Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 223
Photo of sacrelicio
4.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Savory hops! This is great IPA. Amber, orange, burnt sugar color with a small, beige colored head. Smells like fresh pineapple, oranges, and cherry popsicles. Tastes like meaty, savory, earthy German hops, but I'm not sure if Germans are used. The meatiness is followed by herbal note, some cannibis, and a bit of mint and marichino cherry. Decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is great, with weight, light carbonation, and velvety texture. Drinkable? All night baby! Another great beer from an underrated brewery. I don't see why people don't like this one more.

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Photo of Jordan
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh aromas of brown sugar malts and herbal hops. Potent bitters mix well with introverted malts. Very good E-IPA, the difference between the american IPA and english IPA are apparent.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful completely opaque dark copper, beautiful fluffy white head. Its rare to see a IPA this dark.
S - Thrilling luscious citrus hop aroma, with only light malt in the background.
T - Mega citrus hoppiness, nice balance with the malt, lingering bitterness. Quite dry.
M - Nice carbonation.
D - Although this beer shares much in common with Amber ale, it is lacking the requisite malt to, IMHO be considered an amber. At only three bucks a bottle (in Osaka, Japan) its about 10% cheaper than most micros, and worth every penny.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had any other organic brews that I know of, and this was a real nice place to start. I love the smell and cleaness of this IPA. Smells as floral and fruity as the best IPA's I've had. A little lighter and thinner than a lot of the better beers of the style, but this one displays a terrific balance. As much as I noticed the bitterness, it never detracted from the drinkability (if I had another bomber, I would have drank it!). ABV not noticed in the flavor. I followed this with one of my favorite Pale Ales (Indiga), and I think I preferred the Butte Creek. I will absolutely revisit this one.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable malt balance that supports the intense hops without ever being cloying. The malts are pure with the real character of barley flour and hulls coming through -- grainy, nutty, and almost creamy. The midpalate is saturated with spicy herbs followed by an elegant pause and a resurgence of hops, but this time grassier, nearly anisette, and grippingly bitter.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bisquity pale and carapils malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's rich and toastey with a creamy feel. The taste is great. It has an incredibly smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes toasted and bitter. It hides it's elevated abv. (7.1%) well with a nice hop flavor and rich malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer. I love the malt content as well as balanced taste. This is a good drinking beer.

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light English Tea color with a copper hue, no sediment and minimal off white head.

Rich smell of caramel.

Has a tight chewy caramel taste, concentrated, with an English Tea hop flavor and balance.

Medium bodied, resinous, with crisp and comfortable carbonation.

Very drinkable organic IPA, full range of flavors with the chewy caramel throughout.

updated, 02/20/09

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking copper hued brew. Thin and bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is actually quite full with droopy rings being created as I drink. Nicely balanced nose. There's a definite caramel maltiness present, but also herbal hop aromas. Nicely balanced on the palate as well, but the hops do play a bigger part. They play a big enough part here to indeed call this an IPA. The base malt properties are just as enjoyable though with some rich caramel/toffee like characteristics. The hops add some nice floral and herbal traits along with a nice little lingering bitterness. This one flows over the palate quite effortlessly. Solid.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeper amber with off white head. Nose is mildly hopped with the citric tones that tend to come with it. Flavor is massive with hops. It borders on overkill with lack of balance. Strong sweet tone that combines with citrus flavors. If this were one notch higher, I think it would be too much. And as it is, it still might be too much for some. Feel is smooth and carries a great bubble over your tongue. Good drinkability, but might not be as much for people who are not keen to hops. Overall though, a very good brew. And hey. It’s organic too.

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Photo of pio
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i wonder if they list all of their ingredence. anyway quite an active slightly hazy volume supports nicly a big bad cream with orange tinted head. the liquid is a burn orange color. seems to be some sediment in the bottle that i wasn't really expecting/seeing. great clinging fingers of lace. v.nice!
htere's a plesant floral hop boquet with just a pinch of a piney note. sweet barley notable on the malt side. two dimentional and balanced.
the flavor has a light malty feeling and when then hops come marching in they take over quite well on an earthy note. they represent a floral and piney woody treasure of a profile and eventually dry things up crisply an the palate.
light body and exciting effervescence
an beer so easy to drink that when i reviewed it i went to the fridge for the third and final bottle to find that i drank it, i felt good and checked the empty count just in case..."what? seven an a tenth percent abv! holy shiot!" and i wrote down the number ten for drinkability and i'm going to stick to my guns even though i think my judgement was effected more than i anticipated.

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Photo of asabreed
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
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 RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +18%
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 UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle, capped. No date.

This IPA poured a clear, reddish-amber color with creamy, tall, off-white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. The smell was a strong floral hop aroma mixed with biscuity malt, and a hint of lightly sweet caramel. The taste was dominated by hops (floral and bitter) with biscuity malt to balance. There was a hint of oak and caramel also. The mouthfeel was dry and a bit astringent from the hops. There was a sweet and hoppy aftertaste. The body was medium. This was a nice IPA with a lot of Amber Ale or Red Ale character. (Thanks to stoutlove77 for this bottle.)

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 granger10
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in the middle with orange surrounding it. Medium sized fluffy creamy white head above. Moderate lacing. Nice looking.

Smells of pine and grapefruit along with some syrup qualities. A touch of resin and cream as well.

Taste is good all the way through. Light malty sweetness provides base for the moderate hoppiness. Some lighter fruits and toffee upfront. Citrus and floral notes as well. Creamy texture brings forth a solid grapefruit flavor. Some biscuit holds the base. A slight bit of heat under it all. Bitterness is low but gives a push in the finish.

I liked this beer and always like to support organic products. From experience good beer and organic beer don't usually fit in the same sentence, but they do here.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish amber color with absolutely massive white chunky head that easily escaped the boundaries of the glass. Good retention and attricative lacing.
Smell is loaded with piney, grassy, and citrusy hops with some light balancing malt notes.
Taste is also very hopps with just enough malt to make it truly enjoyable.
Nice full mouthfeel.
Nice drinkability, though the alcohol content limits the number to enjoy.

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Photo of supercolter
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually found this beer quite enjoyable. Nice orange color, with lots of head and lacing. Smell and taste are good with a well hopped forefront but a bit too much malt and not enough of the citrusy smell and taste that I have grown accostomed too. Mouthfeel is a bit weak but decently carbonated. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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 haroldp
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Looks great. Small but sturdy head. Smells yummy. The first sip tasted like mud, in the absolutely the most positive sense. It settles in to a nice hoppy IPA flavor after that, but the mud sticks around in the background.

The label has a dude reaping wheat with a scythe. I've been to Chico. Don't remember seeing that. I bet there was actually a tractor involved. Wolaver's labels put on a better pretend oh-so-organic scythe show.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The aroma featured a dominant spicy citrus aroma with a compliment of clean, yet mildly sweet, graininess.

The taste was upfront spicy and grapefruity. A very nice biscuity malt body supported the estery hop. Good peppery aftertaste lingered. Earthy.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and featured a nice spicy tingle.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. The earthy organic feature made this IPA original. High ABV is virtually unoticable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY cloudy red brew, not much head but lots of lace on top.

Smell is mild and tasty. Mild sweetness and clean smelling, wild flowers and faint pine scent describes this best.

Taste is a little sweet and malty with a restrained hop bite in the first taste. Well-rounded taste; not just another hop monster. Taste is woody with a citrus hop flavor that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; a well-rounded beer than can be best described as "Smooth."

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Photo of BierReise
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to like organic beer, which is made from hops and barley grown to the specifications of certain organic laws. This is a nice IPA in my opinion. Nice clear amber color and a healthy head of froth which sticks to the glass. The aroma is excellent and caramel really stands out. Good hop aroma as well and fair amount of bitterness but not over done. Feels smooth to the palate with a medium effervescence. A nice overall IPA and a good effort by the brewer. A pleasant surprise on a recent beer run.

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Photo of hooligan
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber to copper colored beer with a thick, creamy head. Herbal, grapefruit hoppiness and faint toasted malt in the smell. Citrus hoppiness throughout with a fairly established toasty and robust malt presence.
Smooth, creamy, thick on the tounge, very enjoyable. A well rounded and exceptional IPA from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually tend to cringe at organic beers. I've had too many with off or strange tastes. Or some just weren't all that good. Thankfully, Butte Creek Organic IPA restores some faith in me that beer that's good for the earth can also taste good.

It poured the classic auburn orange IPA color into my tulip glass, with a solid foamy head, and decent sheeting action on the glass as I sipped. Slightly citrus aroma. The flavor was a good blend of plenty of malt, some sweetness, and lots of citrus hoppy goodness. I'd almost call this a "fruit forward" IPA, the way the orange and grapefruit flavors and the unusually high sweetness for an IPA dominated the flavor profile. The flavor finished with a warm, resin-like hop bitterness. Overall, this unique and unorthodox blend of malt, some sweetness and fruitiness, finished with a slight astringent hops bitterness worked for me.

Some heft to this brew on the mouthfeel, and as far as the drinkability goes, found it very smooth and enjoyable with everything going on there.

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Photo of mandolin
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly reddish medium brown IPA, almost surprisingly dark, right from the 22 oz bottle at the local market/deli. Really pretty color with an attractive slightly hazy quality. Small head, but the little white lacy foam that did appear upon pouring stayed for the whole glass. Fairly strong malt notes in the aroma slightly belie the plesantly bright, hoppy flavor. The initial hit gives a big, classic, slightly pine-y hops hit that fades into a very mature, almost sweet malt note.

Mouthfeel was slightly dry, but less so to my palate than most IPAs. What struck me about this particular beer was the balance present and the overall transition between the hops and malt flavors. The hops notes that remained long after a sip were not bitter or skunky. A surprisingly balanced IPA overall.

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