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.
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.
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.
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
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.