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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Miranda54
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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!"

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
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?

Photo of Dave1999
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.