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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

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

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Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 6/23/09.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with lots of carbonation bubbles and one finger of creamy off-white head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left a few swatches of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is a malty blend of caramel, grainy and bready notes with a mixed bag of hops with subtle hints of perfume and some lemon zest. There's also a touch of buttery diacetyl present.

T - Opens with a grainy, bready quality and some caramel malt sweetness, but quickly segues into a citrusy hop character that is quite metallic, almost tin-like, overall. Some grassy characteristics also emerge. Finish is a bit soapy with fairly aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and vigorous carbonation, resulting in a prickly mouthfeel. Finishes with a dry, lingering metallic bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty decent IPA with plenty of hop bitterness, albeit rather metallic. Hop character isn't very well-defined. Drinkability is still fairly solid overall. Not bad, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out in the future either.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
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 stockingcpl
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew poured with an eggshell colored head. Retention was not long, however lacings are plentiful and carbonation strings are observed. Color is a semi-transparent medium amber. Pretty good so far.

Smell: The hop presence jumps out. Heavy bittering hops with minimal smooth aromatic hops. There is a caramel presence, but it is a little strange...hard to put your finger on. Minor citrus notes. Some pine.

Taste: Yep. Heavy traditional US (domestic) bittering hops. Strong flavor presence. Flavor curve is rather sharp and lacking in heavy sustain. While this is sometimes expected in an IPA, this particular selection comes across as more chopped and leaves the palate feeling quie clean.

Mouthfeel: This selection starts fast, smooths in the middle, and chops off quickly during sustain. Very easy on the palate with little aftertaste. I enjoyed this selection.

Drinkability: This brew is tasty, but the heavy dependence upon bittering hops with little aromatic hops leaves this selection a little heavy on the stomache.


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Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden color with a slight amber tint. Frothy but ultimately modest off-white head leaves a dusting of lace. Biscuity malt aroma with some piney hops. Flavor is resinous and somewhat acrid hops with a very neutral malt background. Astringent with medium bitterness. Thinnish body, carbonation a bit flat. Nothing special here.

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Photo of hobojon
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A: Poured a finger widths head, very little yeast. Very clear and golden red. Carbonation appears medium.

S: Sweet floral hop aroma, possibly a blend of multiple hops that I can't identify. Definitely some citrus American hops present.

T: Smooth and balanced. No harsh flavors. Malty but dry, with a caramel sweetness balanced with a crisp bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor for an IPA, but enough to balance. Alcohol well masked.

M: Dry and medium carbonation. Feels more malty than other IPAs.

D: Could be a session brew. Very balanced and mild for a west coast IPA, alcohol is not noticeable. I feel like it is a huge Pale Ale/IPA hybrid and I will be buying this more often.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours copperish amber with a thin tan head.

The smell of caramel with some herbal, leafy, slightly citric notes. Smells more of a standard, caramelish APA to me.

The hops come out a bit more in the flavour, giving a bitterish touch to the caramel. Bitterness is a towards aspirin-ish. Alcohol well-covered, with just a hint of warmth.


Strong caramel presence with enough hops to make it into style, though could go along with a hoppier APA. (Though coupled with abv, fits into IPA). I don't know about a "hop-head's delight", as asserted on the label, but not a bad brew.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy, ivory-hued head. Powdery lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma smelling of lightly grainy pale malts with airy hop notes of dried herbs and citrus fruit.

Taste: Simple, basic pale malts with a touch of astringent graininess and even less caramel sweetness. Follow that with some herbal, grapefruit hop flavors and a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably well-balanced, above average India Pale Ale.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A nice, hazy orange beer with a great glowing quality. The head is a bit thin, but the retention is great- as is the lacing.

S- Toasted rye bread up front... and just the slightest hop presence on the tail end... which smells kind of like raspberries and flowers. Not like any IPA I have encountered before, but it's not horrible, but not good either.

T- Ah, theres the hops- mostly just a bittering aspect. The flavor is toasty and fruity... Hmm... Not really blending all that well together. The more I got into this, the more I noticed a very irritating and not appealing aftertaste.

M- Kind of a smooth liquid, but very dry and bitter on the tail end.

D- Well, this was just not all that good. Not appealing to me, but at least their pale ale is solid.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing as well. Smells richly of hops and a slight amount of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. A smooth and slightly thick mouth feel. Average carbonation level present. Tastes strongly of hops and the bitterness is the dominate aftertaste. There's also some slight butter flavors present to counteract the hoppiness. Overall, a much improved beer. I had this a couple of years ago and it was a poor example of the style to say the most. Now it is not only drinkable, but I'd drink this again - worth a try.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

A - Poured a clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate grainy sweet balanced aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - My expectations where met.

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Photo of hopdog
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a darker amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of mild grapefruit and somewhat fruity. Tastes the same as the aromas - citrus and a little fruity. Lightly sweet with a mild bitter finish. Body was on the thin side.

Notes from: 03/06/05.

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Photo of theghost3
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first organic IPA. Pours a very cloudy copper. Head is slightly off-white, and it dissapates quickly. Smell is biscuity, sweet malts & herbal hops. The malt is almost sickeningly sweet. The taste is very malty, but the hops come through more than in the aroma. The hops are herbal and medicinal. Mouthfeel is smooth, some carbonation. These go down real easy. Very drinkable, but I would prefer a little less of the sweet malts in an IPA.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Slightly toasty malts have a light caramel aroma. The hops are on the lighter end, but very sharp, adding some herbal leafy aromas.

The malts are toasty like in the aroma, but are a little watery. The hops have a very peppery spicy flavor, along with a little bit of bitter grapefruit. Medium bodied.

The flavors are on the lighter side but they still have a bit of a bite from the hops. A decent IPA, maybe a little on the thinner side though for my preferences.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Spikester
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber with a good sized head which subsides to a white film. Good amount of lacings.
Aroma is resinous.
Taste is closer to the Pale Ale style than an IPA. Good citrus hops, sweet malts.
Overall an easy drinker. Plus one for being organic.
Good value, very good organic IPA. Not many out there.

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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 SurlyDuff
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours with a super fluffy beige head. Kind of a sickly amber, not good clarity.

Arma is kinda malt forward for an ipa. Its got hops, sure, but theyre tucked away in the aroma.

Good floral hops in the taste. Nice crisp apple and the malt is a light caramel. This one smells malty, but tastes hoppy. Neat. Some citrus in there, but its not forward.

It's a good ipa in every respect. A bit on the tame side compared to its west coast brethren. Overall a real nice brew.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours an orange amber with very minimal head and very little carbonation. this next to non existent head gives way to very small film. this smells very sweet with a floral fruity bit to it. mild hops in the nose. whoa! this is not very well balanced! this definitely has to much malt for an IPA. the "caramel" that they speak of on the bottle definitely doesn't help much either. I'm quite disappointed cause I've got a big bottle of a beer I don't really like sitting here now that I feel obligated to finish.

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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 TheLiterati
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've gotta say, organic IPAs seem to lack a bit of bite to me. Could be completely psychological of course, as many of my friends would likely agree with, but I'm just sayin'.

Still, since offerings were slim in the particular store where I happened to be shopping, I decided pick up a six pack (with an updated label from what is shown) and give this organic IPA offering a try.

I was actually pleasantly surprised.

The color was rich - a nice amber-gold color, with a decent tan head that yielded a nice lacing.

The hoppy aroma translated to the taste. This isn't a hop monster, but definitely hoppier than the pale ale offering.

Mouthfeel was bolstered by a nice carbonation, making this quite a drinkable brew.

I still miss the peppery after-bite of a solid IPA, but not much.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up at Erickson's over the weekend for about $1.70... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger foamy head... brew is hop hazed amber... nice rings of lace for the entire glass.

pretty descent citric hop bite in the nose followed by a little nuttiness and pale malts.

Medium of the road bitterness melts into lightly toasted pale malts... nice citrus & floral hops.. only a little yeasty fruitiness mops up the fairly long finish... body is pretty much spot on.. so is the carbonation.

Really a pretty good IPA... I had my reservations, because I haven't had alot of certified organic IPA's be any good... but this was nice.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to do a re-review of this, since I believe I had a bad bottle for the original (2008).

12 oz bottle pours a hazed copper color with minscule floaties suspended throughout the beer. The head is masive and long-lasting. Nice lace.

Nose is toasty malt with a mild amount of flowery hops. Meh, smells ok...not great but certainly better than the last time around.

Taste is much better as well with a honey-drizzled, floral hop flavor and a mild bite on the end. The malt is not really to my liking, it alternates sweet/toasty and has a maris otter English feel to it. I still dont like it, but the beer is definitely better than the last time around. Remains a near drain-pour for me.

Original review: (A-2 S-2.5 T-1.5 M-1.5 D-1)
Copper opaque color with tons of suspended brown particles. This does not look appetizing. This bottle could be bad.

Smells like a chocolate malt, an IPA should not smell like this.

Tastes like a chocolate milkshake left outside for an evening. More evidence pointing to a ruined bottle.

Ugh, drain pour. Never again.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's a perfectly clear dark amber with no signs of carbonation, motionless. The head is a plentiful light tan with gobs of lacing. The aroma is a touch of peanut and butterscotch malt with some pine hops in the background, green maple wood, very odd, but not bad, kind of medicinal, not like any ipa or pale ale I've smelled before. The taste stays consistent with the aroma, quite unusual, not immediately enjoyable but OK. The hops taste muted on the pine side, malt is obvious but there is a bit of cough syrup taste in a medium bodied brew. Very little carbonation, but not flat. Quite dry, good body but medium drinkability due to dryness and kind of funky flavor. Not your father's IPA.

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Photo of Floydster
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle part of a six pack purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Golden yellow with some orange highlights, 1/2 inch creamy white head, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Too much malt, some citrus hoppiness, mostly oranges, a little bit of pine as well
T-Too sweet right from the beginning, did not have enough hops to balance this out, some pine in the finish, lemon juice later on as it got sweeter and breadier, really would have liked to see this more dry
M-Sweet, chewy, and bitter mouthfeel, medium body, lingering taste, and not carbonated enough
D-Could drink a good amount but alcohol content is not exactly low for an IPA, heavy for an IPA because of the large amount of malt

Always interesting to try an organic beer and quite cool at the same time, but with that said this did not do it for me, not a good California IPA like I am used to having, would not drink again, would not recommend

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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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