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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215 Ratings

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
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 durlta
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of duff247
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of discdueler
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of turnerk3
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an interestingly light amber color with a nice, but miniscule, 1/4 inch head. There is quite an excellent retention of the head for only being 6.7%.

S: Not quite what I was expecting. The caramel malt backbone comes through considerably more than the floral hop aroma. The over all result is a mixture of caramel, earthy, floral essence.

T: The tongue once again agrees with the nose. Caramel malts flood through the palate followed by a floral hop coating. Even though the malts are favored overall, It's actually balance especially well.

M: Nicely carbonated and relatively easy to drink. Even though the malts are the dominant factor in flavor, the hops come through by making this smoother than expected.

O: I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle just to try it out. The hops don't define this IPA as well as I would like, but it's still an easy to drink brew. This would be a good beer for those just transitioning into IPAs.

Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of gleemonger
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting sample pours a hazy golden-orange with some soapy lace leading to a nose that seems a tad more English in style with a big bready malt and some caramel against a backdrop of earthy hops, greens and orange blossoms. Palate speaks to a more American-styled IPA with the moderately big bitterness, but the flavors still lean towards the major breadiness. There's some vague hits of juicy orange and hoppy leafiness, while everything dries out on the finish- lingering bread crust and bitterness. Overall, not bad, but certainly what I'd consider of the more boringly flavored IPAs.

Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst orange with basically no head, just a thin ring along the sides of the glass. It looks very still, lacking any sort of carbonation.

S: The toasted malts are definitely the backbone in this one. There are some hops present of the floral variety, but they take a back seat to the overpowering malts.

T: Similar to the aroma with the toasted malts overpowering the floral hops that try to make an appearance. I pick up on a touch of sweetness, probably again from the malt backbone.

M: It is medium bodied with a slight oily feel. There is no carbonation and it probably could have used some. It has an oily finish that coats the palate.

O: This was definitely one of the maltier IPAs I've had. The hops had a very small impact and that isn't really what I'm looking for in an IPA. There was no date printed on the bottle so maybe I just got an old batch. I'll have to pick up some that are more fresh and compare.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy head, easily over two fingers, airy and delicate yet with excellent retention, almost so whipped up as to not look like distinct bubbles, the lacing has more moderate stickiness but what’s there clings. Filmy dark orange colored liquid, mostly consistent with a slight yellowing at the rims, lazy fat bubbles spread widely rather than in beads. The nose has a clear cocoa, chocolate touch which pairs with the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus and flowers for an easy to access experience, goes light on the grass or any biting hoppy elements, splash of pine, very pungent during the pour, in the glass it could use more length. Full-bodied, the carbonation keeps it aggressively swirling around the mouth, probably relieves some of what remains formidable sweetness, especially candied grapefruit, tangerine, orange citrus. The cocoa powder still present if quieter here, instead you get a lot more herbal bitterness and unprocessed grains and a touch of earthiness. Solid core of peach, apricot, pear, red apple fruit. While the flavors are sweet, the tacky residue it leaves on your tongue makes for a drier finish. Friendly in style, refrains from seriously challenging you.

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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber color with a small fizzy white head that leaves small chunks of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops with some citrus.

Tastes of a decent wave of hops on top of a decent malt backbone. Hops have an earthy, grassy, and a bit citrusy character. Malts add with a bit of grainy sweetness and caramel. Leans slightly towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, not very enticing unless for some reason the organic certification intrigues you (it shouldn't).

Photo of crusian
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

normally wouldnt review this, but promised i would.

pours a decent looking golden color with about a finger of head. carbonation seems a bit on the artificial side, as the bubbles are rather large. Head fades quickly, almost before i can get my nose down to smell it.
Not too much on the nose, First thing I get is pale malt... a tiny bit of hop, but i have to really dig for it... and thats about it.
Taste is actually a bit of the same. I was told this was fresh as well, but there is no date anywhere on the bottle. clean malt character, with a bit of bitterness, but just seems like a generic bitterness. no citrus, pine, grass... just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Seems like there is a hole in the middle, a bit of sweetness from the malt, then a hole, then the bitter finish. One thing that is quite amazing is that this is very dry... my mouth has become rather parched. Even my teeth feel dry. So strange.
overall this is just an average IPA.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a medium clear golden copper color. The head on this beer is awesome, its thick, rocky and pretty sticky. There is lots of lacing on the glass as well.

S - Great nose too. There is a good amount of citric and piny hops up front along with subtle floral notes. Through the middle you get grapefruit and orange peel coupled with grains and lightly toasted malts. The finish is pretty clean.

T - Nice and hoppy and actually sweeter than anticipated. Its maybe a bit too sweet. The malts could stand to be toned down a bit. Still you get some good bitterness and a good tropical fruit flavors. The balance isn't too off just not exactly spot on.

M - Good mouth feel. It's medium bodied, soft, well carbonated. There is nothing to complain about.

O - I'm glad I purchased this. There wasn't too many new selections at my local shop at the time. This was one out of 5 new ones. I would buy it again if they start selling them in singles.

Photo of TexIndy
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Julian date of Apr 1 but not clear if that's bottled date or best by date but guessing bottled. It was a slightly hazy amber color with lots of carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good foam cap fed by the streams. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was bready and grainy malt mixed with grapefruit and pine hops. Was average for the style. Taste starts out with moderate bitter hop bite then some malt to offset it but once that fades there is bitter and slightly aspirin aftertaste. Medium to full mouthfeel with lots of carb but hurt by the aftertaste.

Overall, I didn't like this one as it had some off flavors and aftertaste issues. Not a drain pour but there is just better ones out there. Avail here in TX. One is enough for me [N;N]

Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A decent, if somewhat muted aroma of hops, citrus, and a little malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), hops, malt and a grainy quality. This latter graininess is not endearing. Not the most dynamic of flavors, but not altogether awful either.

M: An above average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Definitely an uneven beer, but moderately drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of knm
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured this beer had a medium, but super frothy head! It disapated quickly and decent carbonation was left. The word organic scares me in beer because it can somtimes taste earthy. This beer didn't really give off that presence. Te hops are strong but a good balance with the rich undertones. THe smell is great, but I think my nose is stopped up. I can't pick out any flavors! I will try to update next time I drink this.

Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.