RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Butte Creek Organic Pale Ale is coppery golden in color with a frothy white head. The initial flavor feel that arrests the senses are a result of the lavish use of organic Pale, Caramel-60, Carapils, and Wheat malts that are used to provide that slightly bread flavor and give the beer its unique full body and creamy mouth feel. After experiencing the malt, one becomes aware of the robust hop presence brought about by the use of Organic New Zealand Pacific Gem, Cascade, and Wakatu hops. While that may be enough for some it isn’t for us! To create a crescendo of taste we dry hop once again with even more Organic Cascade hops to give this Organic Pale Ale its delightful fragrant aroma and the well balanced taste it is renowned for. This pale Ale is a delight that can be repeatedly relished. 5.5% ABV, OG 13.5, IBU 33.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
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.

hayduke (5651) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Sent to my by Strykzone. Amber pour with a white head. Nose of caramel malts and citrus. Medium body. Flavor is citrus and light fruit. Bitter finish. Quite good.

Strykzone (7636) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2016
12 ounce bottle from a beer of the month box. Darker copper and cloudy. A beige steady head. Earth and subtle fruit aroma. I taste melons, toffee, citrus, tropical fruit, bready malts, and gentle sweetness. Very drinkable stuff.

Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle: Hazy, amber-orange with a tall, slightly off-white head. Orange/grapefruit-peel scent. Light caramel malt, orange-peel taste.....kind of a bready bitterness to it. Not bad, but just average....not a lot of excitement.

beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2016
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.

shrubber85 (11615) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle. Bready roasted barley malt and orange peel aroma. Golden yellow with nice off-white head. Moderately sweet orange toffee malt and mildly bitter orange peel flavor. Good body. Decent - like the malt but not much hop flavor.

beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Biscuit, grain, caramel, toffee and floral aroma. Floral, fruit, caramel, grain and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a biscuit finish. Very boring and bland.

VinegarStroke (445) - Napa, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Some age on this beer. Loads of malt. Very fruity. Some fruit cake. Copper color. Nice flavor. Balanced. Rich.

BeerdedDave (1875) - Beckley, USA - JUN 25, 2015
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

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2015
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.

Score: 5/10

micahb (14) - - NOV 25, 2014
It's pretty good, it has a nice grapefruit-like hopiness, but the aftertaste or palate is pretty bland. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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