DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24-Sep-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 09-Sep-08 for $3.29 at BevMo in Encinitas, CA) Continuing on with this fun little series, the use of Amarillo hops in this beer really showcasing what you expect from this hops, imparting a fairly strong presence of sweet orange citrus up front while adding moderate earthiness and a touch of citrus rind bitterness in the finish. It’s a very enjoyable and balanced flavor profile, fruity, bright and crisp, but smooth and only moderately bitter, so no trashing of the palate with sharp, resiny bitterness. The base malts are lightly sweet, maybe a touch caramely, but generally a fairly clean pale ale flavor. The nose offers an inviting aroma of sweet oranges, but no pine or aggressive citrus rind. Medium in body with no thinning in the finish, and the moderate carbonation is soft on the palate. Golden-amber in color with a slight haze persisting throughout the session. The off-white head rises to half an inch before slowly settling to a thin, broken layer, leaving a wide, intricate ring of lace at the top of the glass and modest amounts of patchy and stringy lacing below. Overall, this is a really enjoyable IPA. Probably not bitter enough for hopheads, but wonderfully drinkable for the rest of us.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bison IPA--Single Hop Series--Amarillo Hop--Organic--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 50 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Thin mild lace head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Mild floral earthy hop front. Crisp clean dry sweet mild caramel body. Mild pine hop spice end. Balanced thinnish malt body highlights. Sampled 7/24/2007.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of citrus and floral. Tastes of sweet citrus with some wildflower hints and a more restrained bitterness than the others in this series. Nice spicy finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours clear copper with modest frothy off white head. The aroma is mild with sweet tangelo citrus, malt sweetness, a touch of earthiness and hinting toward organic malt cardboard. The taste is tangelo hops mixing with a pulse of malt sweetness making it taste sweet and citrusy right off. Toward midway I get increasing hop bitterness with pine hops and hop spiciness. The malt sweetness in the background balances this brew out nicely and only shows hints at the organic malt notes I consider off and distracting. But since the organic malt twang is so light it is not a problem. It ends with delicious citrus hop bitterness.
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with an off white one finger head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is orange citrus and floral hop.
Taste is quickly earthy bitter hops with enough malt sweetness to take some of the bitter edge off. Some orange and leather.
Fairly dry bitter finish. Kudos to Bison for doing these single hop brews. Very interesting. Will look for more in the series.
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized head. Aromas citrus and some tangerines. Tastes of citrus - oranges and grapefruits, and some pine. Had a lighter maltiness to it as well. Lightly bitter. If I had this blind, I would have guessed this was a Pale Ale.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not horrible, not great - but this does get high marks for isolating the hop flavor so you know what hops you like. Amarillo by itself is pretty boring. But now I know how to isolate it. Ends on a nice citrus note, and doesn’t have much pine flavor in it.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle in the series of single hopped Bison IPAs--Poured darker than the others in the series. A rich, clouded amber body with a fluffy white head. Nose of piny, resinous hops. Bitter and dry in the smell alone. Flavor not as potent as nose might lead one to believe. Grapefruit pine stereotype is true here. Somewhat chalky, bitterness-laden and creamy caramel finish. Pretty good, but not the best single hopped IPA in the series.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent, texbook IPA. Nice hop flavor with a caramel , medium bodied malt. I love this single hop series - really gives you a good impression of what each ingredient brings to the drink. This does highlight the alpha acid as it is very astringent and bitter. Heavy pine needle and grapefruit peel. Not a big fan of the Amarillo hop, single or in blends. really decent organic ale.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream-colored head. Sweet, fruity (orange/tropical) hop aroma. Red grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit flavor with backing caramel. Lingering grapefruit and pine. Medium body. Decent/good bitterness. Nice.