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

Happy to see a bottle of this beer available at the new Chase Tap Room in Downtown Lexington. The beer pours with a rusty hue of browns, coppers, and amber colors that release a firm, withstanding head and leaving lacing on the glass. An unmistakable citrus aroma emmits from a fully malted ale, creating breadiness, caramel, and fruity esters along with the dry citrus and pine aromas. light caramel and malt flavors set the stage for increasing esters of oranges, peaches, pears, apples, and appricots. Hop flavors of orange rinds, grapefruits, lemon grass, and pine give a lot of spicy, herbal, and florl notes that give the beer a lot of complexity. Light on the phenols and a fresh yeast flavor round out the tastes. The beer feels a bit heavy because of unfermented sugars that tend to balance out the beer, keeping the hops from claiming dominance. Finishes with a long pine, citrus flavor and with some moderate malt sweetness and heaviness. A good beer that could use a bit more attenuation.

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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 RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Butte Creek IPA at grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color, with a foamy white head, with tinges of yellow. The head dissipates quickly, but the last eighth on an inch or so is remarkable resilient, and sticks to the side of the glass.

The smell is sweet and candy-like. Bit of a toffee and caramel aroma.

The taste is a sweet caramel malt up front, giving way to a bitter hop finish. There is a dry bitter aftertaste, that really doesn' seem to go well with the early malt flavor. The flavors don;t seem to compliment each other all that well.

Mouthfeel is buttery, smooth and full bodied. Moderately carbonated, not particularly refreshing.

Average drinkability on this one I'm afraid. A little closer to the British style IPA than the American, and not a bad brew by any means. Not one that I would seek out again.

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

A: Poured a hazy coppery-orange with a small frothy white head. Visible carbonation was medium with small steady streams rising to the surface.

S: fresh grains and a citrusy aroma which was light. There was also some pine and floral notes detected.

T: very sweet with some toasted grains and a dry citrus hopping of dry pine and grass. The bitterness was smooth with some sour oranges and a clean ending.

M: fizzy from the active carbonation.

D: Drinkability was average, with the 7.1% abv being hidden fairly well. The hopping seemed a little subdued for an IPA.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slight hazy orange with thin white head that doesn't retain long.

Nose is fresh peach pit and orange peel. Some candied fruit aromas are present as well.

Palate is maltier than expected, with tangerine & grapefruit tartness coming through. Finish is very acidic & sharp. Medium to light bodied.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a lacy white yead that quickly dissapates and leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is very malt forward especially crystal malt although I'm not sure if that is because the hop aroma has droped out of this particular bottle. The hop aroma is mostly piney/resiny. Again the flavor is very malt forward with some bitting bitterness at the end. Overall not my favorite IPA, too sweet and malty.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is very clear with a light amber/copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy with a subtle malt aroma. The flavor is moderate-high hoppiness with medium-high bitterness. The finish leaves hop on the tongue and just a bit of malt to bring some balance. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall nothing out of this world, but still a good beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. You know, this is actually a very impressive appearance. Clear amber. Big crown of head with much lacing. It looks outstanding.

S - Pretty standard IPA. Flowery hops apparent but not overpowering.

T - Nice piney hop twang. Hop character here is much more of the piney rather than citrus variety. The soapy Pine-Sol taste kinda reminds me of SN Celebration. Malt backing there, but doesn't really put up much of a fight. Bitterness really comes through. I like it; the pine is not my favorite IPA taste, but it works for me. Good.

F - Doesn't feel as carbonated as the appearance would indicate. Doesn't have the pop I look for. Not terrible, just nothing special.

D - There's no problem throwing this back, though the ABV is a tad higher than some IPAs.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, reddish-orange body with a creamy and beautiful off-white head. Very good appearance.

Sharp, piney hop nose with a citrus bite.

Flavor is tart and almost pine-encrusted. A light malty creaminess is noticeable at first, then the sharp hoppiness takes over. The finish is hot with alcohol and a little harsh.

Mouthfeel is sort of watery for the style, while still slightly creamy. A little more body would be good.

Drinkability is not bad. The booziness on the finish does tend to build up a little, but your palate quickly becomes accustomed. It goes down well and is tasty.

Overall a pretty good IPA. Less alcohol presence with a touch more of that creamy maltiness would be an improvement, in my opinion.

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Photo of drpimento
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Well. Having this one in my hotel room here in Chicago. Nice that they chose an IPA for the room reefer; now if they woulda only chose a good one. Details. Guess you can't have ever thang. Wait a sec - just dawned on me this is a "green hotel" and this beer is ORgaNiC!!! haw.

Nice orangish color. Medium body. Not citrusy at first but in the finish. A bit soapy in head, body, and taste. I'll finish it, but only... aw hell, no I won't either.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit, this is an unusual take on the IPA style for a west coast brewer. Compared to a typical western IPA, this has a much more subdued hop aroma, and a profoundly malty-toasty flavor with a zing of wicked hoppy bitter bite in the finish. I expect that hop-zing finish, but the aroma and malt profile are a step outside the norm. Make no mistake, there is hops in the aroma, but they are subtle and balanced with the sweet caramelly-bready malt aromas. Speaking of malt, I found the flavor to be richly caramelly-toasty, akin to a good American red or amber ale. Oddly enough, this tastes quite a bit like a beer that I would brew...but more hop aroma, please.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 Drew966
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale pours an orange color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin. The flavor is dominated by hops, the floral taste dominates, but they are also kind of bitter and harsh too.

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Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper gold colored brew with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Good hop presence. Citrus and pine is evident.

Taste: Subdued, yet effective hop flavor. A very clean IPA. The aftertaste was limited and made me wonder where the hop flavor went.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkablity: A tasty brew that is not overblown or attempting to overpower.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice orange, copper color with a huge creamy white head that sticks around with great retention. Active carbonation. Nose has some citric hop and toasted malt, with a small amount of husky graininess too. Tastes rather mild for an IPA. Malty sweet (caramel malt), with moderate hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms, an apple/pear fruitiness dominates the palate.

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Photo of Jbino34
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color(more towards gold then bronze, if that helps). Head is not very apparent and the half inch that does show falls very quickly. The head does, however, leave a beautiful, thick lace along the glass. There is a slight haze - maybe chill haze?

Smell is just about average; nothing spectacular comes from it. I have to say I am a bit disappointed. The hop aroma is there but not as pungent as I would imagine.

Taste is very good. The hop profiles are apparent and hit hard and quick. The hard hitting hops hit the back of the tongue and remain. There isn't as much balance as an english IPA but I guess that is expected, right?

Mouthfeel is great; this stuff has some nice body, id imagine this beer uses quite a bit of crystal malt (maybe munich or carapils), something that is giving it great imaginary thickness. I love it.

This beer, like most IPA's is great for one. It is very bitter and works well with spicy foods. I wouldn't recommend more than one, it is just too much.

At the end of the day, I'd recommend this beer. I'd buy another.

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Photo of JayQue
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, cloudy orange, big pillowy white head with excellent retention and thick ladder like lacing. Smell is barely there. Taste is very mild, roasted malts and a little bitterness. Not a bad thirst quencher but not a memorable IPA either.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak but crisp. Drinkability is ok, nothing that would put you off, but nothing great to recommend it either. Fairly high abv, but not with strong taste to go with it.

A very average brew.

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Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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 flexabull
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice new packaging, and a very agreeable price of $5.99 for a sixer. Here we go...

Pours a clear light amber color with a nice white head on top.

Aromas are dusty, earthy, tea like and with some pine like notes.

Flavors are very clean and crisp. A definite brewed tea like flavor, bready, with some sweet and creamy malts. Finish is crisp with a bitter aspirin hoppy bite. Almost reminds me of a odd cross over IPA... part British style, part American.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly from the carbonation, but not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. A decent IPA, I prefer others, but the price is right, and this is tasty enough to be worth a try.

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

Copper color with some haze. Head was a little lacking on mine but it may have been a touch cold when poured. Thin cap of a head leaves some OK sheets of lace. Smell is a little underwhelming. Stong on the biscuit malts but really lacking on the hops side. A little bit of citrus note but not what you would expect in an IPA. At first sip this one redeams itself somewhat. The hops is much more pronounced than i would have expected from the nose. Very citric finish that almost becomes metallic. Stong biscuity malt flavor does balance it out fairly nicely. Chewy and full mouth. 7.1% shocked me when I looked it up, dosn't show at all. Overall a nice brew. I'll admit I bought it just to see what the organic thing was about (and that's probably what they are hoping for). Nothing special about that as far as I'm concerned but again a nice, if not extroidinary, brew.

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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 jspruit
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at Siciliano's in Michigan-a great store if you are in West Michigan to visit.

Pours a nice copper color with a big head that settles down to a light foam within a minute or so. The smell is nice hoppiness, and also a bit yeasty.

The hops definitely take over in this beer, with some yeastiness & light malt coming through too. There isnt alot of body or dimension to it overall as the hops seem to be the dominant feature-some dryness and bread hints at the end of each sip at the back of my throat.

Goes down a bit bitter with a bit of lacing on the side of the glass and little carbonation.

I dont think that this is my favorite of this style, but I'm glad that I tried it. I wonder actually how much better for me (or the environment) it is since it is organic?

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold/copper with nice sticky lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, dark and musky.
Taste is mostly hops, very vegetal, almost of broccoli. Very bitter in the finish with a lingering hoppiness. This is all about hops with very little malt to balance it out. With the right food pairing this could be a nice brew, it needs something strong and sweet to balance it out.

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Photo of Vancer
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Label states 6.7%

Brother, this is a foamer. Unbelievable – an easy pour produces ALL tan head in a 5” pilsner glass. Have to smell the bottle for a hoppy woody aroma.

Try to take a little pull off the bottle and it fizzes like a sparkler in the ol’ mouth. Hoppy champagne, this stuff.

Glad I only bought one bottle to sample – would have died picking up a sixer of this non-drinkable brew.

This organic stuff is all hype – and probably leaves a carbon footprint bigger than a non-organic.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter hoppy notes with a nice caramel malt profile. Medium body with some good carbonation. Nothing extraordinary but a well done beer as per style guideline.

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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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