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Bison Organic IPA - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic IPABison Organic IPA

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 06-05-2005

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

Aroma here is vaguely citrusy...slightly hoppy, but definitely true to the label that it won't be "over the top".

Taste certainly has a decent level of grapefruit, lemon zest hoppiness to it straight away....pretty average for an IPA, and perhaps more so than I thought it would be after reading the label. This fades into a bit of malt which shows some citrus and grain before finally giving into a decent medicinal bitterness that closes it out.

Pretty average IPA in the end, but it holds its own. Just because its organic and the label downplays the level of hops in it certainly doesn't mean it's weak. If I had a craving for a bitter IPA, this could fit the bill.

Photo of pcents
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As i poured it out of the glass I notice the very thick and stiff white head. It's smell is not as pungent as other IPAs but it does give a slightly grassy smell. The IPA is a brownish slightly murky yellow and it is a nice looking clear beer. As I drink this Bison brew I notice it is slightly bitter and sour. Its sourness is reminiscent of citrus fruits and it finishes with a small piney taste. The mouth feel is light and not heavily carbonated; its sourness lingers on the tongue and you drink it making me have to swallow after it is already down in my belly. A decent beer from Berkeley.

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 Louski
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of crhensel
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz bottle into pint class) Poured a light coppery with a very small off white head. The nose had some slight citrus notes and a bit of pine. It has a smooth mouthfeel but the bitterness of the hops was a little overwhelming at first. Allowing to warm mellowed it a bit, but this is a very average IPA.

Photo of Farky87
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mithrascruor
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw/orange color. Big, fluffy white head has good retention and leaves lacing too.

Smell: Mild aroma; just a bit of grasses and a hint of caramel. More like a lager. No hoppy notes at all.

Taste: Grassy flavors up front, with some bitterness coming in. At its peak there is a bit of citrus and pine. Quite metallic overall, as is the aftertaste, which is also somewhat grainy a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, fair taste.

Uh, where's the IPA? Rather odd, and not particularly enjoyable.

Photo of dcbike
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Shoey87
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium darkish golden color, one fingered head, nice lacing.

S: Pine sap, bready malt, stone fruit.

T: I like the balance of this IPA; I get a mouthful of bready malt, but the hop character is not missing. It has that "harsh" aftertaste, but that's what I like. Nice piney, grapefruit hop bite, balanced with bready sweetness.

M: Dry finish, low carbonation, lingering hop finish.

O: A solid IPA in the West Coast tradition. I've had better, but this one really nails the style, and isn't boring. The balance is there, but the bitterness isn't missing.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clean, copper with a light two fingered soapy white head.

Mild on the nose. Not a lot jumping out. Some floral notes, citrus and undefined fruit, but not much else.

Very metallic flavored, and I know it isnt the glass. I get some citrus and floral in the taste, little bitterness, and overall rather watery. It may be partially from drinking a bigger beer before this but I have made attempts to clear my palate.

Light, watery, but crisp with carbonation.

I like organic, but organic doesnt always mean better and this misses in a few places. I want it to be better and I hope the next one is.

Bison Organic IPA from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.