Chad9976 (1383) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s always been my policy not to review beers I know are old. However, if I’m not entirely sure – due to an illegible or non-existent freshness code – I’d say it’s fair game. Based on my experience with Butte Creek’s Pale Ale the other day, as well as many years of experience with old beer, I’m 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 brewery’s taproom. Old or not – any beer sold at a brewery’s taproom deserves scrutiny. Let’s just say I’ll bet this beer is pretty good when drank as it’s 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 I’ve never quite understood where the hops go – it’s not like they evaporate in the bottle!). Quite malty for sure – 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 it’s 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 it’s smooth going down.
njager246 (552) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malt aroma with some sweetness... taste is a little mild sweet... not one of the better organic beers I have had
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Patrickctenchi (4710) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6853) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
"not exactly a "liberal" hop presence when you take into account where this same from. as with all their beers, it’s a little on the thin and prickly side, but fresh - the hops are pretty well represented with a nice citrus backbone."
BeerdedDave (801) - - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
ttoadee (919) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. Nothing’s crazy about this beer. More of an English style it seems like.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from six pack. Pretty standard IPA with familiar flavors. Not too bad.