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Bison Organic IPA Single Hop Series - Willamette Hop | Bison Brewing

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Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thecarster1 on 12-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by javi10653:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity and flowery. The flavor is grassy hops with medium bitterness. You also get some of the fruity hop flavors but they are indistinct. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of tan head. Average head retention & stellar lacing

S: Grainyness & breadyness, plus leafy hops

T: Apricot & white grape up front along with leafy hops & floral hops as well. Breadyness & honey malt as this warms, along with a kiss of lemon, plus some orchard fruit to include peaches. Finishes with leafy & mineral hops, plus slight breadyness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, I would've like to have seen a heavier hand with the Willamette hops, skews towards an EIPA almost...

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Photo of ddahlen
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Reviewed on the Electronic Beer podcast

A: Pours out with a decent head, dissipates quickly.

S: Slight floral aroma, very grassy on the nose. Sweet malt, very little complexity on the nose.

T: Decent malt backbone, not too much bitterness. Very little citrus on this, not sure if Willamette stands too well on its own here.

M: Decent mouthfeel, nothing really out of the ordinary for the abv.

D: A pretty drinkable beer, nothing extraordinary.

Overall, obviously not the greatest American IPA I've had. I'm sure if this had been brewed with Cascade or Simcoe the results would have come out differently. In the end, it was a fairly balanced brew, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Capital Market, Salem. $3.99
Pale orange, slightly hazy body, small off white head..generous lace.
Very resiny hop aroma,herbal tones..with a treacle/toffee malt profile.
Hmm intresting flavour profile..juicy resiny hop definatly there but its more than balaced by the toffeeish malts..that finish off treacle like.
Nice on the palate..caresses,
Overall i really liked this one..as the "blurb" says..noy a typical hoppy IPA.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big fluffy white head atop a deep golden see-thru body. Good retention and decent lacing. Unfortunately, this was the highlight of the experience. Not a horrible beer by any means, but I'm not sure Willamette hops are the best bet for a top notch IPA. Smells and tastes pretty pleasant, but rather tame. Moderately sweet with some light citrusy flavors change to herbal and earthy mid-swallow. Mild bitterness lingers for a moment, then disappears in a quick, dryish finish.

Overall impression: Decent, but forgettable.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle given by saulcharlesworth in the secret santa bif. thanks saul!

a- bomber poured into a pint glass, bit more than a fingers worth of fluffy white head that falls quickly to a spotty layer of lace, hazy tawny yellow gold coloring.

s- earthy smelling hop here, some sweet fruity notes - pineapple, tart tangerine, lemon rind, slightly dry.

t- this willamette single hop is very earthy hops, grassy, good amount of backend bitterness that lingers nicely, the malt upfront is not very prominent - the willamette take over from the getgo which is enjoyable. tart citrus, grapefruit rind, tart the hops are almost a bit smokey, with tart notes, and sweet ones all at once - very interesting.

m- light to medium body in the mouth, slightly slick and a bit prickly.

d- very drinkable, i'm not sure that i've had an ipa like this, i really like being able to pick out all the characteristics of the single willamette hop, i'd love to try the other varieties in this series. i won't have trouble polishing off this bomber my myself. i also love the fact that this is a certified organic brew, really great.

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Photo of caresville
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to saulcharlesworth who sent this one out in the Under 100 BIF!!

a- little did i know what was in store from me from this average/boring looking beer. a step up from bud light here, pours a golden amber with barely any head (little baby white ring) and halfway decent lacing.

s- smells GREAT. period. oranges, apples, pears and some grapefruit round out the fruit aspect. smells almost tangy and funky but in a good way. barns and silos, hints of fresh straw and hay.

t&m- heavy on the fruits!! not overly bitter and not boring, its nearly a perfect mix. mixes of fresh citrus fruits, fresh harvested hops, and hints of breads and subtle spices.

d- so close to being perfect. this stuff is fantastic, more people need to have a chance to taste this!!

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice hazy caramel color, nice amount of bubbles and a shimmering foam white head which seems to be showing some decent retention.

I get very aromatic, grassy hops. There are hints of fresh pine as well, and some toasted caramel malts are also detectable.

A little maltier than I expected it to be, but the hops are there. very earthy, and reminiscent of the freshly cut herb lemon balm, so there are some citrus notes. Not much bitterness to this, it's fairly mild. Overall an awesomely balanced IPA.

Very nice, medium bodied mouthfeel. silky smooth. The malts really give this a fuller body than you might expect.

Extremely drinkable due to a well balanced, never over-powering taste. Very good beer if you want to get to know Williamette hops as well.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out a nice, hazy, golden orange with a minimal head. The smell is dominated by the malt, I smell a bit of the Willamette in the background. The taste is where the hops kick in. The bitterness is there but balanced well by the malts. It is a little dry and low in the carbonation for my taste. I would drink it again, but more than that, this version has piqued my interest in the rest of the single hop series.

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Photo of chumba526
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours hazy orange with a nice thick off-white head.

It smells very grassy. I get a bit of a slight citrus smell and a bit of an earthy smell as well.

It has a bit of a grassy taste. I get a slight woody flavor. The beer has a mild malt profile that adds a bit of a nutty taste. The beer is a bit earthy as well. I get a bit of a mild fruit flavor. The beer ends with a mild but noticeable bitter aftertaste.

The carbonation is around medium. The beer has smoothness to it.

The drinkability is great. This beer is very smooth yet flavorful and fun to drink.

Overall a very good beer that highlights the Willamette hop well. I like this better than their regular IPA.

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Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bison Organic IPA Single Hop Series - Willamette Hop from Bison Brewing
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