Monday, June 27, 2011

Bison Organic IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 26, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly haze orange hue, forms a small, off-white, frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Light floral fragrance with pine needles and slight coffee notes.

Taste: I enjoy it when brewers break convention (or at least are successful when doing so). Since this is definitely a West Coast brewery, you’d think Bison Organic IPA would be in the same vein as Stone or Bear Republic and other notable brews from the left coast. Interestingly, is more akin to a traditional east coast style with light piney notes, dry bitterness and a lingering coffee aftertaste. It’s reminiscent of Dogfish Head 60 Minute or Southern Tier’s standard IPA.

Sharp hop bite as soon as the beer hits the tongue, followed by slightly resiny pine flavor. The finish is essentially the same, but with the addition of an iced coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness. Hops definitely linger and begin to wear on the tongue, but the beer never becomes cloying or intimidating. A tasty beer on its own, but I bet it would be well-served paired with food.

Mouthfeel: Medium all around as far as thickness, body, carbonation, etc.

Drinkability: I’m not sure of the IBUs of this beer, but for a standard IPA weighing in at only 6% it’s got a lot of punch. Not that it’s overwhelming in any aspect, though. Bitterness is overt, but never obnoxious. It goes down quite smooth and while the hops do linger, they don’t dry out the mouth.

Overall, one of the better single IPAs I’ve had in a long time. Also one of the most impressive considering it’s fairly light in terms of potency, and the fact it’s organic is the cherry on top.

Grade: 8/10

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