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Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
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)
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Glopez

California

5/5  rDev +44.1%

09-01-2012 02:40:32 | More by Glopez
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +44.1%

02-18-2013 22:41:17 | More by Flashyspoons
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice light amber color, similar to the color of a sherry. About a one finger head. Nice carbonation. Looks beautiful!

Smell: Get some spice notes resembling cinnamon. Also some sweetness from the basil, but not from the honey.

Taste: Very mild ale. Get some of the honey flavor, with a dash of spice that bites the tongue from the basil. Lingering sweet flavor. Somewhat reminds me of something that I would drink with an Italian dinner. Seems towards the middle I get a little lemon flavor as well. MMMM…

Mouth feel: light body beer. Fizzy and slight bite reminiscent of a spice.

Overall: I think that this Ale is great. Definitely something to seek out and try. Very different and interesting. I was weary at first, but I think it is delicious!

Glassware: Snifter

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:24:36 | More by hippityhophead24
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FBGordon


4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

06-12-2012 15:45:54 | More by FBGordon
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color with a nice one finger head. No lacing is left behind. Very few miniscule bubbles are active.

Aroma was delightful. Lots of honey and hops. Lemongrass, grapefruit, citrusy. Smells almost like lemonade. Seems as if there may be some ginger in there as well, though that isnt contained on the ingredient list on the side of the bottle (wait, that must be the basil. Wow.)

Taste is quite refreshing. Lots of lemony tang. Nice hop bitterness as well. Very citrusy and fruity.

This was a great beer. Very refreshing. Great on a summer day I would bet. Nice drinkability and clean, crisp mouthfeel. Light to medium body. Very enjoyable. One of the best spiced/fruit beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 18:41:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
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DuaneCree

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

03-25-2013 18:43:19 | More by DuaneCree
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GClarkage

California

4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/30/09- Purchased at Draegers, in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour, about a 1/2 inch head which quickly disappates leaving very light spotty and watery lace.

Smell- Not really any notes of much. Maybe a slight sweet honey nose with absolutely no basil noted..not really any hops of malt noted either...really a non scented beer.

Taste- Holy crap! Wondering how a scentless beer can have such nice flavor. I'm not tasting any basil to speak of, but the honey really comes in strong with a nice malt base and even a splash of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and a bit creamy. Carbonation is average, maybe a bit ligher than average.

Drinkability- I was always hesitant of trying this beer because I couldn't picture what basil would taste like in beer...well, this one doesn't taste like basil, but it does taste very good. It's one of the easier drinking beers I have had as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:13:26 | More by GClarkage
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DopeRawBrewing

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

This beer pours an nice orange-amber color, somewhat clear but not superclear. I like.

The smell is herbal basily, brings to mind juniper.

The taste is similar to the smell. Nice and sweet, malty basil flavor, reminds me somewhat of a Sahti I had recently. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Uhh... I could drink this all day!

This brew is truly novel and balanced, a balance between the unfamiliar and that which is comfortable, it has me feeling bright. I once again could drink it all day.

Cheers to Bison for rockin' tasty, Organic, Living brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:05:49 | More by DopeRawBrewing
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jnoelani

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

10-17-2012 02:54:23 | More by jnoelani
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sevenshubby

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

06-26-2013 18:52:41 | More by sevenshubby
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cashmier

New York

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

06-20-2012 00:12:50 | More by cashmier
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours clear amber with an off white film for a head.

Smells of caramel, ready malts, and mild herbal notes.

Caramel and buttered bread flavors mix with an herbal mild bitterness.

Medium to full body with prickly carbonation on the tongue.

A really good flavorful and unique ale, drinks easy and tastes good. Something I could drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:21:53 | More by Cylinsier
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diablo14

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I generally like to play it straight with my beer, so it is with trepidation that I approach beers of this nature. Usually the fusion of 'exotic' ingredients makes for a well meaning, but unbalanced and ultimately disappointing brew. So it was with great surprise that I found this to be one of, if not the best, of these fusion beers that i've had thus far.

Let me start by saying that I love the color. It's a dark amber, bordering on bronze hue, to go with a decent head, and plenty of bubble.

The nose is malty, with a hint of sweetness (though not necessarily of the honey variety), with a hint of the basil. What was interesting is that the basil aroma smelled more like the thai variety (which smells a little like fennel seeds).

The taste is well balanced. It has a hearty malt backbone, with the honey acting more as a conduit between the sweet and the bitter than an actual flavoring. In other words, you can tell it's there, but it remains lurking in the shadows throughout. Its presence does make a slightly more obvious appearance as the beer warms.

The honey also acts as a 'smoothing' agent. It is a medium bodied beer, and the presence of the honey balances out all the other flavors perfectly. The hops then kick in firmly but with some panache, then follows my favorite part of this brew.

As the hops fade, the basil takes over in a very pleasing fashion, rounding out the drinking experience with a touch of class and also leaving a most enjoyable aftertaste when it's all done.

Though the brewery has used an interesting and somewhat surprising combination of flavors for this beer, they have done what many others have failed to do when attempting something similar, and that is execute the concept to a high standard. I'll be drinking this again in future.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 21:37:01 | More by diablo14
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JKuras

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber in color, half an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipates to just small traces after a minute. Slightly cloudy and good carbonation looks present.

Smell: Strong scents of sweet honey and malts present as well as some floral hops. I do get a good whiff of the basil here also. Also getting hints of cloves and cinnamon. Everything seems pretty well balanced. It definitely stands out from other brews because of the basil. This is a great smelling beer.

Taste: Tastes similar to the smell, sweet malts, more honey and basil, but more bitter hops than I was expecting on the finish. The bitter from the hops lingers for a good 20 seconds. The basil is definitely there but doesn’t overpower; almost has a cooling effect against the spicy bitter hops. A very interesting combination and pretty refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, and feels good swishing around the mouth. Not too heavy but full of flavor.

Overall: Probably not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. Very well balanced overall without being too complex, and I could probably have 2 or 3 in a session. Love the combination between the honey sweetness, biting hops, and earthy basil. A great beer to enjoy in the spring or summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:54:06 | More by JKuras
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-10-2012 14:29:59 | More by Stoffel
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-17-2011 18:49:09 | More by csiewert
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dorianmarley

Ohio

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance is hazy brown-red with a thin white head and some lacing.

Nose is hops with a winter beer spice and light malt.

Taste is plenty of spice, with light malt, sweet lemon and some basil. This is wildly refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable, with some bite from the spice and medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very unique and smart summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:31:06 | More by dorianmarley
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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
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KristaHall


4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-22-2012 02:20:49 | More by KristaHall
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Ally928


4/5  rDev +15.3%

08-02-2012 15:21:37 | More by Ally928
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-30-2012 04:33:11 | More by duceswild
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

We had a rare beer night and we all brought some stuff over I'll be reviewing on memory for this one as we had alot of smaples that night. Nearly 10 I beleive.

This beer really surprised me. we had it early and I was like this is goign to suck. Wow. great ise of honey and the basil gave it a nice herbal lemon flavor. not overpwering in any area and a solid beer at that.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 14:15:27 | More by CampusCrew
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

04-29-2012 18:02:24 | More by yaksurf
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dcook11

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-28-2012 01:50:42 | More by dcook11
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Sati

Washington

4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-16-2013 16:09:34 | More by Sati
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Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.