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 genog
2.22/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle

Pours a nice burnt orange/ amber color with a good amount of head that dies down to leave very little left behind. Smell is heavy heavy on a caramel malt, and one friend said it smelled and tasted like dog piss. I don't know if it was that bad, but this is certainly not drinkable and I could not finish the bottle.

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Photo of SethB2
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - The best part of this beer. Pours an orangish color with a nice head with a respectable amount of lacing. Lace sticks around for awhile as well.

S - Hoppy to be sure, but not very balanced. This, as it turns out, was a bit of foreshadowing.

T - Err, not so good. Bitter as hell, no real balance, and very harsh. The acidity of the hops resembled that of a car battery. This beer will make folks pucker, and not like a good sour.

M - Taking taste out of the picture, the mouthfeel was neither good or bad.

D - Drain pour after the first pint. Seriously.

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Photo of flexabull
2.39/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted this at the State of Jefferson Brewfest. 1st off, I am not a Butte Creek fan, haven't had many beers they make that I wanted to taste again... this followed that trend.

This just seemed to miss on many levels. It had a very cloudy dark amber color, and an decent hoppy nose. Not really what I expected from an IIPA.

And then when I tasted it, the flavors all seemed off, the hops were blown away by the malt. There also seemed to be an almost sour note to the beer that it that I didn't really like. This was ok at best, but mainly off balance.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium amber to orange color with about a one finger head that fades to a ring. Light, scattered lacing is left behind.

Sweet and tangy aroma. Smells of citrus, grass, sweet honey buns and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor seems a bit confused. The sweet malts try to be the main character almost as much as the hops. The alcohol taste is quite strong as well. Almost too much going on. The different flavors seem to be battling for the lead so much that you could get confused of the style. Bitter...yes, but a truly hoppy IIPA...no, it's not.

Medium body with strong alcohol burn and heavy bitterness. Some drying on the finish. Not sure if it's the whole "organic" thing that pushes it over the edge, but it wasn't as pleasant as I had hoped. I think the other half of this bomber is headed to the the drain.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
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 TheLongBeachBum
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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….

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Photo of rajendra82
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I saw this new limited release Imperial IPA on the shelves of Green’s, I pretty much had to give it a whirl, organic or not. After pouring the lightly chilled bomber into an Imperial Pint glass, I got a crystal clear golden amber liquid with a three finger head. The latent carbonation of the body was quite light, but otherwise a good looking beer. The smell was rather subdued for the style, with honey and freshly mowed lawn being chief aromas about. As I took the first sip, the sugary sweetness of the pale malts clashed mightily with the twangy hops. Generally a beer this sweet would require very bitter hops to balance things out, but unfortunately, the hop varieties used here seemed rather weak in their power. If the yeast used had given this more carbonated feel, things would have also improved somewhat, but what we have here instead is sweet hop tea. One positive is that the 9.1% ABV alcohol is well hidden, but that would not be too hard to do, since there was probably enough malt in the original wort to brew a 12% beer. Had this really achieved that potential, it would have been a much improved release. Right now it’s only so so.

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Photo of ChazMania
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A) Rather simple in it's amber yellow color. Smallish one finger type head. As I drank it, the glass had lacing around.

S) Not pungent, some hop and mild apricot perhaps spice.

T) Seems like a basic dipa. Not anything overtly unique.

M) Here is where I was surprised, it felt big and thick on my tongue. Perhaps this is the carbonation or something, but the texture was better than the flavor.

D) OK, but there are too many great dipa out there for more enjoyment.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extreme beer ? Extremely hazy to start. Cloudy orange body, topped with a fist worth of level microbubbles making up the off-white foam. Very good dripping lacing.

Big fruity nose, heavy with oranges. Also some piney notes.

Light caramel starts the taste, but the malt sets up a rather slippery foundation. After the caramel, there's a light fruitness. Hops don't crash the birthday party as much as sneak in as if they have no invitation.No real bite nor aftertaste tingle. Perhaps its the price of being organic but nothing is really big enough to earn the imperial label, save the very well hidden alcohol level, which brings a late arriving belly warmth.

Mouthfeel has an intermittan watery note. Drinkability is ok, just respect the alcohol, but otherwise it might be too easy drinking.

A let down, almost more an English than Imperial IPA, discounting the ABV. The whole construction seems somewhat sloppy. Not bad, but sort of a dud of an anniversary party. Wouldn't turn down a free one, but wouldn't hunt for one.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Peabodys in Boone.

After looking at other Butte Creek beers, I realize this is a limited edition beer that is over one year old. For DIPAS, this spells disaster, in my opinion. I didnt realize this was one year old when I purchased it, so....

Appearance was very nice. Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Two to three fingered size, eggshell colored head. Tons of lacing and nice retention.

Aroma was a bit subdued for a DIPA. Actually, quite subdued. Almost barleywine like. Some hop aroma but not very much. Alcohol and malts seem to dominate with caramel and floral hops being in the background. Certainly smells sweet and alcoholic.

This may be a gem fresh, but one year old, I would purchase this again. Sure the mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but the sweetness is cloying. Fresh, I would purchase; one year old, as the Beetles say "LEt it Be".

I gave 3's on all of the current categories because I believe this should be had fresh. I didnt have it that way, so I cant detract nor assume to believe what really was supposed to happen here. Yes, Im a dork.

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Photo of freed
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at Organic Brew fest 2. This is probably my favorite of Butte's beers, which I usually find... well... bad.

Deep copper and brown with a light brown tinged foam. Aroma is spicy hops and rustic bread. Hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste would be the same as most of Butte's beers - the malt is chaffed and dirty tasting, but the abundance of hops, residual sugar and alcohol save the beer, and make it even enjoyable. It has a rich body and the hops contribute more to the nose than to the overall bitterness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy/citrusy nose. Starts hoppy, then balances with the malts, hoppy finish. High ABV is not noticeable. IPAs double or otherwise are not my favorites but this one isn't bad. $5.29 for a 22oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a little lighter in color than typical for the style. There is a decent white head and some lacing. The smell is bitter hops with a hint of the abv to come. The taste is bitter as hell, with little malt sweetness to balance it out. The mouthfeel could be a little smoother and the drinkability is fair but beware of the abv. Overall, a fair DIPA. This one has a big hop profile and I prefer a more balanced brew.

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Photo of erikm25
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark caramelized orange. Thick and viscous looking with heavy oaked gold and burnt orange coloring. Head is creamy and a light tan coloring. Good retention and spotty lacing. Sits in the glass more like a solid.

S: The smell accurately resembles the appearance. Caramel soaked oranges. Maybe with a little bit of honey thrown in. Lives up to the organic moniker with earthy, pine, vanilla, and grapefruit tinges. Overall, rounded and biscuity. Would have liked a little more hops and less of the caramel malts but it had me taking lots of sniffs.

T: Thick orange peel citrus coupled with sweet malts and torched sugars. Strange combination of woody and sweet. As it warms a grapefruit tang becomes more apparent. Definitely a different twist for a DIPA but still a relatively solid hops finish. I can't actually tell if I am tasting the alcohol which is either peculiar or a testament to the confusing complexity.

M: Feels medium to full bodied and heavy on the sugars.

D: Little too much caramel sweetness for me. I would still recommend this one to anyone new to this style or looking for something with a different take.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up on a pit stop in Santa Barbara at a small local liquor store. First time I've seen this offering. Nice looking bottle but very busy with lots of writing and a large X in the background.

Poured into a slender tulip it forms a loose seafoam head that is not retaining all that well. Hazed up orange body.

Plenty of caramel and sweetened malts to the point of a syrupy smell. Citrus hops with some orange rind. The nose is more malt than hops. Ok, the hops make their appearance more towards the finish and they liven this up only to fade in the aftertaste leaving room for more caramel sugared malt. Taste makes up for the lackluster smell and appearance but not enough to make this a repeat purchase.

Notes: An odd offering and a theme is beginning to form in my head when it comes to butte creek. So so products. A friend that shared this bomber said " it has a smell similar to a barleywine but the taste comes through as a jumbled up double IPA". Summed up very well I think. Below average.

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Photo of kennyo
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 0z bottle from some other brewery in Chico, can you imagine that. tHe beer is amber color with a small off white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Aromaa is biscuit, malt, some hops, smells a little like homebrew. Taste is alcohol, hops, malty sweetness, bitterness. this beer is not well balanced. kind of like the organic approach but if its not a great tasting beer, why. Healthy - organic vs beer - non organic, whatever tastes better. One time taste of thisbeer for me.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as an extra courtesy of numbeercruncher - thanks!! Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: An incredibly dirty, turgid caramel, orange amber, with a relatively fast-fading one-finger off-white head. I'm pretty disappointed with the retention on this one. The carbonation is sparse, fine-to-medium bubbled, and slow. Lacing also leaves a lot to be desired. Not a great start.

Aroma: Sticky, caramelized sugars and faint pine. It's surprisingly faint, actually, given the taste (more on that soon). Severe agitation doesn't even do that much for this one.

Taste: Thick sticky malts - heavily roasted, doughy, bready, largely sweet and heavily roasted - do a decent job of balancing some sticky, resinous hop flavors. Pine, heavy, sticky citrus (more orange than grapefruit, though a definite presence of both), a dash of bitterness, and a few tropical fruit flavors provide a decent if uninspired blend. There's also, unfortunately, some chemically bitterness in the close, soapy, course, slightly metallic. A lot of the good hop notes are sort of subdued here, buried under the sticky, sugary, syrupy sweetness of the malt foundation. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, with minimal carbonation. This one leaves way too much of a sticky, resinous, oily film. Way too many residual sugars.

Drinkability: A pretty average to slightly-below average DIPA. I'm probably a little harder on this style than most as it's my favorite, so keeping that in mind, I'll say this beer had some promise - it's just that everything was a little bit too far off.

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Photo of thaichile
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Muted orange gold color with just a touch of haze. Good vanilla bean colored head, fairly frothy and smooth.

S: Berry fruitiness, grapefruit, peach liquor and a touch of green apple

T: Very malty up front. Odd mix of raspberries, strawberries and papaya. Hops aren't really working for me, they seem unbalanced and not refined. Bitterness is ill timed and haphazard. Finishes with a dirty hop profile. Aftertaste of dried pine cone stays with the drinker long after the sip.

M: Full bodied with just a touch of prickliness. Best part of the beer.

D: Poor job hiding the alcohol. Tastes like a big beer that was made just for the sake of making a big beer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda middle of the road all the way around for me. Pretty copper color, but no lacing (strange for something loaded with hops) and barely any head, even after swirling my goblet/cervoise. The smell isn't as vibrant as I would expect for something this high octane. There are pleasant herbal, floral hoppy scents but I expect more of a punch from a double IPA.
Same deal with the flavor, with an added subtraction (if such a thing is possible) of a metallic edge to the finish. The malts are on the thin side; they function more as background noise than anything else.
Not what I'd expect from a celebratory beer. Maybe the next anniversary will be better.

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Photo of bboven
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is still on my grocer's shelves, so if it's been retired for long, it's holding up well. No oxidation or other funkiness going on.

Reddish gold color with a slight cloudiness reminiscent of homebrew. Good head with very sticky lacing.

Lots of hops and malt, a little bit of hot alcohol. The hops have a earthy/piney smell.

You can taste the alcohol in this, the hops try to mask it all but they end up leaving a super-bitter, medicinal taste. I have a feeling the delicatness of the hops may have faded over time.

Spot-on mouthfeel, great warming alcohol in the stomach, just whish it wasn't so apparent in the taste.

It's a good beer, but I've had much better DIPA's for almost half the price of this bomber. But, like I said, it might be a little old. I'll probably buy the 11th.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shimmering orange copper. Slight bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is adequate. Nice little aroma of light caramel malts and pine tar like hop tones. Malt backing may be just a titch weak, bu tit's there. A little caramel. A little toasted. Hops are juicy and grassy. A little resinous. Not overly bitter. And also piney. And a tad medicinal. This is just a bit offputting, but not overly so. Although the aftertaste does start to bother me more and more as I drink it. A serviceable DIPA. But not one I'd be running out for a reload.

Thanks Bum!

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Photo of scooter231
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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 dgallina
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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 rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brings a hot orange appearance, sexy all over this one, 1" white head. Aroma though doesn't drop dry hopping, it comes off almost fusel alcohol like.

Taste still drops lots of alcohol. The bitterness is 100ibu level. Alcohol and ibus rule this one more than hops. Needs more hop flavor. Eh, there's plenty of these beers, and I don't like the bomber format costing more than a smaller format would.

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