Organic Revolution | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 136
Reviews by hu5om:
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Described to me by Deb Carey as a hoppy, organic German Pale Ale. After drinking a six pack I have pretty mixed feelings about the beer. I enjoy the grassiness and strength of the hops but don’t particularly like the honey/candy like mixed up malt flavor. I like the carbonation but don’t appreciate rather muddled sweet character of the body. The beer lacks a crispness and cleanliness that I associate with these kinds of hops. Appearance wise the beer isn’t much to write about but it’s not bad either at a pale amber and highly carbonated body with a thick white froth that quickly dissipates. There is some problematic boozy sweetness in the flavor too but overall the beer isn’t bad. It’s just not very good either. I’ll pass on buying anymore.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Hilltop Brewery in New Glarus, WI. Pours a cloudy-yellow grapfuit colored body with a white head the quickly fades. Aroma is of fruity, yeasty esters. Light to medium bodied with a sweet subtle citrus and medium malt flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish, but not "assertive" as the label states. Clearly this is no longer a hoppy pale ale since no hop aroma is detectable. Plus I was informed at the brewery that the recipe has moved away from a Pale Ale since its inception. Okay, but nothing special.

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Photo of newk340
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I applaud the use of organic ingredients in this beer, always glad to see that and grab a sixer. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy sunrise orange with a healthy inch of creamy white head that lingers and leaves sticky patches of lace. Aromas lead off with herbal / spicy hops that have an earthy aspect to them as well. Crisp grain malt backbone. Slightly toasty along with a faint fruity aspect.

First sip brings a crisp light grain malt upfront. Light toast moves into spicy and herbal hops midway through. Mild earthy and fruity notes flow in as well. Finishes off with a nice clean bitterness and lingering hop notes. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Goes down smooth and is easy to drink. Quite a refreshing brew overall. Not my favorite pale ale as I'm more of an American hops fan, but I like that it's organic. Could easily have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 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.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ZombPumpkin
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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 cokes
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a blurry honeyed hay color sporting a patchy, large bubble lacing.
It noses mostly of wet hay bales and dry grass, with tracer elements of pear, honey, and lime rind.
Malt issues a fairly sturdy blanket of graham cracker and honey pears, as it meanders grainier and dryer. A touch of milky yeast clots the middle, as the hallertauers conclude things with a herbal tang and grassy dryness. Malt seems to reform on the close with lingering stale honey, and a vague and strange Scotch-like sense of girth, despite alcohol never entering the picture.
It's medium body present as unfit, and the carbonation sluggish, to allow this to sit unduly long in the mouth. This should be a drinker, and it isn't. It's not a chore either, but it seems a bit amateurish coming from New Glarus.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden, almost amber. Minimal head and a little lacing as it settled.

Smell: Hoppy, grassy, sweet and grainy.

Taste: Like it smells. Hops is right up front in the flavor profile, like most APA's. Slight bitterness on the tounge at the finish. A decent tasting APA.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Well carbonated. Medium bodied.

A pretty good APA example, and given that it's organic it gets a slight edge in the drinkability category from me. Would drink this again and grab a six pack if I saw it in the store (which we don't yet here in Minnesota...I had this in Wisconsin at a bar).

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American, pale, and presumably ale. Clear liquid, with some very small floaters. Modest, thick laced white head barely covers the beer.

Aroma is better than expected. Faint scents of citrus. I'm a little put off, as I read the bottle, which states that Hallertau were used. I'm not too familiar with this hop, but I didn't think it was known for citrus. Hmmm... smells good though, maybe a bit muted however.

Flavor is definitely not citrus. I think my nose played a little trick on me there, either that or they used a citrusy hop for aroma. Anyway, a strong peppery flavor, almost too strong is what I'm primarily tasting. Subtle malt comes through, good and earthy. After the initial shock of the pepper, it actually lessens (or I just get used to it), and it's not so bad.

Bitter, a little thin, but that's sort of expected, right? Good here.

I thought this would be an easy review since it's organic (I'm usually suspicious of that word being used in a beer), but it was more challenging than most of the beer I've had. This beer really won me over by the end of the glass. Simple, but still flavorful. Cheers!

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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

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden/amber color. Nice white head, but little retention. Not a lot of bubbles rising. Spotty lacing. Really no detectable aroma for me. Initial taste - balanced hops and malt, with a slight burnt taste on the finish. Nice fresh taste with a nice subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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 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

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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!

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Photo of morimech
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a very thin head. Next to zero head retention and almost no lacing is left on the glass.

Aromas of bready malt and some earthiness from the noble hops.

Taste is similar with a light semi-sweet malt base and a slight hop earthiness and spiciness. I question the use of noble hops in this beer. If you use them you better bring it. I have had pilsners more hoppy than this beer. All around it is a very mild beer and maybe a good gateway beer for some people.

Has a thin body with a low carbonation.

This APA is about as average as you can get. I believe the ABV is also above 6% which is also surprising and limits the amount one wants to drink. I guess it gets scores as high as it does purely from the organic aspect. I could care less, I want solid flavor and a well made beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear honey brown with mild carbonation and a creamy one inch head the bubbles down to a thickish cap after a minute or so, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Certainly very clean smelling but I was suprised to see that this is an APA, certainly does not smell like any I've had latly as the hops are almost completly out of the picture, there is a slight lemony and sugary zest but not big floral hoppy oomff that I'm used to.

T/MF: This is one of the mildest pale ales I've ever tried but at the same time one of the cleanest, as this is my first orgainic beer that I know off, the aftertaste is very true and clean, nothing I've every really experienced before. No flavors really jump out and grab you as the hops and malt almost seem too well balanced that they knock eachother out of the picture and sort of flatten the beer out, there is more mouthfeel than taste to this beer, but that being said still very clean.

D: All and all I was disapointed in this beer, it being organic I was expecting a flavor explosion but instead was treated to something much milder, that makes me a bit worried about the hop wallops I've had before, maybe they were artificial in some way...

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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 LoraxLager
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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