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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Before brewing our classic summer ale, we went to the certified organic farmerís market to go shopping. The fresh basil is from Watanabe Farms in West Sacramento and the Honey is from Brittís Honey, two California artisanal producers. This brew is subtle and refreshing. Starting in 2012, Honey Basil Ale will be a year round offering in 4 packs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lelanni (2) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2013 does not count
From the Bison Brewing Companyís four-pak, this beer has a delightful light herbal- basil honey taste with slightly sweet malt after taste. The clarity of this amber honey colored beer seems to vary slightly from batch to batch, but the excellent taste is always there. It pairs well with light pastas and fish. Overall, this is one on my favorite ígo to" beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shekhark (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2009 does not count
Very crisp, refreshing from the bottle. Decent head. Enough honey taste on the tongue, with enjoyable basil aroma (not too strong). Didnít think I would like it, but Bison proved me wrong.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
What an incredibly interesting and refreshing beer that I thought was about as unique as anything Iíve tried. Basil in a beer? Suprisingly it works really, really well. Aroma is sweet, like a dark honey, and very strong in fresh basil that starts things off on the right foot. Imagine picking a fresh sprig of basil from the grocery store and you will get the idea. Mouthfeel is surpisingly soft. Basil flavors mingle really well with the honey and malt profile. No aftertaste, no bittering bite. Just a smooth summer ale that I thought was incredible. Will buy again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 7, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours to a slightly hazy, deep golden color, with a tall, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic. Aromas of sweet malt, honey, and light herbal aromas of basil flood the nose. The palate is firm with good pale malt flavors, with a nice back drop of honey sweeetness. This beer finishes with good pale malt flavor and hints of basil up front, then ends with light honey sweetness that lingers. Very tasty, very interesting beer. The combination of basil and honey really works in this beer, and makes for a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2006
A nice refreshing ale. The honey brings a light honey aroma and a wonderfully dry finish to this ale. The hops are well balanced with the malt sweetness allowing the slight bitterness from the basil to shine through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
orange brown and thick white head lemon hay and basil on aroma med light carbonation. tastes of honeyed lemon grain slight carmel and malt. spiced basil is pronounced and unbelievable, unique and refreshing well balanced and a definite try atleast once, for 3.50 for 22 oz makes it a great buy for such a original beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2013
Smells quite strongly of honey and has a fairly strong resemblance to honey as well. This was pretty good actually. The sweetness of the honey is there and while I canít identify basil distinctly, the herb-like characters are enough to put a bit of an edge on the sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a medium off-white collapsing lacy head. Aroma consists of honey mostly with basil a little faint, but there. Taste is sweet, herbal and minty with a dry and lightly tart finish; reminiscent of herbal tea. Interesting and different than your average summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Tasted in bottle on 20th anniversary beer tour. Murky amber color. Lemon nose. Delightful springy flavor; perfect for drinking while at the farmers market. Basil and honey flavors shine and are well supported by the hops and malt. Lovely contribution to the spice beer category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
As a honey/basil beer it nails it at 5. As a stand alone beer itís pretty damn good. Real hearty and flavorful. By the name you would think it would be a girly beer but itís not. The base of this beer is super solid. I really enjoyed it. The aftertaste lasts a long long time.

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