Bison Organic Honey Basil | Bison Brewing

Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil
211 Ratings
Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Bison classic brew is infused with honey for a hint of sweetness and aroma. Fresh organic basil lends a slight herbal note and a hint of basil - a perfectly refreshing brew.

Added by Todd on 11-01-2005

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of Glopez
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of The_Blodge
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly to virtually no head at all. Very clear.

S: Sweet basil and spice. Basil hits the nose right up front and has a very overbearing aroma.

T: Basil. It coats the younger and lingers. Basil has a distinct flavor and tends to overpower other flavors. Some more subtle orange/citrus.

M: Light/medium mouthfeel. Kind of creamy. Carbonation is nice and refreshing.

O: A novelty. A good beer if you would enjoy a basil beverage. I feel that the basil could have been more subtle and playful and not overwhelming.

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Photo of sanford_and_son
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber orange with a large, fluffy pale yellow head. Complicated mixture of honey, pumpkin, basil and caramel malt in the aroma. Big pumpkin and caramel flavor that floats into a big hit of basil spice on the first sip. Herbal, earthy, mildly spicy body with a malty, creamy mouthfeel. Mildly bitter, spicy finish. Very interesting brew, never really had anything like it.

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Photo of JKuras
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber in color, half an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipates to just small traces after a minute. Slightly cloudy and good carbonation looks present.

Smell: Strong scents of sweet honey and malts present as well as some floral hops. I do get a good whiff of the basil here also. Also getting hints of cloves and cinnamon. Everything seems pretty well balanced. It definitely stands out from other brews because of the basil. This is a great smelling beer.

Taste: Tastes similar to the smell, sweet malts, more honey and basil, but more bitter hops than I was expecting on the finish. The bitter from the hops lingers for a good 20 seconds. The basil is definitely there but doesn’t overpower; almost has a cooling effect against the spicy bitter hops. A very interesting combination and pretty refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, and feels good swishing around the mouth. Not too heavy but full of flavor.

Overall: Probably not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. Very well balanced overall without being too complex, and I could probably have 2 or 3 in a session. Love the combination between the honey sweetness, biting hops, and earthy basil. A great beer to enjoy in the spring or summer months.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, basil, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is pretty sweet with some malt/grain flavors up front and an earthy basil spice flavor that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but definitely odd and not something I would get again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As one would expect from the name, this ale was created using organic honey and basil. Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom.

Perfectly clear copper, like a shiny new penny. A thin, sand-colored head quickly becomes a fuzzy ring.

In the nose: subtle yet bright basil, mild honey, a little caramel and some malty-sweet wort character. Very light.

Tastes like sweet honey steeped in basil. Mild floral hop bitterness balances a tangy, mildly sweet burnt sugar finish. Clean.

Smooth medium-light body; moderate, prickly carbonation; just a touch of fizz. No booze. Clean and crisp on the palate.

Honey Basil’s a little light for my tastes — I have to work too hard to get the flavor. The basil is nice, but I’d like more hops to mix with it.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber with a small white head that recedes to a rim.

Smell: Basil! Really big basil aroma with some toasted malts.

Taste: Sweet and strong basil flavor, following the nose. Herbal and grassy. Honey sweetness as it finishes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a pleasant smoothness.

Overall: If the basil flavor attracts you, give it a try. A unique profile for the palate.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber color with a light white cap, a few bubbles and light ring around the glass

S: There is no doubt basil is dominant in this beer. A little bit of honey to accompany the name

T: A little sweetness upfront with basil, more basil and basil on the finish backed up with a light honey sweetness and graham cracker.

M: Lighter bodied beer with a lot of taste and rather intriguing. A good lawnmower beer.

O: I am not a fan of the style but this is one I would drink again.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to brew a beer with basil for a while now so I'm excited to try this one. Semi-hazy orange marmalade hue. half finger white head. Smells like basil. Straight up basil.

Kind of a one trick pony of a beer but the basil taste is different and refreshing. You can tell its a beer with some light graininess but other than that it just tastes like liquid basil. I'm picking up none of the honey. As much as I love basil, this beer isn't really anything great. just a basil showcase. slightly overspiced finish. If you love basil or beers that remind you of pizza you'll love it, otherwise it's just a novelty.

Overall very pretty sweet which is probably due to all the basil.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance is hazy brown-red with a thin white head and some lacing.

Nose is hops with a winter beer spice and light malt.

Taste is plenty of spice, with light malt, sweet lemon and some basil. This is wildly refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable, with some bite from the spice and medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very unique and smart summer beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle honey note
Taste-Toasted malt,clover honey, herbal basil note. Rather delicate, subtle flavors in a decent balance and interesting flavor that just manages to pull it off. A nice match for some red-sauce Italian cuisine.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 211 ratings
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