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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 1234Jack
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of laurenos
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a good porter maybe a touch thin with a clear amber hue. Head is a nice opaque color.

S - Not much roast or coffee but a nice balance of hops, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T - Kind of lackluster very little porter flavors maybe some roast and cinnamon and nutmeg seems timid enough. Worst part is a chalky hard water flavor, boo!

M - Light to medium, thin not very chewy. Poor example of a porter.

Overall not worth getting and very disappointed since this has been on my tick list for a while. Not very gingerbread tasting at all, just a spiced weak porter.

Photo of seand
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark translucent brown with a fair amount of light tan head. The foam dissipates to a thin but solid layer, and leaves reasonably good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with light spices.

T: Lightly sweet and roasted. Somewhat surprisingly thin, and the spices are quite subtle. Aftertaste is light and pleasant with a touch of the spices.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, but nothing to rave about. I doubt I'll buy it again, but I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with significant garnet red highlights and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Huge amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of gingerbread with some lighter malty notes and some very light hints of molasses.

T: Moderately malty with some notes of brown sugar sweetness along with some stronger notes of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Some lighter notes of allspice and molasses. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this to be a very enjoyable holiday beer and really thought it was probably the best beer I have had from this brewery. I like the addition of the gingerbread spices and think it really hits on that flavor profile. Fairly easy to drink.

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Pixachii
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of EigenBeer
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TerrapinWakenBake
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tastymug
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bulldog91
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark, thick looking pour with minimal head
Roast, malty aroma
Taste of roast, malt but not some of the other flavors I anticipated.
Mouthfeel is flat - and not as thick as expected.
A good beer - not finding the gingerbread in here, but other flavors bopping around in there .

Photo of gnlmiller23
1/5  rDev -70.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is much the same with the spices coming through as more earthy than sweet. There is a mild roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but more earthy than I was expecting.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Organic beer? OH YEAH, I HIT THE JACKPOT! I’m pretty sure most craft beer could be considered organic, but hey, whatever helps sell (hopefully) good beer.

A: Syrupy pour; this definitely looks like more than 6%. The body looks like maple syrup, a rich toffee brown with just a touch of fizzy offwhite head on top. Retention is just a slight discoloring over the body, with very little lacing.

S: Not really gingerbread; more like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla on toasty chocolate malt. There is ginger, but it’s mild. In reality, it’s more of a dark, roasty amber, showing off smooth coffee, rye bread, and toasted coconut notes. Pleasant, but not what I was expecting.

T: More residual sugars, and look at that – more ginger! This actually has a decent gingerbread profile to it, though it plays mainly on the sugar aspect than the spice. Dark malt exhibits light coffee, toasted pecan, and a chocolaty, pastry-like breadiness before leveling out with vanilla syrup, leaving this fairly creamy. It has a big cola element to it, too; it’s like the sugars are there, but the malts are there more for spice than support (i.e., too thin to back it up). Slight bite of herbal hops and cinnamon/ginger, then it quickly finishes – roasty, thankfully, but mild overall.

M: Very thin beer; it’s like it’s begging you to drink it out of the bottle. I’m afraid to let it warm up too much…

O: It’s not like I didn’t enjoy this one…I guess I can’t complain too much, then. It’s no gingerbread beer, but it sure satisfied my roast-loving taste buds.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ZBerkeleyan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of bespin15
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bison’s spiced holiday porter, this is brewed with ginger, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Boulders on Broadway.

Deep black with clearer crimson highlights at the very edges. Almost nonexistent, light-tan head.

Spicy porter aroma. Dark chocolate, licorice, lots and lots of ginger.

Tons of ginger in the flavor, too. Spicy and dry, with a hint of burnt roast in the finish along with flash of tanginess. Clean finish.

Medium-light body, very thin and airy. Soft, massaging carbonation with a good amount of fizz.

The ginger in this one edges very close to becoming overbearing. I could use more roast to back it up. Good idea, but something was missed in the execution.

Photo of andrewj17
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.