Organic Revolution | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Organic RevolutionOrganic Revolution

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:
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Added by getch on 11-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 158
Photo of ThaBobfather
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep golden body with beautiful off-white head that was bountiful and sticky. Great carbonation.

S-A bit grainy and grassy. Perhaps this is a bit off its prime as the hops are much more subdued for this review than previous tastings. Nice level of maltiness.

T/M-A nice crisp flavor with rich maltiness and sharp bitterness. The hops are nicely balanced with the body and the residual sweetness pairs well with the dryness of the bittering hops.

D-Not a bad shot at an APA and it scores points just for being organic. This is definitely best fresh but is nothing too memorable from NG.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear honey with a one inch head that recedes to a half inch cap.

Aroma is of floral hops. Hops smell slightly light struck and skunky. Caramel malt follows with a nice warm sweet aroma.

Aroma is sweet malt up front. Middle brings assertive hops, but not enough to make a huge appearance. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a caramel malt flavor that is strangely appealing and keeps me coming back for another sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively, with adequate carbonation and a nice body to hold the malt profile up.

Pretty good for an organic, I would revisit this one.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mix pack. Poured into a DFH pint.

A: Golden orange in color. Moderate carbonation. Soft, creamy white head. A few suspended yeasts noted.

S: At first I notice a strong fruity presence from the esters present. The hop aroma is faint but there. It is a floral, tea like aroma.

T: The sweetness of the malts hit first, followed up by more of the fruity esters. The fruits I get are apricot and maybe a bit of apple. Not overpowering, but they definitely highlight the malts. The hops are there in the finish, but not the citrusy ones. I get more of a tea like or herbal quality from the hops. Kind of interesting, but not really what I would expect from an APA. Not terribly bitter.

M: Feels very soft on the palate. The carbonation is smooth rather than crisp. Finishes w/ a little residual stickiness and sweetness.

D: This is a slightly above average APA. It has some unique components, like the fruitiness and the herbal hops, but not enough to make me push aside some of my other favorites. The sweetness was a bit more than I like too. This is worth a try if you are sick of one dimensional APAs and are looking for something else other than the west coast citrus APAs.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger thick head that lingers.

This is a fantastic fantastic fantastic summer beer. That's all I really gotta say. This just bumped off Oberon as my summer beer of choice. I could easily session this beer.

Crisp, lean, refreshing with a nice malt and wheaty backbone. Uncomplicated and simplistic.

If you are looking for a summer beer I would highly recommend this. But if you aren't a fan of Oberon, summer wheats, or anything along those lines this may not be for you.

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Photo of tavernjef
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a golden yellowish color with a small head that falls quickly leaving no lacing but there are a lot of bubbles coming from it giving it a sort of champagne look
S= Hop forward with a little malty sweetness moving up as I move my nose away.
T= Hop forward again but it is quickly swallowed by a watery malty sweetness. I love it. Very basic and I think more beers should be basic and delicious at the same time like this beer. Great taste. Smooth and not too complex.
M= smooth and refreshing
D= awesome. I really love this beer. I get a lot of hop forward APA's lately and this one is hop forward but it also balances very very nicely with the malt sweetness. Just a solid basic beer.

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Photo of spointon
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A= This ale poured a chill hazy orange copper color with a 1/4" white head. The head dropped fast and left just a bit of lace stickage behind.

S= The aroma was very mild with this one. I had to really stick my nose in the glass to get anything. What I got was very faint malt, grassy hops, and alcohol.

T= Followed the smell, with the malt being too thin, the hops too grassy, and the alcohol too strong.

MF= Medium bodied (but heavier than you would expect) with a decently crisp mouthfeel.

D= Not a terrible pale ale, but certainly not a great one either. Sometimes I worry that Dan only knows magic when he is making a lager style or a fruit beer...

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Photo of storksonm
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy copper
S: Slightly hoppy and bitter
M: Pretty smooth, slight bitter with a heavier quality to it.
D: Nice Apa the heavier quality of this beer would be good for someone who likes a pale ale with a little weight to it. Overall its a nice beer but not something I am running out the door for.

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Photo of popery
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

It's a light amber liquid with a dissipating white head that leaves moderate lacing. It's not a bad beer, but there's very little to recommend it specifically and there are some faults. The biggest fault is a certain grassiness in the smell and taste. The malt isn't particularly fresh or sweet. It's not bad, just kind of bland. The hops are responsible for the grassiness, I guess. Actually, the hops tend to dominate the light malt flavor. I'm just not a huge fan of whatever hops they used (maybe, it's process and not ingredients, I'm no expert). While APA isn't my favorite style, most of the versions that I've had so far have seemed like delicate balances of flavors that blend into a very refreshing beer. This beer doesn't quite fulfill that description. It just needs more care and delicacy. There might be some difficulties in obtaining these organic ingredients. It just doesn't seem like there are many hop and barley growers that are organic, or possibly there aren't many who are willing to go through the organic certification process. Whatever the difficulty, this beer isn't going to be the one that wins the beer world over to the organic realm.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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 htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2008. Gift from R&S, thanks!

Small off white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear light copper color. Aroma is syrupy, fruity, sweet. Starts fruity sweet but quickly turns moderately earthy and bitter. As it warms, becomes somewhat honeyish. Finish is slightly citrusey. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.

Overall a decent pale ale.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.31/5  rDev -34.6%
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 supercolter
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent enough beer. Appearance is very clean looking, but a bit watered down. Some head, but no real lacing. Smell and taste are very similar. Very good floral hop presence, some light citrus fruit, and just enough malty tase to make it an APA. Mouthfeel is good but a bit light for the style. SOme decent carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, did not pour yeast, into a standard pint glass.

Thin head. Thin stickiness to side of glass. Not much at all on the aroma side.

First couple of sips seem sweet. Not much biterness.

Appearance probably would have benefited from including some of the yeast.

A very mild ale. A quality beer with nothing really standing out.

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Photo of Overlord
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the extra! Sorry I'm going to rip on this!

Pours a nice golden yellow, with a big white foam head. Smells like ... somewhat weird vegetables. Don't know what it is.

Weird vegetable carries through to taste, though it gets rounded out by some nice honey-ish sweetness and a bit of ... some sort of hop. Herbal comes to mind. Fresh hay, grass. It's okay.

Decent mouthfeel. Just a weird brew, altogether.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice murky yellow with a good amount of white head and lacing that stays the whole time
S- hops, malt, corn.. not much else
T- malt, ... the hops kinda take a back seat here, the hippy in me loves that its an organic beer but it is very run of the mill tasting, not bad just nothing that makes it stand out
M- nice, good carbonation
D- well according to the bottle the abv is 6.1, its a good session beer... not a bad beer at all, its really hard to taste the hops, but its mild enough I could easily drink alot of these

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Photo of marcpal
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Photo of beckje01
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold with a thin white head and lots of activity.

S- Light malt not much there

T- Good balance of malt and hops, enjoyable and nice.

M- Nice activity and thickness.

D- Easy to drink, I like the fact it's bottle conditioned feels like a nice solid beer, if I was out I would gladly have one just wouldn't buy a 6 pack for the house.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy yellow/orangish/browny body with a decent one and a half finger head that fades to a nice lace after a couple of minutes.

S - Barley, hops and some unidentified sweetness also stand out.

T - The taste is hard to pick up on. There is some barley and hops that hit your mouth early but the bitterness after the beer leaves your mouth is something to be desired.

M - Good at first, but not the greatest as the beer is leaving your mouth.

D - I could have one or two in a sitting but nothing more beyond that.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a light honey color with thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Crisp hop note, but not much else.
T: Sweet hop with some spice and honey in the background.
M: Smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel. Light to medium body.
D: Very easy to drink, but wish there was more to this brew. Definitely not bad and I appreciate the organic nature of the beer. The hops are a bit timid...for what could have been. Stick with this one though; the last few sips are much better than the first.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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 garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I did a review of this beer when I bought it several months ago, but alas it somehow didn't get recorded. Reviewer error I'm sure, but I'm left with reviewing a less fresh bottle and hopefully that doesn't prove too unfair to the beer and the brewer.
Initially presents with more malt than hops in aroma. Faint toast and a sweet water.
Cloudy dark gold with fluffy type 1/2 inch head that shows a rather quick disappearing act. Spots of drippy lacing.
More malt balanced again in the taste. Finishes moderately dry and moderately bitter with a lingering that gratifies. Hop flavors in the middle which are grassy, earthy and kinda' flowery. Not bad. Time brings on a mild sourness and a bit of astringency, but then it is more positive than not.
Higher than I like for carbonation, but then again I like flatter beers. Really nothing wrong, just preference. Moderate and appropriate feel.
As I remember, this is an easy drinker. Fairly light and interesting flavors and adequate complexity. Some of the sips towards the end were mighty fine.

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Organic Revolution from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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