Bison Organic IPA | Bison Brewing

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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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Photo of basildog
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice enjoyable sessionable IPA. Aroma is pleasant and not overbearing. Caramel notes for maltiness and a bit floral and citrus on the nose. Should be rated higher IMO.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 2.19 for the bottle. Into a pint glass.

A - Pretty decent is is rather hazy/dirty amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a pretty sweet lace ring.
S - Somewhat muted but herbal hop bitterness. Touch of sugary malt. Some bready malts. Really not much.
T - Huh its not it the hop bitterness its mostly malt like an old ale but easy going. Not really good or bad.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I guess it could use more hop bitterness since it comes off as a lower ABV barleywine but a very drinkable one. Could be old but who the heck knows with no bottle date!

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Photo of Omnium
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Sensory Pils
A - Pours a cloudy gold, nice two finger soapy head, nice lacing.
S - Smell is bad, I realize this is old, but this is a base aroma that I'm getting lots of weird smelling yeast, licorice, a tad bit of floral hops, burnt caramel.
T - Diacetyl is definitely present, some mild hop bite, biscuit malt.
M - Thin and unpleasant mouthfeel.
O - I know this is old, but whats the advantage of making your beer organic if it tastes bad? I cant see this being good even if it was fresh. I'm going to take a stab and say that diacetyl was in here before it "aged". I cant remember I have some more Bison beer stashed away in my collection to try, but I know to avoid this brand from now on.

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Photo of snohojimbo
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured onto a snifter. Nice 1/2" head on top of an amber colored liquid. Nice lacing, lookin' good.

Smells like grapefruit mixed with ammonia, nuthin' special here.

Taste is pretty darn decent, tho it finishes somewhat sour.

So this beer has been retired? I just got it a couple days ago, but there is no date on the bottle that I can find. The bottle I've got is identical to the photo above. Oh well, can't say I'll miss it, but don't regret trying it. Actually, not too bad at all.

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Photo of Samuel906
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very average IPA. Pours a nice color, slightly cloudy, but has little to no head. Hops and citrus on the nose as you would expect but fairly mild. Some bread and almonds as well. Farily balanced, with some hops upfront with the taste, leaves some bitterness behind. Felt too soapy for me. Not a bad beer and very drinkable, but hard to recommend with so many other widely available winners.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Plastic cup at a Motel 6
Price: $10.49 for the 6-pack
Misc.: Drinking out of a plastic cup in a Motel 6 might hurt the ratings | Had on Dec. 24, 2012

Caramel orange with 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. Thick white lacing on the sides with good retention on the top.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, caramel, tangerine and orange.

Tasted similar to the nose. Wet, icy Cascade hops. Also sharp citrus hops (orange and tangerine). Bitter finish.

Light body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter, but loner finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very average IPA. It has no offensive qualities. It leaves very nice lace and it is a nice, slightly copper color. The aroma is weak for the style. The taste and aftertaste are also just slightly better than OK, nothing special, but very drinkable.

Overall, this would be a pretty good session beer where you didn't want to be distracted by great taste. I do not intend to try it again and based on this I am in no hurry to try any of their others.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a very cloudy light amber color with a nice white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Has a nice citrusy, earthy aroma, definitely lots of hops, but the strength is not really there in the aroma. Tastes of hops and slight malt, with sweet tones to go with the bitterness. Slight citrus taste. Carbonation is great for this light-medium bodied beer and good finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is vaguely citrusy...slightly hoppy, but definitely true to the label that it won't be "over the top".

Taste certainly has a decent level of grapefruit, lemon zest hoppiness to it straight away....pretty average for an IPA, and perhaps more so than I thought it would be after reading the label. This fades into a bit of malt which shows some citrus and grain before finally giving into a decent medicinal bitterness that closes it out.

Pretty average IPA in the end, but it holds its own. Just because its organic and the label downplays the level of hops in it certainly doesn't mean it's weak. If I had a craving for a bitter IPA, this could fit the bill.

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Photo of pcents
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As i poured it out of the glass I notice the very thick and stiff white head. It's smell is not as pungent as other IPAs but it does give a slightly grassy smell. The IPA is a brownish slightly murky yellow and it is a nice looking clear beer. As I drink this Bison brew I notice it is slightly bitter and sour. Its sourness is reminiscent of citrus fruits and it finishes with a small piney taste. The mouth feel is light and not heavily carbonated; its sourness lingers on the tongue and you drink it making me have to swallow after it is already down in my belly. A decent beer from Berkeley.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy golden amber, with limited foamy head. Nice but thin lace.

Nice citrus hops aroma. Light and pleasant.

Taste is lemon & grapefruit zesty, with a pine finish. Certainly solid.

Not a bad IPA, this one's steady, smooth-drinking, and enjoyable.

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Photo of crhensel
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz bottle into pint class) Poured a light coppery with a very small off white head. The nose had some slight citrus notes and a bit of pine. It has a smooth mouthfeel but the bitterness of the hops was a little overwhelming at first. Allowing to warm mellowed it a bit, but this is a very average IPA.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw/orange color. Big, fluffy white head has good retention and leaves lacing too.

Smell: Mild aroma; just a bit of grasses and a hint of caramel. More like a lager. No hoppy notes at all.

Taste: Grassy flavors up front, with some bitterness coming in. At its peak there is a bit of citrus and pine. Quite metallic overall, as is the aftertaste, which is also somewhat grainy a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, fair taste.

Uh, where's the IPA? Rather odd, and not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium darkish golden color, one fingered head, nice lacing.

S: Pine sap, bready malt, stone fruit.

T: I like the balance of this IPA; I get a mouthful of bready malt, but the hop character is not missing. It has that "harsh" aftertaste, but that's what I like. Nice piney, grapefruit hop bite, balanced with bready sweetness.

M: Dry finish, low carbonation, lingering hop finish.

O: A solid IPA in the West Coast tradition. I've had better, but this one really nails the style, and isn't boring. The balance is there, but the bitterness isn't missing.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clean, copper with a light two fingered soapy white head.

Mild on the nose. Not a lot jumping out. Some floral notes, citrus and undefined fruit, but not much else.

Very metallic flavored, and I know it isnt the glass. I get some citrus and floral in the taste, little bitterness, and overall rather watery. It may be partially from drinking a bigger beer before this but I have made attempts to clear my palate.

Light, watery, but crisp with carbonation.

I like organic, but organic doesnt always mean better and this misses in a few places. I want it to be better and I hope the next one is.

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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 DUBinMIA
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams Bulb glass. light and very clear... orange almost yellow color. Decent head with some foam. about 1 in. thick lots of lace.

smell is a dissapointment... an IPA??? Uhhhh... where are the hops???? i got a trace of hops... on the floral side but nothing major. Malt towards the end.

hrm... a nice floral hop flavor is present... turns into citrus then smooth malt finish. better than expected.

medium body allows flavors to mellow

overall this is a decent beer... i prob won't pick it up again. Also, the smell is just off... i mean you say IPA and it smells like an ESB??? oh well...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bison Organic IPA

Pours a light copper/gold color, clarity is good. Aroma of pine, citrus, and alittle herbal. In the taste, a small citrus hop, cooked veggies, light pale malt and a moderate bitterness level. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but a bit thin. Overall, about average for the style, no surprises.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz->Coca-Cola Glass

A ~ Pours golden/dark orange with a snow white head. Thick carbonation & sticky lacing.

S ~ Dimmed-down Grapefruit, Citrus Zest & a touch of Sap

T ~ Citrus includes Grapefruit peel, Orange Zest & Lemon. Behind that is pine resin, metal, vegetation & toasted white bread. There is soft caramel as well, but I wish there was more of it. The mixture of flavors is a little off...perhaps an old bottle?

M ~ Bitter moderately, & very resinous. Sticky, & the metallic flavor just would not fade from the beer. Balance is not that good.

D ~ Overall, this was just...good.
I would probably buy anything else for the Price.
It was good to try after seeing it so many times.

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Photo of Number967
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very thick head that dissipates within a couple minutes. Not a very strong smell. First thing i notice is malt which is different from most IPAs that hit you with piney hoppiness up front. Smells almost like a brown ale? The taste is almost the same. Tastes like a watered down IPA. Very watered down. low carbonation, taste of the malt at first, not much bite. Wouldnt buy again, very forgettable IPA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of a bit of piny hops.

Tastes of decent malt with some layered hops. Malt starts off with a bit of caramel, toasted bread, and some sweetness. Hops add in with notes of pine and citrus. Bitterness is plentiful. Not enough of each flavor makes the beer feel a little weak.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer that I will not be revisiting.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a semi see through golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head with heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is nectarines,citrus,boiled candy,pineapple and piney hops but its not full on in your face like most other AIPA's more like a gentle breeze,the taste is pretty subtle but very drinkable with hints of citrus,pineapple,toffee,stonefruit and of course piney hops but not alot of them just enough to make it known your drinking an IPA and overall this brew is what you go for if your not after a big hop bomb but still want an IPA.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is an orange bronze. A long-lasting head and lots of lacing down the glass make for a pleasing visual experience. The grapefruit scents are nice but are weak. This needs more oomph in the nose. Taste is tart grapefruit with a bit of piney bitterness in the finish. It is not as in-your-face with the hops as some other IPAs; the bitterness is noticeable but a bit more subtle than explosive. Mouthfeel left much to be desired. A solid IPA, but not a great one.

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Photo of HoppingMadRedCap
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

Appearance - Golden brown with a background of slow rising carbonation creating a finger of soft tan head. Slowly reduced to thin lacing throughout.

Aroma - Heavy floral aromas along with herbs that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Taste - Herbal and soft with a pronounced bitterness just on the back end. Catching a light flavor of thyme, definitely the most noteworthy spice hinting my palate.

Mouthfeel - Strong with a bit of a straw, dray feeling as it goes down. Somewhat grainy. Even feels like it causes a bit of puffiness around the tongue that lingers well after it is finished. Plenty of carbonation that tingles even the nostrils a little.

Overall - This is my second time tasting this beer, first time through I wasn’t paying careful attention to the various notes and just enjoying a good IPA. This one may be skewed a bit heavier as I am once again back into IPA’s, and since it’s my first one back I might be considering a bit higher than the others. Still an appropriate drink for the growing heat. Just the right amount of crisp and refreshness without leaving a heavy feeling in the stomach.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours cloudy orange with decent head and some lacing. The smell is a little on the malty-sweet side, I usually like a little more citrus in IPA. There is a mild grassy almost metallic taste that is unusual. Maybe that has something to do with the organic nature. This is a decent beer that doesn’t really jump out at you. It’s a little sweet. I would prefer more bitterness.

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