Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale
Butte Creek Brewing Company

Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale
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American IPA
3.46 | pDev: 13.29%
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale
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Reviews by schmitter:
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2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a beautiful deep amber with a foaming, floating head.

Smelled excellent, almot identical to (the amazing) hop rod rye.

This is where it all goes down hill. Taste is bitter, astringent, and otherwise fairly bland. I wouldn't call this beer hoppy in anyway as none of the typical spice taste is present. Its just disappointingly bitter.

Maybe this is what organic beers taste like (this is my first) and if so, I won't be trying another.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy head, easily over two fingers, airy and delicate yet with excellent retention, almost so whipped up as to not look like distinct bubbles, the lacing has more moderate stickiness but what’s there clings. Filmy dark orange colored liquid, mostly consistent with a slight yellowing at the rims, lazy fat bubbles spread widely rather than in beads. The nose has a clear cocoa, chocolate touch which pairs with the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus and flowers for an easy to access experience, goes light on the grass or any biting hoppy elements, splash of pine, very pungent during the pour, in the glass it could use more length. Full-bodied, the carbonation keeps it aggressively swirling around the mouth, probably relieves some of what remains formidable sweetness, especially candied grapefruit, tangerine, orange citrus. The cocoa powder still present if quieter here, instead you get a lot more herbal bitterness and unprocessed grains and a touch of earthiness. Solid core of peach, apricot, pear, red apple fruit. While the flavors are sweet, the tacky residue it leaves on your tongue makes for a drier finish. Friendly in style, refrains from seriously challenging you.

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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at for $1.65.

A-Clear copper amber with about a two finger, off-white head with poor retention and lacing.

S-Piney hops and caramel malts. Pleasant aroma that is too faint.

T-Some mild hop bitterness up front and caramel malt sweetness in the finish. Not bad, just not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA.

M-Medium bodied, but a little more carbonation would help.

D-Another nondescript IPA. I liked it being organic, but probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
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 WOTO97
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer could easily be mistaken for a hopped up amber. Color is gold with slight amber tones. Decent head retention and moderate lacing. The nose on this is predominantly malt: sweet bread and toast aromas. Slight off-putting resin qualities, while some bright citrus plays through from the hops. The nose along with the taste made me almost mistake this for a hoppy amber if not for the label on the bottle. A big mouthful of of slightly burned toast and biscuit comes through, lingering pretty nicely on the palate. Definitely a lemon and pine element working in the mid-palate from the hop component. All-in-all the flavor profile is unexpectedly balanced for a west coast IPA. Mouthfeel on this is fuller than most IPAs. While flavors still linger on the palate, the beer finishes pretty clean, almost watery. Approaching this as an IPA places your expectations a bit off-kilter. Nonetheless, the flavors are nice and balanced. A decent effort.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sleazo
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper brown IPA colour with a light cream fluffy two finger head. Good staying power and nice lacing provided by a steady stream of tight bubbles.

S-Slightly sweet toasted malt dominates with a slight sourness. Where are the hops?

T-Sweet toasted malt dominates the taste completely masking whatever hops there are. You get a small note of grapefruity hops but this is very much unbalanced and in the wrong way for a hop head. Some alcohol comes through as it warms as well as a lsight nuttiness, vague spicing and something I can't put my finger on but don;t really like

M-Medium bodied with a tight carbonation.

D-tastes more like a strong APA rather than an IPA. Needs alot more hopping.

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Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crusian
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

normally wouldnt review this, but promised i would.

pours a decent looking golden color with about a finger of head. carbonation seems a bit on the artificial side, as the bubbles are rather large. Head fades quickly, almost before i can get my nose down to smell it.
Not too much on the nose, First thing I get is pale malt... a tiny bit of hop, but i have to really dig for it... and thats about it.
Taste is actually a bit of the same. I was told this was fresh as well, but there is no date anywhere on the bottle. clean malt character, with a bit of bitterness, but just seems like a generic bitterness. no citrus, pine, grass... just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Seems like there is a hole in the middle, a bit of sweetness from the malt, then a hole, then the bitter finish. One thing that is quite amazing is that this is very dry... my mouth has become rather parched. Even my teeth feel dry. So strange.
overall this is just an average IPA.

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Photo of duff247
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of knm
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured this beer had a medium, but super frothy head! It disapated quickly and decent carbonation was left. The word organic scares me in beer because it can somtimes taste earthy. This beer didn't really give off that presence. Te hops are strong but a good balance with the rich undertones. THe smell is great, but I think my nose is stopped up. I can't pick out any flavors! I will try to update next time I drink this.

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Photo of turnerk3
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an interestingly light amber color with a nice, but miniscule, 1/4 inch head. There is quite an excellent retention of the head for only being 6.7%.

S: Not quite what I was expecting. The caramel malt backbone comes through considerably more than the floral hop aroma. The over all result is a mixture of caramel, earthy, floral essence.

T: The tongue once again agrees with the nose. Caramel malts flood through the palate followed by a floral hop coating. Even though the malts are favored overall, It's actually balance especially well.

M: Nicely carbonated and relatively easy to drink. Even though the malts are the dominant factor in flavor, the hops come through by making this smoother than expected.

O: I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle just to try it out. The hops don't define this IPA as well as I would like, but it's still an easy to drink brew. This would be a good beer for those just transitioning into IPAs.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst orange with basically no head, just a thin ring along the sides of the glass. It looks very still, lacking any sort of carbonation.

S: The toasted malts are definitely the backbone in this one. There are some hops present of the floral variety, but they take a back seat to the overpowering malts.

T: Similar to the aroma with the toasted malts overpowering the floral hops that try to make an appearance. I pick up on a touch of sweetness, probably again from the malt backbone.

M: It is medium bodied with a slight oily feel. There is no carbonation and it probably could have used some. It has an oily finish that coats the palate.

O: This was definitely one of the maltier IPAs I've had. The hops had a very small impact and that isn't really what I'm looking for in an IPA. There was no date printed on the bottle so maybe I just got an old batch. I'll have to pick up some that are more fresh and compare.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting sample pours a hazy golden-orange with some soapy lace leading to a nose that seems a tad more English in style with a big bready malt and some caramel against a backdrop of earthy hops, greens and orange blossoms. Palate speaks to a more American-styled IPA with the moderately big bitterness, but the flavors still lean towards the major breadiness. There's some vague hits of juicy orange and hoppy leafiness, while everything dries out on the finish- lingering bread crust and bitterness. Overall, not bad, but certainly what I'd consider of the more boringly flavored IPAs.

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Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of MattSlem
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 223 ratings