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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale - Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale

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214 Ratings

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that retains well and deposits lace around the glass

Smell: Balanced, but predominately malty aroma that has a tinge of citrus

Taste: Starts out with a malty base of caramel that is disturbed by a piney blast of hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a floral fruity character joins the piney hops but the finish is jarred by the taste of aspirin

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If only this beer could have quit while it was ahead, it would be quite nice; the aftertaste, however, is a distraction

brentk56, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter hoppy notes with a nice caramel malt profile. Medium body with some good carbonation. Nothing extraordinary but a well done beer as per style guideline.

Phyl21ca, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see a bottle of this beer available at the new Chase Tap Room in Downtown Lexington. The beer pours with a rusty hue of browns, coppers, and amber colors that release a firm, withstanding head and leaving lacing on the glass. An unmistakable citrus aroma emmits from a fully malted ale, creating breadiness, caramel, and fruity esters along with the dry citrus and pine aromas. light caramel and malt flavors set the stage for increasing esters of oranges, peaches, pears, apples, and appricots. Hop flavors of orange rinds, grapefruits, lemon grass, and pine give a lot of spicy, herbal, and florl notes that give the beer a lot of complexity. Light on the phenols and a fresh yeast flavor round out the tastes. The beer feels a bit heavy because of unfermented sugars that tend to balance out the beer, keeping the hops from claiming dominance. Finishes with a long pine, citrus flavor and with some moderate malt sweetness and heaviness. A good beer that could use a bit more attenuation.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy, ivory-hued head. Powdery lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma smelling of lightly grainy pale malts with airy hop notes of dried herbs and citrus fruit.

Taste: Simple, basic pale malts with a touch of astringent graininess and even less caramel sweetness. Follow that with some herbal, grapefruit hop flavors and a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably well-balanced, above average India Pale Ale.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of largadeer
2.17/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Butte Creek's IPA sits in the glass a beautiful, brilliantly clear pale amber. The finger of dense white foam retains very nicely. Butte Creek has mastered the art of making a nice looking beer. Now they just need to work on aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

Smell: Some uh... malt I guess. Maybe some hops. Cut grass. A bit of caramel sweetness. This is an IPA?

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet unholy Jesus, I see why this beer has no hop aroma. They decided to dump all of the hops in at the start of the boil. Caramel and a massive bittering hop attack make up the entirety of this beer's flavor profile. If there's anything else to note here, I can't find it. Maybe because the bittering hops have decimated my palate. Yeah, this pretty much sucks.

largadeer, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a foamy, white,one-finger head that lingers for awhile and leaves a nice trail of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and hoppy. Also, roasted malt notes.

T - At first it tasted of sweet caramel with subtle hops. It developed a more bitter taste as it warmed up.

M - It was sharp, crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Probably the best I've tried from Butte Creek so far.

zeff80, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

biboergosum, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and mild fruit background (citrus & berries).

T: The taste is pretty nicely balanced with a good burst of hops bitterness up front and flavors of caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. It has the typical organic bite but it seems to be minimized. The after-taste is slightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, it's worth drinking for a while and one of the better organic beers that I've had, but there are several that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeper amber with off white head. Nose is mildly hopped with the citric tones that tend to come with it. Flavor is massive with hops. It borders on overkill with lack of balance. Strong sweet tone that combines with citrus flavors. If this were one notch higher, I think it would be too much. And as it is, it still might be too much for some. Feel is smooth and carries a great bubble over your tongue. Good drinkability, but might not be as much for people who are not keen to hops. Overall though, a very good brew. And hey. It’s organic too.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bisquity pale and carapils malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's rich and toastey with a creamy feel. The taste is great. It has an incredibly smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes toasted and bitter. It hides it's elevated abv. (7.1%) well with a nice hop flavor and rich malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer. I love the malt content as well as balanced taste. This is a good drinking beer.

WesWes, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours copperish amber with a thin tan head.

The smell of caramel with some herbal, leafy, slightly citric notes. Smells more of a standard, caramelish APA to me.

The hops come out a bit more in the flavour, giving a bitterish touch to the caramel. Bitterness is a towards aspirin-ish. Alcohol well-covered, with just a hint of warmth.


Strong caramel presence with enough hops to make it into style, though could go along with a hoppier APA. (Though coupled with abv, fits into IPA). I don't know about a "hop-head's delight", as asserted on the label, but not a bad brew.

jwc215, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: caramel and floral hops are all that is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, and mild bitterness. This beer comes across a bit bready and milder than expected bitterenss for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste of mostly caramel tones.

Drinkability: this IPA is more of a pale ale IMHO. It is a decent but not earth shattering beer in any means. Worth a try.

Gavage, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/16/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bomber bottle with no expiration date. Poured into a standard 20 oz pint glass.

Appearance- Amber yellow coloring with a nice fluffy and clumpy white head. Lacing was about average.

Smell- Lots of malt, maybe even some roasted scents. Where are the hops???? I dectect a tad of floral hops, but very minimal.

Taste- Where are the hops??? Damnitt!!!! Where are my hops!!!
Lots of malts....maybe a bit of dark chocolate even in the background. This is the least amount of hops I have tasted in an IPA in my life. It's not bad, but it's mislabeled as an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and kind of thick.

Drinkability- If it was labeled as something else, maybe a kind of pale ale, this would get a much better rating. It's a decent beer, but it's no IPA.

GClarkage, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

tempest, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice orange, copper color with a huge creamy white head that sticks around with great retention. Active carbonation. Nose has some citric hop and toasted malt, with a small amount of husky graininess too. Tastes rather mild for an IPA. Malty sweet (caramel malt), with moderate hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms, an apple/pear fruitiness dominates the palate.

barleywinefiend, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY cloudy red brew, not much head but lots of lace on top.

Smell is mild and tasty. Mild sweetness and clean smelling, wild flowers and faint pine scent describes this best.

Taste is a little sweet and malty with a restrained hop bite in the first taste. Well-rounded taste; not just another hop monster. Taste is woody with a citrus hop flavor that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; a well-rounded beer than can be best described as "Smooth."

Zorro, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over a slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with plenty of delicate lacing. Aroma is minimal, certainly not finding the hoppiness I would expect from an IPA. Taste finds the malts working with full-on hops bittern, and a light fruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but leave room for improvement. Organic is nice, but I have no interest in giving up flavor or aroma for it.

ppoitras, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

LXIXME, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The aroma featured a dominant spicy citrus aroma with a compliment of clean, yet mildly sweet, graininess.

The taste was upfront spicy and grapefruity. A very nice biscuity malt body supported the estery hop. Good peppery aftertaste lingered. Earthy.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and featured a nice spicy tingle.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. The earthy organic feature made this IPA original. High ABV is virtually unoticable.

plaid75, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy coppery-orange with a small frothy white head. Visible carbonation was medium with small steady streams rising to the surface.

S: fresh grains and a citrusy aroma which was light. There was also some pine and floral notes detected.

T: very sweet with some toasted grains and a dry citrus hopping of dry pine and grass. The bitterness was smooth with some sour oranges and a clean ending.

M: fizzy from the active carbonation.

D: Drinkability was average, with the 7.1% abv being hidden fairly well. The hopping seemed a little subdued for an IPA.

beerthulhu, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking copper hued brew. Thin and bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is actually quite full with droopy rings being created as I drink. Nicely balanced nose. There's a definite caramel maltiness present, but also herbal hop aromas. Nicely balanced on the palate as well, but the hops do play a bigger part. They play a big enough part here to indeed call this an IPA. The base malt properties are just as enjoyable though with some rich caramel/toffee like characteristics. The hops add some nice floral and herbal traits along with a nice little lingering bitterness. This one flows over the palate quite effortlessly. Solid.

Bighuge, Jul 22, 2008
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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.