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Bison Organic IPABison Organic IPA

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 204
Photo of TheSarge
4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a large amount of head. With a decent golden amber and a very hazy body. The head clumps together very well, unlike anything I've ever seen before. This gives off fragrances of pineapple and freshly cut grass. A thin head lasts almost all the way through to the end.

This has a very citrusy taste of pineapples, but does finish off very spicy and a little bit like celery. This is the most complex IPA I've ever tasted and has possibly become my favorite beer of all time. You must try this!

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Photo of Shaw
4.67/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It looks just like an IPA should: Bright copper in color with an off-white head. This beer has some nice lacing to boot.

The aroma is really nice. It's all about dry-hopping! Huge hop aromas. It's like smelling a package of hops before brewing. Wonderful. As a hophead, this is about the best-smelling beer I've had.

The taste is -- of course -- wonderfully hoppy. But these are hop flavors. The bitterness is actually well under control. Citrus, earthy and floral hop flavors all mix together. Wonderful. I'm amazed how fresh the beer tastes, considering it's brewing across the country.

The body is light and easy on the palate. This beer is well-attenuated.

This is a fantastic beer. For all the hop fans out there, you need to seek this out. Thank goodness it's regularly available in Florida, it's going to become my daily drinking beer!

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Photo of mortarit
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduse to this beer by accidental or on porpose from a waiter. I was drinking Endo IPA and ask for another one and this was what I got. I didn't realize it till the first glup. "Different", I said and then glance at the bottle. Since then I have made several attempts to drink this one. I just clean out the beer store of all of their bombers.

Good head retention but it does fade away soon.

Lacing is present.

No date and I know some of these where getting shelfly.

This would be a good single hop beer to try because it taste near a double.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I'm really starting to love this brewery and all its offerings I've had so far. I recommend that you other BA's ignorant to Bison give it a shot.

Great deep amber, rust, wet cardboard. Maybe not appealing on papaer, but a great mix of hues. Nice head with a good foam throughout. The aroma was like walking through a valley of spruce trees intermingled with hop vines just down wind from a sourdough bakery. The taste had that awesome mix of pine tar, flower hops, lemon.orange peel, and biscuity, sourdough malts. Just awesome.

Goddamn this brewery seems so underrated.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark, haxzy burnt amber, basically brown color, with a this white head. A decently quick fade left behind a nice film on the top and a good lace down the sides.

S - Smell was very resiny, and piney. Lots of balance here with some nice sweet malt flavors coming out as it warmed up. A very full and robust smell that is very enjoyable. Not an overally hoppy, citrus bomb, IPA smell at all, very nice.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, with not alot of carbonation, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Again very balanced with an upfront burst of pine resin hoppiness, followed by a blend of caramel and sugar, and a very nice dry finish. The hop profile definatly gives off a muted impression due to the complex and well balanced malts. Lots of hints of spices as it warmed, nutmeg, maybe even cinammon, almost winter like.

D - Overall very very nice. An awesome session IPA and the organic factor a plus as well. Good solid offering here that I would not turn down.

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Photo of a10t2
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation and a thin off-white head that never quite dissipates and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Piney, citrusy hop aroma with the different hops playing off of one another well.

T: Tastes like it smells, with the different hops (Tomahawk, Cascade, and Centennial according to the label) complementing one another and giving it a real depth. Enough maltiness to keep the flavor from being one-dimensional, and leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue. IPAs don't get much better.

M: A little too much carbonation for my tastes, but very smooth over the tongue.

D: At 6.80% ABV in a 22 oz bottle, this one could be dangerous to IPA lovers.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright burnt orange color with a hefty tan head that bubbles up at first and leaves lots of lacing. Smells of Belgian malts, some raisinesque scents, a bit of citrus and not much in the way of a typical IPA hop. Wow wasn’t expecting this, tastes right off the back of sweet citrus, nice bitter hops and again what seems to be Belgian malts, very surprising and enjoyable. Tastes like a freak child of an American IPA and a Belgian Dubble. Not exactly my cup of tea but quite nice of an idea. I do dig it and will be picking this one up again once and a while

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy honey color. Nice off white head with great retention. Not much lacing.

S - Good hops smell, nothing overpowering. Smells like balanced variates of hops.

T - Similar to the smell. Not as bitter as many ipa's. A somewhat sweet aftertaste. Good malt balance.

M - Very full, great feel.

D - Good drinkability, would not expect almost 7% abv by the taste. taste like a great session beer, more like something in the 5.5% area.

Great beer, good flavor and balance, nothing to overpoering with this one. I would buy it again.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA. Pours a burnished copper, head retains so beautifully and I got it to the point where it stands a good half-inch over the top of my glass. Love it. Is that the beer or my pouring skill? It's the beer, man. Nose has got lots of hop-oil drenched pinecones and orange peel. Cool, very appetizing before I've even taken a sip. Quite well balanced, IMO. Caramel maltiness and citrus; might have a bit too much carmelized candy sugar in the middle, but the oily fragrant hop bitterness seems to balance it out. Chewy, malty and solidly bitter. Does lack carbonation, but personally it doesn't take anything away from it for me. That part might not fit "the style", but it doesn't bother me, though I feel it's certainly worth mentioning. Piney, hop resin aftertaste, chalky feeling coats the palate. Citrus-hop *burps*. This absolutely begs for a very sharp cheese. I never have cheese when I really need it. Damn! A really sharp cheddar would be so money with this. What's with the less than stellar reviews people? This is good!

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Photo of DocAJ
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold color, fluffy white head fingertip head with a little rentention

S-Mainly citrus, slightly floral hop aromas

T-Consistent with aroma, citrus/floral hop

M-Smooth, perfectly carbonated, I was left tasting hops for a while, in a good way

D-A bit more filling than I thought it would be, though could probably drink a couple more

My first organic, a nice solid IPA

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Photo of Atlas1
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second "organic" IPA I've tried; Wolaver's was the first.

Pours a nice looking golden amber color with a frothy inch-and-a-half head that subsides and leaves a lacey residue on the glass. The nose on this beer is bigger than I expected it to be, with crazy citrus and pine notes bursting out of the glass. Then I read on the label that it's brewed with four hop varieties at four different intervals, and then is dry-hopped in the fermentor later on for aroma. It shows, as this is a fine-smelling IPA. I don't see any brewed-on date, or any best-before date, but this seems to me to be a very fresh beer. The taste simply adds to my belief, as it is crisp and fresh and refreshing. Smooth and malty up front but with a strong bitter hop finish and, surprisingly, some lingering sweetness mixed in at the end. Solid mouthfeel, but a tad syrupy. If you like IPAs, give this one a try. At 6.8% ABV, it's not the biggest beer in the world, but it packs a punch in flavor that should leave you satisfied. An excellent example of the American IPA, and a great addition to the organic beer selection. Well done, Bison Brewing Company.

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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill-hazed amber with a dense clumpy head and sheets of lacing. Smell: piney, citric, spicy hops, toasty, caramel malts. Taste: sweet upfront, juicy piney + citric hops in the middle, malts return at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy. I think this is the first good organic beer I've had and it's a good AIPA as well!

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Photo of JDK
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and nice light copper color with a three finger head that very slowly diminished.
Minimal lacing on the glass
Very light piney smell
Very nice balance in the taste between pine and citrus which lingered on the tongue for several minutes
Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.
Very good IPA overall

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Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the latest BOTMC selection, first brew from this brewery was tasty, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a blast of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine. The brew pours to a bronze yellow with a big foamy micro-bubble pillow top off white head. Raising the glass, I get an immediate citrus jolt followed by a deep hop bite. The hop bite is very rare it is in the back of the palate not the front as usual. The taste continues with a building maltiness that eventually takes over the hop bite, then transitions into a bitter lingering finish. This brew appears to be brewed with lots of hops up front and lots at the end, but not much in the middle. Mouthfeel is high viscosity and carbonated enough to intensify the bite. Great head retention and nice lacing. A complex brew with great flavor transition throughout. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A strong hoppy smell, along with some citrus.

T: Tasted of floral hops (much more than anything else), some citrus (a little grapefruit), and a nice malty backbone. Much more flavorful than most organic beers. A solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Most organic beers tend to be extremely bland, but this is a pretty well done example against that theory.

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Photo of tronester
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head. Smells of a hint of citrus. Taste is light cane sugar up front, with a bready middle, and a resinous, citrusy, piney finish. Nice bitterness levels match up with the high sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-visited on 7/26/08

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a rocky head that leaves some lace

Smell: Modest piney overtones (some citrus, too) with a biscuity malt undertone

Taste: Starts by laying down a nice biscuity malt backbone; joined by grapefruit and pine hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, more orange hop flavors burst forth, and wind up nicely balanced with the malt; there is a floral honey-like sweetness on the finish that is distinguishing

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having tasted (and disliked this beer previously), I have come around; not sure whether the recipe has changed but this is rather nice

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one 4's all the way around. It was much better than I was expecting it to be. It poured up a nice burnt orange colour with a nice, thick, tightly knit head. Countless streams of CO2 bubbles to feed the head. Smell was quite resinous with a bit of sweet hops lurking about, as well. Taste was dominated by rather assertive hop bitterness. This is a very good, sessionable hoppy brew. Brilliant!

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (24 ounce bottle) into a standard pint glass, the head rises roughly under an inch tall, ashy tan in color. The retention is fine and leaves jagged swaths of lace on the walls of the glass. Hazy amber body. Smell: Black tea leaves, freshly mowed lawn, hints of peach flesh, and pine sap. Finishes on a solid note of grapefruit juice, and some of the rind, too. Taste: Begins with a sharp uppercut of hop bitterness that ascends toward the top of my palate, slightly increases in strength, and showers down with a noticeable backbone of biscuity yeast and subtle malt sweetness. The aftertaste lands smack on the center of my palate, a vibrating pinch of hop power, as the malt sweetness fades like a melodious ice cream truck off into the sunset. Mouthfeel: Dense, palate-encompassing, not as carbonated as I would like but nothing to bitch about. A solid west coast IPA.

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Photo of phishgator
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into an Imperial pint glass with a nice thick head. The color was a deep copper and mild carbonation. The aroma was of tanned citrus rhines. The bitterness up front was followed by a bite throughout. The alcohol was not completely hidden although it never overpowered, just you know it's there. The body is full and rich. A maltly sweet coating in the mouth is balanced by the dulling of your taste buds by the hops. I think this is the closes tasting brew to Celebration Ale that I have ever tried. A great brew that I recommend to anyone.

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Photo of baos
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Whoa Nelly, look at that head. Whole hand of head (Nelly is 16 hands high). And Mr. head sticks around for quite some time. Actually some of the best head retention I've seen in a while.

S: Instead of orange zest this is more orange flesh. Nice fresh hop aroma.

T: Whoa Nelly times deux. Fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with kind bud. Piny mellowness.

M: Nice. fresh squeezed

D: Very refreshing and fresh tasting beer. I'd like to have this in the hot sun, boating w/ one on zee line ja ja

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an IPA I hadn't tried and with the hot weather scheduled for this week it seemed like a good time. Very little head on top of a deep golden body featuring a citrus and pine nose.

Strong taste initially but the hops soon give way to a muddied melange of malts with notes of bread and butter. The aftertaste isn't the bitter tongue blaster you expect but there is a repectable balance. The texture is gritty and overcarbonated but matches the flavors well.

I didn't like this brew at first and thought it should be reclassified as an ESB or EIPA but ultimately I found it satisfying.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color, with yellow hues and a white head. In the aroma, citrusy/ grapefruity hops. In the taste, mainly citrusy/ grapefruity hops with a small maltiness in the end. A bitter mouthfeel and a semi dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Very nice balance and vry good for an organic, haven't had much luck with those, but this is a nice one.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clear orange/amber color. Head is medium size, off-white. Aroma is good, can detect IPA spiciness but also a strong malt aroma. A malty taste is the first flavor noticed. The IPA spiciness/bitterness is then detected, but it is fairly subtle. Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is good, keeping in mind that this beer is 6.8% In all, a good tasting beer. I like my IPA more hoppy, but a well balanced beer like this on is a good thing as well.

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Photo of rodrot
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold color, slightly hazy with a half inch head. Aroma was quite hoppy with some caramel malt in the nose. Taste was all hops up front, fairly bitter, with a pleasing nutty maltiness in the finish. This is a balanced IPA, with the sweetness of the malt complementing the bitterness of the hops very nicely. Mouthfeel was medium bodied on the palate with a slick, oily feeling in the back of the throat with each swallow. Not a bad deal at all for a 22 oz bottle at $3.49.

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