Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale | Bison Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good retention on a clear dark golden body and some lacing. Bready malts, tart citrus, yellow cake and even has an almost sweet milk chocolate note to it surprisingly. The clarity and color are not expected for the flavor which for me is more of a caramel malt based flavor. Their are notes of yellow cake, mild earthy and grassy hops and some generic mildly tart citrus. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a bit too harsh up front taste-wise but that mellows out as the beer warms up.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle, purchased yesterday, served in a wine glass.
Poured clear, light amber color, with a rather high level of visible carbonation. This is topped by a large, creamy bone-colored head that has excellent retention and leaves super lacing. Minor deduction for clarity.

Aroma: moderately strong and complex American hops with some light-toasted, sweet grain.

T: Light sweetness upfront and a mild level of bitterness in the finish, yet a moderate level of hop flavor. Well-crafted, true-to-style APA.

Mouthfeel: somewhat high carbonation is soft and pleasing. Medium body.

Overall: an above average APA, particularly in the look and feel. I also like the higherration of hop flavor/aroma to bitterness.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep golden color with a nice looking lacey white head that settled into a frothy mass.Herbal and grassy hops stand out most in the nose along lighter biscuit sweetness,like a others have noted I detected a slight mustiness in the aromas.Flavors are leafy and grassy and not overly bitter from the hops,light caramel/biscuit underneath the hops.Not bad,it went down easy at a bbq gathering yesterday.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a dark golden body. The head fades quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Musty and slightly herbal hop aromas with just a hint of the American hop aromas that the label implies.

T - Thick malt with some musty hops in the middle and a finish of dry toast and a hint of caramel.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Meh, the hop character is totally lacking for all the hop and west coast descriptors on the bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden peach in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible active carbonation and hints of orange and deep holden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patch of a thick film of larger bubbles with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted grainy malts underneath slightly strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted grainy malts with very little sweetness which is followed by the moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit followed by pine and just a light touch of grassy. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade quickly but linger on for a while.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly and crisp.

O: Overall this is a pretty average APA and there is nothing about it that really stands out and makes me want to have another, though it is fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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 stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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 DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"...brewed with a blend of the season's best organic hops." With that in mind, your brain would trigger your expectations to a lofty level. I haven't seen the hop heads seeking Hop Cuvee out, so perhaps I should reset my expectations. With 12 ounces, I move on to the beer:

It's colored like a yellow orange crayon which I used often in my primary schooling. Resting on top is a half-inch of head, which drops to a semi-creamy lace. I smells some hops alright. Grassy hops, herbal, lemongrass, a grittiness which gives the beer the character of a fading ale. I can't say for certain if this beer is fading, as the label is not dated.

It is drinkable, that's for sure. The taste, despite a few minor flaws, is also appetizing. Clean at first, then comes a burst of Cascades and a light coating of diacetyl. There's a vague fruitiness from the hops, a moderate hop bitterness which slowly creeps into the profile. It has a pleasing snap of crispness which enhances the hop flavor. Don't get too excited, the hoppiness is not going to be confused for Pliny anytime soon. There's an herbal accent throughout, which doesn't excite me.

Take it as it is, an easy drinking pale ale with an extra dose of hops. Middle of the pack per style.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with just a little chill haze. Small white colored head, pretty average looking.

The scent is light Northwestern style hop. Grapefruit and pine with a grassy scent you would expect from a noble hop variety. Mild toasted grain.

Starts out woody and dry with a mainly toasted grain flavor. Faint sweetness and medium level of bitterness. Pretty basic pale ale here, but it doesn't really standout as being something special.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is an OK APA. The problem with that is it just doesn't standout in anyway.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Donkster46
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured minimal head on a hazy, straw colored body.
The aroma is faint, but a little grain and lemon is there.
The taste is disjointed. Starts with mild lemon bitterness, moves to a strong, metallic bitterness at the end. Not particularly enjoyable.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The bitterness at the finish lacked balance. Not sure I'm going to finish it.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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Bison Organic Hop Cuvée West Coast Ale from Bison Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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