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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 pinotboy007
4.71/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased directly from brewery on 17 May 08 in New Glarus after the excellent, self-guided tour.

Splendid, almost orange colored, cloudy liquid with a SUPERB head; a hovering cloud 3-inches thick that never quite vanished; dynamite lacing.

As the ale warmed, its aroma grew increasingly complex, migrating among vibrant hops, clove, cinnamon, banana, mineral(?) - wow!

The taste is magnificent. This might be one of the finest American ales I've tasted and knowing that I'm unlikely to get my hands on it again is maddening. A terrific ale that tastes as it smells. The label warns not to try characterizing this ale too much, as the brewer purposely was experimenting. This is an ale worthy of year-round production. GET SOME.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Organic Revolution pours a big stiff head over a cloudy
golden brew. There's quite a lot of suspended particles, but it is unfiltered,
after all. The nose is bright clean light barley malts and a bit of a flowery
scent as well. The flavor is sweet-ish malt up front, with notes of caramel
and honey, and a firm herbal hop finish. Pretty interesting, really- an APA
made with German Hallertau hops instead of the Centennial or Willamette
that grow here in the states. All those hop oils contribute to the lacing left
behind in the glass, and the mouthfeel is spot on- smooth, round, yet crisp.
I'm sorry we can't get it in Minnesota!

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

A - Hazy orange with a thin white head that reduced to a thin ring.

S-Light citrusy hops with a bit of sweet malt coming through. Reduced overall.

T-Light citrusy bitterness followed with support from the caramel malt. Not bad but all in all a bit weak for an APA.

M-Medium-light body with decent balance.

D-Not bad but a bit dull. I was hoping for a bit more ramped up hop kick but left wanting.

Not a bad effort, maybe the organic items are to blame as I often find organic brews to be a little below their "non"-organic counterparts...could be the product or maybe lesser usage due to cost factors.

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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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first of a variety six pack I purchased from Amy's Cheese and Wine in Stanley, Wisconsin.

Not sure about this organic thing, but I chose this one over the lager since I'm not a lager lover, so I'll give this organic stuff a go. The label says it contains organic Hallertau Hops and organic Wisconsin malted Barley. There's lots of floaties at the bottom, as this beer is unfiltered and bottle fermented/conditioned.

It looks delicious. Pours a lovely gold color with a marvelous, rocky, 2 inch head that slowly settles with some nice lacing that collects in rings all the way to the bottom of the glass as it goes down.

Smells sweet and malty, slightly fruity, but it's very light on the nose... could be my seasonal allergies messing with me. Taste is much the same. Very sweet, very malty, slight hop bitterness on the finish. It's extremely well balanced, the carbonation feels great in the mouth and the taste is not overly sweet. This is the very definition of a Pale Ale that's as close to an English PA you can get on this side of the pond. I could drink several of these for sure.

We cannot get New Glarus brews here in Minnesota, but after tasting several of their offerings over the weekend, I wouldn't mind making a few trips back to WI for more! I had only tasted their Spotted Cow prior to this (months ago) and was not totally impressed. This one, however, I loved. I do believe that New Glarus is slowly becoming on of my favorite breweries. Please expand soon!!

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Photo of pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear, honey amber colored, with a head that is thick and fades to lacing when you are to drink it. Some yeast in the glass if you don't pour carefully. Subtle hints of maltiness, fruitiness, and noble hop aroma, which come across more pronounced in the taste. Silky in the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish and a faint lingering chalkiness. This beer is artfully balanced so if you are looking for aggressive, this isn't it. But it is a highly drinkable thirst quencher type of ale, with a subtle complexity that can keep your interest if you are in a contemplative mood.

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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

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

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a somewhat hazy sunset orange with a puffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a frother layer of bubbles. Good stickiness is left behind on the sides. There also seems to be a fair amount of "floaties" in this beer as well. Smell is very lager like with notes of buttered biscuits and sweet malts. A fair amount of piney hops and lemongrass appear in the nose as well. Taste is much of the same. Sweet grains up front with some honey and pale malts. Bread and yeast find their way on the tongue as well with a sweet grassy aftertaste. Soft creamy feel in the mouth with a light to medium body. Carbonation is solid, stings the mouth quite well. Decent beer, but a touch on the sweet side for me.

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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.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange color. White head fades to a patchy film.

S - Fruity hoppy aroma with light brown sugar malts. Light smell overall.

T - Starts out with a light carbonation bite and some bitterness. Light orange-like fruity flavors come in with light malts. Finish leaves a mild piney hoppy bitterness.

M - Light consistency with medium carbonation.

D - Not too much going on here. If everything were somehow amplified it would be a great pale ale, but nothing special otherwise.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pink-golden amber with light off-white head that fades rapidly but leaves light speckled tracing. Aroma is pleasant-sweet malt and honey, faint citrus, and hops. Taste is lightly toasted malt, alcohol, faint esters (light passion fruit), spice, and a dry citrusy hop finish. Strong alcohol on the finish as well. Mouthfeel features decent medium body and good carbonation with nice balance. Overall I really like it, but the alcohol really sticks to the tongue afterward.

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Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold with particles, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Not too much, sweet grains is all I get.

Taste: Nice sweetness, honey on bread with a little bit of grassy hops at the finish.

Drinkability: I might have to pick up a sixer in the summertime, seems like an easy drinking summer ale.

Another pretty good beer from New Glarus. Other than the color, seems like it could go in the Blonde ale category with its low bitterness and moderately sweet flavor profile.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew pours a solid orange color with just a coating of head over top of the brew. Ther e is moderate haze in there and a few bubbles boiling up. The aroma is a little bit orange-like and fruity, with a mild caramel malt, a slight grainy edge, and a herbal hop character in there. The flavor starts with a mild grainy malt with a lighter caramel in there. This moves to a very herbal and slightly floral hop, with a moderate bitterness on the finish. It has a nice balance in the flavor. I enjoy it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, this one has a nice approach to the APA style, bringing a very herbal punch that I don't find out there a whole lot. Nice beer.

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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.

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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 ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden colored...frothy white head

S-Grassy with a little subtle lemon peel

D-Honey and sugar cane maltiness....grassy hops are there too...and a little lemon peel citrus

M-Medium bodied...too a little too sticky sweet with the honey and candy feel

D-Not one of my favorite NG beers but not bad...A nice little experiment...I just think the sweetness is a little much for the style...

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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.

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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 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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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 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 demcorhip
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty plain looking brew. More golden than amber, pours pretty clear, especially for being bottle fermented, the dregs don't follow the ale into my glass. Mildly carbonated, will be interesting to let this sit at cellar temp and see if it allows for more carbonation and attentuation (on to that later). Not much for head, 1/2 finger pale head, and a very thin collar of lacings.

Some honeylike malt sweetness, doughy pale malt, a touch of biscuit make up the main malt aromas. Some yeasty esters also present, hints of apple, apricot, but fairly clean aroma morphs into the citrusy and grassy organic Hallertau.

Pretty tasty stuff, honeyed biscuit and a dab of caramel from the malt. Will be interesting to see if the yeast can convert some of the residual sugars to alcohol and CO2 if stored at cellar temp (was in the fridge in the store). Somewhat rich pale malts complimented by a nice touch of Hallertau, with an orange citrus grassiness.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Nicely balanced between pale malts and tasty Hallertau. Some sweetness, dryness, and smooth creaminess going on in the malts. Finishes with a mild astringent note and the lingering bitterness of orange peel.

Very drinkable, sessionable, and approachable ale. Is this outstanding? Debatable. Interesting and good? In my opinion yes. This would be an appropriate year round offering, and something that would make a nice summer refresher. I'm becoming a big fan of Hallertau hops, and have been a big fan of New Glarus for a few years now. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of WJVII
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cdkrenz's wife gets a 6-pack for a Christmas party, I attend and get to explore this beer, Thanks!

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice orange glassy appearance with mild haziness. Some head, but not much and it didn't last. It has a very light citrus smell with an overtone of deep malts.

My first sip filled my mouth with a nice slightly bitter taste. This is an extremely smooth beer with a nice balance of hops and malt.

Nothing special, but a smooth, clean beer that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
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 cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My wife picked up a six pack for me to take to a Christmas party tonight. I figure I'll have one before I leave.

Appearance - The body is transparent with a deep tan and orange color. The head pours a frothy white but fades quickly.

Smell - It has a soapy malt aroma.

Taste - The taste is pure and complex. It ranges in flavor from pungent hop to fine malted barley.

Mouthfeel - This beer is perfectly smooth. I am very impressed with the texture and flow of this naturally carbonated New Glarus brew.

~ Needless to say New Glarus Brewing Company has done it again. They've created a great beer that I will without a doubt be recommending to friends and looking to sample again in the future. Job well done Dan & Deb.

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