the aftertaste that I was not crazy about.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of endincolorado
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, Ruby-amber color with excellent, off-white bubble-bath head that settles slowly. Decent lace.

Inviting fruity hops hit first with some faint apricot and floral notes. Fresh baked bready sweetness from malt balances well.

Flavors remain consistent with aroma, delivering a nice, somewhat dry, hoppy bitterness alongside a slightly sweet maltiness. Tasty, but without a lot of depth.

Texture is medium-bodied and satisfying. Carbonation is sufficient and a slightly dry hoppiness is left on the palate.

A nice session beer if nothing else.

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

A: Pours an amber color with cherry hues. Not a lot of head on this one, but it does stick around for awhile and leaves lacing around the edges of the glass. On the pour, carbonation looked to be a little bit high with lots of bubbles clinging on the glass, but it subsided a bit after a minute or so and now looks to be pretty solid.

S: The aroma is quite prominent on this brew. There is a strong caramelized malt presence, maybe some nuts and brown sugar in there, too. I'm also picking up some fruits (apple, raisin) and a bit of hop floralness. Quite inviting.

T: Flavors follow the smell quite well, though I would say the hops come out more prominently in the taste. Starts out slightly bitter but soon gives way to an avalanche of sweet and roasted malts, predominantly of the nut and caramel variety, and also a fair amount of apple and raisin. Towards the backend of the palate the hops creep back in and the beer finishes on a dry, crisp and bitter note with a bit of astringency.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with an interesting mouthfeel. While the carbonation levels don't appear to be that high, the beer comes off a bit thin and sizzles on the tongue. Very crisp. Reminds me of some ESB or Red Ale styles. I prefer my amber ales to be a bit more on the chewy/creamy side of things, though at least this is on the more subdued side of mineral-watery type mouthfeels.

O: This is a solid, flavorful and unique take on the American amber with hints of a red ale or ESB. Really enjoyed the aroma and flavor of this one, though the mouthfeel threw me off a bit. Not quite what I was expecting, but very solid, nevertheless. For an all-organic brew, this is superb. I don't think Deschutes could make a bad brew if they tried.

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Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color, as an Amber Ale should be. Fluffy, bubbly, off-white head. Settles quickly with craters giving way to liquid.

S - Sweet, roasted, malty goodness. Typical of the style, nothing crazy.

T - Malt. Slight carbonation that sizzles. Some dried fruit. Slight bitterness.

M - Smooth with a nice malty finish.

Above average for the style.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass at the Portland Pub.

Color was honeyish, with a small head, moderate lacing.

Taste was pretty good, very clear, sweet , and well balanced. Smell was pleasant, obviously displaying the malts used ( typical amber ale malts) with a moderate hop presence. Nothing all that amazing, but a solid brew.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A pours a deep amber color with a 1 finger head with good retention.

S notes of fruit like apples, peach, with a bit of citrus.

T some malty bread, a bit of fruit mostly apple, with a hint of hop bitterness.

M medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is a great amber ale, and an amazing offering from deschutes and worth drinking again and again.

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

Pours a standard One finger head, with about half big bubbles and half small bubbles. The head is just slightly off white, good lacing throughout the glass. The head isn't hanging around to well, but there is a little bit settled on the body that I can tell will stay around for a while and that's nice. The body is a orange-red color, somewhat cloudy, but very bright at the same time. It doesn't really look like a traditional red or amber, but it looks very good non the less. Carbonation looks perfect, perfect amount of bubbles. Overall I really great look to this beer. The first thing I notice on the smell is light fruit, mixed in with hops. The fruit is very surprising, usually I don't get much fruit at all in a amber ale, but there is for sure something here. Maybe mango, or something else light like that. The smell all around is very light, the hops and fruit are a light smell, as well is the malt, which is hardly detectable. The smell overall is very good, but it's not very potent, which I would have liked. It's a very unique smell though, and it smell pretty darn good. Yeah, this is really an interesting brew! Fruit is really prominent in this beer, mango, strawberries, perhaps even flowers, something like that; light, crisp, very subtle, but also very noticeable. Small hop bite here as well, mixed in with a malt note. Overall the taste is lighter than I would like, but it's so unique that I really don't care. Very crisp, clean, refreshing, slightly hoppy and malty, and fruity. Overall the flavor is really great, I sort of want to give this a 4.5 for being so unique, but it really doesn't pack as much of a punch as it should for an amber ale. The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation isn't as big as I thought it would be, but for sure still there and crisp. The body overall has a watery feel to it, but at the same time it's big enough to support the style. I'm torn between a 4 and a 3.5 on the mouthfeel, but overall it's a pretty standard and good mouthfeel, so 4. Drinkability is suuuuper high on this beer, it goes down easy, it's light, and it's pretty tasty. Overall on this beer, what more can I say, a little light for the style, but very very unique and very taste.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber reddish with a massive head and aton of lacing throughout the glass - super solid looking.

smell is not very exciting a little bathroom perfumy with a bit of ripe fruit - kind of strange

taste is really nice - tons and tons of spicy, rich flavour TAMARIND! mixed with brown sugar malts mixed with a nice bitter hoppy character that really leaves you with something big at the finish.

feel is great - bubbly and sharp, good for this style

overall this is a very solid ale, very unique and kind of exciting to the palate due to its spicy fruity character!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

best by date on label (11/09/10) sampled late (5/14/11).

Appearance: Deep amber glass shows a few floaties (no ding, I'm late to the party) and a solid finger of tight head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Earthy malt with a citric orange peel twist.

Taste: Again, earthy, with a rich malt character that is balanced by a bitter but low level hop leaf. There is a mild tea quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, interesting finish that is somehow oily and dry.

Overall: Mild flavor but what is there is pleasing and easy. One of the better Organic beers I've tasted.

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Airyk12
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 veinless
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber hue with a one-finger white head that is a touch fizzy but mainly frothy. Body is a bit cloudy, with some bubbles rising visibly rising through. Lace is above average.

Nose is on the grainy side, with some slightly fruity zest-like hops behind the malt front. A bit of bubblegum accents the grain.

Taste is a combination of that bubblegum, grainy malt at the finish, and a combination of citrus and slightly sugary/caramelly character in the middle. Some tropical fruit comes out a bit in the body unlike in the nose. Well balanced and flavorful, this beer doesn't blow your socks off, but it does a yeoman's job of satisfying.

Mouthfeel is lively and prickly, but not overly so. Finish is a neutral blend of sticky and dry. Body is medium in weight which is good for the style. Drinkability is quite good, though could be better with a bit more citrus. Still, very nice session beer, and for being the first organic beer I've had, this far exceeded expectations. Then again, Deschutes brews awesome beer so I should not have expected anything less.

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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 diamondc
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a 12 oz. Best before 6/14/11.

A: Huge head on this one. Sticky lacing. Bronze, blood orange tint. Looks great.

S: Woody, resin-y, fruity .. mainly oranges and apricot.

T: A lot of good fruit flavors in this one, mainly the apricot. The pine/resin bitterness leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Lots of toasty, caramel malts here.

M: Carbonation is spot on, maybe a bit oil-y here.

O: A well made amber ale. Not much complexity or big flavors, but worth a purchase.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber with some possible chill haze, one inch off white head.

Smell: fairly fruity and estery with some malt in the background. Orange and apricot.

Taste: Light maltiness backed by mild hops that gives way to a mild bitterness. Citrus and light malt.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and hops keep the flavor coming. Refreshing.

Overall: I'm thinking this is a food beer. Good by itself but would be much better with a meal.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. It poured an amber red color with a frothy, off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled to a thin lacing, and left some nice lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bit of a resiny, grapefruit and pine type hoppiness. Some sweeter, grainy, toasted malts are there too and mix nicely with the hops. Nice mix of flavors, and feels balanced and smooth.

The taste has a nice mix of hoppy an malty throughout the beer. I get a modest grapefruit and pine hoppiness to it, with some lingering bitterness in the finish. The malts come through with some sweet, toasted malt, slight caramel flavors. Very nice balance to it overall, both hops and malts shine at one time or another.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a pretty solid and enjoyable beer. Very easy drinking and balanced beer for the style.

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Photo of seand
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent slightly reddish amber with a small amount of white head. A thin layer retains, with enough around the edge of the glass to leave nice sheets of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with some grainy notes.

T: Fairly mild and balanced, but on the sweet side. Just barely a note of hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Not bad, but not hugely interesting. I'd certainly not be opposed to having it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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 beergod1
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would never have purchased this beer, but my sister found it along with 4 others from Deschutes, and I am A collector, so...I thought why not. I hate "organic" on a beer label. Classified as an amber but drinks like an IPA. This amber ale pours a deep amber color. Medium to large sized white foamy head, with decent retention.The aroma is malty, fruity with some hops. A medium bodied amber. The malts are caramely and not too sweet. A touch of fruitiness as well. The hops are forward and somewhat piney.
Hmmm, Made me forget all about "Organic" Not bad at all.

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Photo of SamN
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely, hazy deep-honey with amber highlightsr beer. Big fat head with thick pillow-y foam. Moderate lacing, nothing complex. Smell is quite piney, a little astringent with a rich sweet edge that is mouthwatering and finishing on classic hops bitterness. Taste is initially finely balanced, finish is moderately hoppy. Not too malty, either, giving it a somewhat crisp character, but not thin at all. A very good amber, on the hoppier side but totally balanced and great for sipping.

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Photo of knm
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a medium amber color, with just a little head. It has only light carbonation, which works well with this beer. The smell is of rich malts and mild hops. It tastes quite sour, yet goes down very smooth. It almost reminds me of a bitter. I will buy this one again, glad to have found it!

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Photo of nataku00
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was a clear dark orange color with a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly to a small collar. Some light carbonation visible. After swirling the beer lightly, not much lacing but you can reform a finger's worth of head fairly easily.

Nose was grapefruit peel and light pine hops, some caramel biscuit malts. Aromas were muted though.

Taste followed the nose, some grapefruit bitterness initially with the pine coming in a bit later. Some biscuit sweetness before a fairly dry and clean finish. Light bodied beer with a lot of small bubbled carbonation made it fairly refreshing, and great after a day of snowboarding. Easy to drink with no alcohol presence in its taste. I wouldn't mind ordering it again.

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Photo of jkurtz002
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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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 352 ratings