Butte Creek Organic Ale | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic AleButte Creek Organic Ale
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Butte Creek Organic AleButte Creek Organic Ale

Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 11-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
2.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale gold/light copper color with a huge white head, brought on by some extremely high carbonation, that leaves traces all the way down the glass. Nice hoppy nose with slight earthy and herbal qualities, hard to discern much else with this damned head cold. Big hoppy bite right of the bat with a nice lingering bitternees, pine and citrus hoppiness. The big fault on this one however would be the chemical/cleaner/solvent taste that is present. I'm not sure how to describe it but there is definitely a rubbing alcohol flavor in there too. Definitely not a desireable trait in your brew. Tingly and crisp with it's medium light body, this brew has a decent mouthfeel. I could barely finish this glass and would probably never buy this beer again, therefore, drinkability scores low.

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Photo of oberon
2.14/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy light golden with almost no head to speak of almost looked like pop,aroma is very buttery and grainy alot of diacety for sure here.I noticed this beer has a very harsh mouthfeel and the flavors are harsh up front as well and to buttery.A bitter beer but not from hops let me tell you just a bad beer thru and thru and I thought I was doing a decent thing by buying organic!

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, w/o freshness indication. I'm suprised y the low scores for this brew, has it been upgraded recently? Cuz what I'm sampling is pretty decent, not great, but decent. Pours typical almond clear, amber, near white head, tiny bubbles and leaving nice fine lacing. Malty nose with a sniff as well of grainy hops. Smooth malty brew, witha moderate hop bite in the finish, a bit thin body wise, but a decent take on the stlye, respectable flavor levels. Decent sessioner.

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Photo of jsolack
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper in color with slight off-white head. Has slight haze but overall pretty clear.

Slight smell of carrot and pumpkin. Unusual smell.

Very grainy tasting with carrot and spice comming through. Doesn't really taste that great.

A little flat in mouth. Thickness is good... nice texture in mouth.

Flavor is this beer biggest problem. Some might like it, but it's not for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.02/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A hazy amber body sits beneath a short head of creamy, bright-white foam. It holds well, maintaining a thin but solid surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some minor spotty lace. The nose is fruity, but also a bit phenolic. With some investigation you may be able to find some sweetish malt, though it is pretty well-masked. The body is medium/light and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine, slightly elevated carbonation. The phenolic character returns in the flavor (Band-Aid like, and somewhat cloveish - which normally indicates a wild yeast infection). It receeds to reveals some well-heeled sweetish malt with a touch of caramel; and finishes with a flourish of bold bitterness. What phenolic character lingers into the aftertaste varies, although scortched plastic may be it's dominant note. Although I'm a big fan of organic beers, I simply cannot recommend this one; but I'll order another bottle to re-review and hope that this is just a single bottle infection (although I noted similar aspects in their Creekside Wheat).

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Photo of ElGordo
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange-golden color with a small, fluffy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly to a small halo. Aroma leans toward the malty end of the spectrum, almost like that of a classic English brown ale, with a little bit of a bready character, and just a touch of mild fruity hops.
Palate is a bit off. Up front it has a mild bread character mixed with fruity hops, but becomes kind of acidic mid-palate. A strange smoky character emerges before the swallow, blending with the acidity for a not-so-pleasant finish. Body is a little foamy, but substantial and appropriate for the style. Not one I would recommend.

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Photo of Troyone
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this Ale because it was organic however I found this to be just an average microbrew ale. Definitely a microbrew but not my preference of choice.

The taste seems to be a little hard without enough hoppiness or bitterness for my preference. Therefore the after taste is bland and not relevent.

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Photo of elricorico
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dull hazy orange that generated a slim ivory head after a fast pour. Some lacing, but not much.

The smell is a thin lemony citrus with a malt base that hints at a little bit of toffee.

Faint malt flavours that really only hint at toffee sweetness. A piney and medicinal hop flavour follows. At moments it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, almost a dank flavour, but it is rarely noted. Distinctly dry in the finish.

A little syrupy in feel, with lowish carbonation. Reasonable mouthfeel.

This one doesn't do a whole lot for me. I find it to be rather bland, and that dank flavour makes me wonder at what flaw may have happened in this batch.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank w/ratatouille, a decent combo that didn't do a lot for each other, but still worked well enough.

A-Pours a hazy amber w/light head that fades to thin cap.
S-Sweet bread and malt, light esters, hops, raw peanut.
T-Lightly sweetened malt w/hints of mineral, toasted grains and rye, spice, light dried apricot, mild tangerine, and a bitter hoppy aftertaste.
M-Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly dry w/finish that pairs well w/sweet malt.
D-Needs to warm a little to bring out the flavor. Overall quite good.

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Photo of theopholis
2.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Fairly clear, amber/orange with just a hint of haziness. It has a decent ivory head with decent staying power, but very little lacing.

Aroma- Very clean, slightly hoppy nose with some malt sweetness. Also has a nice, light bready note. As it warms, the hops become more dominant.

taste- decent amount of flavoring hops and malt sweetness up front. Unfortunately, they are both rather simplistic. No depth at all, no complexity, no interplay between the malt and hops. It is slightly piney. Aftertaste is very pronounced, but I haven't figured out if it's good or bad (I sometimes have this problem. I've seen the movie "Pi" at least 1/2 dozen times. I still haven't figured out if I like it or not.). I also get just the barest hint of burnt toast in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, but a bit, syrupy. Carbonation level is good for the style.

Drinkability- I gotta say, I've had better.

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Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Excessively foamy. And once you get past the foam, well, there is not much to speak of. Malty with a touch of metal at the front, then the hops announce themselves in a ho-hum manner. The flavor just never goes anywhere with this beer - search as I might, there were no particulary descriptive terms other than boring.

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Photo of StevieW
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamer. 12 oz bottle poured an enourmous goldend tinged off white head. Dense creamy head left clumps on the top of the beer. Body was bright golden to amber in color. A herbal, grainyness to the smell. That's allright isn't it ? Lots of sweetness, and buttery toast flavors. Butter doesn't yeild as a somewhat malty sweetness emerges. Decent shot of bitterness, but sweetness and butter linger. Corn on the cob butter. Medium bodied, not bad. Cleaner finish in the middle, the butter did fade a bit. Then the beer got a little watery. I had this with a roasted pork loin and it was tasty. I would give it another try. For some reason it is available a local "gourmet" grocery store. Cheers the BB up the road for this sample too.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an opalescent amber color, the head is meaningful, the lace glutinous sheets that cling firmly to the glass. Nose is malt, crisp, with a slight hit of citrus. Front is sweet, the top is flimsy, finish forcefully hopped, purposefully carbonated, and to close it out a dry malt aftertaste. While most “Organic Beer”, doesn’t have the middling bodies I prefer, the clean freshness, lets all the other flavors show through, and makes up totally for the lack of body.

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Photo of plaid75
2.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a definite soft grainy malt but was cut by a strange sour/caustic aroma. I can't put my finger on it.

The taste consisted of a nice doughy malt, however a sharp mustiness lingers at the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit slick with a numbing effect on the tongue.

Overall I was disappointed in this Butte Creek offering. I really have nothing else to say.

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Photo of SouthLoopSuds
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep golden color.

S: Clean, sweet smelling.

T: Nice malt and hop balance. Crisp and clean.

MF: Good feel, not to heavy for an ale.

D: Pretty decent, light enough to have a few on a warm summer day, but full enough for a cool autumn evening.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew should come with a warning....be gentle in serving !
The crown on this brew would feel at home at a downhome hoe-down, it was over four fingers high. While waiting for the crown to disapate, I took a pull on the bottle, that too was a rush as the carbonation exploded as soon as it entered my mouth.
The colour was a nice amber and the body was a little cloudy.
The aroma was lightly of a spring hayfield.
Taste was of cerial grains to begin but quickly changed to and ended to a citrus like hoppy affect.
Very pleasant

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber color with a large,fluffy head and a pillow top lace.
Simple aroma of hops,malts and some caramel hints.

The taste was sweet,malts,fruit hints with a mild bitterness and subtle hop notes. very sweet if I may add. Caramel and wheat
hints as well.

The feel was light to medium body with high carbonation and some grains in the finish.

Notes: An average brew with some good qualities and then some bad. Carbonation a bit high with average complexity and balance.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12ozer bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over a slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head holds okay, with average to good lacing. Aroma is kind of off damp grains and some light fruitiness. Taste unfortunately follows along in a similar vein, wet grains, with a touch of fruit, but does exhibit some general hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability has to reflect the other attributes. Not somethign I would go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer in the 22 oz. bottle ..nice enough "folksy" Label.

Pours pretty well very nice rich brown color ( almost glows!), nice head.
Smells also nice , spciy and aromatic..which is odd given the taste.
Taste after the initial "hit" is pretty awful..did not enjoy it at all. Really strange..very chemical hard to explain in an Organic ale.
Felt average in the mouth, nothing special.
With the taste after the first few mouthfulswas hard to drink the whole bottle ( I did because it was pretty spendy).
All in all a dissapointment, hope this was a one off bad batch.

OK re-review as of tonight 9/7/2003..a friend gave me a 12 oz so i decided to try this agin..hoping my original bottle was a bad one..and it appears it was..unless they changed the recipe.Taste in particular was much better less acrid and chemical..more smooth and malty..wth some nice understated hopping.
Much better drinkability.

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Photo of Enola
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bit lighter than most pale ales I have had. It almost looks like a wheat beer. There was a small head. The taste is bittersweet. There is also a lasting bitterness that stays on your lips a good while. The mouthfeel is pretty good. A fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. I could drink this beer again.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out hazy orange copper with a frothy slightly tan head.

Smell. Citrus hops, lemon and tart orange. there is a small light caramel aroma to it as well.

Taste. Hops are not as apparent as the smell would suggest, but is there with an earthy taste and a touch of lemon. Taste isnt bad, but there isnt really anything here to make me like it very much. Finishes has a sweet and yeasty flavor, almost like a belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel. I do like the mouthfeel, body seems creamy and medium/full. Nice amount of carbonation as well.

Overall. Hops are too dim in this beer for my liking, but goes ok with the malts. It's hard for me to pick out what i really like about this beer, or what i really dislike. I guess there's nothing... pretty average. But i am glad i only have one of these rather than a 6 pack.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at Hannaford's in the natural food section. Pours a really nice amber gold color. Smell is malt city. Taste is malty, grainy and with some not too strong hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel, nothing to write about. Overall drinkability...a big average. It's one of those beers that is just there. The big selling point is that it's organic. Well you'll have to try a little harder in teh style, I'm glad someone is trying to make organic beer, and this is quite drinkable but I'm not gonna run out and buy it again.

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a reddish-copper beer with a sudsy white head and a pleasing lace. The aroma has a nice focus on malt: a little caramel and toasted bread. Unfortunately, the beer also displays a distracting husky smell. A little resin-like aroma is also present, mingled with some hops. The foretaste has just a touch of malt sweetness, but it quickly balances with a serious bitterness. The finish is lingering and bitter. The beer does have a tannin-like astringency that’s a bit of a flaw. Medium body, and modest carbonation. Although the beer is drinkable and thirst quenching, for me it really didn’t stand out as anything special.

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Photo of semihobo
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz single with no date.

Doesn't explode out of the bottle, but foams in a massive way during the pour, leaving me with 4 inches of a head so thick I could ball it up and throw it at somebody in the street. Have to wait for it to subside. When it settles down, I see a hazy, dusty peach body with a thick, luscious head. Didn't appreciate the foam show, though.

Smell is floral hops, sweet and fruity. Powerful nose accompanies the large head. Slight acidic twinge tingles my nostrils. Reminiscent of champagne, with an off-note as it warms.

Tastes bitter and metallic, much drier than expected. Hops are much weaker than expected, with a minor element of apricot rolling over from the smell. Malts are grainy and there is a small bit of residual sugar that tastes like Belgian candi sugar. The taste falls flat, reminding me of grainy seltzer water, which isn't helped by...

.. the carbonation, which has gone way overboard. Could have guessed from the foam fest. Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin, also reminiscent of champagne, I suppose. The bubbles and taste die together on your tongue, leaving you with some water to swallow.

This beer is something of a freakshow. Drastically overcarbonated, with a pleasant scent of floral hops that disappears at the first sip, leaving me grasping frantically among the bubbles for any semblance of an APA. Is this the worst beer ever? No, but this is a fair rating within a style that has many, many competent examples. Avoid.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange color with flecks of gold. It had a small, short-lived head that did not leave lacing.

S - It smelled of spice and clove. Also a sweet malty aroma.

T - It tasted of roasted malt. It also had a good balance of grassy hops.

M - It was dry and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good beer. It's organic but it doesn't taste much different than a non-organic ale.

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Butte Creek Organic Ale from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 49 ratings