Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale | Butte Creek Brewing Company

Butte Creek Organic India Pale AleButte Creek Organic India Pale Ale
223 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear honey golden colored beer sits below a big off white head the slowly falls into a pretty nice lacing.

Citrus fruit to almost floral hop aroma, a really pretty nice aroma on this IPA.

Taste is citrus hops with a light maltiness backing it up, not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest, but not bad either.

A light dry aftertaste with a slight citrus tone remains after all the beer is gone.

This is a decent tasting beer but not quite the west coast hops taste I thought I was going to get after my initial whiff of this IPA

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber color with a small fizzy white head that leaves small chunks of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops with some citrus.

Tastes of a decent wave of hops on top of a decent malt backbone. Hops have an earthy, grassy, and a bit citrusy character. Malts add with a bit of grainy sweetness and caramel. Leans slightly towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, not very enticing unless for some reason the organic certification intrigues you (it shouldn't).

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Photo of crusian
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
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 depechemode1983
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a medium clear golden copper color. The head on this beer is awesome, its thick, rocky and pretty sticky. There is lots of lacing on the glass as well.

S - Great nose too. There is a good amount of citric and piny hops up front along with subtle floral notes. Through the middle you get grapefruit and orange peel coupled with grains and lightly toasted malts. The finish is pretty clean.

T - Nice and hoppy and actually sweeter than anticipated. Its maybe a bit too sweet. The malts could stand to be toned down a bit. Still you get some good bitterness and a good tropical fruit flavors. The balance isn't too off just not exactly spot on.

M - Good mouth feel. It's medium bodied, soft, well carbonated. There is nothing to complain about.

O - I'm glad I purchased this. There wasn't too many new selections at my local shop at the time. This was one out of 5 new ones. I would buy it again if they start selling them in singles.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Julian date of Apr 1 but not clear if that's bottled date or best by date but guessing bottled. It was a slightly hazy amber color with lots of carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good foam cap fed by the streams. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was bready and grainy malt mixed with grapefruit and pine hops. Was average for the style. Taste starts out with moderate bitter hop bite then some malt to offset it but once that fades there is bitter and slightly aspirin aftertaste. Medium to full mouthfeel with lots of carb but hurt by the aftertaste.

Overall, I didn't like this one as it had some off flavors and aftertaste issues. Not a drain pour but there is just better ones out there. Avail here in TX. One is enough for me [N;N]

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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A decent, if somewhat muted aroma of hops, citrus, and a little malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), hops, malt and a grainy quality. This latter graininess is not endearing. Not the most dynamic of flavors, but not altogether awful either.

M: An above average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Definitely an uneven beer, but moderately drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of knm
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Something for the organic driven hopheads? Excellent lacing on the glass after a hard pour; bright and clear copper color. Orangey, spicy citric zest with a mix of biscuit and caramel graininess in the aroma. Fullish body with a pleasantly smooth carbonation. A slightly pungent hop bitterness makes sure the taste buds know that this is an IPA. Citric zest and spearmint flavors come through strong middle to end. Faint apricot/estery fruitiness within, though all in all quite clean. Nice caramel malt backing, a good amount of toasted grain as well, which comes off a little rough toward the drying finish. There is some malt sweetness here, yet the taste buds are more caught up in the hop profile.

This is a good IPA--while it is not totally balanced, it does come forth with a ton of flavor and some complexity. A worthy pick for the hophead or IPA fanatic.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of hophead247
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear, healthy medium orange with a thick, creamy cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up drier grapefruit, pine, and perfumey hoppage over orange and pale malt sweetness. The flavor had sweet bready pale malts at the core with a dry, somewhat stale feel rolling off the edges.. bitterness was moderate with pine and perfume leading the way.. finished bitter and somewhat refreshing. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. finished warm and drier. Decent brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is quite strong and hoppy with a slight citrus undertone. It pours a nice clear orange-gold amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is strongly hoppy and quite bitter, but nastily rather than pleasantly so. There is also a tinny tone. I hope this bottle came from a bum batch! Texture is a bit thin and watery, and the finish is nastily bitter and metallic.

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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev -2%
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 nickd717
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by largadeer.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head.

S - Aroma is nail polish, caramel, and some resiny, overboiled hops. Besides the nail polish, it's not too bad.

T - Below average for an IPA, with burnt wood, caramel, resiny hops. A little weird but not too bad. Others were more disgusted by it than I was.

M - Palate a bit watery with medium carbonation.

D - Not so good.

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Photo of schmitter
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
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 largadeer
2.22/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Butte Creek's IPA sits in the glass a beautiful, brilliantly clear pale amber. The finger of dense white foam retains very nicely. Butte Creek has mastered the art of making a nice looking beer. Now they just need to work on aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

Smell: Some uh... malt I guess. Maybe some hops. Cut grass. A bit of caramel sweetness. This is an IPA?

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet unholy Jesus, I see why this beer has no hop aroma. They decided to dump all of the hops in at the start of the boil. Caramel and a massive bittering hop attack make up the entirety of this beer's flavor profile. If there's anything else to note here, I can't find it. Maybe because the bittering hops have decimated my palate. Yeah, this pretty much sucks.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Tried to force some head by rushing the end of the pour. I can only say that I was somewhat successful. What did form was loose, white, and maaaybe 1/4 inche in height. It's hard to say - it disappeared immediately. (I feel like I'm describing a UFO siting.) At this point, a small white halo sits on top of a hazy amber body. The hue of the amber is bright and inviting. Nice cobweb-like lacing. Looks good.

Smell: Caramel malt and pine. I don't think I get anything else. Simple and pleasant.

Taste: Big, resinous, piney hops. Yup, a big ol' bucket of 'em. Light citrus (orange) and toasted malt, too; but this is certainly a hop bomb. Damn. Bottle reads, "A delight for all hop-heads." Well, I certainly am delighted. Not the most complex IPA you'll come across, but this is definitely ___-quenching (it quenches a lot of things). Organic too? Sweet, I dig that!

Mouthfeel: Oily, poorly balanced (in a good way), bitter, and dry. Carbonation is low and suits the style well. Tons of bitter mouth-coating/numbing going on. I was hoping to have another beer after this, but I may have to wait. Claims to be "full-bodied" but really doesn't feel too full in the stomach. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Drinkability: This is certainly an IPA for hop-heads. (I wish they listed the IBUs.) Complexity is thrown to the wayside in favor of palate-wrecking bitterness. And you know what? Maybe that's the way to go with an organic IPA. The other organic beers I've had have been a little bland. Maybe over-powering hops are the key! I dunno... I'm a little tipsy at this point. If you're a hop-head, this is a must! Otherwise, you're probably not gonna care for it too much.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale rust with no real head but lacy rings. Roast chestnuts on the nose. Bright berry and cotton candy malts with tangerine hops at the end. Tightens up a little with no burn. Musty barrel nose and sharp skunky finish comes out as it warms. Greasy feel. Not subtle.

Served cold, malty sweet for the style, especially being from the West Coast. Only at cellar temp does it show it's teeth. Jekyll and Hyde of IPAs.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -15.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -8.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.5%
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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Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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