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Butte Creek Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPA - Butte Creek Brewing Company

Butte Creek Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPAButte Creek Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
80
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%


Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jayfarley3 on 08-20-2007)
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goschool

California

2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The pour is a slightly hazy fiery amber with a white head the quickly descends to a ring and a small island in the middle of the beer.

Smell: This has a shockingly faint aroma. If I try hard enough, I can pick up an earthy character, fresh cut grass, pine, spicy hops, and caramel malts.

Taste: This is not good. The beer is fairly hoppy, but the hop profile is downright lousy. Right away I get a vegetal, musty, and earthy character. Pine and grass come out in a futile attempt to save the beer in the midpalate, but all is lost when the musty flavor comes back, bringing booze and a sourness with it, for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation, but I have to knock it for its rough finish.

Drinkability: Last year's Butte Creek 2IPA was one of the only organic beers I've had that was tasty, this year's is a major pass. I'm not even going to finish the first pour.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 05:19:00 | More by goschool
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Ohio

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02-16-2012 16:07:29 | More by Tyrawlings
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a short head. Smells earthy, soapy, and a bit bitter. Tastes bitter, with citrusy hops providing most of the oomph. To support the hops there is somesweet malt, as well as some graininess, and some late earthiness from the hops as well. So far so good, but unfortunately some buttery diacytel makes its presence known as well. Not a bad mouthfeel, creamy and a bit spritzy, but there is a tad bit of slickness as well that I could do without. A bit dissapointing really- I'd hoped to like this a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:15:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber at the Georgetown Deli ($7.69) in Wilkes-Barre last week. Time to enjoy some DIPA while watching the Bruins pound (literally) the Stars...

Filled an imperial nonic with the new liquid. Color is a slightly haze, bright orange. Carbo is fairly plentiful and steady. Head is a thin, wispy layer of fine, white bubbles, with lacing being present but not eye-catching. Aroma has some toast covered with grapefruit and tangerine. Suggest lots of citrus. I like the feel on this one; body is solid, bordering on chewiness, and sensation on the tongue is quite fine, indeed.

Flavos has some light sweetness, with some toasty malt action present. Fruitiness here is a pleasant mix of sweet and bitter: tangerine and apricot balance the grapefruit and piney hop resins. A bit of a pithy character lingers on the palate during the fine finish to this offering. I'm likin' it! Too bad it's supposedly retired. Prosit!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:54:10 | More by Bierman9
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GRG1313

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently brewed once in 2008 although purchased by me recently in 2010. Time to drink; no sense holding on to this one much longer.

Pours a beautiful dark clear orange amber with a thick, firm and pillowy white head that's lasting.

Nose is primarily pears but a nice hint of carmel and malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and really well balanced.

Flavors are bold and very integrated of rich malt carmel burnt toffee/burnt toast with a nice burnt toast bitter/espresso bitter finish. Still drinkable, rich and pleasant but this is not one to keep longer; it's "there" and on its way downhill soon. Still fruity, malty complex and pleasant with a nice bitter finish.

Age has been fine for this one and now it's time to drink it or be disappointed later. Just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 23:21:10 | More by GRG1313
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a cloudy medium apricot color with an inch of bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of slightly resinous pine, orange and tangerine, and a decent amount of caramel malt to cut the bitterness. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated.. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 14:16:32 | More by ClockworkOrange
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miramanmike

California

2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark copper color, huge white head that sticks around.
S: Big malty smell with little to no hop smell, IS THIS AN I.P.A?
T: Some bitterness but mostly sweet maltiness. out of balance I think, not my idea of an I.P.A
M: OK carbonation, slick mouth feel
D: I just don't like it so drinkability for me is low. I won't buy or recommend this vile concoction ever again, and I like IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:46:09 | More by miramanmike
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UA8

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy auburn color with a huge dense and cloud like off white head.

S- Big citurs hops and tropical note lead, backed by some floral notes and hints of malt.

T- A bit muddled on the lead but moves into heavy citrus and floral hops, finishes herbal/ piney.

M- Thick and rich, coats the mouth well.

D- This is a great effort for and organic brewery. I would say minus the ABV this more resembles an IPA. Still ver close to greatness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 15:59:14 | More by UA8
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with an average sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and some caramel. Tastes of citrus and caramel. I wrote down that I did not find this overly complex but still drinkable.

Notes from and tasted on: 04/05/08.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:39:05 | More by hopdog
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ChillMike

Alabama

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange color with a one finger off white head that leaves quite a bit of nice lacing around the glass.

S: A nice aroma of piney hops that is nicely balanced by a sweet caramel malt scent. Very light smell for a Imperial IPA but it is a nice overall aroma.

T: Starts off with a somewhat earthy flavor that leads way into a pretty bitter hop flavor and then sort of mellows out into a doughy malt flavor. Just not enough for me going on here. It's not a bad beer by anymeans but I've had better Imperials and I've also had better beers from Butte Creek. (I should qualify my score on this part as I'm scoring the taste based on Imperials, it'd be much higher when compared to other types of beer)

MF: Pretty light on the palette a bit oily which is nice for the style.

D: Eh it's fairly drinkable I suppose, it does hide the alcohol content quite well, I'm just not all that impressed with the taste. It was good for a sample, and I'll definitely be checking out the next release as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 07:13:40 | More by ChillMike
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magictrokini

California

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice surprise. Normally, my experience with "organic" beers is some flat, grainy, hippie crap. This is the complete opposite. Pours murky orange with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is packed full of hops, pine, and grapefruit. Very resiny taste that is smoothed out by the malt. Chewy mouthfeel, but not sticky. A ridiculously good Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 21:54:08 | More by magictrokini
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark bronze-amber colour, with a sticky head of yellowish pancake bubbles. Carbonation is large bubbled, and passes rapidly through the body, which doesn't give me a lot of hope about the weight of it. Lacing is good, even though the head collapses to a film pretty quickly. Nice looking beer though.

Nice citrus and honey notes on the nose. There's a pretty strong resin character, but it comes off very phenolic. Under this is a type of grainy sweetness. And for all of this, it's not a big, beefy, robust bouquet either. It's not a bad DIPA nose, but it's quite generic.

Also not huge on the palate, but the tropical and citrus notes are pleasant even still. There's not a huge amount of bitterness, although the alcohol heat is very prominent and a little harsh. A pleasant sweetness on the front palate is its best aspect as far as I'm concerned. The longer it lingers, the less pleasant it gets. Mouthfeel is quite nice at least, full and rippling smooth.

It's not a bad beer, by a long shot, but it's not a great IPA when compared to some of the best beers in the style. Quite drinkable, and I wouldn't turn down another bottle - but next time I'll choose something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 07:46:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Lepley

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A: Poured reddish brown with lots of foamy head, good retention and lacing.
S: Sweet, floral, and spicy. Not a strong aroma.
T: Sweet, citrus, orange and lemon, and smooth hoppiness and bitterness to finish it off.
M: Watery but smooth.
D: This is a solid imperial but not the best. Its not the hoppiest imperial there is either, but is definitely a solid beer. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 04:40:26 | More by Lepley
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass; golden-brown with fluffy tan head. Dotted lacing along with a hazy appearance.

Aroma is biscuity, piney hop. Nothing really stands out but notes of booze, pepper, and grass.

Bitter hops attack the palate and combine with a tart, roasty malt. The high-end bitterness really dominates the overall presentation & leaves the mouth extremely dry.

Not a great beer but not bad either. They are selling it for $2.99 a bomber which is nice but not sure if I would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 21:56:36 | More by jdoncbus
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srandycarter

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Like natural apple cider. Head .5 inch, reduces to ring and webby lacing.

S - Hop madness, a swirl of sweet malt, some barn, sharp aromas.

T - Better as it warms. Lots of hops, some sweet malt, but not as sweet as I would have thought. Sharp tangy middle - maybe just not as balanced toward malt as expected.

M - Medium body, good coating, more than enought carb.

D - High ABV and not a beer that begs you to keep on drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:52:35 | More by srandycarter
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cjgator3

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice amber color with an off-white head that leave a decent amount of lace.

S- The aroma is definitely on the faint side for a DIPA. There is some hops in the aroma, but not nearly enough. Also, there really isn't much in terms of malt in the aroma either. I am also picking up on some sour and chalky notes as well that aren't very pleasant.

T- The taste is much better than the aroma suggests, but is still lacking.

M- Thin-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a great DIPA, but not horrible either. Drinks pretty decent considering the ABV. Pretty decent attempt at a DIPA, but I'm not overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 04:12:53 | More by cjgator3
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csmiley

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear and dark orange to copper in color. The (barely off-white) head came to the rim of the glass and took a few minutes to fade to a decent cap. There is something to be said for the lacing around the glass. This is one good-looking beverage.

S - Pine and grass come through first. Caramel and candy sugar show up toward the end. The aroma is mild. Too mild.

T - Earthy flavors are in abundance with this beer. Got notes of pine, grass, grain, and tobacco with a small amount of fruity hops on the end. Base malt is strong with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is somewhat hidden and stays warm. Very mild for the IIPA style.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is clean, bitter, and does not stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is average. This is a very mild IIPA that just was not close enough to style for my taste. It goes down easy enough and the alcohol is low enough to make drinking a couple of these no problem. Glad I got to try it but I probably would not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:48:21 | More by csmiley
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ojiikun

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22-ish oz bottle into a handy tulip. Body is quite dark orange - nearly brown and very hazy to begin. Head is very fine and falls very quickly, but is a nice beige while it lasts.

Smell is full of minerals and dry farmy yeast, both supporting sugarey hops. Papaya, quite acrid, and a little grapefruit.

Taste is quite unexpectedly light. Tons of alphas, very fleeting. Salty with green apple peels. Not sweet at all. Less fruity than the nose suggested. Fresh lumber.

Feels a touch sticky on the lips, and the carbonation seems a bit mellow. Doesn't stick around ~too~ long, thanks to the fairly light taste, but all the acids can be a bit bitter.

Note really sure what to make of this - body reminds me of too-bitter double belgian ale, nose reminds me of a red ale. Not the best example of the IIPA field, but surprisingly good when very cold, and served on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:47:57 | More by ojiikun
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srobertson59

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured aggressively from a 22 oz. bomber into large snifter:

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy dark amber very similar to the orange/brown color of good apple cider. One finger head (even with the aggressive pour) subsides quickly leaving almost nothing on the surface. Just enough though to leave very spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Maybe it's the just Southern Ohio sinus season, but this comes off smelling like a candied lemon/berry mixture with offshoots of dry grass.; by all means, not unpleasant, but really odd for an IIPA. If the bottle didn't say IPA on it, I'd never connect those dots from the smell.

T - Strong malt backbone of sweet biscuit with very little hop flavorings. A complete let down for an IIPA. The lemon from the nose is present, but mixed with a grainy aftertaste. If the bottle didn't say IPA on it, I'd never connect those dots from the taste.

M - Probably this brews best trait. Nice and smooth with velvety carbonation. Sweet on the intake but tails off to a nice dry exhale. Overall, very clean.

D - For style, this one suffers greatly. It has nothing that says IPA let alone IIPA to me.

This is my first from the Butte Creek Brewing Company, and unfortunately quite a letdown. This would be better billed as an Imperial Wheat than an IIPA with all of its lemony/grainy aspects.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:41:30 | More by srobertson59
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bitterthebetter

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden orange with white head

citrus (lemon )hops and biscuity malt on the aroma

lemony hops upfront with slight pine, breadiness, and dryness in the end

almost wheaty in texture but the hops follow through well on the fnish

finish is nice, but isnt as hop forward as i like imperials to be

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 05:56:49 | More by bitterthebetter
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Wildman

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy dark yellow color and formed a foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, grapefruit, pine and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel, and citrus. The body is medium light and the finish rather sweet. As far as DIPAs go, fairly heavy malt character that outweighs the hops. A good beer, just not a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:15:34 | More by Wildman
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Patrick999

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical appearance for a double IPA. Head retention not all that.

S - Too muted for the supposed hop profile. Smells good, just too weak.

T - Tasty. Nice balance between sweet malts and hops. I get the different hops, a little different hop profile than the standard double IPA.

F - Resiny and sticky, though I can't tell whether it's from hops or sweetness. Not bad though.

D - Pretty good...I just don't understand why this doesn't have a stronger aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 20:45:42 | More by Patrick999
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"To the intellectual, America's unforgivable sin is that it has revolutions without revolutionaries, and achieves the momentous in a matter-of-fact way."

--Eric Hoffer

Transparent tangerine with nothing to disturb the tranquil interior except a stray bubble or two. Despite the lack of visible carbonation, the bleached khaki colored crown is sustaining itself admirably. It's also leaving a thin patchwork of more delicate lace than one usually sees with beer of this style.

How did the brewers manage to screw up the nose on a beer that is supposedly filled with what should be an amazing array of hops? The lineup includes... New Zealand Hallertau, Magnum, Chinook, Amarillo and Simcoe. That's probably too harsh, but the aroma is way too weak.

Somebody must like what Butte Creek Brewing Company is all about or they wouldn't be able to keep on releasing marginal beer after marginal beer. Count me among those who wouldn't feel obligated to keep them in business even if I lived across the street from the brewery. Revolution XI is no better than Revolution X, although it is decently drinkable for those who would rather have a DIPA that just about anything else.

The malt backbone is solid, with more sweet stickiness than I usually like, but probably not too much for what beer of this style has become. Other than a (possible) slight toastiness, it's all sugary pale malt. The hops, unfortunately, don't pop and sizzle. They just lay there and ooze out enough alpha acid and enough candied orange peel and pine sap to get by. A lazy DIPA is never a good DIPA.

The silk-screened label calls this beer a 'hop monster'. Hardly. It also calls it 'chewy'. Okay, I'll concede chewy. It's rarely a good thing when the mouthfeel is the highlight, but I'll take what I can get. Smooth edges all around.

Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPA is a big name for a less than big, less than revolutionary ale. Even though I have given up hope of ever being floored by Butte Creek, some part of me thinks they'll eventually figure out how to brew a decent DIPA. Revolution XXXI maybe?

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 12:58:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Butte Creek Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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