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Organic Revolution - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 157
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: getch on 11-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 157
Photo of pinotboy007
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased directly from brewery on 17 May 08 in New Glarus after the excellent, self-guided tour.

Splendid, almost orange colored, cloudy liquid with a SUPERB head; a hovering cloud 3-inches thick that never quite vanished; dynamite lacing.

As the ale warmed, its aroma grew increasingly complex, migrating among vibrant hops, clove, cinnamon, banana, mineral(?) - wow!

The taste is magnificent. This might be one of the finest American ales I've tasted and knowing that I'm unlikely to get my hands on it again is maddening. A terrific ale that tastes as it smells. The label warns not to try characterizing this ale too much, as the brewer purposely was experimenting. This is an ale worthy of year-round production. GET SOME.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger thick head that lingers.

This is a fantastic fantastic fantastic summer beer. That's all I really gotta say. This just bumped off Oberon as my summer beer of choice. I could easily session this beer.

Crisp, lean, refreshing with a nice malt and wheaty backbone. Uncomplicated and simplistic.

If you are looking for a summer beer I would highly recommend this. But if you aren't a fan of Oberon, summer wheats, or anything along those lines this may not be for you.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

A: Deep gold color that sprits up with a good retention of about 1"

S: Faint hoppiness comes to aroma, malts and a little more malts and some corn and a little zest.

T: A little wheaty fairly hoppy you can def taste the hallertau very creamy and rich a nice lite ale.

After notes: All in all a great Organic Pale ale I love it I recommend this to anyone who loves APA's or even IPA's.

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Photo of pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear, honey amber colored, with a head that is thick and fades to lacing when you are to drink it. Some yeast in the glass if you don't pour carefully. Subtle hints of maltiness, fruitiness, and noble hop aroma, which come across more pronounced in the taste. Silky in the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish and a faint lingering chalkiness. This beer is artfully balanced so if you are looking for aggressive, this isn't it. But it is a highly drinkable thirst quencher type of ale, with a subtle complexity that can keep your interest if you are in a contemplative mood.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Ever so slightly hazy dark golden brew, white creamy head, recedes slowly to a ring, little lace.

Aroma is extremely fresh, just a hint of warm spice from these hops, lemony, quite different from many ales...unusual hop choice smells good.

The flavor is wonderfully balanced and refreshing, fruity apricot sweetness up front, mildly bitter finish that is no hop wallop but incredibly fresh, refreshing, and delicious. Amazingly drinkable sssion beer. I love it, these guys hit another home run!

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first of a variety six pack I purchased from Amy's Cheese and Wine in Stanley, Wisconsin.

Not sure about this organic thing, but I chose this one over the lager since I'm not a lager lover, so I'll give this organic stuff a go. The label says it contains organic Hallertau Hops and organic Wisconsin malted Barley. There's lots of floaties at the bottom, as this beer is unfiltered and bottle fermented/conditioned.

It looks delicious. Pours a lovely gold color with a marvelous, rocky, 2 inch head that slowly settles with some nice lacing that collects in rings all the way to the bottom of the glass as it goes down.

Smells sweet and malty, slightly fruity, but it's very light on the nose... could be my seasonal allergies messing with me. Taste is much the same. Very sweet, very malty, slight hop bitterness on the finish. It's extremely well balanced, the carbonation feels great in the mouth and the taste is not overly sweet. This is the very definition of a Pale Ale that's as close to an English PA you can get on this side of the pond. I could drink several of these for sure.

We cannot get New Glarus brews here in Minnesota, but after tasting several of their offerings over the weekend, I wouldn't mind making a few trips back to WI for more! I had only tasted their Spotted Cow prior to this (months ago) and was not totally impressed. This one, however, I loved. I do believe that New Glarus is slowly becoming on of my favorite breweries. Please expand soon!!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have a stigma when I see the word "organic" I instantly think "hippie arm pit sweat" which I know isn't the case but I'm weird. I hope this beer doesn't fit my stereotypes.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a bright orange golden hue. With a fair amount of white head. A nice amount of lace is left after a brief wait.

The aroma is no where near hippie sweat. It's actually has a nice hop versus malt fight going on. A pleasant fruitiness with hints of spice as well.

The flavor is very balanced and uber juicy. Mild hops and sweet malt. Bready yeast with a great sweet pineapple finish that I really enjoy. I totally wasn't expecting this.

Medium to light body with plenty of bubbles to tickle my tongue.

Overall I'm glad this was nowhere near my initial thoughts. I would love to sit back with a sixer of this anyday.

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Photo of mjryan
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear gold colour with a dense white head. Good retention, no lacing. Aroma is of noble hops(green grass, hay and flowers) with a delicate, sweetish malt character. Flavour mirrors the aroma with a balancing bitterness and a little fruity yeast character. Has a med/high carbonation level with a refreshingly light body. Quite dry. A very good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who doesn't love a good pale ale? For a craft beer drinker, I feel the pale ale is the "pilsner" to the casual beer drinker. (of course I use the term "pilsner" in quotes as its not confused with "american light lager" LOL)

Seriously, was interested to try this one because I don't think of New Glarus as a Pale Ale or even IPA producer. Its amazing they make 100,000+ bbl per year yet don't do a PA or IPA like almost every other craft brewer. Well, here is their shot at it...

Head dissipated rather quickly, mild haze in beer, otherwise a nice light amber color.

Great aroma! Nice fresh hop bouquet preserved; beer must be fresh and/or stored properly.

Nice balance, a bit of prickly hop abrasion upfront but nice mellow smoothness on the back end. Gets better as the pint proceeds.

Mouthfeel is subdued, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. No technical flaws - solid quality control, and a great quaffer.

Well done New Glarus.

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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label states they stuck to only the 4 approved and traditional ingredients of beer-- malt, hops, yeast, water, per 1516 Reinheistgebot Purity Law. They've used Organic Hallertau hops from Germany, and Wisconsin organic malted-barley in this beer.

A= juicy foamy head that stays and laces throughout, with pillowy suds; slightly clouded nice golden color.

S= nice fresh scent of malt and hops.

T= very clean, as claimed; nice traditional balance of hops and malts. Definitely true to the label's claim.

M= oddly, the aftertaste is even more memorable than the nose or gulp, with nice stuff to savor for a while after each sip.

D= very.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, pale amber with pilsner like highlights at the bottom of the glass. Great two finger head that slow recedes to a vey thick foam with strong lacing, not too mention the bubbling. Strong and thorugh. The aroma is a subtle malt with a medium hop prfile. Notes of soft flowers and sweet biscuits. The taste is a sweeter than expected upfront malt with a hop bacbone. The middle is bredy with some floral hops. The finish is a malt sweet, yet pleasing bitterness that leaves plenty of room for more round of this awesome pale ale.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden and clear with a nice amount of activity and a lite white head.

A nice lite aroma of hops.

A well balanced taste of malt and hops. Smooth with a medium body. It had a nice subtle finish of dry malt accompanied by a bit of bitter hops.

I found this to be very good to drink. It was very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color with a respectable off-white head with good retention.

(S)- Lemony biscuits with clove. A sweet baked bread component. Essences of bananna.

(T)- Ample hop bite followed by a sweet & puckering pineapple and orange, lemon, (and kiwi?) fruits.

(M)- Smooth, with a light bitterness. Great carbonation level. Rather fruity; different.

(D)- An interesting beer to say the least. Interesting fruits with a nice light hopped profile. An easy drinking beer that would be a crowd pleaser. I am surprised this is an organic beer.

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Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 17th New Glarus brew in my ongoing commitment to review every beer brewed by this company.

A - Poured a hazy orange color topped with a fluffy one finger white head. Little black bits of sediment rest peacefully on the bottom of my pint glass. Nice wisps of sticky lace remain on the inside of my pint glass.

S - Malts prevail in the nose with a hint of apple rind to round things out.

T & M - The malty backbone gives way to a slight hop finish on the back end. I do get a hint of that apple I smelled as well. Medium bodied mouthfeel that finishes crisp and clean.

D - This is one extremely drinkable brew...delicious and satisfying. The only thing that precludes it from being "sessionable" is the 6.2% ABV, but that really isn't too terrible and doesn't mean you can't drink several in a sitting.

Another fine brew in the New Glarus lineup...probably in the top 10 (IMHO) brewed by them. One word...Yummy!

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear darker gold color with a soft white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is fairly low on the hops, but there is still some floral hints; I also get a little hint of apple, honeycomb, and some nice pale malt to round it out. Taste gives me some honey bread and floral hops at the forefront, a little pale malt balanced by the hops in the finish. Carbonation is a touch higher than medium with a bit heavier than light body. Pretty good beer, IMO; this one might not knock your socks off, but it is a very well made beer perfect for sessioning. Another success.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with 2 fingers of eggshell colored white head. Rich retention leaves a big frothy cascade of lacing back, which hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The Hallertau hops are on full display here, being freshly floral, and lightly spicy, with a pang of citrus and sweet malt behind it. This is most pleasant in the nose!

The taste is similar, with sweet bready malts, robust citrus notes of orange & lemon, with the hops balancing this out in a big way. The bitterness is biting, with a spicy feel that really dries the finish out on this. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation that gives this quite the refreshing feel.

Well call me pleasantly shocked by this one. I went in not knowing much about it but was suprised by how fresh, robust, and easydrinking this APA was (especially for the size). The fact that this was a brewery fresh bottle probably helped a bit. Plus it's organic. Win!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze gives the peachy orange color a ghostly look. Half-inch head is creamy leaving a lot of lace from the get-go, and a thin layer sticks around for the duration.

Very lager-y smell...I'd be surprised if a lager yeast wasn't used. Primarily a vegetable smell with a mere hint of hops...a sweet candy-like essence far in the background.

Flavor is boiled veggies, spicy hops, slight caramel sweetness with a rounded texture to match, butterscotch candies; grassy finish is a bit tart, a bit astringent, and very earthy. Again that mouthfeel is very nice, rounded and buttery although it's carbonated well and sourness in the finish makes the texture deceiving...or maybe "complex" would be the better word?

Who knows what style this is. Who cares? It's got elements of a macro lager and a micro pale ale, and the difficulty of placing it in a category is part of its appeal. The other part of its appeal is the quality and depth of flavor, not to mention excellent drinkability. Another solid offering from the New Glarus stable of lovingly-brewed beers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HogWildLiquor for this one, thanks Cody!

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. good head retention & lacing

S: Slight citric hops, honey malt & biscuitty malt once warm

T: Tangerirnes, biscuitty malt & honey malt up front. A touch of grapefruit & leafy hops as this warms, along with pears & a touch of pineapple. Finishes pretty crisp, with lemons & earthy hops. Almost gave this a 4.5

Very easy to quaff, a solid straight forward APA

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & very good balance

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy gold with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers white and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is a bready and sweet malt with nice yet mild earthy hops.

The taste follows a real sweet malt, bready with just the right amount off hops. Light hints of orenge, pine, pear and olives.

The mouthfeel is really good great carmonation and a nice medium body.

The drinkability is outstanding, quite drinkable and refreshing.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark honey gold, hazy, lingering foam cap, floating just over the beer.

S: Apple, some light citrus. Malty.

T: Sour apple, a little lemony, tangy, peppery taste. Some hops appear towards the middle, and end. Not over assertive with the hops, which is about perfect for me being a malthead, and not too big into hop-bombs. Hop heads will complain about the lack of. Nice balance of malts, and light hops.

M: Medium body, really med-light. A real clean, dry finish. Strangly, something is going on here, making me want to pick the tulip glass up for another quaff, just about the time I set it down.

D: Big time. I just sat outside, in the chair, at sunset on a picture perfect St. Louis evening, about 70 and clear. I managed to drop 3 of these in waaaay to rapid sucession. Nice beer to sit down with, and enjoy while thinking of the great weekend I just had in Wisconsin.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$7.59 6-Pack
Steve's Madison

Organic Revolution pours a deep glowing golden with a touch of haze from the bottle conditioning. A mix of both small and large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface in broken streams. A two finger dense craggy white head formed on the pour that slowly fell to one finger and left sticky, chunky lacing on its way down. This is without a doubt a good looking IPA.
According to the bottle this is brewed using Hallertau but I seem to a light orange floral aroma that's very inviting, although something I never find in Hallertau. The foundation of this beer contains flashes of cake like malts. This smells very balanced, calm, and inviting.

The flavors come together very nicely with the orange floral character combining with the pale cake like maltiness. Organic Revolution is straight forward and simple but is a good beer none the less. This beer is easy to drink thanks to a mild sweetness throughout.

The mouthfeel on this beer is all at once medium-full and incredibly silky smooth. The carbonation isn't really noticeable but lets beer just flow through almost perfectly.

I could see myself drinking this often if available around here. A good beer to sip the day away with and one none craft beer drinking friends would surely enjoy. Organic Revolution is a good beer to keep around the house for some easy drinking.

I really didn't expect a whole lot from Organic Revolution but it turned out to be something I really enjoyed. A highly quaffable brew from New Glarus, one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, one finger tight head. Bit of lacing.

Wheat, some yeast, hint of clove.

Light clean fresh flavor. Light maltiness, faint hops, some wheaty, yeasty notes.

Lighter bodied, clean and crisp. Minor creaminess in the texture.

Flavors are not real pronounced, but this is so easy drinking and refreshing. I could easily do a session of this especially in the summer. I'll have to pick up a case on my next trip over to WI.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I did a review of this beer when I bought it several months ago, but alas it somehow didn't get recorded. Reviewer error I'm sure, but I'm left with reviewing a less fresh bottle and hopefully that doesn't prove too unfair to the beer and the brewer.
Initially presents with more malt than hops in aroma. Faint toast and a sweet water.
Cloudy dark gold with fluffy type 1/2 inch head that shows a rather quick disappearing act. Spots of drippy lacing.
More malt balanced again in the taste. Finishes moderately dry and moderately bitter with a lingering that gratifies. Hop flavors in the middle which are grassy, earthy and kinda' flowery. Not bad. Time brings on a mild sourness and a bit of astringency, but then it is more positive than not.
Higher than I like for carbonation, but then again I like flatter beers. Really nothing wrong, just preference. Moderate and appropriate feel.
As I remember, this is an easy drinker. Fairly light and interesting flavors and adequate complexity. Some of the sips towards the end were mighty fine.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear honey with a one inch head that recedes to a half inch cap.

Aroma is of floral hops. Hops smell slightly light struck and skunky. Caramel malt follows with a nice warm sweet aroma.

Aroma is sweet malt up front. Middle brings assertive hops, but not enough to make a huge appearance. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a caramel malt flavor that is strangely appealing and keeps me coming back for another sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively, with adequate carbonation and a nice body to hold the malt profile up.

Pretty good for an organic, I would revisit this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew pours a solid orange color with just a coating of head over top of the brew. Ther e is moderate haze in there and a few bubbles boiling up. The aroma is a little bit orange-like and fruity, with a mild caramel malt, a slight grainy edge, and a herbal hop character in there. The flavor starts with a mild grainy malt with a lighter caramel in there. This moves to a very herbal and slightly floral hop, with a moderate bitterness on the finish. It has a nice balance in the flavor. I enjoy it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, this one has a nice approach to the APA style, bringing a very herbal punch that I don't find out there a whole lot. Nice beer.

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Organic Revolution from New Glarus Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.