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Organic Revolution - New Glarus Brewing Company

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157 Ratings

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 136
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow grain color with a slight white head, a bit of retention, and not too much lacing. The nose is slight grain and some very faint floral hops. Taste is a bit grainy with a bit of a light, creamy texture. Somewhat low carbonation. Drinkability is a bit high as this is nice and light without too much going on.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a rocky head that dabs lace against the side of the pint glass

Smell: Herbal and grassy Germanic hop aroma with a bready malt aspect

Taste: Opens with a slightly sweet and floral bready flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the grassy, herbal Hallertau hops; after the swallow, the Germanic elements build but the floral taste vaguely lingers through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting concept, a Germanic pils with an ale yeast, but it just doesn't get me too excited in its flavor profile

Thanks, Atron67, for the opportunity

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with butter rum borders. Despite being bottle-conditioned, it was only when the final ounce entered the glass that the beer became slightly hazy. The attractive cap is pale ecru in color and does a great job when it's time to decorate the glass with lace. Let's call it 'frost on a windowpane'. An amazing amount of residue sticks in the end.

If the aroma was even slightly more bold it might have deserved the next highest score. It's odd to think of a beer that uses Hallertau hops as an American pale ale, but we'll just have to roll with it. My guess is that Org Rev will be balanced and not all that hoppy. And the final verdict is...

... right on the money. Unfortunately, that combination doesn't result in overly delicious beer. The sweetness and the bitterness cancel one another out rather than complement one another. There isn't much flavor from the malt (which is okay) and there isn't much flavor from the hops (which isn't okay). What we have here is a personality deficit.

There's a subtle earthiness to the flavor, as if a few handfuls of Munich malt were used in addition to pale. The other thing that becomes apparent as the ounces pass is that there's more bitterness than originally thought. I'm glad this is a fresh bottle, but more hop flavor would be good right about now. A hint of alcohol makes me wish the 6.2% ABV was at least one percentage point lower.

The mouthfeel, along with the appearance, is a highlight. It's at least medium for the style and is close to perfectly carbonated. Dan Carey knows his way around a brew kettle, no doubt about that. I just wish he had gone in a slightly different direction with OR.

Organic Revolution is a difficult beer to score. On the one hand, it looks and feels the part, and is obviously well-brewed. I can see how some will love it. I found it wanting, though. It looks like the revolution will have to wait for another beer on another day.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra in a trade a while back and have had it sitting in the fridge for a month or so waiting to try. Decided to open it up last night and see what it was all about. Being a lover of all things organic I was thrilled to see an organic ale coming my way, however I live within shouting distance of Pisgah territory so they have a hard act to follow. The pour was decent, foaming up a couple of inches and settling down nicely to a thin layer of about a quarter inch that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Not half bad at all. There was a very light color to it, almost a golden yellow that just really popped and set it off nicely, with loads of carbonation visible and a good amount of clarity.

The aroma was light, very crisp. A good dose of light fruit welcomed me, with hints of apples and peaches. There was a nice touch of light hops in it as well, with a decent amount of light grain and a touch of hay. The flavor followed along very nicely. This one was coming in very light indeed with a very light pale ale type flavor. A good amount of hops in the back end of this one, with a light piney flavor that dries out decently, but the overall flavor was just way too light for me. I had to go searching for the complexity in this one, not at all what I would normally expect from New Glarus. Really just way too light of an ale and it just did not have that punch I was looking for to set it apart. Decent mouth feel with a light body and a good amount of carbonation though. There was an easy drinkability to it, it was almost too easy to drink at times, but was still a nice session beer.

Overall it was a good organic ale, nothing spectacular though and it is easily forgettable next to other pales. It need a little bit more of a punch to really push itself through. Overall though a solid effort and I would try it again if it came around.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small, thin, white head.

Smell: Pale malt nose with notes of light caramel and spicy-scented hops.

Taste: Pale malts, a touch grainy, and with a candyish caramel sweetness. Spicy Noble hoppiness delivers a bit more bitterness than I had expected from the aroma. A nice mingling interplay of malt and hops. Finishes crisp and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable, well-balanced brew. While I wouldn't stop a bottle to save it, I also wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.25 single from Roy's Market, New Glarus, WI.

Label states Hallertau hops from Germany, and organic barley malt from WI were used in the brewing process. Bottle foams once opened. It pours a golden orange, hazy with suspended sediment. Some larger yeast particles fall to the bottom. Visible streams of carbonation. Rings of webby lace form on the sides of the glass. It looks like an unfiltered Bavarian Helles or Maerzen.

Grassy aroma, some honey and pale malt as well. Clean.

Caramel, apples, light hops are followed by a dry, crackery malt finish. Some herbal hops in the aftertaste as well.

Lighter German lager feel, dry frothy carbonation. Very drinkable, I could see drinking this in the summer.

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a fizzy/bubbly orange hue with a foamy, bubbly, off-white, one-finger head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and grasses. There was a slight citrus aroma.

T - This is a very malty APA. It leads off with a strong burnt toast maltiness with a very mild citrusy, bitter hop character.

M - It was sharp, crisp and very smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice easy drinking malt-forward APA.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy yellow color. Smells more like a wheat beer than a pale ale, with no detectable hop smell. Taste is a little citrus and malt. There is a little hop presence, but not much. A nice, very drinkable beer but not what I was expecting from an American Pale Ale.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness, grass, and some soft orange citrus are mild on the nose.

Taste: a mild grainy and bready malt profile with some grass, red apples, mild orange citrus, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp and dry to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Relatively brief aftertaste here.

Drinkability: definite session beer here. Worth a try, but this is a pretty pedestrian pale ale.

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale Pint

Pours one finger of 1/2 creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer, but leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: I don't get a lot here, but I do get some spices and earthy hops. Seems to have some kind of orange citrus to it and caramel malts.

Taste: Spices and orange citrus right up front. Then some caramel malts hit with some hops in the background. Nothing bad, just nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a tad bitter. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste

Overall, not a bad beer, very sessionable. Just nothing fancy involved here which is fine at times. I really see no reason why not to have a beer like this around the house.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, very very slight citrus, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, mostly malts, very little hop note, a slight touch of citrus, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, it's a good organic pale ale, but not what a traditional pale ale should be.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received as extra in a recent trade with brdc... big thanks. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head drops leaving spotty lacing.. slightly hazy honey colored brew.

Aroma is predominantly pale malts with a slightly spicy hop aroma... sorta bready and biscuity.

Herbal/grassy hop flavors is more significant than the nose... more pale malts with touches of toast and a light yeasty fruitiness.. sorta like a dry honeyed apricot essence ... a little sweet throughout

Good body and carbonation.. a nice beer but maybe a touch sweet.. though still a good beer.. could use a little more hop aroma and flavor.

Dan.. big thanks.. Let's do it again sometime... I love getting New Glarus treasures in the mail.

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy maize/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, grain, herbs, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, earthy malt, hops, slight yeast, slight citrus, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a decent beer but not well blended and too much grain.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mixed 6 grabbed in Hudson, WI.

Pours a lightly hazed dark golden/amber, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium sized layer and ring, lots of lacing sticks to the glass, looks good. Smell is neat, lightly spicy and floral, some toasty malts, a bit of honey sweetness, wheat and oats, a bit sweet and fruity, not too bad. Taste is similar, some fruity sweetness, peaches, honey and caramel, floral, touch of spice, very malty, wheat and oats, apricots, nicely balanced, not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, not too exciting but easy to drink.

Photo of Bighuge
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange hued fiery appearance. Slim coating of off white head leaves spotty lace. Delicate candied aromas. Sweet malts and also some herbal attributes. Agreeable flavor which I could see being even MORE agreeable during the summer. This is a solid beer. Malt backbone is very formidable and provides a nice body as well. Rounded mouthfeel and easy to drink. The Hallertaus are noticeable and add quite an enjoyable flavor and quenching attribute. I could see getting a few six pack of this beer next summer.

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's...enjoyed with a handcrafted organic meal

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass, clear golden straw body with a moderate beige head and decent lacing

smell: earthy/musty malt aromas dominate, fairly grassy

taste: sweet and malty, grassy and herbal hop presence, definitely some german malt influences here. the result is a pretty drinkable german pale ale, but nothing i need a whole lot of

mouthfeel: light carbonation, thinning body

drinkability: fine

Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium honey gold with a very light head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is light and plain, it smells like a typical macro american beer. It has a little swettness to it.

The taste is very light, you can hardly taste anything. Its super watery in feel.

This beer is disappointing overall.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info. Paragraph about the beer though.

A - Lightly hazy honey yellow pour with an awesome large and lumpy cream-colored head. Great retention and thicker lacing down the glass later on.

S - A crisp, refreshing German noble hop aroma asserts itself lightly on the nose. Floral and a tad bit spicy, it has a lemon and pine aroma to it. A somewhat sweet malt with grains in the background balances it fairly well.

T - The German noble hops take the forefront of the flavor with their mild but pronounced citrus and pine with a lovely floral aspect. A weird fruity - melon? - and straw graininess follows. The finish is a combination between the melon-like fruitiness and the noble hops. Rather interesting.

M - Smooth on the palate with residual hop bitterness that's very low in presence. Crisp and refreshing, it's definitely a bit of a lighter-bodied beer.

D - The taste is just a bit funky but everything else falls into place well and makes for a solid brew. On the more session-side of things, it's an easy drinker but I wouldn't necessarily choose to pick it up. Good for what it is but not worth seeking out I guess.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ golden color with a small white head. In the aroma, a small lager-ish dryness. In the taste, a dry lager-ish feeling and somewhat like icky straw. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry straw like aftertaste. Kind of homebrew-ish, session beer, ok, but that is about it.

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Organic Revolution from New Glarus Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.