BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Pours a clear dark orange hue with a small creamy head that is mostly diminishing, watery lacing sticks somewhat to the glass
S- Two words: Grape Nuts, this DIPA has a distinct earthy/dirt/grain aroma that reminds me of bran cereal, the yeasty and sweet malts dominate the citrus hops (the label states 5 kinds of hops used)
T- Initial taste is of dry, bitter hops with a mix of pine and citrus, followed by sweet malts and that pervasive herbal/floral presence indicative of Butte Creek’s organic take on things, finishes with sweet, sticky hops and a warming alcohol presence
M- Medium bodied DIPA, oily and thick mouthfeel sticks to the mouth, nice lively carbonation
D- Approaching 9%, you can definitely feel the alcohol warming and I would probably not want to drink more than a few pints, I am surprised at the lack of hop presence in this DIPA, although I may be biased by all the local SD DIPA Hop Nuclear Bomb DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick orange-tinted head that stays forever. rich malty toffee aroma with earthy hops and a hint of tangerine fruit. Sweet toffee and rye bread malts are front-loaded, with an earthy leafy hop finish with only a subtle fruitiness. Really quite different for an IIPA in that there is no Cascade in here at all. I enjoyed it a lot, probably all the more so for that reason (not that I have anything against Cascade hops-- I love them-- but this was a pleasant change of pace). alexsdad06 (11394) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized frothy ivory head. The aroma has more citrus, orange, and pine hops than the X I had earlier. The moderately sweet malt presence is here, but not as big. The flavor still has more of the hops like you would expect from a double IPA. Citrus and pine are most noticeable. The caramel malts are also play a big role. I don’t think it is put together as well as the OR X. Medium bodied. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours orange and a deep amber color, rocky offwhite head. Good lacing. Aroma has a nice complex malt profile to it. Creamy caramel chew candy, toffee, some chocolate, cotton candy sweetness. All those malt characteristics are the completed with a hop bomb of a nose. Huge grapefruit with a touch of pine. Flavor has a pleasant caramel sweetness. Sharp hop bite. Lots of citrus. Hop profile is layered nicely. Not to bitter or overly resinous. Medium bodied. I was expecting something bold and over hopped. It was lighter than expected, still very good. Not a Top Imperial but definitely worth rating. GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2008
bottle, pours nice dark amber color with a full, light beige head that leaves a good lacing as it dissipates. Has a good hop aroma, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and pine with some sweet malt in the background. Sweet caramel malt, resin, with a nice balance of bitter citrus hops. Smooth body, with some stickiness. Overall a pretty good beer, not an elite DIPA, but might be a little underrated.
shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Late June/Early July 2008: Butte Creek Revolution XI is lacking aroma. All I get is some fleeting flower/floral smell. This beer has a soft, fruity hop flavor that imparts a moderate bitterness. The caramel maltiness tastes like unrefined sugar and there is no alcohol to be found amongst the other flavors. Ther is more honey maltiness than there is hoppiness. This beer itself is hazy, deep gold to orange in color, and has an ivory-colored head. Overall this beer is like a great Pale Ale or maybe even IPA, but is is really lacking (except for alcohol) as an Imperial IPA.
22 fl. oz. bottle (Alcohol By Volume 8.6%). Rating #89 for this beer.
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10/20/2008: The color of Butte Creek Brewing Organic Revolution XI Imperial India Pale Ale is hazy copper and it has a frothy, lasting, beige head. The aroma still exhibits plenty of citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and pine hops as well as a sugary, tofee-like maltiness. I like how the toffee and creamy caramel maltiness actually takes a back seat to the still lively hoppiness. There is plenty of earthy and spicy hoppiness followed by more of a citrusy and pine-like flavors. The bitterness level is moderate to medium-high. I like it as the bitterness is substantial enough, yet not overdone and is in check with the maltiness. The medium to medium-full body is smooth, slightly chewy, and lightly sticky on the lips. There is a also a good amount of bubbly lacing left on the glass. I personally think that this beer is just about as good as it is going to get at this point and I am quite pleased with it. It showcases the various hop varieties well and definitely does not skimp on the hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness! It’s actually impressive how well the Hallertau actually comes through in the front and is complemented nicely by the slightly muted citrus hop varieties. Yum!
1 pint, 6 fl. oz. (650 mL) silk-screened bottle (Alcohol by Volume 8.6%) from my friend Jason in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks Jason! Rating #89 for this beer...
This beer tasted a lot, almost similar to Rogues Dead Guy Ale. Poured a hazy orange/copper. I consider this brew an american strong ale like most others that have commented on ratebeer. No hop smell at all. The only hops I got were out of the taste and they were very weak and unnoticeable. I expect hops to own my god damn face if the bottle labels itself as a double IPA. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a decent white head. Nose of sweet caramel malt, citrus & pine hops. Taste is sweet and mildly hopped (for this style). Balance is fair. Finish is bitter. Mouth is sticky. Overall, a little sweet for me. nearbeer (5715) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
650 ml. Clear copper with a small but lasting cap. Some sticky lacing is left behind. Aroma is dirty, overripe banana and orange rolled in caramel and resin. Flavor is the same except more resin, fruit, grapefruit and dirty, vegetal tones. I usually like beers that I would describe that way, but the flavor combo in this one just doesn’t do so much for me. Medium body is smooth and dry. Dogbrick (14391) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Pours a rich amber-orange color with a medium and frothy off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine resin and hops. Medium body with a moderately bitter hoppy character that has notes of pine and citrus. Some malt in the background too. The finish is hoppy with caramel malt undertones, and a lightly spiced hops aftertaste. Above average overall, however it falls a little short in the IIPA distinction.