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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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78
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -12%

08-29-2013 17:24:22 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BradShook

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-14-2013 21:42:17 | More by BradShook
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jjboesen

Maryland

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?

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:14:53 | More by jjboesen
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Dave1999

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 01:35:25 | More by Dave1999
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3/5  rDev -12%

06-04-2013 23:58:43 | More by Thedrizzle
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-27-2013 08:29:50 | More by warpedrevolution
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gbrill

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-01-2013 16:21:31 | More by gbrill
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cackalacky

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-13-2013 03:37:29 | More by cackalacky
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-12-2013 02:17:10 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bacasnax

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-01-2013 00:18:44 | More by bacasnax
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Hex92

Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 00:25:20 | More by Hex92
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dbone_has_biers

California

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

03-05-2013 05:38:34 | More by dbone_has_biers
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kp29

Arizona

3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:40:35 | More by kp29
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-28-2013 03:43:47 | More by Adkins1203
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plinythederek

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

02-27-2013 02:28:54 | More by plinythederek
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olbubba

Florida

4/5  rDev +17.3%

02-23-2013 00:45:10 | More by olbubba
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mobrockman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-19-2013 00:07:41 | More by mobrockman
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jsisko01

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:11:42 | More by jsisko01
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Spaghett

California

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:38:25 | More by Spaghett
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TheBeard89

Alabama

3/5  rDev -12%

02-05-2013 20:40:57 | More by TheBeard89
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-04-2013 18:06:42 | More by jheezee
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +17.3%

02-04-2013 06:20:31 | More by Nage37
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10%

01-25-2013 20:38:54 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Seefeldt

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -41.3%

01-23-2013 19:59:52 | More by Seefeldt
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 03:15:02 | More by flagmantho
Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.