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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 281
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

20 IBU
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Photo of RaysHops
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

At first I was pleased with the fragrance and overall look of the brew...but I think I got it a little too late on the shelf. I'll try it again when it's fresh. (160 characters)

Photo of hreb
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in a chalice. Beer pours cola brown, crystal clear, and with no appreciable head. Smells like the aforementioned molasses cookies. Tastes like a highly carbonated version of the same. Actual ginger flavor here is, to my palate, too washed out, like all too much bad gingerbread. And unfortunately this beer hasn't got much else going for it. Mid-grade over-gassed molasses cookie beer. (410 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll cut to the chase, this is a disappointing beer, especially for the price.

It pours nice and dark with very little head. The aroma is faintly spiced and barely beer-like.

The taste is light and crisp, beer-like with a nice hint of spice. It is a subtle, balanced flavor. The aftertaste is nice and it makes for a mildly interesting burp.

This brew is pretty tame and subtle. It is not a good value and I will avoid it in the future. (439 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, almost black in the glass with a tan/light mocha head.

S: Ginger, cloves, nutmeg and coffee in a delicious smelling nose. Interesting.

T: Lighter fruits, citrus peels, then ginger and nutmeg, maybe cloves, then coffee, biscuit and finally floral and citric hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth.

O: It's what you might expect from a gingerbread stout, minus the roasty flavors. It's pretty good, but it would likely benefit from the admixture of roasted malt. (500 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Poured very dark brown with a semi-durable beige head.

Aroma: excellent balance in a blend of porter and gingerbread.
Flavor: not so balanced as the aroma, but richer and with more ginger. Also a touch of spicy hops. Lingering bready malt and ginger flavor.

Feel: medium-light body and medium+ carbonation; lively; enough ginger to add to the feel.

O: good but may improve with a little aging. (411 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm a fan of pumpkin beers and that's what this beer reminded me of, since gingerbread and pumpkin spice contain some of the same spices. In actuality, this beer didn't remind me enough gingerbread. I did enjoy the lightness of the beer but if it was a bit creamier or had more of a ginger flavor, I think I would have enjoyed it better. (337 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Nice Dark brown, pretty clear with a good 2 fingers worth of creamy off white head with fantastic lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a lot of ginger spice aromas, very much like a freshly baked ginger bread cookie. There is also a little cinnamon in the aroma.

T: A lot like the smell here.... Gingerbread cookie with nutmeg, cinnamon and a light touch of chocolate. There is also a nice roasted malt running underneath everything.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, pretty smooth with a clean finish and a little warming feeling

D: A very nice holiday beer, great flavors good ABV. Perfect for the season, well worth looking for. (707 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque dark brown with a massive head that laces and retains very well. Nose is like a weak porter with ginger added. Some hint of dark malts is present, but very subdued. The body barely makes it past the light category. Very well carbonated, which helps bring forth what flavor is there. Like the nose, dark malt flavor is subdued resulting in a profile that is mostly ginger. While not overpowering, it is rather mild, the ginger needs to be balanced with a background malt flavor profile. The finish is somewhat crisp with a residual weak ginger astringency. Not a bad beer, but it could be improved upon. (618 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep garnet with a thin tan head. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- roasted coffee and ginger. Toasty malt backbone.

T- chocolate, ginger, lightly roasted coffee. Lightly bitter finish.

M- light bodied, velvety carbonation.

O- not bad, but not great. (258 characters)

Photo of Miranda54
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I read all of the reviews of this beer before trying it out, and really thought that maybe it wouldn't be as bad as the majority of people were saying... I was wrong. While the beer itself was a little lighter than I thought it'd be, which was nice, the taste itself was lacking.

I love anything gingerbread, so I thought this would be my new favorite beer, but I honestly didn't taste anything resembling gingerbread. If you're on the fence about trying this, I'd say to pass. I couldn't even finish my bottle, which is rare. (527 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

For some reason Raul's homie bought a 4 pack of this swill and brought it to Big Sur for the annual thang thang. So like Raul is gonna do, Raul did.

Not that I had any hope for this Christmas-esque beverage, I was still surprised at the the poison-like tinge that it had in the aftertaste. (Apparently not everything organic is good, my children.) It was almost as if someone told the Orkin man that the ant colony presided in the Gingerbread Ale tanks, so he gave them all a lil squirt of DDT. That may be all fine and dandy in the postwar 50's, but in 2013 our cars come with seat belts and nurses stick thermometers in our mouths instead of our... I mean, times are a changing, you know?

It wasn't the worst. And if Raul could compliment it, it actually tasted similar and a bit better than Newcastle. But unlike Katy Perry, this thing didn't make Raul "Ro-o-o-o-o-o-oar!" (877 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
2.29/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

"Organic." The single word that sends shivers into the taste-loving beer drinkers of America. Add to this vile word, the name Berkely, which is home to dirty, freedom-hating hippies, union memebers and communists. The math does not look good.

Nor does this watered down ginger ale. It begins in a massive froth tat fills the glass, and quickly subsides into something that resembles a flat Pepsi.

The nose is bored by a few whisps of apple and cider - nothing substantial. (Imagine your grandmother in her kitchen making apple cider. She stops. Shakes her head and dumps it all into the basin screaming, "This is not fit for my grandchild!"

The taste - what there is - comes across as bland with a minor trickle of apple and bubble gum that is stalked by a shallow spot of malt, one that is either lost or unqualified for a real beer. The mouthfeel is a cross between being harsh and spectacurlarly underwhelming. Bison Brewing. What did the bison ever do to you? (966 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with a foamy white head which dies done quickly.

The smell is quite faint, roasted malts and some spices, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste is weak,there's a slight roasted malt flavour. Tastes watery, pretty bad.

Mouthfeel is watery and highly carbonated, like drinking carbonated water.

This beer was terrible, watery and flavourless. This is the 2nd bison organic beer I've had and they've both been awful. This is a drain pour, glad I only got 1 bottle. (476 characters)

Photo of Hex92
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My wife bought this as part of a mixed 'winter' beers sixer for Christmas. Definitely my least favorite beer of the bunch. It pretty much misses the mark across the board.

It doesn't look like much, there is too much carbonation and it doesn't smell like much either.

The taste is pretty much non-existant. I don't taste ginger, cinnamon, malt, nutmeg, or even beer. This was the first beer I tried from Bison. I would be reluctant to buy another. (449 characters)

Photo of kp29
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First organic beer here.

Pours a very dark brown, so much so that it looks black and until I hold up in the light can I see some brown near the bottom of the glass

Smells like a gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, a little cinnamon.

Flavor is nowhere near as strong as I was expecting from the smell. Gingerbread cookie, a little cinnamon, very mild bitterness that fades quickly. Not much of an aftertaste at all. Watery, mild all around.

Decent brew, I like the addition of the ginger, cinnamon, and other holiday spices. (519 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark brown color (almost black) with a thin tan head that dissipates instantly, leaving a pretty nice lacing.

Smell - It smells like gingerbread and rye to me. After a couple more sniffs I can detect other spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste - Very sweet.. Cinnamon and nutmeg are most dominant. The gingerbread isn't coming through as much as I thought it would. Toasted malts and a very feint hint of caramel. There is a mild, musty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This beer is very well put together. It was interesting to try. It's basically like a winter warmer ale with a twist. (679 characters)

Photo of Spaghett
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed this beer. Almost as if I dunked gingerbread cookies in my porter I just poured. If only mom let me have this for an afternoon snack.

Interesting concept, I could only drink one and feel like I didn't eat a big ol' plate of cookies though. (260 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, deep amber hue with a mostly haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is almost two fingers of frothy tan foam with decent retention. Actually, it's pretty attractive.

Smell: very malty aroma with lots of toasty and biscuity character; admittedly not my favorites. The nutmeg and cinnamon come through nicely and actually complement the toastiness well. Not bad, but it doesn't really suit my palate.

Taste: not quite as biscuity and dry as the aroma. Sweeter, more caramel-like character comes through, along with a muted taste of the cinnamon and nutmeg. There's a hint of acidity here, too, perhaps as a result of using roasted malts. Bitterness is not particularly strong in this brew. It's OK, but still not among my favorites.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation; while not super creamy, it is getting up there and borders on being quite a satisfying texture.

Overall: I'm glad I tried this beer, although it turned out to not be my cup of tea. It tastes kind of like a pumpkin beer without the pumpkin, so if that sounds like what you are looking for then it may be worth a try. (1,177 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 1.8.13

A - Pours an amber-brown with a small fizzy tan head with solid retention.

S - Coffee, cinnamin, biscuit malty.

T - Subtle coffee and cinnamin, some bitter malts.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Ok, but not as tasty as I was hoping for. Pass on this one. (298 characters)

Photo of shand
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bison Gingerbread Ale pours brown with next to no head. The aroma is full of holiday spices, with ginger taking the forefront. The taste... well. The taste doesn't just quite work. I taste the porter base, and I taste the spices, but they never come together at all. Instead, it's like taking a swig of ginger beer, sprinkling a little nutmeg in, and chasing it with the most generic porter body imaginable. The mouthfeel is weak and watery, and the drinkability is alright. Overall, Bison's Gingerbread Ale is just a slightly below average beer. It's drinkable, but never really reaches enjoyable. (598 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Parkway tavern in Tacoma. Dark garnet mahogany in color with a whitish head. Slightly spicy aromatics. Ginger does seem to be prevalent in the flavor along with some other spices, cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. Malty and medium bodied. Not bad. Not too sweet or too bitter. As with many herbal and/or spiced beers, couldn't have more than one or two of these without getting sick of it. (400 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - gingerbread and holiday spices.

T - the ginger and spices are there but they aren't over powering as I'm tasting plenty of roasted malt on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, goes down smooth.

O - a decent porter with a holiday touch. (373 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is holiday spices and dark roasted malts. The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts up front with some sweetness and the spices coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount if carbonation. Overall, not a bad little holiday porter that is worth a try. (387 characters)

Photo of darrmitchell
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Thick tan head with a thin lacing.

Light ginger smell, but not very much. Leaves a little to be desired there.

Not as sweet as I would have thought by the name. Ginger is prevalent, but not so prevalent that it's overwhelming.

Not much bitterness. A nice maltiness with a little bread after-taste, especially once it has been sitting for a few minutes. Has a decent warming effect.

I like the mouthfeel. It's a frothy, thick mouthfeel. Very fulfilling. Especially for an ale.

A good holiday beer that I will be drinking again. (565 characters)

Photo of 1234Jack
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brownish orange color. nice color.

mild head.

smells of ginger and spices.

taste of ginger. not too sweet.

barely bitter, no strong affects on back-sides of tongue. most of the palate is near the front.

bready after-taste

thickish feel. frothy feel.

not noticeably hoppy, more malty.

good taste, i like this. (316 characters)

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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
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