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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 debaniel
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bottle...

just purchased as of 11/07/07, so this one is a bit old... but you wouldn't know from the taste...

APPEARANCE: Deep golden honey color, hazy

SMELL: Molasses, tons of hops, very sweet sit-by-the-fire kind of smell. Too bad I'm in Florida.

TASTE: Much like the smell, molasses, caramel malt, and lots of hops, but not as hoppy as most imperial IPA's - of course, the age could have something to do with that. Wonderful flavor, in my opinion, just not one of the best IIPA's i've had.

MOUTHFEEL: Full body. Pretty heavy.

DRINKABILITY: This one pulls it off, but is a bit pricey. There are cheaper IIPA's out there that are far hoppier and complex. That being said, I'm still really enjoying drinking this one...

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze with a light tan head, not a plethora of head (could be the cellaring), but there's good retention and a great lace.

S: Big, piney hop aroma with underlying appricot, tangerine and a light toffee maltyness.

T: Assertive bitterness, very piney hop flavour, some appricot & tangerine citrus, biscuity & toffee malt flavours, warming alcohol. Slightly medicinal.

M: Moderate to full body, carbonation on the low side of moderate, definite hop acidity.

D: The bitterness is overly assertive (can't imagine when it was fresh a year ago!), and it's really boarding on the American barley wine style.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA pours a hazy orange with a thick tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. This beer is apparently an older bottle. The aroma is a little rough, piney hops and a super strong caramel malt aroma is present. Some citrus hops and some pine like hops in the flavor, but the caramel malt is the star of this beer. Enjoyable effort, but not particularly well balanced. Worth a try.

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Photo of bboven
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 macster
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!!

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

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

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Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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 jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice beer, however it does have some problems. The beer opens with a brightly colored copper hue, fluffy off-white color, and laces well. Aromas of sharp hop (citrus, pine, and grass) character dominate a firm malt base. Sweet tasting early with a clean malt profile, further clarified by pronounced hop bite early. The hops proceed with a very sharp, astingent feel late. Earthy, robust, and bitter throughout. Lemon and caramel flavors blend for a nice balance in taste. The astringency and hop 'bite' catch in the back of the throat and makes the bomber hard to finish. The beer sorta wore on me during the session -- could have used some help with this one. Otherwise a tremendous beer, clean and pure.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up awhile back when I was in the mood for IPA/DIPA's. As I have discussed in other reviews I built up quite a stock pile and was falling behind drinking them. Today this one comes up to the plate.

A: Pours a nice deep copper color. There was very little head to speak of and little to no bubbles. There are lots of floaters in the glass, and despite its thick appearance there is no lacing seen.

S: For a DIPA this beer has a very mild aroma. There is a definite sweet aroma coming from the glass kind which reminds me of the yeasty sweetness of rising bread dough. There are also hints of pine and grapefruit but not much, the sweet smell is what stands out to me.

T: This one starts off pretty sweet as it splashes across my tongue. Then the taste of bitter grapefruit kicks in. The taste of hops is noted, but it’s not what you would expect for a DIPA. This beer is balanced like a nice IPA instead of its big brother the DIPA. It is not over the top in any way shape or form.

M: Medium bodied with an almost syrupy quality. It sticks to your mouth and flows down the throat. Thank god this one has a nice taste because it really lingers.

D: I would call it drinkable, as drinkable as a DIPA can be. It goes down smooth, tastes good, and leaves you feeling nice and warm.

Overall: This is the best offering I have ever had from Butte Creek. All of their other beers to me were unreviewable, since I try to only review the good stuff. As I stated this beer has a perfect balance between hops and sweetness. There is some malt in there too for good measure to even everything out. I enjoyed drinking this beer and would love to have another. I like my DIPA's a little bolder though. If they would have hopped this one a little longer they would have had a true winner.

The brewer Larry Berlin notes on the bottle "Go Big or Go Home", and I agree. I just hope they go a little bigger on the next go around, if they do I will surely take a mass amount of this brew of their hands.

Update: Just finished this one, and whoa does it catch up to you. Make no mistake about it this is a big brew. A wolf in sheeps clothing or should I say a DIPA with the taste of an IPA. It goes down like an IPA due to the noted balance it exhibits, but kicks like a mule. It’s a big brew, Please I am begging you MORE HOPS next time, or bottle it as an over the top IPA.

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

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

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Photo of ChazMania
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
Hazy, dark amber color; frothy, barely two-finger thick, tan colored head. Aroma of thick caramel malt, sweet citrus, toffee, chewy-browned bread, brown sugar, tangerine, bergamot, orange peel. Really quite malty smelling.

Like aroma suggests, quite thick and chewy, perhaps not quite a modern Barleywine, but it is certainly when compared to many of the first craft versions of. Sweet caramelized malt sugars, but well tempered by hop bitterness and flavors. The bitterness starts almost up front and continues through to a long, lingering, astringent, green hop bitterness. Malt sweetness accentuates candied orange peel note, concentrated apricot, and lots of sweet grapefruit notes. This beer is really hugely hoppy, yet it has a massive malt presense underneath that is still struggling to come through the hop notes. It does come through, but really in the end plays a supporting role.

This beer almost has a hop burn to it at times; it can be raw and aggressively hoppy, especially in the finish. The beer is a bit too thick to be an IPA (even a double one), but that is just a personal opinion. This is a huge, aggressive beer; Butte Creek is really out to change the perception, or even raise the level, of organic brews here in the US. I definitely like where this is going, even if I think this beer is perhaps a bit too much.

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

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

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

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

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

M: Relatively rich, with a good mouthfeel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 rodrot
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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 theWrkncacnter
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours with a decent head that quickly fades with some good lacing. Color is gorgeous; a nice hazy amber with a little bit of an orange hue. Smell is very strong of hops with some sweet fruit smells in the back ground. Taste is very hoppy, as it should be. The hops sort of push everything else out of the way though and don't leave much else. I think there's more going on with the nose rather than the taste. That said, I really like this. It's slightly watery, and not as thick as other I2PAs that I've had, but I think that works in this beer's favor, it makes it extremely drinkable. They've done a very good job of hiding the alcohol, and because it's not as syrup-like as other beers of this type, it goes down very nicely and I could easily knock back a few glasses of this in one sitting. This isn't the greatest I2PA that I've had, but it's certainly the most drinkable, I'd love to have a nice cold glass of this out on the porch on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to rayjay for sending this bottle my way!

A - Pours an orange/golden color with minimal head, but good carbonation.

S - Sweet hops...earthy/piney tone to the hops. More on the sweet side, so I'm a little leary.

T - Sweetness definitely carries the flavors at first...but I think I poured it a bit too cold, because this dissipated as the beer warmed. Not as overly-hoppy as other DIPAs (I might be spoiled by HopSlam..) as there is definitely a hoppiness to it, but the malty backbone remains strong. Sweetness is of the fruity-caramel nature and lasts throughout the beer, but weakens as it warms. Overall, a strong flavor that really grows on me.

M - Medium body that seems to thicken as it warms...lingering sweet/hoppy/alcohol aftertaste that also gets better over time.

D - Upon my first sip, I felt this was more a Double Pilsener than a DIPA, but still a good beer. Drinkability is a 3.5 due to the alcohol content...I expect higher ABV from a DIPA, but this one really lasted for quite some time...I definitely underestimated this beer.

I digress - I recommend this selection. Thanks rayjay!

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a thin one finger head. No lacing devloped.

Smell: nice fruit sweetness and pine bitterness.

Taste: caramel, ripe pears, grapefruit tartness, and a dry bitterness that is not overwhelming. Alcohol is noticeable.Overall this beer did not excite the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, dry and smooth at the finish. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: so-so, and as I find with most organic beers they are a bit behind the non-organic brewers in the flavor category.

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Photo of auntfloyd
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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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