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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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!

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.