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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:14:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
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