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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Gingerbread AleBison Organic Gingerbread Ale

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +10%

sansho, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Boozecamel, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

DrChadly, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

hellhammermario, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

tillmac62, Dec 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Kaisermatt, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

2GOOFY, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

thebeeler, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

nearengine, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 03, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

silverking, Nov 24, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

dmk91, Nov 13, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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!"

RaulMondesi, Nov 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

largadeer, Nov 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Presto82, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

JimmyFlatRock, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

ygtbsm94, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

sevenshubby, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

cjgiant, Nov 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

FriedSlug, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

guldseth, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Lare453, Oct 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

enelson, Sep 25, 2013
Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.