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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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 204
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bison Organic IPA... at 6.8% alcohol and cellered a little longer than needed. Has some massive yeasty floating left overs.

A- Poured half an hour ago to allow sediments to settle. Heavily hue orange fluid that still retains that huge two inch head that then turned into a mass of sea water froth that leaves patches of thick lacing.

S- Nice citrus scent upfront with fresh cut grass follow. Mild malt smells that are mostly sweet and sugary.

T-M- Strait-up bitter bite front from the citrus, grass and grapefruit hops. Yeasty as hell pucker that provide freshness but wow a tartlike feel follows. Like I said before over due beer but shit loads of yeast sediments make a beautiful mixture of bitter and tangy flavors excellent! Mouthfeel is a wee bit smooth with light bubbly carbonation that oh to easy for almost 7% alcohol.

D- Drinkable as any without the massive yeast compound due to over cellering but hey excellent beer all round.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Golden with a copper hue; a tiny bit cloudy with a minimal head.

S: Quite a bit more earthy than other IPA's with mild citrus hops, flowers, honey and a syrupy scent.

T: A sour to bitter front with piney hops, cannabis smoke and malt with an earthy quality. Good balance.

D: A refreshing change; for the regular IPA drinker, this earthy, organic brew is pretty drinkable.

Value: Expensive considering what else is out there.

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Photo of hophead247
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear pale golden with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was rather weak, with bready notes, lemon, and grass... warmth brought out a touch of juicy lighter fruits, but you have to stretch to find 'em. The flavor also had sweet bready notes at the core, with light grassy and lemon bitterness surrounding.. the sticky finish carried through a little more bitterness, and was slightly refreshing. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation and a bit of zestiness from the lemon. All in all an average IPA that was drinkable.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Blood organge/copper with a modest cap with no lacing.

S - Malt, caramel and pine resin hops. Earthy.

T - Nicely balanced ale that co-mingles the grassy, bitter hops with nice malty grains and peat.

M - A lighter IPA than some but it's still has creaminess and fizz.

D - Given the ABV is in-check, this is quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, and a decent sweet malt background. Wow, on the verge of being an American Strong Ale - alcohol definitely dominates. Good body and mouth feel, not a high deal of complexity.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You can really taste the "organic"

Appearance: Pale golden with little head and lacing

Smell: Grassy, hoppy

Taste: Not especially flavorful due to bitterness

Mouthfeel: Bitterness up front with smoother finish

Drinkability: Drink with a meal to mask the bitterness; not enough flavor for a stand alone beer

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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 biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper amber with a small rocky cream colored head that leaves spiderweb lace on the glass. The nose is caramely malt,lemon peel and herbal leafy hops. The flavor is malt heavy with a minty, leafy kind of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a slick hop resin mouthfeel and mild carbonation. A pretty middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of seanbhudson
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Medium amount of lacing.
Medium aroma of citrusy/piney hops and biscuit like malt. Bit of a tropical smell like pineapple/mangos.
Starts off malty with a backbone then moves into piney / grapefruit hops. Finishes with an annoying harsh bitterness like chewing aspirin.
Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
It smells good but I do not like the harsh astringent bitter finish.

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Photo of RunDWP
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm all for being organic, saving the earth and all that, but this beer started pushing the limits of what I'm willing to do to save the planet. It's a bit harsh tasting, and otherwise average.

It poured into my tulip glass with a slightly flat head floating above the standard amber colored liquid. A little grassiness and herbal aroma. A good amount of malt for an IPA, with a bitter grassy and leafy hops aftertaste that was a bit harsh. Maybe a little citrus in there as well. Mouth feel OK, nothing special but I just didn't find this to be a highly drinkable brew. I just didn't enjoy this much.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head that does not leave much lacing.

S- The aroma is a good amount of sweet malt, caramel and hops, very balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty balanced for an IPA. There is a nice malt backbone supporting some citrusy hops in the finsh.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable for being 6.8%. Not the best IPA in the world, but this one is definitely better than expected and one I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was rich golden with some haze. The moderate head left sheets of lace in the glass.

Smell was very herbal. Sweet and buttery. Pine needles and marmalade. The aroma was this beer best attribute.

Taste was buttery. Hops oils on the lips. Bitter citrus. Relatively balanced. I like the idea that this is an organic beer but the flavor is nothing special.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with tiny zippy carbonation bubbles.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info t obe had. pours dark honey amber under a slight light khaki head, with bubbles rising to the top and leaving plenty of scattered strands of lacing. Light floral hop nose. Ample smooth maple malt under coating and an equally smooth hop bit riding on top. This one seems to be more on the Brit side of things, easy drinking, nothing amazing just an nicely crafted and worthy IPA. Organic to boot. worth a try.

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Photo of Troyone
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been to the Bison Brewpub in the past in Berkeley and I believe it was all organic even the food. Surprised I havn't reviewed this and I noticed at the website that they may be announcing a new Brewing partner.

Pours a yellowish/orange copper color with lots of head and lacing even in the bottle. More of the off white head than beer in my glass and I poured it slow. I would assume that this is more like a Belgian IPA. The carb action is evident and I was able to swirl up some sediment to top off this big headed beer.

Lots of florals and a sweet malt in the aroma.

There is lots of malt sweetness to the lemony/lime flavored hops. The finish lingers grapefruit and lime.

The mouthfeel a little oily not real astringent with a hint of bittness. The active carbonation in the glass seems flat to the palate. There may be a sourness effect throughout.

I would think this would be exceptional on draft and compared to other organic IPAs available in the stores this is more tolerable as a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished golden with little head. Smells quite malty and somewhat sweet with a fair amount of floral and citrusy hops. Very little bitterness. The taste is more of the same sweet malt combined with quite a bit hof hoppiness. There is a sort of strange maple syrup and melon flavor that seems to be coming from the particular hop and malt profile used. There is also a good bit more bitterness in the taste, almost aspirin like. There is also some metallic flavor on the finish. The flavors aree vibrant enough, but everything seems a bit out of whack- both too sweet and a bit to acridly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, tannic, and medicinal. Eh, I don't think this will make my regular IPA rotation, still, it is nice to see another organic IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Academically interesting beer. Poured wiht a decent little head and some lace. Aroma was a mild malty citrusy hop. Color is a light to medium amber gold and fairly clear. Taste is a citrusy hop that is sweet on the tongue tip and bitter on back. Kind of a weird flavor in there too. Ok, but nothing special. Had better. So so finish.

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Photo of hopdog
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!).

Poured a medium orange color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of spackle (yes, the spackle I use to patch dry wall), toffee and a little nutty. Tastes of caramel and oranges. I found this to be more of a British Style IPA and not an American hop bomb. I just couldn't get past the spackle.

Notes from 3/10/06

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Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly unimpressive. Nice orange pour with a big puffy head. Aroma is hops with a ton of malt. The flavor was the same, except it had a very soapy back with a sweet aftertaste. More wood than resin, typical of these Bison organics. Not my kind of IPA.

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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 BeerSox
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to an even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Light toasty malts with a touch of caramel. The hops are piney. A little bit of butterscotch is in the aroma as well. The flavors are somewhat similar to the aroma, with the bready malts and ctrusy spicy hops. The hops linger for a while in the finish.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold in color. Only a slight ring of head forms on the pour and is quickly gone. Smell is only slight floral hops. Taste is same as the smell. Slight hopping. Not a whole lot there. Your basic ale with just enough hops to notice. Very easy drinking, but not exciting.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

This one pours out a clear copper with a big, fluffy off white head. That head sticks around for quite a while. Lots of nice lacing.

The smell starts out with sweet caramel malts then moves on to citrus hops. Nice spicy hop background. The only problem is I really have to work to get to the aroma. It's there, but it's subdued.

The taste is more in your face. Again, it starts a bit sweet, but the nicely bitter citrus hops wipe that away fairly quickly. The sweet caramel returns at the finish. Solid IPA.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking...just a tad too watery. Decent brew here. Easy to drink and should make any organic beer lover proud.

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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 cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this is my first 'Certified USDA Organic' beer, and I know it's my first from Bison Brewing, so I'm pretty stoked/wary. 12-ounce bottle with the USDA certification but no freshness date, poured into a pint glass yields a textbook clear copper-amber body with little streamers of active carbonation and a finger of thick off-white foam that retains well and sticks sheets of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is sweet and citrusy! Rich caramel lolls in a bath of blood orange, lemon peel, Key lime, and honeydew melon.

Taste emphasizes the succulent caramel first, piling on the dry and bitter citrus flavors before bringing in the tangy ones. A toasted bready note with a touch of honey separates the twain. Solid bitterness in a perfumey, dry, mildly-astringent finish.

Excellent drinkability, excellent drink.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The overall color of the beer was very nice... a deep copper tone. Huge head on this one, over two inches. Very dense head that lasted a long time.

S - Earthy hops jump out at you. I tried to recognize any malt aroma and couldn't find it. The scent itself if very mild. You might have to stick your nose in the glass to get the full effect.

T/M/ - Very hoppy taste. Earthy, pine-like undertones. Light malt taste. This is a very carbonated beer that feels very bubbly in the mouth, almost to the point of being annoying. The aftertaste is somewhat dry and bitter. Once I inhaled I was able to taste the alcohol as well.

D - Not my favorite IPA, but a very typical, solid IPA that I may recommend to others

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Bison Organic IPA from Bison Brewing
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