Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale | Bison Brewing

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3.58/5
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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast AleBison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States
bisonbrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,866
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
99
pDev:
13.41%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a case of this from Costco for like $15.99 I believe, at that price, who could resist giving it a try. Pours a decent yellow and golden color with professional grade clarity and a decent looking 2/5" white head. The aroma was disappointing, especially with a name like hop cuvee west coast etc. . . it was disappointing because it was almost completely devoid of hop aroma, like it became questionable whether any dry hopping occurred, much less an insufficient amount/variety.

The taste was pretty mundane, the usual light toasted pale malts and a Chico yeast probably, both ingredients which are largely mute in terms of flavors, very neutral. Bitterness seems to be around the 50ibu range, so it seems they definitely delved into some bittering hops, albeit of the non proprietary kinds. Slight amount of caramel in the body and mouth feel which doesn't lend itself to any dryness associated with the west coast reference in the name.

Basically this tastes like a beer I paid .75 a bottle for. Basically this is stuff for bargain basement Dads to brag on, that you paid $5 for Pliny, but they got the equivalent of bologna for less than a buck.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gunky, sediment rich pale amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, eggshell white, moderately lasting head that leaves surface cap islands, a moderate collar & a Jack Frost webby coating of sticky, chunky lacing. 4.5 for the lacing, 1.5 for the gunky sediment. 3.5 overall for look. Aroma balanced blend of cereal, biscuit, caramel malt & floral, citrus & a hint of tropical fruit hoppiness. Taste is fruity, thin pineapple, tangerine, leafy, earthy floral hop notes, caramel, biscuit, pepper & spice finishing with a slightly dry mineral & floral hint backed by a hoppy bitterness that become the dominant component aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, a thin pepper bite becoming dry & astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tis one is pretty nice. Compares to Sierra for me. Quite good.

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Photo of TripelMark
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A good golden amber sessionable beer with a great balance of citra hops and malt with a sweet bready profile. I have enjoyed this one on many of an occasion when I am drinking more than one or two beers and this one is decent enough.

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Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trentbent
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a really interesting hop and malt profile. It's totally what I wanted, meaning different and unexpected. It is kinda like a pale ale I guess, but with a different light nose. It goes really well with food, almost like a Japanese beer, but it has that nice bready yeast and citrusy resinous hops. The straw color is nice, too. I am glad to find a hoppy beer that's not just a lower alcohol WCIPA.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with one finger of white head. Head lasts about five minutes but leaves some decent lacing.
Smell is slight sweet malts.
Taste is big bitter hop notes with a bit of bready malt. Needs more malt please.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and moderately bitter.
Overall it tastes like a session IPA due to the lack of malt presence. Nice light IPA though the hop bill was pretty good.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze under a 3” lacy off white to cream foam cap that takes over 4 minutes to collapse to ¼ its original size.

S: Citrus, melon, tropical fruit and a trace of bread crumb aromas.

T: Layers of flavor featuring citrus, melon, tropical fruit, bread crumb, a light sweetness and tartness in balance, drying finish. Hop flavors are medium, malt flavors medium low yeast flavors low.

F: Very creamy with a medium light body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: A very flavorful and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Somewhat musty aroma, malty, bone dry finish. Chalky mouthfeel. Taste is malt and butter. Interesting mix.Trying to pull off a Belgian IPA, perhaps?

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Photo of Donkster46
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregcordle
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BradExtreme
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nyskizy
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loubar
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a hazy orange with a beige head that settles to a partial film on top. Smell is of malt, citrus zest and slightly herbal hops. Taste is rich toasted caramel malt up front that blends beautifully into a moderate hop bitter finish. A little heavier than most pale ales but smooth and well balanced. Great flavor, an excellent ale.

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Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handsome pour in the tall tumbler, with a big foam on the hazy golden brew. Spritzy on the tongue. Light body. Some grainy malt with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor is peculiar. Herbal and grainy. Finishes on a harsh note. A little sticky and resiny. Some decent aromatics to start, but the slide into terminal bitterness is less than drinkable.

From the 12 oz bottles purchased at Whole Foods in San Francisco

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Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
2.07/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very pale almost white appearance. Lacks any hoppiness that APA's provide. Taste was very bland and had no complexity. Very disappointed in this entry from Bison.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a2mfk
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayden34
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 99 ratings