Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale - Butte Creek Brewing Company
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Reviews by Frozensoul327:
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
A: Cloudy orange rust color with a small and short lived head of white foam. Lower carbonation. Some minor traces of lacing.
S: Hoppy oils and pine are noted, with a sweeter than most aroma of citrus fruits. A kind of candied sugar smell mingles in and out.
T: Dry, yet flavorful hops. Mild dry malt and grain notes. Mild sugar cane taste. Not bad.
M: Quite thin, almost too much so. Some oily character is noticeable, but with such little carbonation, this one kind of comes off as dead on the palate.
D: Not bad. I could have this again if I found it for a good price. Worth trying. I dig the "organic" interpretation of the style, although it doesn't do all that much for the beer itself.
12-31-2006 02:06:08 | More by Frozensoul327
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4.05/5 rDev +18.1%
Appearance This is one of the best-looking IPAs that Ive ever seen. The body is a dark and beautiful orange. The head is huge and defines the term pillowy. It leaves delicate lumps of slightly-tanned cream all over the glass.
Smell There is a significant malt backbone here. The malts are kind of biscuity and the citrus hops seem almost like an afterthought.
Taste This IPA has a bitter orange peel hop profile with a huge malt balance. The malt is biscuit and flavored with nuts.
Mouthfeel This body is somewhere between medium and full. It is big and chewy with a noticeable rindy bitterness.
Drinkability This is out of the ordinary for an IPA, especially one from the West Coast. It is similar though to the Wolavar's Organic IPA, so maybe we have a new "organic style" of IPA now.
06-01-2004 03:13:14 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:
Something for the organic driven hopheads? Excellent lacing on the glass after a hard pour; bright and clear copper color. Orangey, spicy citric zest with a mix of biscuit and caramel graininess in the aroma. Fullish body with a pleasantly smooth carbonation. A slightly pungent hop bitterness makes sure the taste buds know that this is an IPA. Citric zest and spearmint flavors come through strong middle to end. Faint apricot/estery fruitiness within, though all in all quite clean. Nice caramel malt backing, a good amount of toasted grain as well, which comes off a little rough toward the drying finish. There is some malt sweetness here, yet the taste buds are more caught up in the hop profile.
This is a good IPA--while it is not totally balanced, it does come forth with a ton of flavor and some complexity. A worthy pick for the hophead or IPA fanatic.
09-14-2010 15:07:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.13/5 rDev -8.7%
Always like to see a new IPA and it's cool that this one is organic as well. Let's see how I like it. Pours into my SN tulip a deep copper orange with a half inch of bubbly white head that leaves a little lacing. Aromas start off with some lightly toasted malts, a bit of caramel and a touch biscuity. Earthy, herbal hops mainly with a hint of citrus. Just seems a bit muddled to me. Nothing really stands out.
First sip brings a toasty caramel maltiness upfront along with some fresh baked biscuit flavors as well. Herbal, earthy hops dominate the middle along with a slightly chalky aspect. The flavor just really doesn't do it for me. Finishes with a blast of bitterness and a caustic, metallic grain. Again, it just seems a little off balance.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth flow of carbonation. Easy to drink overall. In the end though, this IPA just didn't cut the mustard with me. The earthy, somewhat dirty hop flavor isn't for me...not sure what kind of hops were used here. I'd have to say I'd pass on this one.
04-15-2007 04:50:02 | More by orbitalr0x
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. This bottle was from Liquid Solutions.
Appearance: Deep dull copper hue, mild haze with a pancake like head that is two fingers deep.
Smell: Thick maltiness in the nose with hints of caramel, some fruity by-products of the yeast and aromatics from the hops.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Long drawn-out smoothness shows a creamy underbelly and a solid medium body. Maltiness lays down a path of sweetness and light caramel / toasted flavours for the hops to walk over. The bitterness is not out of control but it makes its mark, and finishes with a puckering mild citric rind in the palate. Some sweetness in the end but gets covered up by the hops.
Notes: A very balanced IPA but this could be mistaken for a hoppy red or amber ale, lots of rich malt flavour with a long push of hops to show that it is a craft beer and that is all that matters to me.
03-28-2003 10:38:15 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
12 ounce botle, no freshness dating. Pours a copper hued amber, clear with a fine light tan head, leaving pleanty of fine scattered (after a swirl) lacing. nose is the expected grainy, grapefuit stinkin' hops, and the taste follows along with decent levels of oily, citrus infused hops. Drying on the tongue and teath. Respectable IPA, worthy sessioner for lovers of hoppy ales. Like me.
04-05-2006 00:59:59 | More by Billolick
2.95/5 rDev -14%
Not bad. Kind of rough IPA, feels as though it is missing something. Orange pour with a bunch of malt to accompany the hops in the aroma. Taste is nicely bitter and heavy in the resin. The malt kicks in on the back, but there is no smooth transition to speak of. Not nearly as good as their IIPA, but good nonetheless.
12-05-2008 21:53:30 | More by magictrokini
3.38/5 rDev -1.5%
A medium amber color with a minimal head that doesn't last long. Smells strongly of crystal malt; hops are secondary. The taste also contains a lot of crystal malt and a moderate amount of hops. Carbonation is low, which works well for this brew. Finishes a little thin for a beer of this size. Good drinkable brew, but, to my mind, more of an American amber ale than an IPA.
01-06-2007 12:29:43 | More by skivtjerry
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
A rather brown pour, dark copper and red kind of color. Far darker than your average IPA. Off white head, about 1/4" deep, a little thin.
Aroma was hoppy, heavy malt aspect to it. Grains. Comes off as lots of Cascade hops.
Taste, substantially bitter. Tons of bittering hops. Again, Cascades give off the grapefruit character and pithiness. Big hit of caramel throughout it.
Man used to drink these quite often, I don't know what the deal is now, but their distribution seems to be almost nil. Seems like they continually lower the heft and abv of this beer every year or so.
While it used to be pretty enjoyable, every subsequent time I have it, it comes off less impressive.
03-27-2013 19:29:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
12 oz undated bottle. Different label than on BA. Small amount of sediment in bottom of the bottle (added).
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small ivory-hued head. Speckled lacing left on the glass.
Smell: A bit faint for style. Aroma of pale malts with hops providing notes of herbs and citrus fruit. Earthy, and slightly musty, but not so much as to render the overall effect unpleasant.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Crisp with a lightly dry finish.
Taste: Rather sweet and malty for style, making this well-balanced and highly drinkable for an IPA, but not a go-to beer for a good hop hit. The caramel sweetness is eventually followed by herbal and citrus hop flavors. Moderately bitter, although still bittersweet, by the finish. The aroma is more complex than the taste.
12-06-2011 23:41:02 | More by chinchill
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours up the color of an amber ale, not too dark.
A puffy one-finger head forms then trails away. Some decent lacing left behind.
Aroma-Nice! Hoppy, piney, smells like it may have a little punch.
Mouthfeel-An immediate hoppy bitterness coats the palate, but it fades quickly and the finish is very clean without any lingering bitterness. Just slightly disappointing since the aroma was great.
The malt flavor is really good but this thins out from the first sip. Clean, refreshing and quaffable. But I would have liked the hops to hang a round a bit more. Definitely worth it, on the milder side of an IPA.
05-06-2008 12:48:33 | More by ByTor2112
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
A clear honey golden colored beer sits below a big off white head the slowly falls into a pretty nice lacing.
Citrus fruit to almost floral hop aroma, a really pretty nice aroma on this IPA.
Taste is citrus hops with a light maltiness backing it up, not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest, but not bad either.
A light dry aftertaste with a slight citrus tone remains after all the beer is gone.
This is a decent tasting beer but not quite the west coast hops taste I thought I was going to get after my initial whiff of this IPA
07-30-2011 21:48:50 | More by LXIXME
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz. bomber from BevMo
The label promised lots of hops. I like lots of hops.
This pours a lazy hazy red color. There is plenty of malt aroma, some molasses, but where are them hops? First sip, had me asking this question again. Am I drinking a red? I check the bottle. Nope, IPA still promising lots of hops. Butte Creek is in Chico. Chico is in California. California is famous (infamous?) for its stupidly hopped beers. I live in California. I like stupidly hopped beers. How can they make a proclamation on the bottle?
From here out Im treating this as a red, so as to not further my disappointment (lord knows I want a hoppy IPA). As a red, this not bad: nice malt character very nutty, slight sweetness, medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and texture. A bigger sized red, not sure if I would drink this often I struggled to finish the 22 oz.
Get an another IPA, if thats what youre looking for. This is not.
02-08-2006 20:14:31 | More by sloejams
2.35/5 rDev -31.5%
This stuff looks good. It poured to a nice orange and gold color with a hint of red. The modest head is doing a good job of lasting, and a nice amount of lace tops it off.
Something about this thing's flavor just doesn't sit well with me, however. The mouthfeel is good and full but the flavor it came with is not appealing to me. The drinkability was impacted by an off flavor, not an overwhelming amount of alcohol.
I actually had a little bit of a rough time finishing this one off.
11-02-2004 19:00:39 | More by watermelonman
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
Served in a hurricane glass.
Opaque dark orange color...small head, but with ribbon of foam on the glass.
Sweet malt aroma.
Definate strong hops flavoring ...even heavier than typical for an IPA....with citrus undertones.
Nice carbonated bite...
VERY definate bitterness in aftertaste...definate grapefruit lingering aftertaste that remains in the mouth until the next sip when it warmly goes away from the carbination and alcohol, only to return as you swallow.
Good IPA....slightly stronger on the hops than a traditional English IPA and heavy on the citrus, but nice.
10-17-2005 00:00:59 | More by IntriqKen
4/5 rDev +16.6%
I enjoyed a few of these out of plastic cups in a hotel jacuzzi a few weeks ago in Jasper, so let's have a more discerning look, shall we...
I guess it's nice to know that there's fewer chemicals in the production process, if that's what the 'organic' in the name means. The beer pours a cloudy, hazy copper hue, with a copious amount of billowy eggshell white head, which slowly disappears, leaving a slight ring around the glass. The aroma is very pleasant, with lots of smooth malt and citrus hop essence. The flavour has much more hops, more of the grapefruit variety, which tend to somewhat dominate the still balanced sweet malt body. The carbonation is quite low, giving this a smooth mouthfeel. The elevated alcohol isn't really noticeable, making this a very drinkable American IPA, but I suppose that I already knew that from the hotel...
11-01-2008 23:36:59 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +18.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Nice hazy yellow with lots of bubble in the body. Don't know why it's hazy necessarily, but it's nice. Head stays at about 1/4" and keeps fairly nicely after a swirl or two. Lacing isn't too clumpy but it's a bit spotty.
Smell: Oddly enough there's some good chocolate notes in the nose that seem to dominate, along with some fruitiness and a bit of caramel. Hops are, oddly enough, more toward the back, but I think they have to be contributing to the caramel aspect also. And the notes of ripe fruit are nice too. Very novel for an IPA aroma as far as I'm concerned.
Taste: The best thing about this brew is the finish; at first it seems like it'll dissipate, but the finish lets the chocolate and fruit notes linger on the tongue. The hops that weren't in the aroma are definitely in the body. There's a little bit more IBU than balance, but they provide a nice bitter hop bite as you drink. But yes, the hops are indeed biting, so if you like that sort of thing you should dig this.
Mouthfeel: A bit slick and watery, maybe because there doesn't seem to be enough carbonation. It forms a bit better at the end of the swallow, but I expected a bit more.
Drinkability: I was surprised by this, and it's nice to have some differences considering how many IPAs are being made that are very average these days. For the weirdness and complexity, along with the drinkability and lack of discernible alcohol, this is a solid brew, and I recommend it.
03-04-2006 00:23:03 | More by asabreed
2.9/5 rDev -15.5%
A: the cap popped a lifeless hiss. The body is a nice melding of oranges and bright reddish yellow. The cap is near bright white and dissipated quickly, only a gathering of soapy bubbles remain. Some lacing is present but is rather minimal
S: a shot of herbal hops and maybe some lemons and grapefruits in the nasal passage. At most, it lends smells of rough cut toasted grains and crushed aspirin
T: the flavors are far from great and struggle to hit good. The hops just hold a bitter character with no real definition. No real citrus notes are present and all I gather is a faint spiced grassy hop character that wallows about. From the nose, I had my fingers crossed for a little more of a citrus explosion
The lack of hops that I deem is also muddled down by the strong and musty toasted malts. The caramel notes help make this a bit more quaffable
M: body hits the tongue with a mild-plus feel. I find the aftertaste somewhat dry and warm with some hop oils holding. Carbonation is loose and not to heavy
D: drinkable and not so much a "delight" as stated on the bottle. I pass on this one
06-16-2009 03:55:20 | More by Magpie14
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
Lightly hazed copper under a small off-white head that endures as a large-bubbled lace.
Lovely aroma of sugared pineapple, spruce and caramel-draped toast. Increasingly breadier as it sits (and duller too).
Taste is as balanced as the nose promised, but not as remarkable. Toffee malt base with toasted accents. Hopping is sufficient in both complexity and bitterness. Hefty amounts of pine, smaller amounts of flower petals and lime peels, with a twist of iron at the end.
Adopts a psuedo-sourness as it approaches room temp, and takes on some band-aid esters. Not enough to knock it very much, but this is a better bet at cooler temperatures, it seems.
Medium full in stature. Plenty of heft without feeling fat.
Not classic, but not bad by any means.
05-29-2003 15:51:14 | More by cokes
3.43/5 rDev 0%
Incredible foaming power, leaving a mountain of foam in my glass. Significant C hop tangerine aroma combined with some mustiness there. Starts with soft mouthfeel followed by acid and high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, although mediocre IPA.
07-01-2007 03:53:46 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
Pours an orange-amber hue topped by a half inch of creamy beige head that sticks around for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of mild sweet malt blended with aromatic floral hops, with some bready notes and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is well-balanced between mild malt and some mellow Euro hops. Notes of biscuit and light caramel emerge mid-palate before the hops take over for a lightly bitter finish. Body is smooth and somewhat rich, very enjoyable. A good, if not great, beer that tends toward the English IPA style rather than American.
07-25-2006 04:45:20 | More by ElGordo
2.8/5 rDev -18.4%
As far as IPA's go, I have to give this one a big "meh." In that world of IPA's, it's completely forgettable. There isn't much hop flavor, and that's a big problem. The mix of spicy and citrus hops are too weak both on the tongue and in the aftertaste. It's like there's at least a decent bitterness, but not enough late-addition hops to really make the flavor pop. Instead there's an awkward purgatory where it's kinda like a pale ale, kinda like an IPA, but not necessarily good for either.
02-04-2008 15:10:08 | More by tempest
2.65/5 rDev -22.7%
Bottle shared by largadeer.
A - Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head.
S - Aroma is nail polish, caramel, and some resiny, overboiled hops. Besides the nail polish, it's not too bad.
T - Below average for an IPA, with burnt wood, caramel, resiny hops. A little weird but not too bad. Others were more disgusted by it than I was.
M - Palate a bit watery with medium carbonation.
D - Not so good.
10-06-2009 17:34:57 | More by nickd717
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Lightly hazy, coppery bronze in hue with a kiss of amber as well. The liquid looks like an IPA should. The head was slightly off-white, at the apex the foam was one finger high. Head retention was fair; it slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but fairly widespread. Overall, this beer looks as it should but nothing more. It is textbook solid.
The nose is odd. It is earthy and nutty with some piney/woody notes. The hoppiness is very muddled; disappointing. There is some light fruitiness but not at any level of relevance. At the back are weak caramel malt notes. The first time I smelled this beer I was bummed. However, it was much nicer the second time. This is the third beer from my six-pack and the nose is just not working (again!). I just dont get enough hops. Moderate potency but it is not saying much I like. I say, this is Below-average aroma, for the style.
The palate is as much of a mess as the nose. The only thing that saves this beer from sucking is the heavy-handedness of the alcohol. I havent had much luck with organic beers; this is the best of the bunch for what that is worth. Caramel malt, dry, lightly nutty woody in the middle, some pine at the back the hop bitterness is moderate but firm. Light fruitiness, some honey, some flowers, some bark. At times this beer is rough. IMO, this beer is not well thought-out. It is flawed. It is a so-so IPA. However, it somehow works. This is not a great beer but I dont mind drinking it. I bet it could be paired with some sharp cheddar or even some nutty cheese, maybe even a Black & Bleu Burger!
Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is firm and filling. The mouthfeel is easily the strongest aspect of this beer. Very well done!
Yes this beer is drinkable but it still is flawed. I purchased a six-pack in Kansas City, MO. Sure, this is the best organic beer I have had. Big deal. I wont mind drinking what I have but I will not buy more. Decent at times, while never foul it does leave a lot to be desired. Fair when at its best there are too many good IPAs on the market. I say, skip it.
12-07-2005 14:07:08 | More by bditty187
2.9/5 rDev -15.5%
Poured a beautiful deep amber with a foaming, floating head.
Smelled excellent, almot identical to (the amazing) hop rod rye.
This is where it all goes down hill. Taste is bitter, astringent, and otherwise fairly bland. I wouldn't call this beer hoppy in anyway as none of the typical spice taste is present. Its just disappointingly bitter.
Maybe this is what organic beers taste like (this is my first) and if so, I won't be trying another.
09-25-2009 22:38:19 | More by schmitter
Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.