crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A medium amber body with a white head that had good retention and some lace. Aroma had some nice caramel malts, some grapefruit hops and a slightly off putting citronella note. Flavor seemed to be too sweet. The hops were bitter enough to keep it from being cloying. Finish was moderately dry.
BeerdedDave (801) - - JUN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
slightly cloudy, amber color with a good deal of sediment; fresh, floral hop aroma with citrus notes; a decent, well balanced pale ale; citrusy hops on a medium bodied malt base with mild caramel notes
Chad9976 (1385) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As a beer reviewer, there’s little that’s more baffling than trying different beers from the same brewery and finding a major difference in quality. I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, really) but Butte Creek’s Organic Pilsner, so I had high hopes for their Organic Pale Ale. Perhaps the bottle I was drinking was old (can’t tell – there’s no freshness date), but whatever the case may be it’s a major downgrade in quality from the last beer. Not that this beer is bad – for what it’s worth it’s at least drinkable and somewhat enjoyable. That’s not much of an endorsement, though.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark, nearly opaque copper color (too dark for a pale ale, frankly). Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: A faint floral hop aroma with a general earthy overtone. Otherwise mild. Nothing off-putting.
Taste: The palette begins with a fairly mild taste. I get amber maltiness, but it’s not especially robust or sweet. Slightly bready to be sure, but this is a flavor I associate with amber ales. I do detect a slight off taste; perhaps a bit of green bean on the finish (indicative of DMS). The hops impart a slightly sharp, dry bitterness – though nowhere near the citrus or juicy character a West Coast brew of the style should have. I do find some caramel sweetness lurking in the aftertaste - which is nice – but too little and too late. Overall, this is either flawed but drinkable a pale or just an old bottle. My money’s on the latter.
Drinkability: Old or fresh, one thing’s for sure - Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale is actually no challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp. The texture is soft and smooth, which makes it easy to drink quickly and in larger quantities. At 5.5% ABV it has the body and weight that potency should have, but none of the complexity.
micahb (14) - - NOV 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
It's pretty good, it has a nice grapefruit-like hopiness, but the aftertaste or palate is pretty bland.
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slowrunner77 (6916) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"The hops in this seem faded a bit. As with a lot of organic brews, these guys seem to have consistency issues. This is an average pale overall, but can be better or worse depending on several factors. I like the hippiness when fresh, but it becomes very dull with a little shelf time on it."
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks good. Hazy orange/gold/amber blend with a frothy big foamy head and sediment in full suspension. Smells like organic malt. Very smooth on the palate. Flavor is mostly bitter with some organic malt backend and a cool finish.
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Whole Foods Market - poured at the Irish Food and Beer Fest. Light golden sparkling pour, light off-white head. Aroma of light spruce, a touch of grassiness. Flavor is mellow with some pear-like fruitiness, some sour, tangy notes, a bit of hioney sweetness, Mouthfeel has a nice spritz to it. "Organicness" is evident. Decent.
jandd1983 (3114) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It poured a hazy golden brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of grapefruit and toffee with some sweet maltiness. The taste was a zesty citrus hop burst, ending in a soundly bitter finish. It was a little thin in the mouthfeel.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from a friend. Gold pour cream head. Nose is malts, caramel, no hops, and bitter. Easy palate, heavy caramel, malts, dough, not so good.
MattShizzle (559) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - from Ale in the Mail. Medium golden - slightly cloudy. Aroma is mostly clean with a bit of hops and malt. Pretty good - hoppy (though not the best tasting hops) with some malt.