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

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

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80
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by ojiikun:
Photo of ojiikun
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.

ojiikun, Jul 15, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden orange color, topped by a thin white head that immediately recedes to an even thinner ring. Aroma of sharp floral hops, with strong notes of grapefruit. Palate is a tad harsh. Strong grapefruit notes come though with the floral hops up front, followed by a fairly harsh hop conglomeration. Finish is a noisy blend of aggressive hops, with notes ranging from grass to grapefruit to mildly sweet biscuit. Finish is a decent blend of lightly sweet malt and aggressively floral hops.
The body of this beer is substantially weighty, but lacks the stickiness of some imperial IPAs. Still, it holds its own with the huge hop presence and high alcohol content. Overall, a little too harsh to be fully enjoyable. I think this is a definite step down from its predecessor, Revolution X.

ElGordo, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey color with small white head that laces very little.

Sweet honey, orange (artificial or extract almost), vanilla, some caramel. Smells like a malt show.

Sweet and malty biscuits and honey flavor with constant assertice bitterness throughout. Some marzipan, vanilla and candied-orange sweet flavors with citrus fruit hoppy bitter finish.

Very light carbonation gives a tepid watery impression as it sits, not syrupy like a lot of DIPAs, so retains some level of drinkability.

BeerZack, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a semi cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is a small cream colored foam that leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, lots of earthy hops and a citrus twist.

The taste follows, mellow lightly toasted malt and a bunch of woodsy hops, tree bark, lemon rind and a splash of orange peel.

The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, with a mild carbonation.

The drinkability is ok not a great brew but is your thing is DIPA give it a try. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle of 8.6% ABV. Purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., February 2008 and consumed about a week later.

Pours a copper penny color with minimal head (even with a vigorous pour) and no carbonation. A bit of what little there is sticks to the side of the glass decently enough, though.

Aroma is a sweet honey-citrus blend, tangelos (fresh off our tree in the back yard this week!) mixed with honey is my best comparison.

Flavor is a liquid breakfast biscuit with orange marmalade, offset by a modicum of hop bitterness, especially at the end of the swallow. But generally, sweet is the main character here. Not one hint of the 8.6% ABV makes this one to be careful of, but the sweetness keeps it from being too drinkable.

I have to admit, I have been drinking my share of Port Brewing's Hop 15 lately, and honestly, for the style, this one is light, pale, gentle, and shall we say "wimpy" in comparison. But upon reflection, that is just not a fair comparison. This one is a nice, tasty beer. A bit much on the sweet side, and I probably can't drink a lot of it for that reason, but overall, I like it.

Dukeofearl, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and hazy orange tinted amber with a good three finger head of foamy white lace on the top. Great retention let it eventually slide back down to a thin layer across the top that was consistently replenished by a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S – The aroma was quite hoppy with nice notes of pine in the nose. However as it warmed there started to be some interesting changes in the overall aroma. There were some hints of grapes and some other sour notes along with a touch of yeast and some light grainy hints as well. The fresh cut grass was unmistakable and could easily be picked up here as well.

T – The flavor was more in line with a nice Belgian sour at times that was blended in with a good IIPA. There was a definite hoppiness to it; however this was easily, and matched by the yeasty qualities that put forth a good amount of grape and pear flavors. The finish was strong with a pine resin flavor that morphed into a fresh grass and long lasting finish.

M – The feel was medium bodied ale that was nicely carbonated and had a good thickness to it. Easily a big beer this was sipped almost effortlessly though. There was a small hint of the alcohol but it was easily overcome by the depth of the flavor.

D – Very nice to sip on, but to be honest, it was a bit of a challenge to polish off the whole bottle. It was done, but not easily. This was defiantly something you needed to sip on and enjoy for a while and really let the flavors come and explore.

Overall this was very interesting and very different from the big IPA’s I have had in the past. There was a definite Belgian quality to it and it really was quite unique. I don’t know if I would purchase it again, but at 4 dollars a bottle I probably would. It was a different take for sure and I would still say a good call.

mikesgroove, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops along with caramelized malt and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out fruity, with sweet flavors of citrus and a little caramel. Then a strong hops presence quickly comes in. There's a thin malt character that provides a little balance. As the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness reasserts itself but along with comes the organic bite and a bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a beer that's worth drinking for a while and surprisingly good for an organic beer even though it wouldn't be the first 2IPA that I would choose.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle. sampled april 5/08.

pours orange with a small dense off-white head and just a touch of haze. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. caramel and honey. bit of candy-like sugar too. big bready malt. bit of biscuit. tangerine and orange. bit of grapefruit. alcohol.

taste is nice. bready malt. bit of grain. touch of grapefruit. alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. biscuit. bit of grapefruit. touch of light citrus. not as good as the aroma leads you to believe, but still nice.

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

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, just a little underwhelming in the taste department.

grub, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of hopdog
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.

hopdog, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Stoneman78
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark orange hue with a small creamy head that is mostly diminishing, watery lacing sticks somewhat to the glass
S- Two words: Grape Nuts, this DIPA has a distinct earthy/dirt/grain aroma that reminds me of bran cereal, the yeasty and sweet malts dominate the citrus hops (the label states 5 kinds of hops used)
T- Initial taste is of dry, bitter hops with a mix of pine and citrus, followed by sweet malts and that pervasive herbal/floral presence indicative of Butte Creek's organic take on things, finishes with sweet, sticky hops and a warming alcohol presence
M- Medium bodied DIPA, oily and thick mouthfeel sticks to the mouth, nice lively carbonation
D- Approaching 9%, you can definitely feel the alcohol warming and I would probably not want to drink more than a few pints, I am surprised at the lack of hop presence in this DIPA, although I may be biased by all the local SD DIPA Hop Nuclear Bomb, and I doubt I will pick this up again

Stoneman78, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of ReDave
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this a couple of weeks ago in a Bevmo on a trip to Sacto.
Loved the X this is pretty much as good, I just didn't get to it as soon, so the aroma wasn't as fresh.
Plus, I don't know if this was due to being slightly older or if the cap had a slight leak, but the carbonation was not quite as crisp.
But on the other hand, it then was a little more like home brew or cask, and with that in mind, it was OK.
Looking forward to next years model!

ReDave, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of UA8
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.

UA8, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of warmstorage
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle from BevMo, Sacramento -- Natomas.

Appearance: medium orange/copper, with mediu dense, off-white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Soapy with vegetal and grain notes, hints of citrus/sweet hops. Deeply underwhelming for the style.

Taste: Grain, cereal, deep earthy, and malt sweetness that tastes a bit off, like spoiled bread. A little sour. Kind of weird and unpleasant.

Mouth: Light to moderate, with minimal alcohol detected.

Overall: Ugh. Not real pleasant, despite the fact that I try really hard to like organic beers. Sadly, it borders on bad.

warmstorage, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice hazy red/yellow/rust body with fluffy bubbly white head

s: i'm surprised how not fragrant this beer is. there is just a hint of sweet dark lager/toffee malts with just a hint of flowery hops

t: wacky. first toffee malts followed by slow rise of bitter hoppy/latex tasting kick

m: ok. light/med carbonation with good thickness/creaminess

d: a little disappointing for an IIPA. not very strong in hop flavors and none of the powerful scents you would expect. a very weird take but not necessarily unenjoyble

hoegaardenhero, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like what I see. Amber crimson colored with good showing of carbonation. Cloudy as well with an off white yellowy head that is thick and foamy leaving a thin sticky lacing behind when it finally does decide to fade.

Lovely, nicely blended hop to malt ratio in aroma. Thick with caramel and bready grains on the sweet cereal side of the wall with a succulent citrus hop with some stone fruit tossed in.

I really dig this beer. Full of hop bitterness with only a slightly off chalky finish. Citrus and stone fruit again lead the way with a middle of thick chewy caramel and honey. Alcohol shows through a little on the finish. One of those DIPA that could be easily confused with an barley wine. I could find myself drinking many of these however as it's one solid brew.

mcallister, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to biegaman for bringing this one.

Pours a hazy golden/amber, thin white head forms, drops some decent lacing on the glass, settles to a thin ring, very thin layer, looks okay. Smell is sweet, some caramel, sweet brown sugar, some biscuity malt, pine, light floral, lots of fruit, bit of spicy and crackery malt, touch of alcohol, not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth and easy to drink, some warmth going down. Thanks Jan!

Viggo, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of jayfarley3
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass pours a clear amber color with a thick tan head that dissapates to a small ring fairly quickly. smells of sweet malts and hops. at first tastes of bitter hops, then finishes slightly sweet and malty. this is a pretty good DIPA, but i think last years version was a bit better.

jayfarley3, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Wildman
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.

Wildman, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
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Butte Creek Organic Revolution XI Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.