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Organic Revolution - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: getch on 11-07-2007)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:47:35 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 12:27:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:34:26 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:09:23 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 20:58:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 22:29:40 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:10:00 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:14:45 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 16:38:52 | More by Kegatron
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Mora2000

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 23:48:14 | More by Mora2000
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 12:57:14 | More by Gavage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:14:45 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 19:14:34 | More by mothman
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15%

11-30-2011 03:17:41 | More by brandoman63
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 05:29:03 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 04:22:43 | More by Bighuge
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:26:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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Tone

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 04:55:34 | More by Tone
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 02:06:15 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:09:07 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 01:54:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 02:14:18 | More by jrallen34
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 16:06:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden color, slightly orange, nice two finger head that dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S - Malty, bready, a little hoppy, smells very sweet. Surprising amount of yeast smell as well.

T - Almost a sticky sweet/yeast taste with a touch of hops. Malty, somehow tastes heavy without being full bodied. Maybe it's the organic influence, but it seems like there's a little sweet burn in there.

M - Read it was naturally carbonated, well the bubbles really kick you in the mouth. Light to medium bodied, but rough and scratchy in the mouth.

D - Something about the taste and carbonation just doesn't do this for me, too sticky to drink more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:11:29 | More by AgentZero
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker honey gold haze of jelloishness with some activity moderately creeping thru it. Small dull white capping of fluffed, semi rocky foam dallops the top breifly before skipping out to a collar ring and few pokes of stringy lace sticking across the glass.

Aroma is mellow and is dullishly sweet of fruity stuff, semi candied to a slower chewy candy sense. Appley, super old lemon, melon, and a bit of floral hop notes take up its tone on the nose.

Flavors are tender and simple with a calm malty tone of semi candyish, mellowed out fruity things that carries notions like apple, green grape, apricot, and paled lemon. Semi rounded in with a touch of old orange juice bitterness as it floats off akin to slight floral hoppy dryness and a blade or two of dried grass.

Body is just under medium with a simple rounded tone of smooth malty, dulled fruits. There's a bit of texture that doesn't quite fit of sharp tingers of metalic tinging up the mouthfeel way in the back and the finish is a bit weird in its hoppy distribution with a slight chalky dryness occuring very late after each sip.

An OK pale ale in my book, organic or whatever. A good warm up brew to have before moving on to something with a bit more to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 18:02:35 | More by tavernjef
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Organic Revolution from New Glarus Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.