1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

Not Rated.
Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

163 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 163
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2005)
View: Beers (21) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MadeInOregon:
Photo of MadeInOregon
MadeInOregon

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I heard about this one from Bison's website a long time ago but had never come across it until last week at Whole Foods. Had to try it!

Poured into a glass the Honey Basil looks like a pale ale with its standard light bronze body and stable, fluffy yellow head. Looks like a nice, micro-brewed ale.

It smells like...pizza! Seriously. Very weird.

Unlike many others who've reviewed this beer I found the basil to be not only present, but dominant. The first taste to hit the palette is surprisingly strong in basil. The basil fades a little as the flavors progress but it never vanishes. A lager-like hopiness emerges after the first hit of basil but it is not enough to overpower the strength of the basil. The hopiness is nice and reveals that underneath all the herbalicious spice there is a pretty good beer being used as the base. I could not detect the slightest tinge of honey anywhere.

The main sensation while drinking this brew is that it is weird. It tastes like drinking a light beer with your mouth half full of pizza. I'm sure Bison's Honey Basil could be good if you are in fact eating pizza with it (or salad, or something Italian) but drinking it alone, eh, not so much.

I have never had a beer drinking experience like this so Bison definitely gets props for creativity. So, if you want to try something totally odd go find this one--if you can. As for me, I'm just glad I bought a single and not the whole 10-dollar 4-pack!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 08:40:53 | More by MadeInOregon
More User Reviews:
Photo of Yoda22
Yoda22

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-12-2014 22:00:34 | More by Yoda22
Photo of little_star
little_star

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-25-2014 20:25:52 | More by little_star
Photo of silverking
silverking

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light amber, 1/2 inch of coarse off white head, patchy lacing. Decent head retention. Soon there is just a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- at first, it's pretty dismal, some malt with a faint herbal quality. Just give it a quick swirl in the glass, and bam, there's the basil. It's bright and clean, grassy and herbal. The honey doesn't seem to be there though.

T- basil, still wonderful. It transitions nicely into a floral sweetness and then into a very slight bitterness. The honey begins to peak through in the finish, but then its muddled by a triumphant comeback of sweet herbal goodness.

M- light, the finish is clean. Lots of prickly carbonation.

O- love the basil, but it left me wanting some more honey.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 00:15:44 | More by silverking
Photo of KevMo84
KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-23-2014 05:56:41 | More by KevMo84
Photo of TR0219
TR0219

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-18-2014 14:26:24 | More by TR0219
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Hops Burger Bar, Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of basil leaves are present in the nose along with hints of ginger.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of basil. Only hints of honey are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking beer that would seem to make a good pairing with Italian food or a veggie burger.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2014 17:49:59 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-17-2014 17:47:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of atrocity
atrocity

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-25-2014 15:34:22 | More by atrocity
Photo of gatorlove
gatorlove

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-18-2014 00:27:22 | More by gatorlove
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-07-2014 20:09:14 | More by tdm168
Photo of Sir_Goatman
Sir_Goatman

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-19-2014 07:15:02 | More by Sir_Goatman
Photo of mralphabet
mralphabet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Mellow Mushroom in Durham NC

A: Poured a clear orange color with a 1 finger head that settled to a nice thin layer with spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: First thing I'm getting is lemon peel with a little sweetness... at the very tail end I'm getting a little of the basil. Smells a little like herbal tea.

T: Sweet malt and lemon upfront with a little honey mid palette, there is a very slight hoppiness that kicks in near the end... also at the end is a touch of basil. Very complex set of flavors going on here, very herbal tea, just like the smell.

M: Light bodied with a nice carbonation and a very clean aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable beer, light, refreshing, complex and goes great with pizza. I'll start looking for this one in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 23:31:01 | More by mralphabet
Photo of biokid23
biokid23

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-03-2014 22:26:06 | More by biokid23
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ow damn it not only did I find this late (released 6 months ago) but it has such a low rating. To top it off I paid $2.49 for the single.

A - Looks decent enough deep amber brown with a bit of floaties and hazy. The head is pretty decent for such an old brew giving me a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - It actually smells like a pretty good amber ale with a sweet honey tone and herbal pine. Not very off putting it smells nice.
T - Not having another other basil beer to compare it too I want to say its actually not bad. The basil at times is very herbal and grassy but the sweetness seems to balance pretty good and I am somewhat impressed that its not overly dry from the honey. Not very metallic or harsh I actually wonder why such a low rating.
M - Kind of thin and herbal. Drinakble.

Overall not that I would buy it again it was an interesting beer worth trying just to see how basil is incorporated in a beer. Its actually not as bad as other say.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:07:43 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Hopmodium
Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-25-2014 06:46:18 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-22-2014 03:16:38 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
Photo of njpencook
njpencook

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-06-2014 04:37:40 | More by njpencook
Photo of 21Maestro8
21Maestro8

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-15-2013 15:27:41 | More by 21Maestro8
Photo of DuffDaddy
DuffDaddy

Florida

2/5  rDev -42.4%

11-24-2013 04:25:04 | More by DuffDaddy
Photo of dmk91
dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-13-2013 19:13:26 | More by dmk91
Photo of WolfAlynn
WolfAlynn

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-11-2013 03:33:51 | More by WolfAlynn
Photo of GG_80
GG_80

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-01-2013 03:59:01 | More by GG_80
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-29-2013 02:27:40 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of ZachKelly
ZachKelly

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

10-21-2013 15:42:27 | More by ZachKelly
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.