Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale
Butte Creek Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.58 | pDev: 10.89%
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Butte Creek Organic Pale AleButte Creek Organic Pale Ale
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Photo of DrMullet
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange/amber color with medium head.
Smell is slightly sweet malt. A hint of citrus.
Taste is a bitter orange citrus. Faint caramel and pine finish.

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Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the latest beer club shipment. We do not get this west coast brewery's products in my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Phillips of Baltimore German Pilsner

a: Nearly clear amber with an inch and a half white head which receded to thick surface foam and slight lacing.

s: Bread.

t: Follows the nose along with a moderate bitterness. Dry and bitter finish mellows out later.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: At first not particularly appealing for its higher bitterness with only the bready malt flavor. The malt becomes dominant and the bitterness recedes to make this a tasty pale ale. First organic brew I have not disliked.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden, slight amber color with frothy white head. Nose of sweet malt, grains and faint hops. Tastes of light caramel, some faint malt sweetness and a very faint, just barely there, hop presence. Very thin body. Pretty underwhelming Pale Ale.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy golden pour with a snow white head. Very light grainy aroma. Taste has an herbal hop flavor backed by earthy and grass flavors. Can also taste a hint of bread. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes with a light earthy and slightly bitter flavor.

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Photo of snohojimbo
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They have apparently lowered the alcohol content of this selection. While the label in the photo above shows an ABV of 5.7%, the bottle I'm consuming as of this moment shows 5.0%.

It also says "Handcrafted in Ukiah, CA", as opposed to Chico.

Perhaps it is intentional to get down to more of a session type, or maybe its just the change of venue, or?

Anyhow, darn good and refreshing! :)

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the notable lack of any head, this beer has plenty of webby lace. Solidly amber colored with a significant haze.

Pleasant fresh smelling hop spiciness to the nose. Solid malt base.

Starts with a full pale malt flavor--dry and bready. Strong peppery hop in the mouth. The swallow is dry and bitter. Full mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good, albeit quite neutral tasting pale ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5.5% ABV per label.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some very mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that doesn't really mesh together all that well in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a large three finger plus head of extremely delicate off-white foam, craters more than dimples, you can feel the bubbles pop against your lips, while thin and wispy the lacing sticks very well. While clear enough, the orange to yellow liquid has a metallic sheen and traps light within to glow, given the immensity of the head few bubbles visible within. Bitter nose focusing on pretzel dough, salt and pepper, green grasses, sour lemons, earth and a metallic minerality, light cocoa powder presence otherwise malts pretty subdued, same thing for any mixed white pit fruit scents, lasts decently but stays monochrome. Full-bodied, dense with the sort of carbonation which pushes against your cheeks rather than scrub clean. More baked bread and grains than raw dough, not as tart as the nose might suggest, some residual sweetness in the grapefruit, lemon citrus as well as peach, apricot, apple fruit. Still, retains that metallic aspect which in turn elevates earthiness and pepperiness. More leafy than grassy here. Some pine cone, not sweet. Gets tiring to drink after awhile, not good for the category.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The cold, metallic glow of the gold dances off of the flicker from the fire of his nostrils. Another four houses burned today. He snorts in satisfaction to himself. Pitiful fools, simpletons using beautiful, wrought goods only for their own purposes, only for trading and borrowing, when they could be loved, loved in this massive pile, a slip-and-tumble pile that makes a lovely cold, hard bed for his scaly underbelly. So a dull gold with just a small cap of white that disappears quickly and looks as lifeless as this lair, only the faint flicker of flames erupting from his snout as his dark mind is filled with the satisfaction of his days' work and with the ever-burning lust for more, always more.
The metal can be smelled, if you are to step in. You can catch the cold, silvery notes of the lifeless metal, along with the singed sugar in the beautiful silver sugar bowls stacked in one corner of the room, all caramelized now, and the hint of grass, grapefruit and pine-trees from the havoc he wreaked on the peaceful little town but mere hours ago. The pine sap still sticking the grass to his talons and coming alongside the metal smell for a curious balance.
He takes a draught, his familiar mountain stream that comes conveniently trickling in to his cavern and forming a small pool, the perfect refreshment after a troublesome day of toasting residents of the little mountain town that had provided him so well of late with delicious meals. Light-bodied and lightly carbonated, the grass and pine sap from some upstream grove that must house grapefruits as well tingeing the stream with delectable flavours, albeit not enough thereof...
He settles down with a long, fiery sigh and curls up to sleep, the residents' suffering and loss contributing to his depraved, dragonish dreams. He will return in but a few days' time, leaving the cowards to flee now and the brave to take heart and sharpen their arrowheads... there is one weakness, and you would do well to find it, and soon.. lest the land of your forefathers fall into desolation.

Simply not above average, no way around it. Not terrible, but certainly nothing close to the standards of the style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey gold with a solid off white head that fades to clumps, puckers and webs of lace. Big juicy red grapefruit nose with mango and concentrated OJ stickiness. Roasted almond malts with some tropical fruit cut by citrus pith, bark and aspirin hops. Clean chalky leave. Light to medium, some chew.

Top APA, great balance between malt and hops. Unfortunately, the second drinks a bit too light and sweet.

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this even though I haven't been a big fan of the organic stuff.

Beer poured rather nice, with a coppery hue. The caramel hops were fairly pleasant.

I'd consider it a good pale ale, with bonus for being one of the organics I sctually like. I found it a bit heavy for its type to really kick back a few. I'll keep an eye out for some more from these folks on the west coast.

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Photo of bcm119
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a slight haze. Anemic white head. Mild grain and ester aroma, with a little green apple/acetaldehyde. Husky grain and feeble hops. Malt flavors are musty. A little sweetness up front, and a faintly citric, hoppy finish. Grainy aftertaste.

Every once in a while I'll re-try organic beers like this, only to be re-disappointed. They seem to all taste the same: as if they were made with old, stale ingredients. Its a shame because I like the idea, I like organic food in general, but I just can't get into organic beers.

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Photo of Offa
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says that it's made in Ukiah, a little closer to here than is Chico - perhaps it's contract brewed at Mendocino Brewing, but I'm only guessing. Why, I'm not sure, since Chico itself is only a few hours' drive away.

Anyway, this is a very standard west-coast APA in style, if better and more well-rounded than the average (grapefruity, paradigmatic west-coast APAs are not exactly my favourite kind of beer, which unfortunate for me, considering where I live).

Light amber, it has a medium, creamy, off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, with some uneven but good lace.

Aroma is graperuit, strong pine bark, dust, hints of toasty grain and caramel. It's a bit like Napa Smith Amber ale, but better, with the off-putting dusty-moldy pine-bark quality being less intense. It's still a bit off-putting, but not very.

Taste is light grapefruit, pine, mineral, light caramelly grain, lightly sweet but with a light bitterness coming up to produce a dry finish of pine needles and faintly caramelly grain. It's light and crips, the character is light, not complex, but stays fairly well-rounded and firm. It's pretty drinkable for the style for me. Feel is light, but solid, not watery.

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Photo of Gavage
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Moderate lacing develops and carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: caramel and some lemon zest are soft, and a grassy tone is also noticeable.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, hint of orange, some pear sweetness, grass, and a mild bitterness make up a so-so pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Very little aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is another organic beer that just doesn't do it for me personally. One was enough for me.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple of bottles given to me by a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep gold/copper color and is slightly hazy. Rich rocky off-white head, with an orange tinge. The head is very resilient and dissipates in peaks and valleys of foam.

Smell is a sweet bread aroma.

The taste is interesting, there is a caramel malt and cereal flavor up front, followed by and acerbic aftertaste that seems a bit off the rest of the beer for some reason.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavier than most pale ales, lightly carbonated and a bit cloying.

Drinkable, but not a thirst quencher. Withe the huge head and bready flavors I'd make this more of a fall brew than a warm weather one. It is good though.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good organic brew from Butte Creek Brewing. I'm all for saving the earth, but some organics have all sorts of off tastes which makes being a good steward of the earth more difficult. Thankfully, this brew isn't one of those.

It pours a dark brown with a chunky white head. I'm getting a little grassy hops on the nose. The malt has a touch a sweetness, maybe a slight nuttiness, and is well balanced by the hops which have a highly grassy character with a little savory bitterness as well. Oily, slick mouth feel and really started warming up to this one as I worked through a six-pack. It's pretty smooth for a beer with some bitterness and complexity.

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Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a golden color - almost spot on with the description of gold. Little carbonation is obvious. Certainly an opaque/cloudy beer. Head formation was light and was knocked back to a light film.

S - I'd say this beer screams "west coast" to me. Has a very assertive floral, piney, and grapefruit hops nose to it. Not much else can survive that.

T - Starts off with a sweetness that seems more tied to a hops cone than it does to a malt backbone. Some bitterness, but not as much as the aroma would suggest to me. Finishes with a more grassy fresh hops note. Has a somewhat watery aftertaste.

M - Moderate body - which at times seems a little thin. Carbonation is light, which I"m guessing leads towards to low substance feeling. Little filming.

D - Easy to drink. Manageable in both ABV content and flavor profile. Not hard to put away a session of these in perhaps spring and fall.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 10oz glass coffee mug. White head fills half the glass then settles into a lava. Several solid gulps indicates good carbonation and good pale bite. Nice lace rings on the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon, lime and orange. Bitterness lingers more than their IPA. This is probably Butte Creek's most impressive beer. I have to go drink another Porter to make final decision.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy and deep orange with some really nice copper hues. The head is ever so slightly off white with a very creamy appearance and excellent retention. With a bit more carbonation activity in the liquid, this would be perfect.

S- Grassy, carmely, a bit of orange rind.. pretty subdued. A hint of floral activity is noticeable.

T- The floral and grassy flavors are noticeable here, as is the orange rind bitterness. The malt backing is decent. Pretty subdued with a hint of earthiness.

M- Very smooth, but just a bit too smooth. This could use just a bit more carbonation bite to it.

D- A very solid pale ale. I bet this is much better when it is extremely fresh.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up a couple of Friday's ago at the Fred Meyer on Chinden.. poured into my shaped SA glass... I don't remember what I paid for the individual bottle, but I remember the 6'er being in the $9.50 range.

Nice creamy looking head.. with great lacing .. the brew is a slightly hazy orange.

nose is very subdued for an APA.. slight floral hops.. a little tangerine zest/orange oil..

flavor mirrors the nose with a nice/yet slight cookie maltiness that pushes the palate from front to back... just minor touches of caramel malts.. the body is a solid medium for the style.. and the carbonation is fairly heavy.. yet creamy nonetheless.. not much of a finish..but what is there bends again toward flowery and citric..

not a mind blower by any means.. but it is still a pretty okay beer..

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale amber with a modest white head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is orange-pinapple citrus bitter hops and an average amount of malts for the style.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
Drinkability is good. Not a beer that will make you say "Wow" but a well crafted organic Pale.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured nicely into the glass, but the head dissapeared REALLY quickly. Not a big deal, but it did lace a little

The smell was a little leathery, and caramel based. Could really smell the malts in there with just a nice hint of Hops.

Tasted really nice, a bit of hops, and a follow up of malt and caramel.

A little gaseous, but really nice.

VERY easy to drink

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Photo of canucklehead
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serves with a very frothy head and a mid dark gold. Nice refined hops on the nose and a very smooth midbody with a rounded mouthfeel. Good pale ale with a unique taste that is on the soft side. Worth trying and the organic part is just a bonus. Almost tastes English in its mouthfeel

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great find! This thing poured a very dark caramel with medium clarity and a very light white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is a good combination of malt and hops, while the taste is more hoppy than malty. It's hoppy bitterness is apparent on the palate and it is a very drinkable beer. I would highly recommend this brew!

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Photo of SargeC
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden-amber brew with a minimal off-white head.

Smell: Minor hop presence, toasted malt.

Taste: Good hop presence, smooth finish. Nothing that really makes the brew stand out. Not bad, but pretty standard.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkablity: An OK brew. I would not go too far to try this again.

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Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 60 ratings