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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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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Dabeel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
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.

Photo of ToriBug13
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Palo Alto Brewing Co. Hoppy Ending Pale Ale
A- Sweet head! Thick head retention, 1 ½ inch thick, delicate lacing. Yellow amber color, not completely clear

S- I don’t smell anything! Even after trying desperately to find something distinctive.

T- Just flat. Okay mouth, definitely not what you’d hope for from a pale ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with just a little chill haze. Small white colored head, pretty average looking.

The scent is light Northwestern style hop. Grapefruit and pine with a grassy scent you would expect from a noble hop variety. Mild toasted grain.

Starts out woody and dry with a mainly toasted grain flavor. Faint sweetness and medium level of bitterness. Pretty basic pale ale here, but it doesn't really standout as being something special.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is an OK APA. The problem with that is it just doesn't standout in anyway.

Photo of olfolxholme
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tadmuchowski
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of DrinkBeerThinkBeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of teraflx
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a dark golden body. The head fades quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Musty and slightly herbal hop aromas with just a hint of the American hop aromas that the label implies.

T - Thick malt with some musty hops in the middle and a finish of dry toast and a hint of caramel.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Meh, the hop character is totally lacking for all the hop and west coast descriptors on the bottle.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good retention on a clear dark golden body and some lacing. Bready malts, tart citrus, yellow cake and even has an almost sweet milk chocolate note to it surprisingly. The clarity and color are not expected for the flavor which for me is more of a caramel malt based flavor. Their are notes of yellow cake, mild earthy and grassy hops and some generic mildly tart citrus. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Nage37
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ocelot2500
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.

Photo of DasBoot2112
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
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