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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Deliciously hoppy, with an undercurrent of flavorful and provocative organic malts, Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale is sure to please hop lovers everywhere. We hand craft this IPA with the generous use of Organic New Zealand Pacific Gem and Cascade hops in the brew kettle, after which we dry hop the beer with Organic Cascade and Wakatu hops to achieve that perfectly pleasant, piney aroma and floral, citrusy hop notes that make this IPA incredible. But beer is not only about hops, it is about balance. The powerful hop presence is equitably enhanced with our careful blending of Organic Pale, Caramel-60, and Wheat malts to provide a solid base and full bodied mouth feel. This is the IPA enjoyed by lovers of hops, lovers of beer, and lovers of socially responsible organic products. 6.5% ABV, OG 15.5, IBU 51.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (1033) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 27 July 2012 -- Good brew. Brought back from San Antonio.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Itís always been my policy not to review beers I know are old. However, if Iím not entirely sure Ė due to an illegible or non-existent freshness code Ė Iíd say itís fair game. Based on my experience with Butte Creekís Pale Ale the other day, as well as many years of experience with old beer, Iím inclined to believe this bottle of their IPA is out of code. Had I bought it at a bottle shop or supermarket that would almost be understandable, but I bought this at the breweryís taproom. Old or not Ė any beer sold at a breweryís taproom deserves scrutiny. Letís just say Iíll bet this beer is pretty good when drank as itís supposed to be tasted.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It appears to have been bottled on 8/28/14 (the code is difficult to decipher) and cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brownish/orange color; translucent with particulates in suspension. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which laces and retains surprisingly well.

Smell: Mostly sweet golden malt. Some lemon lollipop (usually indicative of old/oxidized beer).

Taste: You can always tell an IPA is old because the hop character has really faded (though Iíve never quite understood where the hops go Ė itís not like they evaporate in the bottle!). Quite malty for sure Ė a palette akin to that of an amber ale. Sweet caramel and slight toffee notes, along with yellow lollipop. A mild, but noticeable and consistent bitterness lurks in the background through. It becomes slightly dry and sharp at the apex, but otherwise has no citrus, piney, or floral flavors and features. For what itís worth, this is tolerable but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: Butte Creek Organic India Pale Ale weighs in at 6.5% ABV, which is about average for a single IPA these days. Though the palette is uninspired, the actually deliver is passable. Low carbonation provides for a slightly thick/tepid mouthfeel. The hops linger and leave a dry, pasty/starchy aftertaste. I even get some alcohol warmth on the finish, but at least itís smooth going down.

Score: 4/10

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
njager246 (588) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Malt aroma with some sweetness... taste is a little mild sweet... not one of the better organic beers I have had

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (9019) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Orange peel/quinine and orange malt aroma. Hazy amber with small head. Sweet orange malt and moderately bitter lemon peel/quinine flavor. Drinkable but only just.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Patrickctenchi (4832) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Nearly clear amber with a whipped beige head. Bread, vinyl/faux-leather aroma. Taste is watery caramel malt, bark....grainy, piney bitter.....orange peel. Taste like a non-alcoholic beer (cornflake water) with a touch of inept IPA bittering. Not good, not good at all.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"not exactly a "liberal" hop presence when you take into account where this same from. as with all their beers, itís a little on the thin and prickly side, but fresh - the hops are pretty well represented with a nice citrus backbone."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerdedDave (816) - - JUL 16, 2014
cloudy amber color; mild, floral hop aroma; bitter with a good deal of citrusy, piney hops on a medium bodied, bready malt base; overall a decent IPA

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (2185) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2014
bottle shared with my pal josh at club w, cloudy prange pour with white head, hoppy, weird taste some orange fruit, decent, but kibda akward

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ttoadee (973) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Light copper pour, thin but thick head to start. Nose is faint grapefruit. Somewhat bitter. Middle is caramel malt. Finish is lastingly bitter. Would have liked a few more hops at the end of the boil, just me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours orange. Head is white. Nose has element of citrus, orange and pines along with some sticky caramels and a toasted, cracker/biscuit like aroma. Flavor is again caramel, citrus, and heavy on the toasty crackery malts. Nothingís crazy about this beer. More of an English style it seems like.


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