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Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale - Bison Brewing

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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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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 1.8.13

A - Pours an amber-brown with a small fizzy tan head with solid retention.

S - Coffee, cinnamin, biscuit malty.

T - Subtle coffee and cinnamin, some bitter malts.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Ok, but not as tasty as I was hoping for. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 06:16:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:04:53 | More by shand
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

01-18-2013 01:07:22 | More by miadw3
Photo of Braz


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Parkway tavern in Tacoma. Dark garnet mahogany in color with a whitish head. Slightly spicy aromatics. Ginger does seem to be prevalent in the flavor along with some other spices, cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. Malty and medium bodied. Not bad. Not too sweet or too bitter. As with many herbal and/or spiced beers, couldn't have more than one or two of these without getting sick of it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 07:08:07 | More by Braz
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-12-2013 03:09:42 | More by bumchilly25
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-03-2013 23:56:13 | More by UncleAddie
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-31-2012 04:46:06 | More by dharmabum1102
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-26-2012 21:13:50 | More by Shakerman
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2.25/5  rDev -34%

12-21-2012 18:32:38 | More by Softestdog
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-20-2012 21:07:55 | More by foxyaardvark27
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-18-2012 03:35:30 | More by rcjennings
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-17-2012 21:25:44 | More by freewill35
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - gingerbread and holiday spices.

T - the ginger and spices are there but they aren't over powering as I'm tasting plenty of roasted malt on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, goes down smooth.

O - a decent porter with a holiday touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:11:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-16-2012 07:03:10 | More by KatieKaBoom
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

12-07-2012 03:28:49 | More by dalepryor
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2012 23:15:37 | More by Scott_McCool
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3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is holiday spices and dark roasted malts. The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts up front with some sweetness and the spices coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount if carbonation. Overall, not a bad little holiday porter that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:43:20 | More by cjgator3
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

12-04-2012 23:33:52 | More by RWLawman
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-04-2012 02:25:19 | More by FUwolfpacker
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-02-2012 23:13:01 | More by benjada
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3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Thick tan head with a thin lacing.

Light ginger smell, but not very much. Leaves a little to be desired there.

Not as sweet as I would have thought by the name. Ginger is prevalent, but not so prevalent that it's overwhelming.

Not much bitterness. A nice maltiness with a little bread after-taste, especially once it has been sitting for a few minutes. Has a decent warming effect.

I like the mouthfeel. It's a frothy, thick mouthfeel. Very fulfilling. Especially for an ale.

A good holiday beer that I will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:12:14 | More by darrmitchell
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3/5  rDev -12%

11-27-2012 17:47:15 | More by harpus
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3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:12:17 | More by 1234Jack
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-26-2012 02:02:19 | More by laurenos
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:34:57 | More by DrDemento456
Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing
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