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Butte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPAButte Creek Organic Revolution X Imperial IPA
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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 ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 scooter231
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
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 weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for popping this open...
Appears an orange toned amber with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of butter toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and toasty caramelized grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted by caramel, vanilla, toffee, biscuits, along with mild citrus backing up the sugary goodness.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, sugary, hitting on the front and the middle of the tongue with a slow, long lasting finish.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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 acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 DrewBeechum
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a fresh bottle, cold stored and served at 50F in a tulip pint.

Hazy orange cloudy beer with a lot white, rapidly disappearing head.

Aroma is grassy, lawn clippings with some slight piney notes hanging out at the edges.

Beer is thickly caramel with a rising piney bitterness that comes through to sweep the beer from the tongue before a warming glow rolls down the throat. Needs less residiual sweetness and more blast to be a true DIPA in my reckoning.

A good beer to sip while enjoying luisito quintero and a column to write!

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

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Photo of Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 warmstorage
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 -14%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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 unclederby
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Piraat tulip a orangish/amber in color and appears slightly syrupy. A smallish, soapy head quickly faded to just a whisp. The bouquet is big on orangey/earthy hops (i'm guessing simcoe) and a whiff of malty sweetness. The taste is similar: bitter orange rind and a spicyness somewhat akin to lemony cilantro. It has it's sweet moments but the aftertaste is all hop bitterness and it lingers. Not hugely complex, but need it be? Mouthfeel is nice and oily, amply carbonated and has a resinous-like quality. I'm drinking this down pretty quick as it's tasty enough, but the bitterness becomes a bit of a palate wrecker after awhile... and it comes off as a bit one-dimensional. Worth try and certainly a commendable effort at the style.

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

Pours an orange-amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of intensely bitter, piney hops, a strong dose of caramel malt, and more than a little alcohol. Aroma is almost more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Palate is well-balanced at first, with the malt taking an early lead. Before the swallow, sweet caramel malt and a hint of treacle begin to be taken over by piney hops. Right after the swallow the full power of the hops is released, with strong notes of pine and dark fruit. The alcohol warms on the finish, while the bitterness of the hops doesn't linger too long. Body is full and creamy, very nice. The alcohol is masked fairly well - I seem to be able to drink quite a bit of this without noticing it. A very solid offering from Butte Creek.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 jamdugan
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BradBLR
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 Imstillthegman
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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 doubleipa
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 dgallina
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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 blitz134
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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 rajendra82
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
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 thaichile
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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 flexabull
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
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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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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