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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Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a small fluffy white head.

Scent of apples, grass, faint hops, and grain. Really nothing spectacular, but it has a nice appeal to it.

Taste of sharp grain, and light sugars with a small hop bite. A fine tasting session beer, I could definitely drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good bite of carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy maize/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, grain, herbs, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, earthy malt, hops, slight yeast, slight citrus, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a decent beer but not well blended and too much grain.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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 koopa
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with stfun37 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a straw wheat color but with a decent amount of orange sunburst in the body. The crown is a nice 1.5 finger off white rocky creamy one. Good retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Loads of wheat, a touch of herbal grassy hallertau hops, and a dash of pale malt.

Taste: Not extremely flavorful. A touch of hop presence, grain, pale bready malt....more pilsner like to me than pale ale like.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp but a touch thin.

Drinkability: Sessionable

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Photo of bound4er
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy, golden amber colored with a fast breaking white head that settles to a full cover skim. Minimal spotty lacing follows.

S - Bready malts with underlying spice and hop fruitiness. Actually got a slight whiff of alcohol on a couple of sniffs.

T - I don't get much in the hops department as the label suggests - kind of a bland malt rush and that's it.

M - Medium bodied, smooth beer. Could use a notch more carbonation.

D - Good drinkability but there are a lot of APA's I would reach for before this one. The organic part is cool but I would rather have a "non-organic" version that tasted better.

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled july 31/09.

pours clear golden amber with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. wheat bread and cracker. light alcohol. floral and spicy hops. a bit earthy too.

taste is nice. wheat bread and cracker. alcohol. touch of citrus, but pretty mild. floral and spicy.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance. a nice apa.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Glarner Stube, New Glarus, WI on 8/9/09.

A - Clear golden, sparsely carbonated body with a thin, creamy white head that settled to a slim ring of retention, leaving minimal lacing.

S - Fruity and citrusy aroma with some caramel malt sweetness.

T - Honey sweetness with mild citrus hops and tree fruit, perhaps apple or pear. Malt is sweet and caramely overall, although it takes on more bready and grainy characteristics in the backend. Finishes with a minimal hop bite.

M - Light bodied with a light syrupy texture and very mild hop bitterness on the palate. Finishes sweet on the tongue.

D - While this doesn't necessarily scream "pale ale" to me, this was a pleasant, easy-drinking ale with a fruity character that was pretty tasty.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info. Paragraph about the beer though.

A - Lightly hazy honey yellow pour with an awesome large and lumpy cream-colored head. Great retention and thicker lacing down the glass later on.

S - A crisp, refreshing German noble hop aroma asserts itself lightly on the nose. Floral and a tad bit spicy, it has a lemon and pine aroma to it. A somewhat sweet malt with grains in the background balances it fairly well.

T - The German noble hops take the forefront of the flavor with their mild but pronounced citrus and pine with a lovely floral aspect. A weird fruity - melon? - and straw graininess follows. The finish is a combination between the melon-like fruitiness and the noble hops. Rather interesting.

M - Smooth on the palate with residual hop bitterness that's very low in presence. Crisp and refreshing, it's definitely a bit of a lighter-bodied beer.

D - The taste is just a bit funky but everything else falls into place well and makes for a solid brew. On the more session-side of things, it's an easy drinker but I wouldn't necessarily choose to pick it up. Good for what it is but not worth seeking out I guess.

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Photo of Soneast
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a 1/2" thick, white colored, very dense head, that leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma is predominately sweet malts with some biscuity undertones. Some very mild spiciness from the hallertau. Kinda smells like a bavarian pilsner truthfully.

The flavor is also far more reminiscent of a german pilsner, than any APA I've had. Maybe a more appropriate term for this beer would be a "German Pale Ale." This may be the cleanest tasting "ale" I've ever had. Bready, slighty sweet malt flavors with an herbal, spicy hop back drop.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and quite refreshing. The flavors are very clean, no off flavors all you get is hops and malt. Easily sessionable and yet flavorful. Quite a delicious beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color with a respectable off-white head with good retention.

(S)- Lemony biscuits with clove. A sweet baked bread component. Essences of bananna.

(T)- Ample hop bite followed by a sweet & puckering pineapple and orange, lemon, (and kiwi?) fruits.

(M)- Smooth, with a light bitterness. Great carbonation level. Rather fruity; different.

(D)- An interesting beer to say the least. Interesting fruits with a nice light hopped profile. An easy drinking beer that would be a crowd pleaser. I am surprised this is an organic beer.

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Photo of blackearth
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
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 mklinger
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into English pint glass.

A: Thin head, quarter or half a finger at most. Very fizzy, raised a head then it dissipated very quickly. Color is a deep gold, slightly hazy.

S: Pleasant smell of floral, herby hops, maybe a hint of citrus, too? Not super robust, but a nice level for an APA.

T: Nicer than I expected. Just a bit of malty sweetness to balance out nice hoppy character.

M: Very well carbonated, a swish in the mouth leads to a rich creamy foam. Again, richer feel than expected.

D: Easy to drink, pleasant. Not craving another immediately (my test of drinkability), but it's a surprisingly pleasant beer.

I really had low expectations going into this beer. It is one of the last New Glarus beers that I've tasted, mostly because nothing about it has ever sounded all that exciting or interesting to me. It is much better than I expected. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 mothman
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale Pint

Pours one finger of 1/2 creamy white head. Fades down to a thin layer, but leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: I don't get a lot here, but I do get some spices and earthy hops. Seems to have some kind of orange citrus to it and caramel malts.

Taste: Spices and orange citrus right up front. Then some caramel malts hit with some hops in the background. Nothing bad, just nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a tad bitter. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste

Overall, not a bad beer, very sessionable. Just nothing fancy involved here which is fine at times. I really see no reason why not to have a beer like this around the house.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange-copper color with very little head.

Smells of orange blossoms, honey, vanilla, sugar, sweet bread, rolled oats.

Some good flavor here...malty, for sure. I'm getting the orange blossom flavor here, honey (as noted before in the aroma), peppercorn, clove spice.

Of the New Glarus beers I've been fortunate to taste, this one seems in line with most of them. It's light, refreshing, an a slight variation of the other beers they offer that can be found at the local gas station. It taste great, is an easy-drinker, and is one that can be sipped on all day...especially during the summer months. It has an excellent mouthfeel, an is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mixed 6 grabbed in Hudson, WI.

Pours a lightly hazed dark golden/amber, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium sized layer and ring, lots of lacing sticks to the glass, looks good. Smell is neat, lightly spicy and floral, some toasty malts, a bit of honey sweetness, wheat and oats, a bit sweet and fruity, not too bad. Taste is similar, some fruity sweetness, peaches, honey and caramel, floral, touch of spice, very malty, wheat and oats, apricots, nicely balanced, not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, not too exciting but easy to drink.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, one finger tight head. Bit of lacing.

Wheat, some yeast, hint of clove.

Light clean fresh flavor. Light maltiness, faint hops, some wheaty, yeasty notes.

Lighter bodied, clean and crisp. Minor creaminess in the texture.

Flavors are not real pronounced, but this is so easy drinking and refreshing. I could easily do a session of this especially in the summer. I'll have to pick up a case on my next trip over to WI.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Organic Revolution is a clear, solid gold with a thin white head that leaves great lacing. It smells lemony and clean, maybe a bit grassy. It's just about medium bodied (a bit light) and very smooth with a pretty clean finish. It has a grassy, mellow flavor with nice bitterness and nice balance. It would make an excellent session ale.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Imperial Pint.

A. 2 finger head. Hazy dark golden color. Moderate lacing.

S. Spicy floral hops. Some malt. Not a very strong scent of anything in particular.

T. Biscuity malt. Some hop bitterness. Not much flavor.

M. Light/medium body. Crisp finish. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Balanced but not very flavoful. Average beer.

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark honey gold, hazy, lingering foam cap, floating just over the beer.

S: Apple, some light citrus. Malty.

T: Sour apple, a little lemony, tangy, peppery taste. Some hops appear towards the middle, and end. Not over assertive with the hops, which is about perfect for me being a malthead, and not too big into hop-bombs. Hop heads will complain about the lack of. Nice balance of malts, and light hops.

M: Medium body, really med-light. A real clean, dry finish. Strangly, something is going on here, making me want to pick the tulip glass up for another quaff, just about the time I set it down.

D: Big time. I just sat outside, in the chair, at sunset on a picture perfect St. Louis evening, about 70 and clear. I managed to drop 3 of these in waaaay to rapid sucession. Nice beer to sit down with, and enjoy while thinking of the great weekend I just had in Wisconsin.

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