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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-01-2013

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of bbqwalt
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden peach in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible active carbonation and hints of orange and deep holden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patch of a thick film of larger bubbles with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted grainy malts underneath slightly strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted grainy malts with very little sweetness which is followed by the moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit followed by pine and just a light touch of grassy. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade quickly but linger on for a while.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly and crisp.

O: Overall this is a pretty average APA and there is nothing about it that really stands out and makes me want to have another, though it is fairly easy to drink.

Photo of ac22rush
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden minimal head but the bartender poured it wrong and I was too lazy to beer geek out on him. Decent lacing.

Grapefruit and slight pine in the nose maybe a resin mixed in there. Nothing out of this world.

Light and clean in the mouth crisp bitterness very little malt character. Refreshing.

Overall decent beer could have 2-3 of these on a hot day if there wasn't better options but it's just an average pale ale. Cheers!

Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handsome pour in the tall tumbler, with a big foam on the hazy golden brew. Spritzy on the tongue. Light body. Some grainy malt with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor is peculiar. Herbal and grainy. Finishes on a harsh note. A little sticky and resiny. Some decent aromatics to start, but the slide into terminal bitterness is less than drinkable.

From the 12 oz bottles purchased at Whole Foods in San Francisco

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a bit too harsh up front taste-wise but that mellows out as the beer warms up.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"...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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good example of what I think an APA should be. Not the pungent hoppy of an AIPA, but instead a slightly over the top pale - very bitter and crisp. It works, and it does the big taste without a lot of boozy maltiness.

It opens to a nice hoppy aroma, great head and lace, and a cloudy this-means-business look to it. The taste works as a very bitter yet crisp and fresh tasting ale, with no yeast and little malt coming through. The combination of simcoe plus two fresher tasting hops works well.

The aftertaste lingers nicely as a bitter hoppy thing. Overall the taste leaves a much bigger impression than a sessionable beer usually does. This is a successful brew and one I would recommend and buy again.

Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange body white 2 finger head, medium lacing and retention

S: Smell of pineapple and grapefruit hops

T: Follows the nose along with a bit of peppery spiciness. Some bitterness but not a lot.

M: Medium carbonation and body some lingering bitterness on the palette

O: This is pretty good If it were cheaper I would drink it all the time as its one of the better pale ales I've had.

Photo of ToriBug13
2.11/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Palo Alto Brewing Co. Hoppy Ending Pale Ale
A- Sweet head! Thick head retention, 1 ½ inch thick, delicate lacing. Yellow amber color, not completely clear

S- I don’t smell anything! Even after trying desperately to find something distinctive.

T- Just flat. Okay mouth, definitely not what you’d hope for from a pale ale.

Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
2.07/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very pale almost white appearance. Lacks any hoppiness that APA's provide. Taste was very bland and had no complexity. Very disappointed in this entry from Bison.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good retention on a clear dark golden body and some lacing. Bready malts, tart citrus, yellow cake and even has an almost sweet milk chocolate note to it surprisingly. The clarity and color are not expected for the flavor which for me is more of a caramel malt based flavor. Their are notes of yellow cake, mild earthy and grassy hops and some generic mildly tart citrus. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, sunflower gold with a generous white head and full lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops and sweet maltiness, pine-like bitterness, and lemon on the nose.

Taste: Crisp hop bitterness, citrus fruits, and lemon/ acidic freshness. Alcohol not present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth over the palate with a clean dry finish.

Overall: A beer of the month club selection. A very good American pale ale.

Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a dark golden body. The head fades quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Musty and slightly herbal hop aromas with just a hint of the American hop aromas that the label implies.

T - Thick malt with some musty hops in the middle and a finish of dry toast and a hint of caramel.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Meh, the hop character is totally lacking for all the hop and west coast descriptors on the bottle.

Photo of loubar
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a hazy orange with a beige head that settles to a partial film on top. Smell is of malt, citrus zest and slightly herbal hops. Taste is rich toasted caramel malt up front that blends beautifully into a moderate hop bitter finish. A little heavier than most pale ales but smooth and well balanced. Great flavor, an excellent ale.

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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
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