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Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale
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Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 179
Reviews by 1whiskey:
Photo of 1whiskey
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bomber.

Huge head reduces slowly and leaves chunks of lace. Cloudy copper-amber color, w/ some sediment.

Nose is mostly hops, but not overwhelming, some floral notes present also detectable. First sip is classic IPA, balance leans towards hops, but not too bitter at all. It's a little yeast-y, with mild esters. Alcohol is well hidden. Ahh..this is nice.

Somewhat heavier body than you would expect in an IPA, with very active carbonation.

Finished with a barly malt backbone present, but mild. This is very mild for an IPA, well-balanced, almost like Deshutes Cinder Cone Red with extra hops. Simplicity is the key here. Too many brewers try to be too cute or unique with their beers. This is just a basic, no-frills west coast IPA. Delicious!!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is one of the best-looking IPAs that I’ve ever seen. The body is a dark and beautiful orange. The head is huge and defines the term “pillowy”. It leaves delicate lumps of slightly-tanned cream all over the glass.

Smell – There is a significant malt backbone here. The malts are kind of biscuity and the citrus hops seem almost like an afterthought.

Taste – This IPA has a bitter orange peel hop profile with a huge malt balance. The malt is biscuit and flavored with nuts.

Mouthfeel – This body is somewhere between medium and full. It is big and chewy with a noticeable rindy bitterness.

Drinkability – This is out of the ordinary for an IPA, especially one from the West Coast. It is similar though to the Wolavar's Organic IPA, so maybe we have a new "organic style" of IPA now.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Something for the organic driven hopheads? Excellent lacing on the glass after a hard pour; bright and clear copper color. Orangey, spicy citric zest with a mix of biscuit and caramel graininess in the aroma. Fullish body with a pleasantly smooth carbonation. A slightly pungent hop bitterness makes sure the taste buds know that this is an IPA. Citric zest and spearmint flavors come through strong middle to end. Faint apricot/estery fruitiness within, though all in all quite clean. Nice caramel malt backing, a good amount of toasted grain as well, which comes off a little rough toward the drying finish. There is some malt sweetness here, yet the taste buds are more caught up in the hop profile.

This is a good IPA--while it is not totally balanced, it does come forth with a ton of flavor and some complexity. A worthy pick for the hophead or IPA fanatic.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Always like to see a new IPA and it's cool that this one is organic as well. Let's see how I like it. Pours into my SN tulip a deep copper orange with a half inch of bubbly white head that leaves a little lacing. Aromas start off with some lightly toasted malts, a bit of caramel and a touch biscuity. Earthy, herbal hops mainly with a hint of citrus. Just seems a bit muddled to me. Nothing really stands out.

First sip brings a toasty caramel maltiness upfront along with some fresh baked biscuit flavors as well. Herbal, earthy hops dominate the middle along with a slightly chalky aspect. The flavor just really doesn't do it for me. Finishes with a blast of bitterness and a caustic, metallic grain. Again, it just seems a little off balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth flow of carbonation. Easy to drink overall. In the end though, this IPA just didn't cut the mustard with me. The earthy, somewhat dirty hop flavor isn't for me...not sure what kind of hops were used here. I'd have to say I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. This bottle was from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Deep dull copper hue, mild haze with a pancake like head that is two fingers deep.

Smell: Thick maltiness in the nose with hints of caramel, some fruity by-products of the yeast and aromatics from the hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Long drawn-out smoothness shows a creamy underbelly and a solid medium body. Maltiness lays down a path of sweetness and light caramel / toasted flavours for the hops to walk over. The bitterness is not out of control but it makes its mark, and finishes with a puckering mild citric rind in the palate. Some sweetness in the end but gets covered up by the hops.

Notes: A very balanced IPA but this could be mistaken for a hoppy red or amber ale, lots of rich malt flavour with a long push of hops to show that it is a craft beer and that is all that matters to me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce botle, no freshness dating. Pours a copper hued amber, clear with a fine light tan head, leaving pleanty of fine scattered (after a swirl) lacing. nose is the expected grainy, grapefuit stinkin' hops, and the taste follows along with decent levels of oily, citrus infused hops. Drying on the tongue and teath. Respectable IPA, worthy sessioner for lovers of hoppy ales. Like me.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad. Kind of rough IPA, feels as though it is missing something. Orange pour with a bunch of malt to accompany the hops in the aroma. Taste is nicely bitter and heavy in the resin. The malt kicks in on the back, but there is no smooth transition to speak of. Not nearly as good as their IIPA, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A medium amber color with a minimal head that doesn't last long. Smells strongly of crystal malt; hops are secondary. The taste also contains a lot of crystal malt and a moderate amount of hops. Carbonation is low, which works well for this brew. Finishes a little thin for a beer of this size. Good drinkable brew, but, to my mind, more of an American amber ale than an IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A rather brown pour, dark copper and red kind of color. Far darker than your average IPA. Off white head, about 1/4" deep, a little thin.

Aroma was hoppy, heavy malt aspect to it. Grains. Comes off as lots of Cascade hops.

Taste, substantially bitter. Tons of bittering hops. Again, Cascades give off the grapefruit character and pithiness. Big hit of caramel throughout it.

Man used to drink these quite often, I don't know what the deal is now, but their distribution seems to be almost nil. Seems like they continually lower the heft and abv of this beer every year or so.

While it used to be pretty enjoyable, every subsequent time I have it, it comes off less impressive.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up the color of an amber ale, not too dark.
A puffy one-finger head forms then trails away. Some decent lacing left behind.
Aroma-Nice! Hoppy, piney, smells like it may have a little punch.
Mouthfeel-An immediate hoppy bitterness coats the palate, but it fades quickly and the finish is very clean without any lingering bitterness. Just slightly disappointing since the aroma was great.
The malt flavor is really good but this thins out from the first sip. Clean, refreshing and quaffable. But I would have liked the hops to hang a round a bit more. Definitely worth it, on the milder side of an IPA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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

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Photo of sloejams
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from BevMo

The label promised lots of hops. I like lots of hops.

This pours a lazy hazy red color. There is plenty of malt aroma, some molasses, but where are them hops? First sip, had me asking this question again. Am I drinking a red? I check the bottle. Nope, IPA – still promising lots of hops. Butte Creek is in Chico. Chico is in California. California is famous (infamous?) for it’s stupidly hopped beers. I live in California. I like stupidly hopped beers. How can they make a proclamation on the bottle?

From here out – I’m treating this as a red, so as to not further my disappointment (lord knows I want a hoppy IPA). As a red, this not bad: nice malt character – very nutty, slight sweetness, medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and texture. A bigger sized red, not sure if I would drink this often – I struggled to finish the 22 oz.

Get an another IPA, if that’s what you’re looking for. This is not.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This stuff looks good. It poured to a nice orange and gold color with a hint of red. The modest head is doing a good job of lasting, and a nice amount of lace tops it off.

Something about this thing's flavor just doesn't sit well with me, however. The mouthfeel is good and full but the flavor it came with is not appealing to me. The drinkability was impacted by an off flavor, not an overwhelming amount of alcohol.

I actually had a little bit of a rough time finishing this one off.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a hurricane glass.
Opaque dark orange color...small head, but with ribbon of foam on the glass.
Sweet malt aroma.
Definate strong hops flavoring ...even heavier than typical for an IPA....with citrus undertones.
Nice carbonated bite...
VERY definate bitterness in aftertaste...definate grapefruit lingering aftertaste that remains in the mouth until the next sip when it warmly goes away from the carbination and alcohol, only to return as you swallow.
Good IPA....slightly stronger on the hops than a traditional English IPA and heavy on the citrus, but nice.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a few of these out of plastic cups in a hotel jacuzzi a few weeks ago in Jasper, so let's have a more discerning look, shall we...

I guess it's nice to know that there's fewer chemicals in the production process, if that's what the 'organic' in the name means. The beer pours a cloudy, hazy copper hue, with a copious amount of billowy eggshell white head, which slowly disappears, leaving a slight ring around the glass. The aroma is very pleasant, with lots of smooth malt and citrus hop essence. The flavour has much more hops, more of the grapefruit variety, which tend to somewhat dominate the still balanced sweet malt body. The carbonation is quite low, giving this a smooth mouthfeel. The elevated alcohol isn't really noticeable, making this a very drinkable American IPA, but I suppose that I already knew that from the hotel...

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Photo of asabreed
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy yellow with lots of bubble in the body. Don't know why it's hazy necessarily, but it's nice. Head stays at about 1/4" and keeps fairly nicely after a swirl or two. Lacing isn't too clumpy but it's a bit spotty.

Smell: Oddly enough there's some good chocolate notes in the nose that seem to dominate, along with some fruitiness and a bit of caramel. Hops are, oddly enough, more toward the back, but I think they have to be contributing to the caramel aspect also. And the notes of ripe fruit are nice too. Very novel for an IPA aroma as far as I'm concerned.

Taste: The best thing about this brew is the finish; at first it seems like it'll dissipate, but the finish lets the chocolate and fruit notes linger on the tongue. The hops that weren't in the aroma are definitely in the body. There's a little bit more IBU than balance, but they provide a nice bitter hop bite as you drink. But yes, the hops are indeed biting, so if you like that sort of thing you should dig this.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick and watery, maybe because there doesn't seem to be enough carbonation. It forms a bit better at the end of the swallow, but I expected a bit more.

Drinkability: I was surprised by this, and it's nice to have some differences considering how many IPAs are being made that are very average these days. For the weirdness and complexity, along with the drinkability and lack of discernible alcohol, this is a solid brew, and I recommend it.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: the cap popped a lifeless hiss. The body is a nice melding of oranges and bright reddish yellow. The cap is near bright white and dissipated quickly, only a gathering of soapy bubbles remain. Some lacing is present but is rather minimal

S: a shot of herbal hops and maybe some lemons and grapefruits in the nasal passage. At most, it lends smells of rough cut toasted grains and crushed aspirin

T: the flavors are far from great and struggle to hit good. The hops just hold a bitter character with no real definition. No real citrus notes are present and all I gather is a faint spiced grassy hop character that wallows about. From the nose, I had my fingers crossed for a little more of a citrus explosion
The lack of hops that I deem is also muddled down by the strong and musty toasted malts. The caramel notes help make this a bit more quaffable

M: body hits the tongue with a mild-plus feel. I find the aftertaste somewhat dry and warm with some hop oils holding. Carbonation is loose and not to heavy

D: drinkable and not so much a "delight" as stated on the bottle. I pass on this one

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed copper under a small off-white head that endures as a large-bubbled lace.
Lovely aroma of sugared pineapple, spruce and caramel-draped toast. Increasingly breadier as it sits (and duller too).
Taste is as balanced as the nose promised, but not as remarkable. Toffee malt base with toasted accents. Hopping is sufficient in both complexity and bitterness. Hefty amounts of pine, smaller amounts of flower petals and lime peels, with a twist of iron at the end.
Adopts a psuedo-sourness as it approaches room temp, and takes on some band-aid esters. Not enough to knock it very much, but this is a better bet at cooler temperatures, it seems.
Medium full in stature. Plenty of heft without feeling fat.
Not classic, but not bad by any means.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Incredible foaming power, leaving a mountain of foam in my glass. Significant C hop tangerine aroma combined with some mustiness there. Starts with soft mouthfeel followed by acid and high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, although mediocre IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber hue topped by a half inch of creamy beige head that sticks around for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of mild sweet malt blended with aromatic floral hops, with some bready notes and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is well-balanced between mild malt and some mellow Euro hops. Notes of biscuit and light caramel emerge mid-palate before the hops take over for a lightly bitter finish. Body is smooth and somewhat rich, very enjoyable. A good, if not great, beer that tends toward the English IPA style rather than American.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as IPA's go, I have to give this one a big "meh." In that world of IPA's, it's completely forgettable. There isn't much hop flavor, and that's a big problem. The mix of spicy and citrus hops are too weak both on the tongue and in the aftertaste. It's like there's at least a decent bitterness, but not enough late-addition hops to really make the flavor pop. Instead there's an awkward purgatory where it's kinda like a pale ale, kinda like an IPA, but not necessarily good for either.

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Photo of PhaseID
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of nickd717
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by largadeer.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head.

S - Aroma is nail polish, caramel, and some resiny, overboiled hops. Besides the nail polish, it's not too bad.

T - Below average for an IPA, with burnt wood, caramel, resiny hops. A little weird but not too bad. Others were more disgusted by it than I was.

M - Palate a bit watery with medium carbonation.

D - Not so good.

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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 223 ratings