Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA
Butte Creek Brewing Company

Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPAButte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
99
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Butte Creek Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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86
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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPAButte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA
Notes: Brewed for their 10th Anniversary; organic.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Yet another Organic brew from Butte Crack, oh I’m sorry Butte Creek; I always seem to get that wrong. Dark black label festooned with orange, white and green text. Deep breath….”Organic Revolution X 10th Anniversary Imperial India Pale Ale”, just trips off the tongue doesn’t it!? Listed at 9.1%.

Appearance: Dark orange-brown with a burnished copper oak belly. Perfectly clear with a few slow streamers supporting the massive dirty cream colored head. Sticky lacing with a resilient covering, but it slowly breaks down. Below average conditioning yet it always reinstates the head with a gentle swirl.

Nose: Toffee hops and biscuit malts with an oily grapefruit finish that has a sharp angle to it. Rigid über hopped feel but with a restrained aroma that suggest that all the hops have been dissolved in a pan of boiling candy sugar.

Taste: Rich start, but it soon collapses in spectacular fashion as the hops and malts seem to fight over who should do what. Caramelized sugar, toffee encrusted hops, anise and a rather funny “medicinal aspect”, reminded me of accidentally tasting Germolene® Antiseptic Ointment, funny (weird, not haha) finish.

Mouthfeel: Has an oily body that helps to promote the caramel, toffee and hops, but the feel is scorching and rough, shot-blasted texture with a sandpaper finish. The 9.1% is neatly hidden throughout but soon peeps out shortly after the finish when it adds a slight anise tingle.

Drinkability: Reminds me of someone’s first attempt at Brewing an Imperial IPA, plenty of hops but this is very raw and rather messy in places. At 9.1% it is not one that you could enjoy in quantity ‘al fresco’ like say a PtY. Stodgy with a lumpy composition which is rough and harshly hewn. Difficult to get past the last third of the Bomber.

Overall: The label says “Go Big or Go Home.” Erm, OK, I’ll get my coat….

Jun 17, 2006
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warmstorage from California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $5.29 at BevMo Sacramento, cellar temp into imperial pint glass.

Visible yeast sediment/chunks the bottom. Pours a deep copper with a medium dense tan head that sticks around, moderate lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, and come citrus hops.

Taste is bright citrus hops up front, and sweet malt back. Finishes with a significant sweet malt component. Not as powerful a hop punch as I like in a DIPA, a little too, well, well balanced. Mouth is round and full, well balanced, with a little hop brightness.

Overall, a very tasty, very drinkable beer, and one of the successes in my ongoing quest to find excellent organic beer. Just too moderated an balanced as a DIPA. I've hit the scores a little in taste and aroma as a result, but the drinkability is very high.

Dec 18, 2006
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rodrot from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my neverending quest to try as many DIPA's as I can, I eagerly snatched up a few 22 oz bombers of this stuff as soon as I saw it at one of my local beer stores. The beer poured a hazy, dark orange color with a good 3 inch head that dissipated slowly. Aroma was full of citrusy hops, grapefruit and peach in the nose. So far so good. Taste was also quite hoppy and citrusy, but I could also taste a good bit of candyish malts that reminded me of jolly rancher candies and served to balance this beer perfectly. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy with a slick, oily feeling in the back of the throat. Drinkability was excellent for a beer of this strength. A hophead's delight!

Apr 23, 2007
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy golden amber with an off-white medium head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was piney and resinous with a strong grapefruit citrus presence. The aroma was also floral like hand soap and had a malty presence behind the fruity and estery character which contained a strong caramel note.

The flavor was malty and piney with a well achieved balance between hops and malt. The bittering was aggressive, but so was the malt presence with a strong caramel character which kept the citrusy and piney hop bittering and flavor at bay. The flavor only had a light floral flavor, most of the hop characteristics were citrus, pine and resins.

The finish was even into dry with lasting piney and resinous hops fading pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a moderate carbonation level which worked well to create a smoothness in the mouthfeel. A darn nice Double IPA with a strong hop aroma, a well balanced malt and hop flavor/bittering and a finish that leaves one wanting more. One of the best Organic beers on the market!

22 ounce bottle.

Nov 16, 2006
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WetCoaster from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised, but also not surprised, that I'm the first person to review the bottled version of this beer. The sad truth is that -- for the most part -- organic beer = crappy beer. I'm not sure why, necessarily; they should by definition be better. But for whatever reason, most just seem to lack that certain something to push them into the top tier of their styles.

But this is a DIPA, and a fairly big one at that. The labelling is all business. They seem dead serious about this one -- let's see what we've got.

Appearance: Looks good. A clear deep golden amber. Looks like brisk, fairly active carbonation. And we've got a wonder of a head, a pure white creamy mountain with simply amazing retention. All systems go.

Smell: Nothing you wouldn't expect here. Big, beefy wave of pine hops. That's it. And that's good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: So far so good, but this is what matters. Mouthfeel does not let you down. Very smooth and creamy, and the head is like whipped cream. The taste is interesting, very hoppy, a bit buttery, but it also seems to be a bit salty as well. A bit citrusy in the finish with some of the malt coming through. Not coming through is the alcohol; very nicely blended in. Nice, though not amazing, flavor overall.

Drinkability: Very soild DIPA. Not a worldbeater, but this will certainly be one of the better organic beers you're likely to run across. Will definitely change some minds.

Aug 17, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glowing kumquat with an attractive infusion of coral red. If it favored caramel rather than red, I could almost be convinced to call it tawny. The golden ecru cap is spectacular with its 'solid mass of sticky bubbles' look and the thick sheets of lace that are beginning to be laid down in its wake. Revolution X nails the DIPA style in the appearance department.

The nose gets it done as well. There's a little too much caramel malt and not quite enough pungent hoppiness, but those complaints probably border on nitpicking. It smells like a balanced member of the style, maybe even a sticky caramel malt-dominated one. Let's find out if this brewery has finally come up with a good ale.

The answer isn't immediately obvious. This is probably the best Butte Creek beer that I've ever had, but given the huge number of outstanding DIPAs out there, even limiting the field to those from California, it doesn't quite measure up. In fact, as the ounces pass, I'm better able to taste the chinks in the armor.

As anticipated, there's a huge, rampaging river of melted caramel goo that flows over my tongue with each mouthful. I tend not to like this take on the style all that much, so keep that in mind as we go. There's certainly no shortage of hoppiness. Let's make that 'hop bitterness', shall we? The hop flavor is somewhat lacking.

Orange and grapefruit lead the way, although what might have been a bittersweet juiciness is more of a chewing on aspirin bitterness. If this beer tastes like this today, what must it have tasted like when fresh? The alpha acids are too raw and unrefined for me to get fully onboard. Alcohol is noted, but isn't bothersome.

I like the mouthfeel, but then I tend to like full, chewy, viscous, sticky mouthfeels on my DIPAs. I would have preferred less carbonation. It is fine-bubbled and it is dissipating over time, so I guess that's something.

It's never a good sign, especially for a hophead, to find oneself struggling to make it through a bomber of DIPA. Struggling isn't exactly the right word, but then the beer isn't disappearing with frightful ease either. Butte Creek Organic Revolution 10th Anniversary Imperial India Pale Ale isn't as impressive as its high falutin' name would suggest. While I did manage to find something to like, this beer ultimately qualifies as a miss.

Jan 24, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Mar 02, 2008
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$5.29 bomber. Label states "Organic revolution continues. Certified organic 2IPA. Go big or go home."

This beer pours nto the glass with a rather light honeyish hue topped with a smattering of blotchy ecru colored head cap that rings to a collar offering up no fun bubbles in the glass which may be the result of my furious washing.

Exquisite scents of white or pink grapefruit juice and piney resins that evoke a Green Flash IPA note. Wow! That's cascade and Pac NW hops. Delicious scents of bubble gum and orange juice cirus grapefruit.

First swigs: Thick piney resin with a touch of Pez candy. Bold pine wood and sappy pine syrup sticky aspects rush into the fray. Desert bone dry finish with a linger of thick hoppy flavors that paint with a broad brush. Some cinnamon dryness meld with the impressive mature flavors.

Feel is thick and lush. Restrained carbonation that makes no apologies for being big and bold, yet drinkable.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Moylans 2IPA. One of the best 2IPAs that I have had the pleasure of drinking in a long time. This could give FFF Dreadnaught a run for its money. Flawless 2IPA that encompasses all things good with a complexity and fullness that delivers and with a reputed 9.1% ABV that is amazing! A tad hot once warmed, but not to a detriment. This borderlines the 2IPA and barleywine line. Wow!

Beer is good. Happy big lush 2IPA beering.

Jun 20, 2006
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macster from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Creates a beautiful, tight and dense beige head with decent retention. Some splotchy lacing is noted.

Nose is well balanced between the caramel-laden malts and citrusy/piney hops. Unfortunately, as previous reviewers have noted, this DIPA doesn’t seem to hold up to ageing that well since some aromas and flavors of oxidation are noted. However, they are minimal enough not to totally detract from the enjoyment of this brew.

Mouthfeel was eloquent. Smooth, full and creamy.

Flavor was a touch oxidized but nicely balanced between the sweet crystal malts and the American west coast citrus-like hops. Alcohol was perfectly warming and subtle.

Although I too sat to long on this one before sampling I did enjoy it and wish I had tried it earlier!!!

Oct 07, 2007
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Billolick from New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Sep 12, 2006
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Dukeofearl from California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Jun 12, 2006
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Zorro from California

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass this is a hazy medium brown colored beer without any real head formation.

Smell is mostly strong tea and fairly tannic in scent. Hop aroma is certainly not missing, mostly grapefruit and wood in this case.

Taste is slightly sweet and woody in the first sip. Further along in to the drinking grapefruit and strong tea flavors add to the flavor. This is a little lacking in depth but it also must be given credit for avoiding the harshness trap that so many super IPAs seem to fall in to. This is certainly no Pliny the Younger but it is a good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty DIPA that is quite competent if not outstanding. This is a good choice for a beer to introduce the realm of the Super IPA class of beers to those who might fear them. The only outstanding thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink.

Jun 11, 2006
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thaichile from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orangey gold with a quickly disappearing head. Nose is a battle of the malts and hops. Upon tasting, the hops are clearly victorious over the struggling malts. Upfront taste had a sucking on aluminum foil character mixed with ripe fruit, slowly mellowing out in the finish. High alcohol (9.1) was definately present. This was an enjoyable brew to be sipped and nurtured and not to have alot of at any one time. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

Sep 02, 2006
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auntfloyd from New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a US pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark copper color, with a big foamy head. The smell is all hops; slightly citrusy and slightly piney. The taste is similar, with hops predominating at the start, followed by a sweetish malt flavor, and ending on a bitter hoppy finish. Not as overly bitter as other DIPAs (like Stone's for example), and not as citrusy either. There is a nice balance between the caramel sweetness and hops bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, neither too thick nor too thin, and drinkability is good for the style, as it is neither too heavy nor too bitter.

This is probably the best Butte Creek ale I've had; to be honest I've never been that impressed with their other offerings, which is too bad as I prefer to buy organic. That said, this is an excellent DIPA that brings together flavors in ways that other brews do not.

Feb 07, 2007
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a nice ecru head that leaves some good lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Rich in caramel and piney hops; more sweet than hoppy

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel malt presence that underscores a developing piney bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow the piney hops generate a rather earthy character but the finish falls apart into a sweet medicinal and unpleasant let-down

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad effort but the record of mediocre organic beers remains unsullied; what is it about the organic breweries that prevents them from competing at the highest level?

Dec 26, 2006
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich dark red amber with a slight haze and a creamy slightly tan head.

Smell. Rich caramel sweetness jump out initially with a slight pepperiness. Hops seem potent, but not overwhelming. quite nice.

Taste. Hops seem a little more mild than i would expect, but still very present. Caramel is the dominant flavor that i get here. Roasted malts do come out nice in the flavor, as it also finishes with lots of roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel. Full body with a very good balance. Carbonation seems just a touch lower than i would expect, but goes great with this beer.

Overall, a very good balanced 2ipa. Caramel is, again, the dominant flavor i get, but is very nice. I love the roasted flavors in the aftertaste- lingers for a while and is very good. It's not my favorite, but i think it is a very good one.

Jan 04, 2007
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AlexJ from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed dark amber with a tight head of beige that just won't die. Lacing is as thick as it comes...looks beautiful.

Aroma is an equal mix of candied citrus, pine, and resininous floral hops and deeply caramelized malts. Spicey and bittersweet.

Flavor is a big smack of citrus and sticky pine hops balanced by a judicious amount of chewy caramel and toffee malts. Hoppy, balanced, and very delicious.

Body is very big and chewy, even for an IIPA. Lip smacking malt stickyness and a long, trailing hop bite. Overall, an excellent example of the style and the best beer i've tried from these guys.

Apr 01, 2007
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GClarkage from California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/22/06- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. No freshness info on bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber in color. Probably more copper or dark in color. 1/4 inch white head upon pour. Light rim settles in. Nice cobweb lacing on parts of the glass.

Smell- Somewhat sweet malt with a really nice pine hop scent. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and lemon as well.

Taste- Malt seems a tad stale. Also could use more of a caramel malt base. Has some sweetness, but could use a bit more to battle the hop assault. Pine hops everywhere. Really bitter and a bit harsh. Maybe a few months to mellow out?

Mouthfeel- As stated before, slightly stale tasting, not enough to ruin the moment though. Very creamy for a DIPA and a lasting bitter aftertaste with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- A bit more sweetness and more of the malt, without the stale flavor and this is a big time winner. As is, still a very drinkable DIPA. I always tread lightly upon seeing Butte Creek products, as I have not had the best of luck with them. This, however, is pretty tasty and has just a few kinks to work out before becoming a fantastic brew. Worth trying if seen. Maybe buy one and sit on it for a few months?

Jun 23, 2006
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body small, frothed off-white head.

Smell: Redolent scent of sliced grapefruit, grass, and candied oranges set against malty spiced caramel.

Taste: Sweet, toasty caramel maltiness transitions right into the earthy, resinous bitter hop flavors of pine, grass, and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. The heavy malts try to make a comeback, but this is a Double IPA after all. Plenty of bitterness remains for the long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: For one reason or another these organic beers can be a real organic buzzkill, but this one, for all its barshness, is pretty a-ok.

Mar 10, 2008
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blitz134 from California

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Sep 04, 2006
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!).

Poured a deep and slightly hazy amber color with a reddish tint and a large sized off white head. Aromas of floral (had a wet hop leaf aroma), citrus, and light caramel. Tastes of caramel, oranges, brown sugar, and pineapple. Medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from: 12/5/06

Jan 12, 2009
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dgallina from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Sep 15, 2006
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doubleipa from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quarter inch, off-white head that almost vanished. Good lacing. Very strong pine resin aroma. I didn't detect much in the way of citrus, but there was also a decent malt aroma. Not an overpowering DIPA like a Ruination, but still very good. I didn't taste much alcohol, but could feel the warmth. This is very well balanced. My aopnion went up as I got near the end of the bottle. Initiall I thought I wouldn't buy any more, but after I finished the 22 oz'er, I think I'll get some more.

Sep 26, 2006
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TheBungyo from Washington

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so dark it's nearly amber. Head is somewhat miniscule but a wall of lacing saves it from the doldrums. Nose feels sharp but directionless. I can't tell if it's the sweetness from the malt or the pine from the hops that I'm smelling. The taste is prety good ... piney, syupy malt, and a bit of bitterness are showcased. However, I think this tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than an Imperial IPA. This is nice to drink but if you want to promote yourself as an IIPA, you need to bring it.

Jul 31, 2006
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plaid75 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with a decent peppery hop presence.

The taste was likewise initially sweet heavy malts with notes of buttery toffee. The oily hops do appear midway and begin to dry out the taste. Good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and chewy.

Overall a good DIPA. This beer has been put down for a year and as a result the hops have seemed to mellow.

Nov 28, 2007
Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 99 ratings