Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale - Bison Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-16-2013 01:40:58 | More by schoolboy
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
11-27-2013 22:14:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.09/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
09-23-2013 22:18:57 | More by MarvinSnyder
2.61/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
09-19-2013 00:31:30 | More by Fatehunter
3.25/5 rDev -9%
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
08-03-2013 21:59:33 | More by Reidrover
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-31-2013 18:44:28 | More by dbrauneis
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-20-2013 04:08:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
07-18-2013 17:19:23 | More by chinchill
Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.