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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPAButte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA

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Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for their 10th Anniversary; organic.

Added by Reidrover on 05-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper/amber with a small head and very little lacing. Also quite hazy.

Smell is a balanced blend of caramel and hops, nothing to write home about, but pleasant.

Taste starts quite hoppy, but as you drink gains more of a malt balance. There is some spicy astringency from the hops on the finish, but I'm fine with that. Also some citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but it has some creaminess there as well.

Fairly drinkable. Contrary to some of the other reviewers, I found the malt a little distracting as I let the bear sit and warm. Its true that the aftertaste is a little astringent from the hops, but overall not bad. I could drink another, but thats probably all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer a few times in the past but never had a bottle to myself.Poured with great clarity a full rich copper/bronze with a tight creamy-like slight off white one finger head that never really completely settled.Lighter aromas of herb and grass with a touch of pine,a sweeter alcohol dipped fruit alcohol and caramel base shows through as well.Flavors are not huge,the hops are more herbal and medicinal in naturejust a touch of pine.The alcohol shows through and lends some big sweetness,there is a touch of nuttiness to the malt profile as well.Iam not sure how old this beer is,Iam guessing likely over a year but its still has some decent qualities to it,not great but good.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful brownish-orange that really keeps out the light. The head came up perfectly and settled down into a nice residual foam with lots of lacing.

Smell – Oh, man, this is good. The hops are very complex at the nose. There’s something that’s quite nutty that mates well with the big pine. I’m getting some awesome white grapefruit as well. There are some light herbs in here, too, and everything just seems to go together nicely.

The malts are full of creamy caramel and juicy sweet. Again, there’s a raw nutty flavor that goes well with the overall aroma.

Taste – Everything comes together at the taste, and there does seem to be an organic character to it. It’s hard to describe, but if you’ve compared raw freshly-picked vegetables to store-bought ones you know what I mean. There’s a light sense of the soil and a complete absence of chemicals and preservatives. It’s just the smells from the nose in raw form at the taste. Excellent!

Mouthfeel – This is dead in between medium and full-bodied with a wonderfully slick mouthfeel and a raw type of roughage in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a really special ale and deserving of the anniversary moniker. It is a very unique beer among many samples of the style (this is the 60th ADIPA that I’ve reviewed to date) and believe me is one big big beer!

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Photo of blitz134
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first organic beer (I think). What better way than with a DIPA. I had my reservations about picking it up but figured I'd give it a chance. Organic means healthier right?...so this must be a healthier beer...so I can drink more...right?

Light chill hazed caramel color. Quarter inch white head on the pour, reduced to a skim with some random bubble clumps, grips the glass well leaving a nice lace behind. Not really much more you could ask for.

Smell is quite strong. Pine sap and raw citrus rind hops over a caramel malt base. Has some sweet floral hints as well. Very inviting brew. Overall a fairly simple aroma but its pretty big and tells you to drink more.

This is damn tasty and extremely well balanced. The backbone of this one is formed by a nice biscuit and caramel malt base, maybe like a sweet bread or roll. Hops are prominant as well. Nice citrus and pine resin, finish has a bit of an herbal taste. Pretty bitter overall and seems to linger.

Mouthfeel is nearing full bodied and super sticky on the cheeks. I can get up from this one and taste it for the next couple of minutes. Carbonation level seems to be where it should, with a little crispness but not too much.

Good drinkability, I really like the flavor on this one. Alcohol really isn't noticable in the smell or taste. Super balanced flavorwise but still has a good bit of bitterness.

I think this is a must try and breaks the mold of what most would think of an organic beer.

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Photo of Duster72
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a one finger head. Aroma is earthy hops with definite grapefruit hops in the background. Relatively simple DIPA with a nice balance between sweetness and hop kick. Not too bitter at all. Not a DIPA that will change your life but better than many and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle enjoyed in glass taster glasses on the beach, with the wife in SD, Ca. (yeah it was a real good vacation!) Enjoyed at room temp, poured light mahogony, clear, dark tan frothy head, leaving nice looking ringed lacing.. Malty, nutty nose, rich, vinious and viscous. Notes of grapefruit, hops, nuts, smoke, rum, woody. High quality, strong and tasty, well worth a try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange appearance. Big foam head. Aroma is overwhelmingly of alcohol.

Taste brings more alcohol. Massive bitterness and hop quality. Its enjoyable, but abrasive. Mouthfeel, the alcohol pungency just doesn't go away, and it keeps this beer from being an elite level DIPA, and instead has to just settle for being a very good DIPA.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Butte Creeks 10th Anniversary celebration ale. Limited release 2006.
Poured an orange amber with a ice craggy head that melt very slowly to very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is faint for a double iPA...I notice a lot of malt and not so much hops. I think I smell more alcohol than hops which is surprising and 'just wrong'.
Taste is immediately bitter hops blended fairly well with sweet sugary malts then a medicinal alcohol...then grapefruit like bitterness as you swallow.
Aftertaste is mostly alcohol with a faint grapefuit bitterness.
Somehow this beer misses the mark as an Imperial IPA....something really isn't blended well..possibly aging would help, but right now it's raw and unblended.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bountiful, creamy head that immediately shows stickage by throwing thin splashes of lace on the glass. Color is a reddish orange, sunburst, sunset, whatever you like, it's beautiful.

Despite showing no bottling or best-by date, I believe this is well over a year old, possibly two, and the nose shows that, with hops already fading into the more prominent super-doughy malt. I'm not into aging hoppy beers, but this one was still on the store shelf, so I rescued it. While not having the hoppiness preferred in this style, it still is an undeniably succulent aroma, especially if you like a big dessert-y, doughy, bready malt smell.

Flavor-wise it's quite tasty, the malt being the surprise star of the show. Hops are there, a little grassy yet without astringency, juicy and fruity too, very much incorporated into the brew rather than sticking out and stealing the show. Of course I wanted them bigger and brighter, but considering the bottle's age, I'd suspect this is taking on a different profile than if it were fresh. Alcohol is slightly warm, not quite hot, and together with a candy-like malt sweetness--like a candy-apple with cinnamon taffy melted over it--it's kind of intense in its own way. Alcohol is felt mostly in the finish, along with a minty/bready tangle of flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and even oily, yet springy enough; very good balance, medium bodied probably, worth focusing on, although not quite as creamy as the best double IPAs.

For an aged, possibly over-aged organic DIPA, this is as good as could be expected, possibly better. It's better than their so-so Train Wreck barleywine, the only other Butte Creek beer I have experience with. I'd like to check out the XI anniversary version of this and see how it fares, especially at a younger age.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grapefruit coloured head, cellared for a year which likely has mellowed the bitterness. The best I can say is that it is not too overbittered in taste, and without feeling too overmalted. Carmel does coat the mouth. More 1.5X IPA. A herbal aspect to it but quite drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, Butte Creek's really knocked one out of the park with this one! I haven't been impressed with their beers, and this is a great redemption (thanks to Blitheringidiot for the bottle)!
It pours a cloudy crimson-tinted deep amber that borders on heading into a chestnut brown. The creamy, yellowed light-tan head falls fairly shortly, but at 9.10% that's to be expected.
The nose is delightfully rich and malty with a bready, doughy-sweet, and caramelish side that's caressed by piney, citrusy, grassy, floral, and spicy hops. Do I even detect a note of vanilla? Niiice!
In the mouth it's decidedly dextrinous with a medium-full body and moderate, fine bubbled carbonation (bottle-conditioned?). Smooth and creamy!
The flavor is full and rich, but well-balanced, displaying sweet and caramelish malt upfront before it's spiked with spicy, juicy, piney, resinousy, and grassy hops. A bold bitterness lies underneath, but there's so much sweet and doughy malt tussling around with the hops that you barely notice it. It does step forward in the finish though, combining with the piney hops (and a squirt of citrusy hops as well... grapefruit, lemon-orange... perhaps Simcoe hops?) to leave it dry despite the malt. The alcohol isn't really noticeable (obviously you can pick it out if you try), and doesn't stand out; and neither the caramelish malt nor piney/spicy/grassy hops build on the palate.

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

Pours an orange-amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of intensely bitter, piney hops, a strong dose of caramel malt, and more than a little alcohol. Aroma is almost more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Palate is well-balanced at first, with the malt taking an early lead. Before the swallow, sweet caramel malt and a hint of treacle begin to be taken over by piney hops. Right after the swallow the full power of the hops is released, with strong notes of pine and dark fruit. The alcohol warms on the finish, while the bitterness of the hops doesn't linger too long. Body is full and creamy, very nice. The alcohol is masked fairly well - I seem to be able to drink quite a bit of this without noticing it. A very solid offering from Butte Creek.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired WTH? Got this from bottletrek

Pours caramel with 2+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Average lacing & very good head retention

S: Bready with orange & piney hops

T: Cakey malt, some fruittyness & herbal hops up front. Oaky dryness & piney hops, caramel & leafy hops follow as this warms. Finishes with biscuitty malt, fruitty (apricots & oranges) dryness & leafy hops.

Rich, chewy & very well balanced

Drinks too easy, I guess smoothed by time. A good, but not great DIPA

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Photo of dgallina
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce brown bottle dated "limited edition 2006."

Poured hazed red with 3/4 inch of white foam that recedes to a sheen and decent lace. Aroma features mild pine, orange, and grapefruit hops over sweet grainy malt base. Tastes quite sweet. Big with sticky malts; grapefruit, orange marmalade, and pine hops. Finishes with somewhat unpleasant astringent bitterness. Creamy, gently carbonated, and very sticky body. A bit heavy with the malt overall.

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

Poured from a 22 or bottle to a pint glass the liquid is cloudy yellow with good carbonation. The head is ok one finger, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is earthy bitter hops with well toasted malt.

The taste follows, very big and bitter hops, with a very interesting, toasted malt that seems mildly complex. I bit of char, and a coffee and chocolate note in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is big and thick, lots of good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. I would indeed be interested in trying this brew again.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber-orange with an off white head. There were some visible peppery floaties and carbonation was very good.

S: sweet caramel followed by a big aromatic of dry pine and grapefruit hopping. There was some breadiness aand grassy hopping in the end as well.

T: The initial flavor was bitter grapefruit with a dry grassiness against a sticky caramel backing. The sweet malt was balanced nicely with the huge hoppiness and alcohol which was hidden very nicely. The beer finished dry with a good hop bitterness.

M: sticky with pine resin, a medium body with a nice viscosity and chewy texture.

D: Good drinkability, with the alcohol being hidden nicely behind the huge hoppiness and malt palate. Overall a good drinking 2x ipa.

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Photo of Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

HUGE caramel malt and fruit laden aroma is highly concentrated with a noticeable citrus hop balance. This smells excellent. The body is a red/amber that almost appears to glow while the head is a thumb thick, compact, tan, creamy looking and lasting.

The fore is rich and deep with caramel malt and hints of brown sugar and caramel covered white fruits. The hop component is secondary, but still large and present and gives some bracing pineand citric notes that cut the malt sweetness. An excellent DIPA according to my tastebuds.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of this beer purchased at La Bodega in Riverside for $5.49. What a great deal.

Solid, rich pour with a very nice off-white head. Great lacing.

Rich hop aroma & flavor (what a surprise!)- oily and fruity. Citrus, orange and lime, play against each other. The oily tastes is a little too strong, keeps this beer from being top notch. Very full creamy mouthfeel, but there's the oil again. I wish it were a little more rounded. But it's still very good.

I admit, the Butte Creek beers, in my opinion, are hit or miss. I wish I enjoyed them all, but I don't. This one, however, is a solid double off the wall with 2 in scoring position. This is probably been my favorite organic beer to date. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of theopholis
4.76/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- - Pours an fairly clear orange/golden color with minimal head, but decent lacing and effervenceance.

Aroma - Wonderful blend of malt sweetness and aroma hops. Also, you get hints of an earthy/piney aroma. It smells wonderful. Very clean and fresh smelling!

Taste - Beautiful mixture of malt sweetness and flavoring hops. Not as overly-hoppy as some other DIPAs. Sweetness has a complexity including some caramel and ripe, dark, fruit. Damn, this stuff tastes good. The best balanced DIPA I've tasted so far (and I'm a major hop-head!!!)

Mouthfeel - Medium body that seems to get thivcker and syrupier as it warms. Clings to the mouth and jowels to give you a wonderfully hoppy after-taste. Just a tad over-carbonated.

Drinkability - If you enjoy IPAs or DIPAs, run, don't walk, but run, to the nearest beer store to get this. If you just like beer, give it a whirl.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, cloudy, amber with lots of particles suspended. Big head gave way quickly but left huge frothy side lace. Smell was huge citrus hops, grapefruit predominates with pine and grassy undertones, smells like a hop monster! The taste was whooo, hops, hops, and hops,! Very fresh and strong citrus gave way to pine with a huge dry finish. Big hints of alcohol, but at 9+% what do you expect? ABV takes a bit away from the drinkability but this is a fine DIPA.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/burned orange with a full head that laces as it slowly dies. Smells bready, caramel, earthy, and grassy, grapefruit hops. Starts sweet then a rush of citrus rind hops that battle with the malt until finally emerging victorious with a lingering bitter finish. Mildly full in the mouth with good carbonation. ABV is somewhat noticeable but this is a huge beer and its well hidden behind the malt/hop battle.

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Photo of scooter231
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty ruby color, but it's awfully hazy, little head, little lacing. A bit bland looking for a DIPA. Smells sweet and hoppy, hints of caramel and some spices. It's a subtle but enjoyable medley. Taste is slightly less enjoyable- there's a bitter thang going on that I don't dig, mixing with a metallic thang that just kills something for me. The sweetness is drowned out, the spices are overwhelmed. It's not bad but it's not what I expected after the nose. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, and it's quite drinkable for a 9% brew, I just think they missed something in the flavor. I'm intrigued enough to hunt for more from this brewery, but I'm happy this was a one time brew.

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Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never been impressed with Butte Creek's offerings...let's see how this one is.

A: Mostly clear darker amber color with a nice 1 finger white head.

S: Lots of earthy hops with a nice touch of citrus.

T: Initially quite a bit of hops and bitterness, immediately followed up by quite a bit of toffee malt. Citrus definitely becomes apparent at the end...but the beginning has a nice bit of woody hops. All the flavors don't quite meld perfectly, but they do a good enough job that I enjoy this. A slight medicinal quality is present too, unfortunately.

M: Relatively rich, with a good mouthfeel.

D: Decently good. Not a Pliny, for sure, but not bad.

Overall, recommended...barely. For the cost, you can do better, but this is still a good one.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at O'Brien's as part of a big Double IPA / B-day celebration week. Served in a pint glass was a deep amber-orange ale with an ivory colored head of 1/2 inch. Some nice lace and nice carbonation throughout the pint.

The smell was definitely ruled by piney hops with some malt and alcohol wavering out back. A bit of a hop bomb, I'm thinkin.

The taste was similar to the smell with the hops foremost in the first couple of sips. After that, the malt rears it's head and the hoppiness seems to taper off a bit. It gets a black tea flavor with mild sweetness, followed by fresh tobacco leaves turning citric and piney in the hop bittering finish. A very tasty 2XIPA and not the hop bomb I was expecting.

Healthy body, heaps of alcohol and a good hop profile, but not over the top. This one's a keeper if only they bottle it. I'll be drinking this stuff till the keg runs dry...cheers!

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Photo of errantnight
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a terribly pretty poor, a muted ruby/brown that looks unfiltered with a moderate head that does admittedly stick around for quite a while with excellent lacing.

Nose is also moderate to light citrus and ripe fruit. Nowhere near the intensity I would like, but what's there is appealing.

Taste is initially brutally bitter and simple, definitely too cold to start. Leaving to rest, it reaches a level of distinct quaffability. Alcohol is noticeable but moderate and secondary, hops are predominant but don't shine. Drinkability is dangerously high, as even with the touch of alcohol, the hop bitterness is well tempered by a solid malt back. Citrus and fruit hop flavors predominate, sweet malt only becoming prevalent as room temperature is reached. Never inspiring, but delightfully drinkable through the middle, it's the kind of beer you don't search out but never turn down.

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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 99 ratings