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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-01-2013)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%

"...brewed with a blend of the season's best organic hops." With that in mind, your brain would trigger your expectations to a lofty level. I haven't seen the hop heads seeking Hop Cuvee out, so perhaps I should reset my expectations. With 12 ounces, I move on to the beer:

It's colored like a yellow orange crayon which I used often in my primary schooling. Resting on top is a half-inch of head, which drops to a semi-creamy lace. I smells some hops alright. Grassy hops, herbal, lemongrass, a grittiness which gives the beer the character of a fading ale. I can't say for certain if this beer is fading, as the label is not dated.

It is drinkable, that's for sure. The taste, despite a few minor flaws, is also appetizing. Clean at first, then comes a burst of Cascades and a light coating of diacetyl. There's a vague fruitiness from the hops, a moderate hop bitterness which slowly creeps into the profile. It has a pleasing snap of crispness which enhances the hop flavor. Don't get too excited, the hoppiness is not going to be confused for Pliny anytime soon. There's an herbal accent throughout, which doesn't excite me.

Take it as it is, an easy drinking pale ale with an extra dose of hops. Middle of the pack per style.

01-31-2014 05:29:10 | More by DoubleJ
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep golden color with a nice looking lacey white head that settled into a frothy mass.Herbal and grassy hops stand out most in the nose along lighter biscuit sweetness,like a others have noted I detected a slight mustiness in the aromas.Flavors are leafy and grassy and not overly bitter from the hops,light caramel/biscuit underneath the hops.Not bad,it went down easy at a bbq gathering yesterday.

05-27-2013 18:05:33 | More by oberon
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Dabeel

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-20-2013 08:13:10 | More by Dabeel
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Hazy golden hue, impressive lacing

SMELL: Blood orange zest, cilantro, green peppercorn, dried grass, bread crust

TASTE: Deep smoothness, crisp, moderate bodied, ample hop bitterness, herbal, citrus rind, mildly rustic graininess, biscuity, hint of alcohol; clean, dry finish

One of the more interesting brews we have run into in a good while. While it dons the guise of an American Pale Ale, there is something different about this brew. Could it be the organic malt and hops? Perhaps a bit, but we like how this beer was put together. Well done!

11-27-2013 22:14:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-15-2013 03:57:51 | More by Beerswag
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Undated bottle, purchased yesterday, served in a wine glass.
Poured clear, light amber color, with a rather high level of visible carbonation. This is topped by a large, creamy bone-colored head that has excellent retention and leaves super lacing. Minor deduction for clarity.

Aroma: moderately strong and complex American hops with some light-toasted, sweet grain.

T: Light sweetness upfront and a mild level of bitterness in the finish, yet a moderate level of hop flavor. Well-crafted, true-to-style APA.

Mouthfeel: somewhat high carbonation is soft and pleasing. Medium body.

Overall: an above average APA, particularly in the look and feel. I also like the higherration of hop flavor/aroma to bitterness.

07-18-2013 17:19:23 | More by chinchill
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

09-02-2014 07:38:24 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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dertyd

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

09-08-2013 04:37:08 | More by dertyd
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.61/5  rDev -26.9%

Poured minimal head on a hazy, straw colored body.
The aroma is faint, but a little grain and lemon is there.
The taste is disjointed. Starts with mild lemon bitterness, moves to a strong, metallic bitterness at the end. Not particularly enjoyable.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The bitterness at the finish lacked balance. Not sure I'm going to finish it.

09-19-2013 00:31:30 | More by Fatehunter
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StevenH

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%

04-03-2014 02:03:23 | More by StevenH
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Nage37

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-11-2013 16:12:26 | More by Nage37
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-06-2014 21:58:29 | More by Kmlund
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bbqwalt

California

4/5  rDev +12%

It did not sell well at Costco so it has been discontinued. $14.97 per case as they unload it. It has a different flavor but I like it. A little heavier than some pale ales but lighter than a IPA. They were asking almost $25 per case before it was discontinued. Only about 6-8 left at the Costco near us. They are having trouble because Lagunitas and Sierra are both cheaper.

04-27-2014 19:53:41 | More by bbqwalt
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-01-2013 04:33:39 | More by KevinGordon
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops with a little bready malt.

Tastes of the grassy hops with a solid malt backbone. The grassy hops come through with a little lemon zest as well. Malt comes through and adds a little grainy sweetness with some bread notes as well. A touch of fruit comes through towards the end and rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty and worth a try.

05-08-2013 02:30:54 | More by ocelot2500
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-25-2014 06:45:26 | More by Hopmodium
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coopdog1000

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-07-2014 01:28:51 | More by coopdog1000
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janna890

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -23%

08-20-2013 00:00:20 | More by janna890
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +19%

06-08-2013 13:57:57 | More by ninaturner
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19%

07-19-2014 22:31:22 | More by DrMindbender
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Zorro

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Clear amber colored ale with just a little chill haze. Small white colored head, pretty average looking.

The scent is light Northwestern style hop. Grapefruit and pine with a grassy scent you would expect from a noble hop variety. Mild toasted grain.

Starts out woody and dry with a mainly toasted grain flavor. Faint sweetness and medium level of bitterness. Pretty basic pale ale here, but it doesn't really standout as being something special.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is an OK APA. The problem with that is it just doesn't standout in anyway.

06-22-2013 21:19:58 | More by Zorro
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-29-2013 19:40:25 | More by sansho
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GinDC

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

07-28-2014 01:18:31 | More by GinDC
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CMOrak

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-25-2014 05:03:02 | More by CMOrak
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12 oz bought from "Lifesource" in Salem. $1.69 Poured into my favourite Santiam brewing nonic. Darker golden coloured body with a half inch white frothy head atop. Strange sort of composted soil aroma, some citrus hop..strange but not unpleasant. Taste has also some of the earthiness but its balanced by a bright citrus hoppiness..it actually works! Mouthfeel is fine honey smooth and long wet. A strange beer that was OK but might have been past its best

08-03-2013 21:59:33 | More by Reidrover
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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
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