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Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

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BA SCORE
79
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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 79
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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
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freewill35

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2013 00:40:33 | More by freewill35
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

06-30-2013 18:39:27 | More by jmathis
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Rivenin

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-28-2013 21:55:32 | More by Rivenin
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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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2GOOFY

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-16-2013 15:18:25 | More by 2GOOFY
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-11-2013 17:21:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-25-2013 20:58:52 | More by Slatetank
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-24-2013 17:38:52 | More by YobroitsJoe
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Auraan

Arizona

3.61/5  rDev +4%

Poured a cloudy amber with no head. Nothing amazing, but not horrible looking. Scents of malt, basil and a slight bit of honey. It's got a bit going on here, but it's not quite strong enough to get your anticipation up. Flavor begins with sweet malt and a yeasty ale character, moves into a slight bitterness and ends with the taste of fresh basil. Basil also dominates the aftertaste. It has a medicinal quality that reminds me of chewing fresh basil. It's not bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Standard, easy drinking feel. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The herbal flavors imparted by the basil really work with the sweet malt flavors and the dryness from the honey, making it a nice refreshing beer. It's a nice herbed beer to try if you don't want something too extreme.

05-20-2013 07:24:26 | More by Auraan
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-ronin-

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-17-2013 02:04:59 | More by -ronin-
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Sati

Washington

4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-16-2013 16:09:34 | More by Sati
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-03-2013 05:26:43 | More by Beerswag
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hepcat

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-29-2013 01:58:15 | More by hepcat
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Nayr

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-08-2013 02:46:40 | More by Nayr
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mactrail

Washington

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%

Dark amber in the pint shaker with an unremarkable head. Sharply spritzy and rather tart. The herbal flavor comes on top of a warm malty taste. A flavor of green beans and honey in the aroma. Honey also proves to be a really nice flavoring here, contrary to the sweet 'n' nasty taste so often encountered.

The basil provides a perfumey complexity, though it's quite sharp and slides over to the acidic side. However, this must be the best basil beer I've had. It's a tough proposition but they made it drinkable. Also the only drinkable Bison beer I've had. On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

04-03-2013 06:50:30 | More by mactrail
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ryandotfox

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

03-28-2013 03:56:17 | More by ryandotfox
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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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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-24-2013 04:52:45 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Samuel906

California

2.6/5  rDev -25.1%

I was pretty excited to try this just because of how crazy the idea was. I've definitely never had a beer advertising basil as part of its formulation. Poured a nice amber color, slightly cloudy, but no head, and what little there was had no retention. Aroma is underwhelming; some honey, florals and a touch of pepper. Anyone who is claiming they smell basil is lying, or has never smelled fresh basil before. It's simply not there. Dry taste, mild honey, very very slight basil at the end. Mediocre hops. Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Overall a strange beer; I wish it were a little more robust. If your going to do something weird that go for it all in. Even if the flavors end up not working, at least you went full force with the flavor instead of doing a psuedo unique beer like this.

03-15-2013 03:44:43 | More by Samuel906
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jnance34

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-11-2013 02:32:27 | More by jnance34
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +44.1%

02-18-2013 22:41:17 | More by Flashyspoons
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-28-2013 02:12:12 | More by 2neardead
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast to it. Head doesn't have a whole lot of retention.

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of a toasty/biscuity quality to it and a definite aroma of basil. I have never had basil in a beer and I wanted to give it a whirl. It is actually not too bad, provided basil beer is what you are expecting. Maybe not the most successful experiment, but interesting nonetheless.

Taste: the basil works better in the flavor than in the aroma; I feel it is better-integrated. The malt is sweeter than the aroma, with the biscuitiness toned down a bit. All of that said, this is still a particularly weird beer. For me, basil is not a winning ingredient, but I applaud the experimentation here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying, persistent creaminess. More evidence that this is a good beer, carefully crafted, but using an ingredient that just doesn't seem to work out.

Overall: if you really want a basil beer, then absolutely go for this one. However, don't be surprised at what you get -- this beer is absolutely as-advertised.

01-23-2013 22:40:35 | More by flagmantho
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-22-2012 14:26:10 | More by Lukass
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harpus

Alabama

2/5  rDev -42.4%

11-27-2012 17:46:29 | More by harpus
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.