Organic Revolution
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes: pours an amber color with white head. Cereal grains and some light hop notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird sweetness.

Jan 11, 2015
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Murky golden orange color with absolutely no head at all on my particular bottle. The carbonation is weak at best. I've gotten burned on shelf life in the singles cooler at the store once again, it seems. There isn't a visible date code on this one, either to deny or confirm my suspicion. :(

M. Aside from being flat, the body isn't that bad. Pretty light and weightless. A good thirst quencher.

S, T. Now this is where things get interesting. Despite being led to believe that this is an old bottle by evidence of lack of carbonation, the nose (and taste, for that matter) are still full of decent amounts of crisp floral hallertau signature profile over a lovely sweet malt. It comes across as a golden ale sweet malt paired with pilsner hopping. Now I wonder, after reading other reviews stating that this beer is normally lowly carbonated, if I have misread things and this beer is actually fresher than I thought. Because the crispness and hopping certainly speaks volumes of freshness! And if really is old, than I've got to be impressed by how well the flavor has held together. Either way, it means this beer is worth trying out. Yes, it is simple. But it is simple in that Zen sort of "clean" way that something done correctly simple can be.

This seems to be the spiritual sister to NG's other exercise in simplicity, "Totally Naked" If you like the way that one drinks, you'll probably like this one too, and vice versa.

Jul 06, 2011
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AmericanGothic from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. I am not able to decipher the date info, but it still smells fresh.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, light orange color. 1/2 finger of off-white head with modest retention and some lace. Fairly active carbonation.

S: Sweet malt, light floral hops and a bit of fruity esters. Overall combination has a bit of a pilsner character.

T: Light grapefruit hops up front quickly fade to a light sweet malt. Whisper of grapefruit hops at the end, finishes with a sliver of spicy alcohol. For an APA, not much hoppiness.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with a soda-like carbonation. A little cream in the finish.

O: Hmm, odd APA. Seems to have a few different things going on that never quite pull together. It's pleasant and I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to find it unless I could get something with a date that would clear up any questions I have about whether this is past its prime. The smell says it's still good, but the taste, while not stale, might be faded.

May 20, 2011
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SCW from New York

4.19/5  rDev +18%
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.

Feb 20, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.4/5  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.

Oct 29, 2010
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deereless from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold in color, thin layer of head over the surface of the beer, a few sticky spots of foam scattered about the interior of the glass - 3.50, S: Initial pour results in a nice herbal nose as well as ome sweet grain aromas that are also quite prominent, slightest hint of bubblegum - 4.00, T: Noticeable spicy hop bite, same grainy sweetness on the tongue that was present on the nose, slight honeydew melon flavors, very mild grapefruit zest - 3.00, M: The mouth feel is slightly slick and medium/light bodied - 3.00, D: A respectable APA and quite drinkable, just not one that really stands out - 3.50

Aug 20, 2010
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jsanford from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globe

A - Pours a cloudy, bright gold color with a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. No lacing.

S - Interesting nose here, smells sweet, perhaps like creamed corn(?). Light malt backbone.

T - Light sweet toasted malts with a slightly spicy and floral finish.

M - Crisp! Thin body with lively carbonation.

D - Tasty, easy drinking. Very crisp and refreshing, could have a number of these in one sitting.

Aug 03, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Organic ingredients are used but there is no organic certification on the label. No big deal for us there. Boasting about an archaic German purity law is no big deal either, especially coming from an American craft brewer. All it means is that they use malted barley, hops, yeast and water--and this has nothing to do with quality.

Bright and clear deep-golden hue with a slight tone of copper, a sufficient froth off of a hard pour leaves a slowly dissipating head with some big bubbled lace that sticks to the glass. Clean nose with only a faint fruitiness, mild herbal hop and a hint of malt sweetness. A little crisp and slick on the tongue with a creamy medium body and a moderate carbonation. Maltiness blossoms right away with a fully rounded sweetness to fresh grain flavor. Hops come in with a semi-thick herbal smack, a spicy underbelly and a balanced bitterness. Hint of alcohol and a very vague fruitiness show off some ale qualities. Finishes with a long and tasty maltiness and herbal hop flavor.

A delicate brew with a lovely hop and malt combo, organic using the German purity law or not this is a quality brew and drops on the palate nice and clean. This beer pairs very well with a wedge of Emmental and rye bread.

Aug 01, 2010
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RTrain12 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle poured into pint glass

A: pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/4" white head that faded quickly. Some visable carbonation. Lacing was visable threw the entire beer.

S: not a whole lot going on, but picking up some yeast.

T: The bottle says ale, but I'm thinking pilsner. But BA classifies it as a APA. Picking up some malt, that's about it. I love NG, but this one seems alittle watery.

M: Thin bodied. Little carbonation, maybe due to not being fresh. Finishes clean.

D: this is a ok beer. Wish I bad the chance to drink it fresh. I think they stopped brewing this beer and replaced it with Moon Man. Know that's a great APA! That review will be posted soon!

Jul 31, 2010
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climax from Missouri

2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: Organic means nothing to me, as I see everything that usually goes into beer (any decent beer) to be organic anyways...

It poured a caramel amber color, bright and cloudy. The head was small and faded to a film and some spots.

I've had this one before and wasn't particularly impressed, and this segment may be why. Tinny and artificial, two things that don't come to mind when one thinks "organic", dominated any respectable flavors. It had distracting hints of chlorine and aluminum can flavors that were only slightly challenged by some sourness, grass, dirt, and sweet fruit.

The flavor, again, seems inorganic if anything, perhaps it's because I'm battling the beer's name, but I'm really not impressed. Gummy bears, sugar, and a few other unrecognizable randoms make up a flavor that's forgettable. Not a real pale ale.

The feel is relatively light, with a satisfying bit from the carbonation. If you like the taste, it's an easy drinker, if you don't... it's easy to drink fast or even easier to give to your yuppy friends. Come on New Glarus.

Jul 30, 2010
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newk340 from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden amber with a thin fluffy head, in which the yeast is clearly visible as it settles into the bottom of the glass.

S: the smell is obviously a combination of many peculiar aromas, however deciphering this enigma would take multiple tastings.

T: a very faint plethora of flavors, some wheats, corn, and spices. tastes a little more grainy than spotted cow, another NG favorite of mine.

MF/D: a very light and fluffy mouthfeel making an appearance of drinking clouds. NG does it again with another wonderful inexpensive quality beer.

Jul 19, 2010
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Arbitrator from California

1.43/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours a hazy orange body with a half-pinky finger of off-white head. Poor retention, spotty lace.

S: Weak aroma; some grass and white corn is about all I can detect.

T: Pale malt, mostly. Some light grassiness to it. I don't know if the beer is old or what, but there's just no flavor.

M: Light-medium viscosity, but the flavor is so weak -- watery at best -- that it can't be argued to have any presence at all.

D: The lack of flavor in this one made me throw it out. Not offensive, just totally unsatisfying. An odd miss for New Glarus.

Jul 15, 2010
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Josievan from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Organic Revolution pours a rustic cloudy golden with a fluffy head atop. I see yeast spill into my glass from the bottom of the bottle, showing that the beer is unfiltered.

Smell: The aroma is interesting and unique, but hard to place a finger on. There's a weird scent going on...maybe it's corn.

Taste: The taste follows the smell through to its conclusion. The flavor is rather odd, definitely organic in nature. It's a similar taste to brewery mate Spotted Cow, but with more of a grain presence.

Mouthfeel: Mouuthfeel is relatively light and a tad dull, but in no way harsh or offensive.

Drinkability: I don't care much for the flavor, so that hurts drinkability on a personal level, but the beer is somewhat refreshing and easygoing, which helps.

Notes: I'm a big fan of New Glarus, but Organic Revolution doesn't really hold up against the many New Glarus beers that I love. In this way, it's no great loss that the brewery is no longer brewing this beer. Dan Carey's talent is better spent elsewhere.

If I'm going to drink a New Glarus beer of this nature, I'll stick with good old Spotted Cow. If I'm going to drink organic, I'll stick with Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale or Lager, or Pinkus Organic Pilsener.

May 24, 2010
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TJBurgess from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: a light orange almost yellow with not much head.

S: like a blue moon. A little orange peel and not much else.

T: also very light and clean with little outstanding flavor or taste developing. Not much to speak of.

M: light. It's there, but it isn't.

D: about as drinkable as a BL. I've finished those before too, but more was expected from NG.


Apr 07, 2010
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crossovert from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler pack.

Pours a hazy golden/peach color. The head is white, thin, quickly dissipating, and leaves no lacing.

The smell is almost nonexistent but it is grassy, earthy and malty.

The taste is slightly metallic, very malty, almost no hops, like any other stereotypical apas out there. The new one, Moon Man is a hoppier version of this.

NG can do better than this.

Mar 24, 2010
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label, no date

Appearance: Hazy rich golden beer; a stark white head shows decent retention

Smell: Lots of rich, grainy malt; more like a rich German Dortumunder though than an APA; maybe that's due to the use of the German noble hops, but who knows; anyway, not a ton of depth but pretty pleasant.

Taste: Nice very lightly toasted malts; the character is halfway between a lightly toasted Munich Lager and a lightly caramelly malt-forward English-style Pale Ale. The hops have faded a bit; flavor is mild and slightly hay/grass-like; bitterness is firm but not aggressive

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium

Drinkability: Medium; not hard to drink, but I also don't really crave another one...

Conclusion: Meh; New Glarus has very, very few misses; I gotta say, this might be one of ' kind of hovers between a couple of different styles and doesn't really come together for me.

Mar 13, 2010
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billyzoom666 from Wisconsin

2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a great golden caramel color. You can see sediments floating throughout the beer. A nice evenly distributed head and some great lacing on this thing. I'm getting nothing on the smell. Maybe a little bit of sweetness. Taste is just...bland. I get a little bit of an alcohol bite believe it or not, but there's nothing here. I like the way it feels coming across the tongue and in my mouth, this feels like something I should like. You could put down a ton of these, but I wouldn't want too. If Spotted Cow is the gateway micro for people that drink macros, then this is the same thing....but a lot worse. I love the brewery, hate the beer. I'll keep buying your product guys (even this one, as my wife likes it), but I'm hoping for better!

Mar 11, 2010
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.15/5  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.

Feb 26, 2010
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Feb 14, 2010
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Yojimbo1941 from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a frothy head which dissipated very quickly.

S- Light malt, bread, cereal, some hops, very slight scent of raisins, yeast.

T- Honeyed malt with some hop bitterness. Tastes very fresh in the malt department. Some citrus - lemon and tangerine - comes through. Yeast in the back end, with some lingering hops. Not overly complex but very tasty.

M- Light on the palate, makes for a good session beer.

D- I could drink this all night long. It's tasty but not complex enough to start becoming unbearable if you were to have too many.

Very drinkable beer. One of the good ones from New Glarus.

Feb 09, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Jan 21, 2010
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dudemuskie from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of Organic Revolution in a mix a 6er, at the Good Ol' Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin!

Appearance- Pale orange with gold highlights. Slightly cloudy with a billowing soapy off white head containing both tight little bubbles and large loose bubbles. Head lingers and leaves behind some pretty decent lacing.

Aroma- Fruity/floral hops with nice soft citrusy notes of tangerine fruit. Some herbal, grassy notes in the background along with a faint yeasty character. Clean malt notes barely noticeable. Smells refreshing!

Flavor- Starts with herbal, citrusy hop flavors and moderate hop bitterness, then fades to a grassy mouthfull of hops as herbal flavors intensify in the middle. Bready maltiness pops out a bit in the finish but cannot overcome the mouthcoating grassy/herbal hops that linger well into the after taste.

Mouthfeel- Odd mouthcoating feeling from this brew, maybe from assertive hopping? Moderate CO2, moderate to high hop bitterness, definitely hop forward and very centered on hop flavors. Not much in the way of balancing maltiness. Slightly dry finish with heavy grassy/herbal aftertaste and moderate residual sugars to help balance assertive hops a bit.

Overall- I love me an organic beer and appreciate the hard work that goes into the ingredients utilized, but this might not be one of my favorites. Starts off great with the appearance and aroma, but just a touch too much on the hops and not enough on the supporting malt flavors makes this brew a bit too unbalanced. Its a pretty good session brew, but I need to have another to convince me...

Jan 20, 2010
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drizzam from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Jan 06, 2010
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NeutroMan from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a nonic

Pours a brilliant orange with a somewhat disappointingly small off-white head with not much retention. Rather hazy; probably dry-hopped.

The nose has some malty sweetness with a mild citrusy twang to it as well. Also picking up some apples and grass clippings.

Taste is mostly breaded malts with a light hop flavor and some citrus (mostly orange).

Mouthfeel is medium light with a decent amount of carbonation. The mild bitterness and smooth finish give this beer session potential.

Dec 23, 2009
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Dec 08, 2009
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 159 ratings