Butte Creek Winter Ale | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Winter AleButte Creek Winter Ale
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Butte Creek Winter AleButte Creek Winter Ale

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Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of FormatKid
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pricey six pack of this showed up at my local store that stocks some craft beer. What the heck? I'm always looking to try new stuff and I'm hoping buying their beer will encourage a better selection. Anyway, I dumped this beer into a standard pint glass. I get a nice head with a decent amount of retention, thin whisps of lace. The body of this beer is clear, but a good deal darker than your standard brown ale almost like the "burnt sienna" crayon. The head is suprisngly white. Very sublte nose typical of brown ales, some smokiness and light touches of caramel and biscuit. This beer is a lot more flavorful than the nose would have you believe though. Toasted nuts, dabs of milk chocolate and caramel, a faint puff of smoke, and a nice hop smattering in the finish. The mouthfeel is soft and really quenching. A really solid and flavorful brown. Is this beer worth the $10 I paid for a sixer? Probably not. Also I think I think a brown ale is sort of a weird winter seasonal, but then again so is Celebration IPA.

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Photo of lou91
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark brown color with little head on the pour. It is a pleasant brown ale but faar from a true winter beer - way too thin and nothing big, spicy or special about it. It has a nice malt hop balance and goes down easy - like a negra modelo. Good with food but not as a true winter. They have another x-mas ale which i just picked up and hope to add to the butte creek list. I was fortunate to get a single bottle and did not have to buy a 6-pack.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok new offering 2003 Winter Ale..has big brown bear on label holding beer and giving thumbs up..cant beat that!
Well says this is a "chesnut brown "ale..its actually a lot darker..dark garnet in colour in fact ( almost like a Scotch ale)..with a small tan coloured head..I would have given the appearance an extra ).% had this not been out of style.
Pleasant but weakish aroma of malts ..milky , creamy scent also.
Nice enough tasste of the sweet malts..mild hop below..smooth
This is strange on the palate..its creamy and smooth and at the same time well carbonated..weird.
A nice drinkable ale..not excellent..but a good enough to quaff a few I dare say.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color a deep lucent brown, the head presentable in size, spumescent in texture, and a winsome light tan in color, lace is sufficient to cover the glass. Nose is caramel, sweet malt, crisp and pleasing with very light hints of toasted grain, sweet malt laden start, top is moderate in its feel. Finish is prickly in its carbonation; hops are upfront and pleasant in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinkable beer that shows up here about every other year?

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eclipse black color, small head. Burnt coffee aroma. Thin tasting brown ale. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavor reminiscent of a stout. Slightly spicy. Balancing between a brown ale and a winter warmer, this beer sort of splits down the middle; but, NOT in a good way. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear, deep, russett-brown body reveals light mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. A rough pour brings up a short head of light tan froth, but it inevitably receeds to just a creamy collar around some lacy surface foam. A tilt of the glass, however, reveals some very fine bubbles; and its soft, low-level carbonation leaves it exceptionally smooth across the palate. It's obviously intended to have more of an English feel to it, and as such, a low-level head is quite appropriate. In the nose, some highly kilned malt borders on roastiness along with some chocolate, toffee, toasty nuttiness, and a swatch of sweet buttery caramel. The same character is carried over into the flavor; and although the body is light, the flavor remains rich. An underlying bitterness is necessitated by such a delicate ale, and it's excuisitely executed here. It finishes with a light touch of fruit wrapped in nutty caramel; then fades to a dry roastiness and dull bitterness in the aftertaste. A most impressive English-style brown ale that appears as if poured from a cask straight out of the bottle!

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown color with nice creamy head.Like the other reviewr of this one I got a very buttery smell from this wich I really liked.Very malty taste and somewhat rich,very chocolaty and earthy.Kind of light in body but drinkable.Pretty good winter ale I must say.

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Butte Creek Winter Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 32 ratings