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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 74
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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Photo of watermelon
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.

watermelon, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of ac22rush
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Photo of bierdeflanders
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bierdeflanders, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hopmodium, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of staaaaalin
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

staaaaalin, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sansho, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

twelveinches, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
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.

schoolboy, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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!

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of jkd03c
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

jkd03c, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of sudsy2drunk
4/5  rDev +11.4%

sudsy2drunk, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of MarvinSnyder
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.

MarvinSnyder, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of scot959
3/5  rDev -16.4%

scot959, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

dertyd, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Bobhoya, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of bcuz7
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

bcuz7, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

johnnyboy76, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

cfinch2, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of janna890
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

janna890, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Beerswag, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Reidrover, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2013
Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.