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Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale - Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic Pale AleButte Creek Organic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 04-12-2008)
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Reviews by khiasmus:
Photo of khiasmus
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The cold, metallic glow of the gold dances off of the flicker from the fire of his nostrils. Another four houses burned today. He snorts in satisfaction to himself. Pitiful fools, simpletons using beautiful, wrought goods only for their own purposes, only for trading and borrowing, when they could be loved, loved in this massive pile, a slip-and-tumble pile that makes a lovely cold, hard bed for his scaly underbelly. So a dull gold with just a small cap of white that disappears quickly and looks as lifeless as this lair, only the faint flicker of flames erupting from his snout as his dark mind is filled with the satisfaction of his days' work and with the ever-burning lust for more, always more.
The metal can be smelled, if you are to step in. You can catch the cold, silvery notes of the lifeless metal, along with the singed sugar in the beautiful silver sugar bowls stacked in one corner of the room, all caramelized now, and the hint of grass, grapefruit and pine-trees from the havoc he wreaked on the peaceful little town but mere hours ago. The pine sap still sticking the grass to his talons and coming alongside the metal smell for a curious balance.
He takes a draught, his familiar mountain stream that comes conveniently trickling in to his cavern and forming a small pool, the perfect refreshment after a troublesome day of toasting residents of the little mountain town that had provided him so well of late with delicious meals. Light-bodied and lightly carbonated, the grass and pine sap from some upstream grove that must house grapefruits as well tingeing the stream with delectable flavours, albeit not enough thereof...
He settles down with a long, fiery sigh and curls up to sleep, the residents' suffering and loss contributing to his depraved, dragonish dreams. He will return in but a few days' time, leaving the cowards to flee now and the brave to take heart and sharpen their arrowheads... there is one weakness, and you would do well to find it, and soon.. lest the land of your forefathers fall into desolation.

Simply not above average, no way around it. Not terrible, but certainly nothing close to the standards of the style.

khiasmus, Nov 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +10.5%

fionn13, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

doremite, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Jonmoore89
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Jonmoore89, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this even though I haven't been a big fan of the organic stuff.

Beer poured rather nice, with a coppery hue. The caramel hops were fairly pleasant.

I'd consider it a good pale ale, with bonus for being one of the organics I sctually like. I found it a bit heavy for its type to really kick back a few. I'll keep an eye out for some more from these folks on the west coast.

socon67, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dexterk1, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale amber with a modest white head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is orange-pinapple citrus bitter hops and an average amount of malts for the style.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
Drinkability is good. Not a beer that will make you say "Wow" but a well crafted organic Pale.

Spikester, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of bcm119
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a slight haze. Anemic white head. Mild grain and ester aroma, with a little green apple/acetaldehyde. Husky grain and feeble hops. Malt flavors are musty. A little sweetness up front, and a faintly citric, hoppy finish. Grainy aftertaste.

Every once in a while I'll re-try organic beers like this, only to be re-disappointed. They seem to all taste the same: as if they were made with old, stale ingredients. Its a shame because I like the idea, I like organic food in general, but I just can't get into organic beers.

bcm119, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up a couple of Friday's ago at the Fred Meyer on Chinden.. poured into my shaped SA glass... I don't remember what I paid for the individual bottle, but I remember the 6'er being in the $9.50 range.

Nice creamy looking head.. with great lacing .. the brew is a slightly hazy orange.

nose is very subdued for an APA.. slight floral hops.. a little tangerine zest/orange oil..

flavor mirrors the nose with a nice/yet slight cookie maltiness that pushes the palate from front to back... just minor touches of caramel malts.. the body is a solid medium for the style.. and the carbonation is fairly heavy.. yet creamy nonetheless.. not much of a finish..but what is there bends again toward flowery and citric..

not a mind blower by any means.. but it is still a pretty okay beer..

3.5's across the board.

JohnGalt1, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of CMOrak
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CMOrak, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of RunDWP
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good organic brew from Butte Creek Brewing. I'm all for saving the earth, but some organics have all sorts of off tastes which makes being a good steward of the earth more difficult. Thankfully, this brew isn't one of those.

It pours a dark brown with a chunky white head. I'm getting a little grassy hops on the nose. The malt has a touch a sweetness, maybe a slight nuttiness, and is well balanced by the hops which have a highly grassy character with a little savory bitterness as well. Oily, slick mouth feel and really started warming up to this one as I worked through a six-pack. It's pretty smooth for a beer with some bitterness and complexity.

RunDWP, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the notable lack of any head, this beer has plenty of webby lace. Solidly amber colored with a significant haze.

Pleasant fresh smelling hop spiciness to the nose. Solid malt base.

Starts with a full pale malt flavor--dry and bready. Strong peppery hop in the mouth. The swallow is dry and bitter. Full mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good, albeit quite neutral tasting pale ale.

smcolw, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Moderate lacing develops and carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: caramel and some lemon zest are soft, and a grassy tone is also noticeable.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, hint of orange, some pear sweetness, grass, and a mild bitterness make up a so-so pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Very little aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is another organic beer that just doesn't do it for me personally. One was enough for me.

Gavage, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Showboat66
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Showboat66, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of BCash
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BCash, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of -ronin-
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

-ronin-, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Falcone, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of david131
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy and deep orange with some really nice copper hues. The head is ever so slightly off white with a very creamy appearance and excellent retention. With a bit more carbonation activity in the liquid, this would be perfect.

S- Grassy, carmely, a bit of orange rind.. pretty subdued. A hint of floral activity is noticeable.

T- The floral and grassy flavors are noticeable here, as is the orange rind bitterness. The malt backing is decent. Pretty subdued with a hint of earthiness.

M- Very smooth, but just a bit too smooth. This could use just a bit more carbonation bite to it.

D- A very solid pale ale. I bet this is much better when it is extremely fresh.

david131, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Archemedies, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey gold with a solid off white head that fades to clumps, puckers and webs of lace. Big juicy red grapefruit nose with mango and concentrated OJ stickiness. Roasted almond malts with some tropical fruit cut by citrus pith, bark and aspirin hops. Clean chalky leave. Light to medium, some chew.

Top APA, great balance between malt and hops. Unfortunately, the second drinks a bit too light and sweet.

StJamesGate, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5.5% ABV per label.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some very mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that doesn't really mesh together all that well in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of snohojimbo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They have apparently lowered the alcohol content of this selection. While the label in the photo above shows an ABV of 5.7%, the bottle I'm consuming as of this moment shows 5.0%.

It also says "Handcrafted in Ukiah, CA", as opposed to Chico.

Perhaps it is intentional to get down to more of a session type, or maybe its just the change of venue, or?

Anyhow, darn good and refreshing! :)

snohojimbo, May 04, 2013
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Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.