Bison Organic IPA - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic IPABison Organic IPA

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Reidrover on 06-05-2005

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Reviews by RunDWP:
Photo of RunDWP
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm all for being organic, saving the earth and all that, but this beer started pushing the limits of what I'm willing to do to save the planet. It's a bit harsh tasting, and otherwise average.

It poured into my tulip glass with a slightly flat head floating above the standard amber colored liquid. A little grassiness and herbal aroma. A good amount of malt for an IPA, with a bitter grassy and leafy hops aftertaste that was a bit harsh. Maybe a little citrus in there as well. Mouth feel OK, nothing special but I just didn't find this to be a highly drinkable brew. I just didn't enjoy this much.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear shimmering copper with a tight one finger head that stays thru the duration of the glass wich was nice had a real creamy effect leaving a mustache,aromas yield a decent fruitiness a tangerine note as well as lemon rind and some underlying pine.Flavors bring a more earthy,piney elemant than the aromas very dry but not over the top bitter earth and pine like I stated dominate just a lightly sweet malt base is there to keep it from being overly dry.The dryness of the beer makes me wanna drink more and this goes down quite easily,a nice but not over the top American organic IPA.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bison Organic IPA... at 6.8% alcohol and cellered a little longer than needed. Has some massive yeasty floating left overs.

A- Poured half an hour ago to allow sediments to settle. Heavily hue orange fluid that still retains that huge two inch head that then turned into a mass of sea water froth that leaves patches of thick lacing.

S- Nice citrus scent upfront with fresh cut grass follow. Mild malt smells that are mostly sweet and sugary.

T-M- Strait-up bitter bite front from the citrus, grass and grapefruit hops. Yeasty as hell pucker that provide freshness but wow a tartlike feel follows. Like I said before over due beer but shit loads of yeast sediments make a beautiful mixture of bitter and tangy flavors excellent! Mouthfeel is a wee bit smooth with light bubbly carbonation that oh to easy for almost 7% alcohol.

D- Drinkable as any without the massive yeast compound due to over cellering but hey excellent beer all round.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on a sixpack. Pours a slightly hazed, amber hued body with an attractive eggshell tinted head. Retention is good and a lot of sticky patch lace is left on the glass. Aroma is one sided with hops. Grassy and piney, with subdued notes of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light medium, with medium carbonation. Otherwise unremarkable. Taste is dry and bitter with a very grassy hoppiness. Pine and grapefruit interact with the pale malt backbone for a pretty well balanced IPA. One of the better organic pale ales around. Very sessionable, but be careful of the abv which approaches 7%.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info t obe had. pours dark honey amber under a slight light khaki head, with bubbles rising to the top and leaving plenty of scattered strands of lacing. Light floral hop nose. Ample smooth maple malt under coating and an equally smooth hop bit riding on top. This one seems to be more on the Brit side of things, easy drinking, nothing amazing just an nicely crafted and worthy IPA. Organic to boot. worth a try.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this brew which was an extra. Pours a light orange with a little head. Smells more like an English IPA than an American IPA. Tastes of weak hops & is not noteworthy. Mouthfeel is OK but its drinkability is affected by its lack of spunk. Not bad, but not good.


Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly unimpressive. Nice orange pour with a big puffy head. Aroma is hops with a ton of malt. The flavor was the same, except it had a very soapy back with a sweet aftertaste. More wood than resin, typical of these Bison organics. Not my kind of IPA.

Photo of masikon
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a glowing amber with a billowy white head. Nose was pretty light with more malt than expected, hops come through in a pine sort of way rather than citrus or flowers. Taste is ok with the malt being quite well done with a bready, biscuit backbone but unfortunately the hop profile here is sub-par. Too harsh and abrupt with no well formed flavor profile, just bitterness. This one is OK and being organic it might appeal to some, I'd pass on this one with so many other good IPA's out there.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange copper tinted clear vibrant tone with a nice beige head forming with billowing cloudy texture above the rim of my glass. After each sip fine lacing is spread down the sides of the glass with full rings noted. Aromatics come strong with herbal and pine hop bursts with caramel malts to balance things out, pretty fresh even for organic shipped to Ohio from Cali. Four varieties of hops of course I'm getting signature Cascades with some citrus peel among a spicy finish. Flavor creamy caramelized brown sugar coated hops moderate bitterness tingles and then lingers in the finish. Hop flavors range from spicy to citrus peel bitter with a touch of wintergreen coolness. Nothing over the top just a clean drinking sturdy west coast IPA, stand up but not outlandish. Mouthfeel is medium with hop oils evident carbonation very smooth and natural dryness noted in the finish from the IBUs, a touch of alcohol edges in as well. Drinkability is solid not a mindblowing effort but very good all around, and definitely the best "organic" offering I've tasted. I wonder if they use all organic hops???

Photo of mbunje
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance if very clean, copper with off white head. Less than an inch of head on rough pour. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smell is citrus and honey. Not overpowering hops, nice balance to the smell. The honey is unique for an IPA (in my experience)

Taste is nice, bready. Honey in the taste too. Typical hops orange/citrus taste.

Mouthfeel is light for an IPA. By that I mean not as oily as some can be.

Drinkability is pretty good for an IPA. at just under 7% you could put a few bombers down.

Overall a nice effort. Though I like the Amarillo single hop version better.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy golden amber, with limited foamy head. Nice but thin lace.

Nice citrus hops aroma. Light and pleasant.

Taste is lemon & grapefruit zesty, with a pine finish. Certainly solid.

Not a bad IPA, this one's steady, smooth-drinking, and enjoyable.

Photo of ElGordo
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an orange-amber hue topped by one finger of off-white head. Aroma of spicy floral hops evident from the instant of popping the cap off the bottle, and it keeps coming. Underlying aroma of sweet malt, plus a touch of candy sugar and something else that's sweet (maple syrup?). Not a typical IPA nose, but still pleasant.
Palate has an almost Belgian-like sweetness and complexity up front, with candy sugar and some European yeast. The hops soon take over, providing a sharp bitterness with some floral notes. Some sweet bready malt provides an anchor, but the hops are still kind of all over the place and a bit unfocused. A better balancing of the hop profile would really improve things here.
Body is substantial and just a tad syrupy. I don't really know what to think of this beer. If they were going for a west coast-style IPA, they missed the mark, but if they wanted a strangely hoppy Belgian-esque ale, they're close. Interesting, but not necessarily pleasing.

Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head that does not leave much lacing.

S- The aroma is a good amount of sweet malt, caramel and hops, very balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty balanced for an IPA. There is a nice malt backbone supporting some citrusy hops in the finsh.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable for being 6.8%. Not the best IPA in the world, but this one is definitely better than expected and one I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of Troyone
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been to the Bison Brewpub in the past in Berkeley and I believe it was all organic even the food. Surprised I havn't reviewed this and I noticed at the website that they may be announcing a new Brewing partner.

Pours a yellowish/orange copper color with lots of head and lacing even in the bottle. More of the off white head than beer in my glass and I poured it slow. I would assume that this is more like a Belgian IPA. The carb action is evident and I was able to swirl up some sediment to top off this big headed beer.

Lots of florals and a sweet malt in the aroma.

There is lots of malt sweetness to the lemony/lime flavored hops. The finish lingers grapefruit and lime.

The mouthfeel a little oily not real astringent with a hint of bittness. The active carbonation in the glass seems flat to the palate. There may be a sourness effect throughout.

I would think this would be exceptional on draft and compared to other organic IPAs available in the stores this is more tolerable as a Belgian IPA.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from 07/07/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours a transluscent blood orange color with a small half-finger head that has good retention and laces exceptionally well.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and a relatively mild floral hop aroma.

T: Coriander, grapefruit, orange, resin, and floral hoppiness.

M: It has a medium-light body but has turned quite flat with a bit of a watery finish.

D: This has a few flaws but it is still flavorful and very drinkable.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of a bit of piny hops.

Tastes of decent malt with some layered hops. Malt starts off with a bit of caramel, toasted bread, and some sweetness. Hops add in with notes of pine and citrus. Bitterness is plentiful. Not enough of each flavor makes the beer feel a little weak.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer that I will not be revisiting.

Photo of BeerSox
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to an even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Light toasty malts with a touch of caramel. The hops are piney. A little bit of butterscotch is in the aroma as well. The flavors are somewhat similar to the aroma, with the bready malts and ctrusy spicy hops. The hops linger for a while in the finish.

Photo of PeatReek
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brilliant, clear, copper/orange body. I think it's glowing. Head is thin but steady, and looks to be leaving a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is hugely malty, with hints of caramel, raisins, port... where are the hops? Taste is all over the place: tastes like cheez-its (?!), malt, grapefruit hops. Stiff underlying bitterness. Hmmm. I could go for this in an "American barleywine" sort of way, but IPA? Not so much. Between the thick feeling and the huge bitterness, however, I wouldn't really call it drinkable either.

Photo of bcm119
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper with a thin white lace. Mild aroma of cooking wort with some faint flowery esters. Begins with coarse, grainy malt, which is balanced by a firm bitterness on a medium body. Mid-palate malt flavors are husky and fibrous, and the hops add little more than an adequate balance and some bitterness in the finish. The finish is dry with some lingering musty grain flavors. This IPA doesn't show a lot of bright or particularly fresh flavors, and the phenolic, wet grain flavors are a turn off.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark, haxzy burnt amber, basically brown color, with a this white head. A decently quick fade left behind a nice film on the top and a good lace down the sides.

S - Smell was very resiny, and piney. Lots of balance here with some nice sweet malt flavors coming out as it warmed up. A very full and robust smell that is very enjoyable. Not an overally hoppy, citrus bomb, IPA smell at all, very nice.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, with not alot of carbonation, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Again very balanced with an upfront burst of pine resin hoppiness, followed by a blend of caramel and sugar, and a very nice dry finish. The hop profile definatly gives off a muted impression due to the complex and well balanced malts. Lots of hints of spices as it warmed, nutmeg, maybe even cinammon, almost winter like.

D - Overall very very nice. An awesome session IPA and the organic factor a plus as well. Good solid offering here that I would not turn down.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My mom picked this up at Costco today.

Appearance- coppery color, thick foamy head

Smell- hops, pretty good aroma

Taste- some hops, pretty balanced, some malt in there too

Mouthfeel-- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was a pretty good IPA. Pretty balanced

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-copper hue, very minimal head though a monolayer of bubbles remains for the duration of the glass.

Aroma: Mild citrus and pine hop character. Sweet malt overtones, some biscuit as well.

Taste: Sweet malt highlighted with a toasted, biscuit character very prominent in the forefront. Hop flavor tends to come in later with a citrus kick (and some noble hop character as well--similar hop character, though not as pronounced as Hop Wallop).

Mouthfeel: A little light on the body, bitterness isn't prominent enough for an IPA (not as balanced as I like, leans too much toward sweet).

Drinkability: Good drinkability light body/low bitterness make it a possible short session brew.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper amber with a small rocky cream colored head that leaves spiderweb lace on the glass. The nose is caramely malt,lemon peel and herbal leafy hops. The flavor is malt heavy with a minty, leafy kind of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a slick hop resin mouthfeel and mild carbonation. A pretty middle of the road IPA.

Photo of hebruiser
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first tried the bison belgian ale and was thoroughly disgusted with it. so it took awhile to get up the nerve to try this one and the farmhouse ale.

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hennepin saison glass. not much head to speak of and what it did produce settled and retreated quickly to the edges of the glass where it tried to lace, but failed.

smells buttery and almost resiny. lots of caramel malt aroma and a hint of alcohol on the nose. the smell is what really made me want to take the first sip.

taste is much "thinner" than the smell. carbonation is very active, oddly, and it rushes the taste through to a slightly acidic finish. not at all a bad taste, but i'd prefer it warmer next time, i think.

all in all, i like this beer. it's drinkable. it would go well with a hammock and typical tail-gating food.

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head.
Smell is nutty, toffee, caramel, with mild funk in the background.
Taste is of mild nuts, toffee, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is thin, bitter, with mild caramel malts coming through and running along the palate.

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Bison Organic IPA from Bison Brewing
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