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 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 grumpy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I’ll toss in a few words about this beer so that it gets its 5th review and makes the map. The previous reviewers seem to have covered this beer well enough – noting the piney hops, substantial malt, the balance, and appearance. The only thing I would add is that the bottle I sampled contained a beer with a lot of American Barley Wine characteristics. This tasted like a beer straddling the DIPA/BW fence. There is sufficient caramel/brown sugar/dark malt presence and malt/hop balance to set this apart from DFH 90 Minute, Dreadnaught, Maharaja, and that sort of DIPA. It tasted as though it had aged a year or more despite being a recent bottling. All in all, pretty tasty. But it wouldn’t necessarily satisfy me every time I had a DIPA craving.

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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 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 WetCoaster
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised, but also not surprised, that I'm the first person to review the bottled version of this beer. The sad truth is that -- for the most part -- organic beer = crappy beer. I'm not sure why, necessarily; they should by definition be better. But for whatever reason, most just seem to lack that certain something to push them into the top tier of their styles.

But this is a DIPA, and a fairly big one at that. The labelling is all business. They seem dead serious about this one -- let's see what we've got.

Appearance: Looks good. A clear deep golden amber. Looks like brisk, fairly active carbonation. And we've got a wonder of a head, a pure white creamy mountain with simply amazing retention. All systems go.

Smell: Nothing you wouldn't expect here. Big, beefy wave of pine hops. That's it. And that's good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: So far so good, but this is what matters. Mouthfeel does not let you down. Very smooth and creamy, and the head is like whipped cream. The taste is interesting, very hoppy, a bit buttery, but it also seems to be a bit salty as well. A bit citrusy in the finish with some of the malt coming through. Not coming through is the alcohol; very nicely blended in. Nice, though not amazing, flavor overall.

Drinkability: Very soild DIPA. Not a worldbeater, but this will certainly be one of the better organic beers you're likely to run across. Will definitely change some minds.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with streams of carbonation rushin into a thisk tan head.
The aroma is full of resinous hop goodness that is very fresh and a blend of herbal and earthy hop flavors.
The flavor begins with a sharp bite of citrussy bitterness which is quickly balanced by a sweet carmelly malt flavor that is then bowled over by more hop flavor and it finishes with a sweet lingering maltyness and an earthy hop flavor. A nice DIPA but not the best i have tried. Nice drinkability due to the malty sweetness as it isn't so hoppy that one drink is all you need.

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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 msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival and again at Concordia Ale House in Portland.

A: Deep reddish amber, much darker than I expect from an IPA or DIPA. Frothy off-white head which mellows to almost nothing.
S: Strong citrus hops tempered with a surprisingly high malty sweet balance. Some alcohol presence.
T: Full of citrusy hop flavor with a caramel sweetness. I was surprised by how mild the bitterness was; information I read listed this beer as 97 IBU, but it seemed much lower due to a pleasant malty caramel flavor. Plenty of bitterness still, in moderation.
M: Quite smooth, almost creamy. Full-bodied, some zesty hop bitterness lingers at the finish.
D: I liked this DIPA quite a bit. Found it to be well-balanced & with good flavor. Will look for it again on draft or in a bottle.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so dark it's nearly amber. Head is somewhat miniscule but a wall of lacing saves it from the doldrums. Nose feels sharp but directionless. I can't tell if it's the sweetness from the malt or the pine from the hops that I'm smelling. The taste is prety good ... piney, syupy malt, and a bit of bitterness are showcased. However, I think this tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than an Imperial IPA. This is nice to drink but if you want to promote yourself as an IIPA, you need to bring it.

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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 TheLiterati
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with hints of copper and orange. Has a fast-dissolving, two-finger high off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Scent is strongly hoppy, as expected for a double IPA, with notes of malt and caramel. Alcohol content is quite evident in both aroma and taste, and is nicely complimented with subtle undertones of grapefruit and orange.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a bitter, near-stinging finish that nearly overwhelms the palate and demands to be sipped and savored – just the way I like ‘em!

This is a big IPA that can easily stand up to the spiciest of meals that will not get lost in the paring.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper/amber with a small head and very little lacing. Also quite hazy.

Smell is a balanced blend of caramel and hops, nothing to write home about, but pleasant.

Taste starts quite hoppy, but as you drink gains more of a malt balance. There is some spicy astringency from the hops on the finish, but I'm fine with that. Also some citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but it has some creaminess there as well.

Fairly drinkable. Contrary to some of the other reviewers, I found the malt a little distracting as I let the bear sit and warm. Its true that the aftertaste is a little astringent from the hops, but overall not bad. I could drink another, but thats probably all.

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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 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 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 GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/22/06- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. No freshness info on bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber in color. Probably more copper or dark in color. 1/4 inch white head upon pour. Light rim settles in. Nice cobweb lacing on parts of the glass.

Smell- Somewhat sweet malt with a really nice pine hop scent. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and lemon as well.

Taste- Malt seems a tad stale. Also could use more of a caramel malt base. Has some sweetness, but could use a bit more to battle the hop assault. Pine hops everywhere. Really bitter and a bit harsh. Maybe a few months to mellow out?

Mouthfeel- As stated before, slightly stale tasting, not enough to ruin the moment though. Very creamy for a DIPA and a lasting bitter aftertaste with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- A bit more sweetness and more of the malt, without the stale flavor and this is a big time winner. As is, still a very drinkable DIPA. I always tread lightly upon seeing Butte Creek products, as I have not had the best of luck with them. This, however, is pretty tasty and has just a few kinks to work out before becoming a fantastic brew. Worth trying if seen. Maybe buy one and sit on it for a few months?

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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 IrishRedRock
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber, sticky lacing head. Big brown sugar malt aroma, the hops providing an undertone to the sweetness. Flavor is decidedly bitter, with some strange licorice, woody and citrus notes in there as well. Aftertaste is lip puckering bitter, but has an off-plastic taste that is mildly astringent and though it's none too pleasant, thankfully it's not very strong. Slick on the tongue, carbonation is mild. Alcohol hidden well, but naturally comes out as this 22 oz'er warms up a bit. Not a complete let-down, but this needs to get the flavors to mesh a bit better. A bit of a hodgepodge, but not terrible to say the least.

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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 Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of this beer purchased at La Bodega in Riverside for $5.49. What a great deal.

Solid, rich pour with a very nice off-white head. Great lacing.

Rich hop aroma & flavor (what a surprise!)- oily and fruity. Citrus, orange and lime, play against each other. The oily tastes is a little too strong, keeps this beer from being top notch. Very full creamy mouthfeel, but there's the oil again. I wish it were a little more rounded. But it's still very good.

I admit, the Butte Creek beers, in my opinion, are hit or miss. I wish I enjoyed them all, but I don't. This one, however, is a solid double off the wall with 2 in scoring position. This is probably been my favorite organic beer to date. Very enjoyable.

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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 Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass this is a hazy medium brown colored beer without any real head formation.

Smell is mostly strong tea and fairly tannic in scent. Hop aroma is certainly not missing, mostly grapefruit and wood in this case.

Taste is slightly sweet and woody in the first sip. Further along in to the drinking grapefruit and strong tea flavors add to the flavor. This is a little lacking in depth but it also must be given credit for avoiding the harshness trap that so many super IPAs seem to fall in to. This is certainly no Pliny the Younger but it is a good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty DIPA that is quite competent if not outstanding. This is a good choice for a beer to introduce the realm of the Super IPA class of beers to those who might fear them. The only outstanding thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink.

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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 Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at an Organic food store in Salem. 22 oz bomber. Nice label gets away from the corny Butte Creek labels of the past. Good looking beer amber..to orangy hints large rocky/bubbling tan head..looks cool. Quiet a hop bomb to the nose..piney grapefruity.you know all the usual. The taste is hop centered as one can expect from the style,, its starts off like a roaring lion of hops but loses its ferocity near the end and bec omes a pussy cat, slight bitter after taste. Palate is fine..just tends towards cloying in the end..just avoiding it though. I found this drinkable enough and the alcohol is well hidden, but its just missing a certain something, thats hard to put a finger on..none-the -less good attempt from Butte Creek here.

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