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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

Brewed by:
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 rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 SilentSabre
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 2006, so I am to assume this beer has changed quite alot from how it was intended to taste.
Colour is a beautiful orange amber with a thick eggshell wheat coloured head that subsides in a few moments. Looks terrific; less like an IPA and more like something like an Old Ale. Smell is deliciously sweet. An amalgam of toasted oats and other cereal grains, honey, candy-sweet hops and bit of an earthiness down at the bottom. Almost like 3F's Drednought meets JW Lee's Vintage Harvest.
Taste was almost candy sweet with equally assertive hop bitterness, both vying for control of your palate. There's also a caramel element present here in both the flavour *and* the smell.
Feel was rather average with modest carbonation, but with a bit of a punch. The 9,1% is quite noticeable as being *so* strong, but were I to have to guess, I'd say at least 7 and change...
While I'll never know what this was like in 2006 when it was fresh, with this much age on it, it's *really* tasty!

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Photo of hophead247
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice creamy two inch off white head. There was excellent lacing left behind. Solid grapefruit aroma with a grainy maltiness that grows stronger as the beer warms. Nice tasting IIPA. Hop bitterness and some sweet malt hit first on the initial sip. But the flavor at this point is smooth and subtle. As the taste proceeds the hops ramp up the intensity. Just past the midway point a grainy maltiness flavor emerges but fails to overcome the big hop bitterness and slightly sweet hop flavor. I really like the big beer flavor of this big beer. Well done.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 hopdog
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 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 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 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 erikm25
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Overlord
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like a barleywine to me.

Pours a goldish orange. Big white foam head. Aroma is boozy, citrus-y, piney, and boozy. Did I mention how boozy it smelled?

Robust flavor with caramel malt backing everything, lots of raw citrus, and a bit of ... vanilla? Interesting. A bit raw with alcohol.

I don't know if I'd revisit, but pretty good.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden orangish brown with a bit of a white head which dissipated somewhat quickly

S - grapefruit, citrus, hops, alcohol, and a bit of malt

T - somewhat sweet malt up front, hops toward the end and the lingering grapefruit/citrus taste toward the back of the tongue is nice

M - medium-full bodied, some carbonation

D - this is enjoyable and I'm glad I picked it up, but I'm not sure that I could more than the 22 oz I've got here in a sitting. Perhaps as my mouth acclimates to the alcohol (which seems fairly present) I'll change my tune, but I'm hitting submit now.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy with some citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out fruity, malty and sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel up front. As the sweetness fades, a strong hops presence comes in. However, ever despite the bitter bite, the floral hops flavor seems a little subdued. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's pretty good for an organic beer and it's worth drinking for a while. However, overall, it's not the first beer that I would choose when I want to throw down a good 2IPA.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
First beer from this brewery, and I was very impressed with the quality and character of this Imperial IPA...
Pours a rich, deep, dark-amber hue, ruby-red with a touch of copper and a medium-sized head that soon receded, leaving hardly any lacing... slight carbonation certainly visible, though...
The aroma was literally bursting with fresh, organic hops, true-to-the-style, with a touch of caramel and vanilla...
Taste certainly complemented the flavor... the hops really made themselves dominant and their presence known on this one - both in the mouth and nose, filled with sweet caramel, citrus, and fresh florals - a great all-around depiction of the style...
Crisp, clean, clear, refreshing mouthfeel without any alcohol detectable at all...
Equally good level of drinkability - this one was a good sample...
Good stuff...

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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 genog
2.22/5  rDev -40.3%
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 plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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