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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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

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Photo of wingnutter
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber. Smells a but floral, citrusy, hoppy.

Tastes a bit piney, a bit citrusy, a bit floral, as the smell would indicate. Very bitter at the front, giving way to citrus and a biscuity quality. Theres a malty sweetness in the finish with a lingering aftertaste of bitterness. I cant quite identify the hops used. Being a Chico, CA brewery, I figured Id notice Cascade hops right away but that isn't the case. As it warms the floral taste comes through a bit more. Reminds me a bit of Avery IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bit raw, bit not in an entirely bad way. Feels a bit unrefined. The 7.1% ABV is enough to pack a nice punch though, and the alcohol is undetectable.

Drinkability is good for the simple fact that its pretty strong and non-offensive. I only bought a single 12oz, but I may go back and get a sixer so I can get a bit deeper into this one.

Not bad at all, but not a standout either.

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Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Highs: In-your-face hops and bitterness
Lows: Overwhelming for some

From the 22 oz. bottle, pours a nice typical IPA dark copper/amber with a 1-finger tannish head that fades away at a moderate pace. Nose is hopsy with little citrus, somewhat atypical of my experience with IPA’s. Taste is bitter--quite bitter, again with heavy hops. After a moment, the citrus kicks in. Mouth is smooth, watery, and a bit bubbly; overall, pleasant. Finish is bitter with a kind of “pine” flavor.” Drinkability is average to low; unless you have a taste for piney, bitter IPA’s, you won’t likely enjoy more than one.

Overall: A very good IPA, but a bit heavy on the hops and bitterness.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours a clear amber/coppery color with a thin off-white head which fades to a thin ring that leaves behind some fine lacing.

Smell; this has a sweet caramel malty, almost nutty smell to it. There's very little hop aroma at all, which I'm kind of suprised by since this is supposed to be an IPA. Aroma was definitely disapointing for an IPA.

Taste; I get lots of biscuity caramel malts, and not much in the way of hops, as the aroma indicated. I can't see how this is classified as an IPA. It seems much closer to an amber ale. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy, with decent carbonation.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was an amber, copper beer with a light haze caused by the yeast. The cream-colored head rose up to a little more than one finger and then settled at an average pace. It was dense and ramped sharply up the side of the glass around the edge. There was some light lacing left behind.

Smell: The aroma was thick with roasted, cracker-like malt. This mixed with some light, indistinct smelling hops. The hops were pretty light on the nose; not what I was expecting more since this is an IPA. There was also a sweet and fruity candy aroma that floated over the other smells. It had an odd twang to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly chewy and almost buttery smooth upfront. A very light fuzzy carbonation formed in the back of the mouth. Nice.

Taste: Sweet malt and caramel hit the tip of the tongue first. Then in the middle, an indistinct (just like the aroma) bitterness arose. It was partially hops induced, but it also had a dry, puckering tannic quality to it. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't overly pleasant either. The roasted qualities of the malt rose up in the middle as well. Some sweetness lingered on the finish, as well as the remains of the oddly funky bitterness. There were light notes of menthol in the aftertaste.

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Photo of bditty187
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, coppery bronze in hue with a kiss of amber as well. The liquid looks like an IPA should. The head was slightly off-white, at the apex the foam was one finger high. Head retention was fair; it slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but fairly widespread. Overall, this beer looks as it should but nothing more. It is textbook solid.

The nose is odd. It is earthy and nutty with some piney/woody notes. The hoppiness is very muddled; disappointing. There is some light fruitiness but not at any level of relevance. At the back are weak caramel malt notes. The first time I smelled this beer I was bummed. However, it was much nicer the second time. This is the third beer from my six-pack and the nose is just not working (again!). I just don’t get enough hops. Moderate potency… but it is not saying much I like. I say, this is Below-average aroma, for the style.

The palate is as much of a mess as the nose. The only thing that saves this beer from sucking is the heavy-handedness of the alcohol. I haven’t had much luck with organic beers; this is the best of the bunch for what that is worth. Caramel malt, dry, lightly nutty… woody in the middle, some pine at the back… the hop bitterness is moderate but firm. Light fruitiness, some honey, some flowers, some bark. At times this beer is rough. IMO, this beer is not well thought-out. It is flawed. It is a so-so IPA. However, it somehow works. This is not a great beer but I don’t mind drinking it. I bet it could be paired with some sharp cheddar or even some nutty cheese, maybe even a Black & Bleu Burger!

Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is firm and filling. The mouthfeel is easily the strongest aspect of this beer. Very well done!

Yes this beer is drinkable but it still is flawed. I purchased a six-pack in Kansas City, MO. Sure, this is the best organic beer I have had. Big deal. I won’t mind drinking what I have but I will not buy more. Decent at times, while never foul it does leave a lot to be desired. Fair when at its best… there are too many good IPAs on the market. I say, skip it.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pumpkin like orange with little bits of yeast floating around. Smell is hoppy, typical of an IPA. Taste is made mostly of hop bitterness with citris fruit undertones. I love most of the beers that come from this brewery, but this one is not on the top of the list. There are better IPAs out there but this one is well worth a try.

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

Well balanced, but not extraordinary IPA. Hops are noble-like and assertive, but go very well with some definite bready malts. Very drinkable with good carbonation. Although it is simple, it is good, and I will be looking forward to drinking this again!

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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 Naerhu
4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
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 KingSlender
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - Waimea Brewing Co. Pint

Pours a very nice orange copper with slight tones of amber. The off-white head forms up nice and sticks graciously to the sides of my glass. One of the best appearances I've seen in a while.

The smell is not bad. A very "woody" nose to it reminds me of a saw mill. A nice citrus smell (lemons/grapefruit) is also present.

The taste is very different than the typical West Coast IPAs that I'm used to drinking. I bit "rugged" but very balanced and smooth. Lot's of grapefruity hops (cascade?) and a nice bitter finish.

This may be one of the first organic IPAs that I've had so I'm not sure what to really think of it. Not bad!

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Photo of beerceller99
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber color with a decent head; nice lacing. Mild smell of caramel malts and herbal hops. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Has a fairly sweet caramel, grassy taste. Finishes mildly bitter.
If i hadn't read the label I'd think this was an amber or English pale ale.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich honey orange with a decent head.
Smell is hops and honey with some malt in the back. No complexity here.
Taste is hops all over with some wheat/grass presence and a little malt still hiding in the back. No complexity here, either.
Mouthfeel: decent effervescence, medium body. Not smooth. Drinks like a higher alcohol, grown-up brother of their Organic Ale. Unfortunately, not the most favorable comparison.
Drinkability is is ok. This brew is nothing special, just a mid-pack beer. You won't want to pour it out, but after one, I doubt you'll seek it out.

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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 donnebaby
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy off white head is exceptional in size, stickyness and chaos -- nice covering for the clear dark amber red body. Nose is very sweet and not really showing the hop goods very much. A little bit of booze seeps through.

Taste is primarily composed of sweet malts, sweet caramel. Hops once again take a back seat (are organic hops more expensive so they use less??), mildly weedy in the mouth and suddenly bitter in the after. Medium body and medium carbonation -- which is swallowed by the syrupy feel.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to take a chance with this organically brewed IPA. I usually shy away from the organic beers but felt this offering from Butte Creek deserved a chance. Presented in a 22oz bomber like the one in the picture. No freshness date on the label. Purchased at Liquorama for $1.99 a week ago. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: quite visually appealing with a ruddy tangerine coloration, a bit of suspended sediment, and a short-lived white head that nevertheless deposited some decent sheet lace.
Smell: biscuity malt aroma and some fruit-inspired notes as well. Where is the hops? Nothing there to speak of. Oh yeah, a lurking buttery diacetyl that was rather off-putting.
Taste: more of the same. Diacetyl more prominant and hops bittering definitely lacking. Malts stand firm but this American IPA tastes more like the English IPA's I've tried. Has that biscuity, almost bready malt backbone and a subdued amount of bitterness that lacks the real citrusy or resinous taste I've come to expect from the American IPA, especially a West Coast version.
Feel: medium-bodied and almost chewy; finishes drily.
Overall: reasonably drinkable but nothing that impressed me all that much. Try it out if you're looking to make a foray into the organic beers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear amber coppery pour with a few scant bubbles rising to an ivory hued wafer thin head cap, leaving minimal spotty lace behind.

Light hardly palatable cedar grainy aroma with a touch of pine hops in the background barely appearing.

First swigs: Bitter cedar hops bite that leaves a lingering English hop character. Grainy husky malt platform holds the palate in check. Earthy gritty character. Dry tacky toasted malt aftertaste. Quite woody in a non descript sense…that is, not really piney like some IPAs, just woody.

Cushy carbonation. Medium body. Aftertaste is raw (and organic?) Lacks a basic American IPA prickly hop character to be quaffable.

Last swigs: More of an English styled Fuggle IPA. Nothing impressive. 7.1% ABV. Picked up this 6 pack at a chain organic foods store just for a change. A thousand better Am IPAs out there. If you are curious, then give this a whirl, otherwise you won’t be writing home over it. These so called organic brews are hit or miss because if they are a week past prime, they nose dive big time. The best part of this brew is the 7.1 % ABV that sets off a good buzz.

Beer is good. Happy strange IPA organic beering.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours out a burnt orange color and forms a thick and soapy cream/pale yellow-tinted head. It doesn't last very long but holds a bare cap the whole way.

Aroma - malty biscuit nose trailed by a bare hint of hops that might be missed if sniffed blindly. Oddly, once the initial vapors disperse, the hops become easier to pick up. They are still on the lighter side but overall an appealing blend of the malt and hop aromatics.

Taste - definitely more malt base presence than any IPA in recent memory. The biscuity nature holds the palate briefly, then releases to a wash of hop bitterness. Grapefruit rind flavors mostly, a little harsh and prickly but attenuated after a few seconds. A rather unique hop taste profile. A grapefruit aftertaste remains, low key and pleasant. A well-done variation while still holding to style, kudos to BC for an IPA with some unique and tasty malt character.

Mouthfeel - moderate creaminess, average weight, slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability - a little rough, perhaps some time in the cellar would help to smooth it out. The 2nd half was a better experience as it warmed up and my palate adjusted. This would be a good IPA to go along with spicy or grilled food.

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

HiTime Cellars

This beer pours a light auburn color. Head cannot be roused despite a straight pour down the middle. Aroma is mildly citrus and caramel, and does not improve with warming. On the tongue it begins with a stiff hop bite with complex hop flavors. Citrus and floral. Malt presence is huge. Toastiness that spreads out into an intense graininess accompanied by a sharpness that borders on unpleasant. Munich and something else? Alcohol wafts noticeably. Feels huge in my mouth. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall: I love the malt, but it's on the verge of being overdone. The hop aroma is a disappointment although the hop flavor is actually pretty complex and not your run of the mill mix.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +23%
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 Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/16/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bomber bottle with no expiration date. Poured into a standard 20 oz pint glass.

Appearance- Amber yellow coloring with a nice fluffy and clumpy white head. Lacing was about average.

Smell- Lots of malt, maybe even some roasted scents. Where are the hops???? I dectect a tad of floral hops, but very minimal.

Taste- Where are the hops??? Damnitt!!!! Where are my hops!!!
Lots of malts....maybe a bit of dark chocolate even in the background. This is the least amount of hops I have tasted in an IPA in my life. It's not bad, but it's mislabeled as an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and kind of thick.

Drinkability- If it was labeled as something else, maybe a kind of pale ale, this would get a much better rating. It's a decent beer, but it's no IPA.

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Photo of maxpower
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-copper color with a large frothy head that leaves some lacing in my glass, citrus and bready aroma. Hoppy fruity and caramel flavors with a mild hop bite, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and pleasant bitterness, a decent and average IPA.

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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 alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-brass with the slightest of haze, and a small, sticky, off-white head.
Smells of fresh, sugary, cookie dough malts dominate. Light, spicy hops provide a minimal hop punch. Weird how malty this is. English IPA?
Starts off with doughy cookie flavors. Sweet and very malty. Hops eventually come in; start off slowly, then build to a pointedly bitter apex. As far as hop flavor: resiny, spicy, peppery, and bitter. Finish is bitter and alcoholic, with lingering maltiness. This is a big, mouth-coating, malty IPA. Cheers for being organic!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber labeled exactly per the BA Database Avatar. I was initially suspicious of the large ORGANIC word on this one, it usually means that you pay over the odds for an average beer or get a crap one. Either way I will always try a beer once and make up my mind and dispel my own myths and prejudices at any twist and turn so I popped one in the basket whilst at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa recently. Described as ‘Handcrafted in Chico, CA with organically grown hops and barley, brewers yeast and water’. Listed at 7.1% Alc. By Vol.

Appearance: Awesome presentation in my 22 ounce straight-sided handled Mug. A lush rounded deep orange colored body with amber hints, a simply beautiful color, which off-sets the smooth creamy light beige head perfectly. Decent levels of finely dissolved carbonation help to maintain a thick creamy pillowy head with a smooth but slightly uneven surface. This is one seriously sexy looking IPA in the Glass.

Nose: Lovely biscuit malt nose with a soft restrained hoppy character. Some orange and zesty citric overtones when deeply inhaled. When deeply inhaled I got lots of citric caramel from the back end of this IPA as well. Thick nose thanks to the malts.

Taste: Has a lovely biscuit malt base throughout, the hops are not over the top but more restrained than normal, yet they come through in the back end with a nice sharp citric crispiness with some orange fruit tang. Not the usual West Coast hop-bomb but I really don’t mind that, I have a soft spot for malty IPA’s. This is nice drinker and an IPA that lay down some hops but not in the usual OTT way.

Mouthfeel: Quite chewy at times, thanks to the big soft and crispy biscuit malt bill. Bready at times too. Wholesome, not massive, but always above average.

Drinkability: Smart tasting IPA that is reasonably drinkable and I had just finished a 750ml bottle of a Bière de Garde as well so I wasn’t exactly thirsty! Quaffable, but not to excess.

Overall: I was initially skeptical about this one, I will admit that, but this turned out to be rather OK as it happened and much better than I expected. Not sure what the Organic slant has to offer here for us meat eating, caffeine crazed, high carb beer drinkers….but if you are into this sort of thing it is definitely one of the better Organic beers that I have sampled recently, O’Hanlons from the UK being the other. Phosphate-free hype aside, this is a decent enough IPA that has a restrained East Coast feel. Well worth a try.

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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 26% out of 100 with 223 ratings
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