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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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:
20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001)
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Photo of gnlmiller23
1/5  rDev -70.7%

gnlmiller23, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of isualum12
1.7/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Sorry for the low score butihad to remove the secod drink from my mouth. This is not all something I could finish.

Look dark dark tasty looking pour with a nice floating Cooper tan head.

Smell- lots of spice with ginger

Taste- ginger root. Not gingerbread ginger root. Thought ihad actually got a clump of dirt with the root.

Mouth feel couldn't get through the beer toreally get a good feel but the carbon is sitting on my throat still.

Overall- it's not for me.

isualum12, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of plinythederek
1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

plinythederek, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of bespin15
2/5  rDev -41.3%

bespin15, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Seefeldt
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Seefeldt, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark brown/ black body with a creamy, light tan head (about .5-1 finger depth and that's with a hard pour). Good lacing.

S: What a surprise! It smells like gingerbread cookies. I get some dark chocolate malts, cinnamon, clove, & nutmeg. No hops.

T: The aroma of this beer made me think that this was going to taste pretty good, but it sure didn't. Not a very strong flavor, but one can pick up some chocolate malts, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Leaves a weird soapy and acidity taste in the back of the throat.

M: I don't know why, because I've never drank soap water, but that's what the texture felt like. A light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D: I would never drink this again nor would I recommend this to a friend. I feel like it was an amateur beer experiment gone very very wrong.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Crotor
2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, bloody ruby, with one finger of dense, off-white head with good retention.

There's a mild gingerbread spice aroma, a bit of brown sugar, and something slightly vegetably.

The beer tastes slightly roasty with minor floral hop element - quite like a mild, brown porter. The spicing, however, somea across as dry, chemically, and unpleasant. The beer is not nearly sweet enough to stand up to the spicing. The weird vegetable element carries through - this tastes somewhere between Newcastle Brown and a celery stick (with gingerbread spice, that is). It does taste vaguely gingerbready, but the spices attack the tongue with weird and unpleasant drying flavors, and the base beer is ulimately mediocre at best.

This beer's biggest failing is in the mouthfeel. The body is waaaay too low for the strength of flavors in a spiced beer. The drying chemical off-flavors of the spices also negatively impact the mouthfeel.

This beer is an utter failure. A drainpour if I ever saw one. The core of the beer's problems may be in the low quality of organic malt available - I've noticed similar failings in other organic beers I've tried. Whatever the case, this beer is woefully unbalanced, and is screaming for a heavier malt element.

Crotor, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Softestdog
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Softestdog, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
2.25/5  rDev -34%
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?

jjboesen, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Dave1999, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

largadeer, Nov 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dalepryor
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

dalepryor, Dec 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

RWLawman, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

atrocity, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of illidurit
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear dark brown with a nice tan head. Overspiced aroma with, in order of intensity, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. There's also this slight off-note that I can't really put my finger on. Rotten pumpkin? Melting plastic? It's very minor but it's there. Flavor is watery porter with the expected gingerbread character dominating. Doesn't taste artificial but it's just too much for me. It's like on Christmas if someone makes gingerbread cookies and you eat like 12 of them and then you never want to taste gingerbread again. That's how I feel three quarters of the way through this beer. Mouthfeel is dry and bitter with roastiness but there's a significant astringency also. Cloyingness detracts from drinkability.

illidurit, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of rowew
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with an organic label over the cap. No date information.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown with a thick head that fades to a fairly substantial amount of lace.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts and spices - cinnamon and ginger.

Taste: A bit too much spice, and not enough beer. The flavor is dominated by the cinnamon and gingerbread flavor, and there just isn't enough malt backbone to hold up and keep it tasting somewhat like a beer.

Overall impression: An interesting enoug beer, but I certainly won't be seeking out more.

rowew, May 02, 2006
Photo of Miranda54
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Miranda54, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of AlexJ
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light brown pour with a fluffy off-white head that quickly dissapears. Minimal lace.

Aroma is toasty malts, a hint os cocoa, some light nutmeg and ginger notes, and buttery diactyl. It has the same funky bready yeast aroma as the other Bison products I've sampled. Ringwood?

Flavor follows closely with light caramel, roasty malt, light sweet spice, and plenty more diactly mushiness. Not very good at all.

Body is a hair above light, with a soft undercarbonated flat mouthfeel. Glad this was just a small sample.

AlexJ, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of shand
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

shand, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

enelson, Sep 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

FriedSlug, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Presto82
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Presto82, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Pixachii
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Pixachii, Nov 20, 2012
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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.