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Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.83/5  rDev +38.4%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of DopeRawBrewing
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of Crafts_and_recreation
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey colored, highly effervescent pour maintains a consistent layer of a medium dense foam, retains a remarkable lacing

S: Clean, soft aroma of basil builds into a sharper note as it warms a bit, light malts, spicy herbal nose, barely perceptible hop profile, a little grassy

T: Spice comes through against a floral honey background, flavor finishes with a lingering and pleasant bitterness

M: Medium and smooth, though I wouldn't have minded this being a bit thinner, it is satiny and highly drinkable

O: Interesting brew, seems well executed and enjoyable. Not a go-to option, but surely one I'd like to have around.

Photo of JKuras
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
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