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

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Added by getch on 11-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Arbitrator
1.43/5  rDev -59.4%
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.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.73/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. A fan of the fine work they do at New Glarus, I was relatively excited about this version of a pale ale. Sadly, I walked away woefully disappointed. Color was nothing too special, somewhat generic "ale gold". Smell was mostly uninspiring, hops the dominant scent. The first taste was too bitter for me, and continued drinking did nothing to change that. Though not a huge fan of "bitters", I can stand a fairly light to moderate "bite" so long as the beer taste is still evident. But this just had nothing going for it. Bummer.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful white head and golden color. Heard great things and was so stoked to try this one. Yuck. Hard to describe, but I'll try: tasted like an old barn full of damp hay on a super hot humid August evening.

I tried so hard to like, but every sip just left me puzzled on what this was supposed to be. No bad lingering aftertaste, but no clue where they were going with this concction? Pale Ale means some nice hoppyness to me and this just tasted like stale wet vegetable matter, ugh. Weird cuz I love every other NGBC brew I've encountered.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.31/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a clear, golden brown color. Two-finger head of white foam. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is spotty, but decent.

The nose is very light. Some grass, maybe some corn, and a light floral hint.

Tastes of corn and barley notes. Light hints of grass and maybe some malts. Hint of hops, lightly. Ends with a weird, bitter twang, that is slightly off-putting.

Light and crisp.

If I liked macros, I think that I might like this one more. As it is, I don't really like it much, at all. I don't think I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange with a slight head and carbonation. Smells of sweet malts and barley with mild hop presence. First sip is sweet bu a tad chemical cleaner like. Finishes slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel that is under carbonated. I can't get beyond the kitchen cleaner like taste.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -29%

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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Photo of Jerktookmyname
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of climax
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks man!
Pours a nice yellowish color with a moderate lasting whitish head. Smell is pleasant sweet malt, and rather fresh. Taste is somewhat sweet up front followed by a bit of an unpleasant metallic or "organic" flavor. Kind of dull and flavor falls off in the finish, along with a strange unappealing flavor. Perhaps that's the hops? Doesn't strike me as a pale ale. Drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- It is a hazy orangy yellow color with a wheat snow white head leaving little lacing.

S-Clean and wheatlike.

T-On the initial draw I noticed it was very wheaty and it slid into a tongue tingling hopped finish.

M-Light with a frothyness at the end.

D-Good, but I wouldn't restrict myself to only organic products.

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Photo of billyzoom666
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
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!

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Photo of happygnome
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a nice golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears not too fast but when it does leaves a lot of lacing
s: grassy hops, maybe a few citrusy hints bready grain malts, very nice very inviting
t: grassy and citrusy hops in the intial taste followed by bready malts
m: light to medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation

overall, this doesnt really taste like a apa, it has more crispness to the flavor and aroma, and not as much hoppiness however this is a very nice sessionable beer, but could get better for less $

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Photo of Larrytown
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours brownish-orange with a light head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. There's some vague earthiness in the nose, but not much else.

The taste isn't bad, but I'm surprised to see it classified as an APA. I'm noticing very few hops. It's got some decent malt taste, but nothing special. It's pretty watery in the mouth too.

Seems like it might be refreshing, but it's so thoroughly average that I'd probably move on to something else before going back for a 2nd bottle.

I applaud the experimentation with the organic ingredients, but it just doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cloudy goldish orange with a large foamy head on top. This retains well and leaves excellent lacing. Smells of malty grains that were dipped in hop juice. Smells good.

I was excited to try this as it's one of my favorite styles and one of my favorite breweries, but the taste on this one fell a bit short. Tastes of minute corn mixed with raisins; hop bitterness is not balanced as I would like it, and it finishes a tad sour. New Glarus missed the mark on this organic APA.

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

This beer isn't bad, but there really isn't anything I can say to strongly recommend it; there aren't any really distinctive or unique flavors and I thought I detected a faint flavor defect or two. Organic Revolution doesn't do anything to change my impression that in general the quality (or at least degree of "interesting") organic beers remains distinctly below that of non-organic beers.

Pours a thick gold lager-color with a very tacky white head that is loosely packed into the top of my glass. Appearance of the beer's body is a bit disconcerting - it has an oily-swirlyness to it. Aroma is only slightly hoppy, with some fruity vinous-ness. Flavor is balanced, but a bit dull with a very faint hoppiness. Some vinous-ness and diacetyl are evident to me.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden yellow with a finger of white quickly disappearing head that leaves little to no lacing behind.

S- faint odor of hops, a little bit of lemon, and not much else. this one seems pretty bland.

T- grainy and lemony. very lightly hopped. something weird and artificial tasting in the aftertaste.

M- medium bodied and pretty crisp. maybe a bit too much carbonation.

D- meh, i could take it or leave it. one bottle is plenty. wouldnt want another. this one wasnt displeasing, its just rather boring and that weird aftertaste isnt very desirable. not one of new glaruls' best efforts.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy golden color with bright, bleachy head.
Smells very weakly, almost of apple cider.
Tastes very bland. Some grain taste here and there, maybe some hops.
The finish is crisp into a bitter taste on the back end.
Drinkable, but not a great taste. Interesting brew, but not good.

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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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium gold. Clear and fairly bubbly. Short white head. What's there is persistent.

Smell - Not especially strong. Light malt with a hint of hops.

Taste - Light malt quickly overshadowed by prominent grassy hops. I wouldn't call this unbalanced, but definitely to the hoppy side of balanced. Lots of flavor, but not my favorite category of beer.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium and crisp.

Drinkability - Not a bad APA - definitely more approachable than many big APA's. I doubt, however, that this one's setting too many people on fire.

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Photo of marcpal
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10.

A: Poured it with some gusto and it has a murky orange color with an average puffy white cumulus head.

S: Dry caramel malts with some underlying hops. Plain as can be to the point of being boring in the nose. Honey and corn.

T: Grain and caramel. I was hoping this would take the boring aroma and add some flavor to it - no luck. Very cornlike which unfortunately is the dominant note over the honey.

M: Pretty light and crisp with too high a level of carbonation. Not really much in the way of hops here.

D: Bland and uninviting, not something I am going to be jumping out for or would ever seek again in a trade. Its balanced but dull- I think NG had many other things that were distinctive.

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Organic Revolution from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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