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Bison Organic IPA - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic IPABison Organic IPA

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 06-05-2005)
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Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold in color. Only a slight ring of head forms on the pour and is quickly gone. Smell is only slight floral hops. Taste is same as the smell. Slight hopping. Not a whole lot there. Your basic ale with just enough hops to notice. Very easy drinking, but not exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 00:27:08 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

This one pours out a clear copper with a big, fluffy off white head. That head sticks around for quite a while. Lots of nice lacing.

The smell starts out with sweet caramel malts then moves on to citrus hops. Nice spicy hop background. The only problem is I really have to work to get to the aroma. It's there, but it's subdued.

The taste is more in your face. Again, it starts a bit sweet, but the nicely bitter citrus hops wipe that away fairly quickly. The sweet caramel returns at the finish. Solid IPA.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking...just a tad too watery. Decent brew here. Easy to drink and should make any organic beer lover proud.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 17:23:35 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one 4's all the way around. It was much better than I was expecting it to be. It poured up a nice burnt orange colour with a nice, thick, tightly knit head. Countless streams of CO2 bubbles to feed the head. Smell was quite resinous with a bit of sweet hops lurking about, as well. Taste was dominated by rather assertive hop bitterness. This is a very good, sessionable hoppy brew. Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 21:38:21 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this is my first 'Certified USDA Organic' beer, and I know it's my first from Bison Brewing, so I'm pretty stoked/wary. 12-ounce bottle with the USDA certification but no freshness date, poured into a pint glass yields a textbook clear copper-amber body with little streamers of active carbonation and a finger of thick off-white foam that retains well and sticks sheets of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is sweet and citrusy! Rich caramel lolls in a bath of blood orange, lemon peel, Key lime, and honeydew melon.

Taste emphasizes the succulent caramel first, piling on the dry and bitter citrus flavors before bringing in the tangy ones. A toasted bready note with a touch of honey separates the twain. Solid bitterness in a perfumey, dry, mildly-astringent finish.

Excellent drinkability, excellent drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 20:49:06 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of SirSketch


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The overall color of the beer was very nice... a deep copper tone. Huge head on this one, over two inches. Very dense head that lasted a long time.

S - Earthy hops jump out at you. I tried to recognize any malt aroma and couldn't find it. The scent itself if very mild. You might have to stick your nose in the glass to get the full effect.

T/M/ - Very hoppy taste. Earthy, pine-like undertones. Light malt taste. This is a very carbonated beer that feels very bubbly in the mouth, almost to the point of being annoying. The aftertaste is somewhat dry and bitter. Once I inhaled I was able to taste the alcohol as well.

D - Not my favorite IPA, but a very typical, solid IPA that I may recommend to others

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 23:17:35 | More by SirSketch
Photo of bbothen


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a WEEN pint glass. That's right WEEN~.

Pours a pale straw color with a growing 2 finger head that has some staying power. The head is actually quite nice. You can spoon out heapings of it if you want. Nice sticky lacing as well.

Hops dominate the aroma here. Pine & citrus. Very slight malt sweetness.

Tastes of earthy piney hops with a slight malty cereal backbone. Just ok. Somewhat thin.

Feels fairly smooth actually with mid level of carbonation. Somewhat oily as well.

Drinks well. This is an easy drinking IPA. Exoect it would do well with non BA drinkers.

Kudos for going organic.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:18:38 | More by bbothen
Photo of letsgopens


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm sure I've had this one before but I've totally forgotten what it's like, anyway, here goes...

Slightly cloudy with a bright orange/amber body and a tall, full dose of golden highlights. One heck of a good looking IPA. The rocky off-white head holds well and once it begins to fade the surface resembles bread dough rising and falling or a pancake that's ready to be flipped.

Lots of bitter-sweet, oily citrus fruit accompanied by a substantial supply of crystal malt which seems to provide the backbone. Slightly spicy and tangy. More biscuity upon my third healthy whiff but the citrus hoppiness still stands out.

Spicy and rather bitey citrus hops initially then fading to lots of bready caramel malt. Some lingering hoppy bitterness sticks around. The nose implied some serious American hop action but the flavor disappointed a bit. Pretty average overall.

A bit crisp up front as far as mouthfeel is concerned with a more matted, powered malt texture throughout most of the experience. Rather dry and outright chalky toward the end. The lower carbonation accentuates the somewhat unpleasing feel.

A solid IPA with average drinkability but somewhat lacking and muttled. Something is missing to tie this one together or else it could be exceptional. A nice beer experience none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 22:33:28 | More by letsgopens
Photo of ibbjamin


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $8.99 for an 6 pack from BevMo in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

Nice 2 inch off white/cream colored head that slowly settles nicely. Moderate to light carbonation. Darker more amber than your average IPA. Some patchy lacing.

Pretty aromatic. Hoppy and piney.

Maltier taste than I expected. For an IPA, I expected it to be a bit more hoppy.

Medium body, somewhat of a creamy finish, lightly carbonated.

Nothing really set this apart from your average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:22:26 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of ckeegan04


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark orange in color with weak one finger head. Little retention to the head but excellent lacing in the glass.

S - Earthy and piney hops dominate. No real aroma of sweetness to note. Very inviting aroma for a hophead.

T - Piney hop taste is all you really get. Not great balance at all. A fair tasting IPA but not as well rounded as I would prefer.

M/D - Medium bodied and smooth feel. A drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 15:08:37 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Drew966


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bison Organic IPA pours a hazy copper with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I pick up piney hops and caramel malt in the aroma. The flavor is also on the piney hop side and seems a bit rough, and has a fair amount of caramel malt too. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 00:18:27 | More by Drew966
Photo of bcm119


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:01:59 | More by bcm119
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden color with a big, fluffy 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. Not enough pines, citrus and floral notes as it says on the bottle. Too harsh and abrupt with no well formed flavor profile, just bitterness. You can def tell this is organic. It is ok but after having some Organic IPA from Fish Brewing in Olympia I can say it is average. Those guys do it best.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:17:40 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first organic IPA. Nice old gold color and the aroma has a bready malt character and some citrusy hops, but not much else. Sweet malt characteristic shows through in the taste, but not as hoppy as a good IPA should be, but a bit more balanced than most.

A solid brew, but coming out of California, there are a lot better ones to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:40:12 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Oxymoron


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How many bison are there in Berkeley? Pours a cloudy mostly orange but some amber hues throughout. A good pour with help but a medium head with bigger bubbles. Not much retention or lacing.

The nose is light overall. A light hoppy smell with mostly citrus notes. Not much malt, mostly generic smells.

The taste is more pronounced. Hops are the strongest characteristics. Mostly finishing hops with a citrus and piney flavor. There is a rather defined flavor between the two that just didn't blend well for me Not much bittering really overall. The malt is generic with a husky dry flavor. Some off yeasty characteristics as well.

The body is closer to light than mid. Carbonation is light overall which if was more could help out the bittering a bit more. Overall there is just not enough character in this beer. Some nice hop presence but lacks the tangibles to put it a way.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 00:27:06 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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???

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 04:57:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of RedBaron


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried too many organic beers, but this one was worth a looksie, as I found it on a trip outta town about four months ago.

Appearance: pale, cloudy gold; great head retention
Smell: Small(ish) hop nose; piney, citrus notes. Resin-y.
Taste: Nice blend of dry, citrus-y hops combined with a plummy, nutty malt finish. Really, that's a nice combination, and there is 'something' different about this beer. Perhaps, indeed, it is "organic".
Mouthfeel: Meh. I expect - nay, demand - more "ummpfh" from an IPA. What I mean to say is that I don't expect such a watery finish from an American IPA, and that's what I got from this sample. It's a bit strange to have the orange-y/lemon-y taste of the hops, coupled with the nutty tones on the palette, but there's just not the strong tie-in I'd hope for in the finish. Too bad.
Drinkability: I still like this beer, respect the fact that it's made "organically", and it does taste pretty good. Were it not for the shocking lack of body (mouthfeel), I'd certainly rate this higher. However, this beer was bought off the shelf four months ago, and is only 6.8%abv. Perhaps it was meant to be consumed a while ago, and maybe that's part of the mouthfeel "problem" now. I'd like to get a fresh sample and review it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:28:31 | More by RedBaron
Photo of baos


3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Whoa Nelly, look at that head. Whole hand of head (Nelly is 16 hands high). And Mr. head sticks around for quite some time. Actually some of the best head retention I've seen in a while.

S: Instead of orange zest this is more orange flesh. Nice fresh hop aroma.

T: Whoa Nelly times deux. Fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with kind bud. Piny mellowness.

M: Nice. fresh squeezed

D: Very refreshing and fresh tasting beer. I'd like to have this in the hot sun, boating w/ one on zee line ja ja

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:57:16 | More by baos
Photo of Shaw


4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It looks just like an IPA should: Bright copper in color with an off-white head. This beer has some nice lacing to boot.

The aroma is really nice. It's all about dry-hopping! Huge hop aromas. It's like smelling a package of hops before brewing. Wonderful. As a hophead, this is about the best-smelling beer I've had.

The taste is -- of course -- wonderfully hoppy. But these are hop flavors. The bitterness is actually well under control. Citrus, earthy and floral hop flavors all mix together. Wonderful. I'm amazed how fresh the beer tastes, considering it's brewing across the country.

The body is light and easy on the palate. This beer is well-attenuated.

This is a fantastic beer. For all the hop fans out there, you need to seek this out. Thank goodness it's regularly available in Florida, it's going to become my daily drinking beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 07:04:11 | More by Shaw
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color, with yellow hues and a white head. In the aroma, citrusy/ grapefruity hops. In the taste, mainly citrusy/ grapefruity hops with a small maltiness in the end. A bitter mouthfeel and a semi dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Very nice balance and vry good for an organic, haven't had much luck with those, but this is a nice one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 18:07:39 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Durge


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange amber with a big fluffy white head and very full lacing throughout. The aroma is a bit flowery with lemony hops and just a hint of malt. The taste is a woodsy, bitter hops with a tasteful alcohol finish. Some biscuit but the citrus is noticeable as well. Easy drinking and a solid effort that I would be happy to have on most any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 01:25:22 | More by Durge
Photo of ohoove


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Underneath the incredible head laid a murky, dirty straw colored brew that hits the nose with mellow pine and orange notes.
Fairly thick body with an oily MF and after taste that had a weak alchohol presence. Good balance between malts and hops that didn't stay too long in the mouth, just kinda seemed to come and go.
This to me leaned more towards an English IPA, because of the less aggressive hops. This didn't WOW me but in the end a very drinkable selection.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 22:29:12 | More by ohoove
Photo of mbunje


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:27:53 | More by mbunje
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bison ipa pours a orange cloudy hue with mid sized foamy head. The bottle had no freshness date on the outside. The smell was a light hoppy aroma. It tasted of pine, grapefruit and was a little sweet. For the style is was very mellow and one could probably throw back a number of these and go back to work.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 03:21:20 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-visited on 7/26/08

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head that leaves some lace

Smell: Modest piney overtones (some citrus, too) with a biscuity malt undertone

Taste: Starts by laying down a nice biscuity malt backbone; joined by grapefruit and pine hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, more orange hop flavors burst forth, and wind up nicely balanced with the malt; there is a floral honey-like sweetness on the finish that is distinguishing

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having tasted (and disliked this beer previously), I have come around; not sure whether the recipe has changed but this is rather nice

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 22:26:51 | More by brentk56
Photo of GreenWBush


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly retro label and bottle design. Gold/copper in physical color. Nice sea-foam head and lace.

Nose is pleasant, slightly pedestrian, but still quite approachable. IPA aroma can be like looks; great on the outside, who knows what on the in. Rose-hips.

Taste is very good, if not clearly unique, all of what I’m looking for in a tasty American IPA I suppose besides a distinct sense of freshness. I’d give it a go again…Steady.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 08:22:44 | More by GreenWBush
Bison Organic IPA from Bison Brewing
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