Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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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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Photo of theopholis
4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
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 blitheringidiot
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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 ChillMike
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange color with a nice off-white head that seems to stick around and leave some nice lacing (in layers none the less) around the glass. Smells of cascade hops poured on thick, like a nice pine seems to try to achieve a bit of a balance as there is a hint of sweeter malts in there mixed with a nice hint of orange. One of the better balanced I2PA’s I’ve had, yeah it smacks of hops that are oh so good, but not too overpowering (still being an I2PA it is overpowering just not TOO much) it’s contrasted with some nice malts in there, it finishes with a strong pine taste. I’m digging this beer, I could have used some more flavors present (citrus) but I really really enjoyed this beer. While it's not on top of the I2PA kingdom it certainly is a good beer and as another reviewer said this would probably be the I2PA to introduce a newbie too. Good stuff, another excellent find by my girlfriend.

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Photo of Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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 AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass poured a hazy dark amber color with a nice tan head. smells very hoppy with a slight citrus aroma. has a very balanced flavor of sweet malt and bitter hops. mouthfeel is very smooth and medium-bodied. this is very drinkable for a double ipa. highly recommended if you can still find one.

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Photo of blitz134
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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 acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 doubleipa
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rather crisp amber with some sediment present, but not too much. The aroma was dominated by earthy hops. The taste was very well balanced. There was a good blend of pine hops slightly overpowering the citrus flavor. The malt backbone balanced things out very nicely. The beer was medium to heavy bodied with a slight alcohol presence. This is a very decent Double IPA.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to rayjay for the trade.
Pours an amazingly dark copper for a DIPA, slight off white head and tons of thin lacing all over the glass.
Smell is pure hoppiness, pine, citrus and grass.
Taste is just what I like in a DIPA, loads of hops but enough of a malt backbone to not make it overwhelming. The malts are sweet and balance the hop bitterness well. I seem to be in the minority here, oh well. Creamy, thick and very easy to sip on for an amazingly long time. Wish I could get more.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods, Sarasota, FL 11/2007.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma with a alcohol tone.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 ReDave
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice! Grassy pine aroma, slightly sweet [as most dipa's are]
Pours a orange amber [dark] color, nice cream/tan head, nice solid wall of lace on the way down!
man, did i say nice aroma?

hoo-hoo! hop bomb blast of a pine tree blast! some grapefruit.. mostly pine tree!

Nice hoppy bitter aftertaste. The label says it all "Go Big, or go Home!" This is one of the more up front bitter DIPA's I've had, seems like DIPA's are sometimes big all around, but not as sharp.

Alcohol is present, but OK.

I would buy this on a regular basis, and would love to try this on tap, or better still, on cask!

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Photo of BradBLR
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the first Butte Creek beer I have had and it was very good. Beer poured a very clear amber color, with a white head that lasted the einter beer with good lacing. The smell was a slightly sweet hop smell and was not all that fragrant.

The taste was very good, nice amount of hops accompained by a slightly sweet malt. Very balanced. The mouthfell was really good, this beer is best described as very clean and very smothe. Very easy to drink, CO2 was perfect.

A very good beer if you get the chance to try it. Another great 10th Anni. beer that will only be out for a limited time, so get it while you can.

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Photo of Duster72
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 jamdugan
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of strong IPAs and this isn't a bad beer by any means, but as far as strong IPAs go, it's not my favorite. This beer pours a beautiful color and has really great smell but it leaves a bitter aftertaste which seems to linger too long. A decent beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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