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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 2
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

bbqwalt, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

watermelon, Mar 05, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

ac22rush, Feb 21, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 31, 2014
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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.