Friday, 12 September 2014
Bison Organic Honey Basil Ale
Bison Brewery in Ukiah, California makes Organic Honey Basil Ale. Just as the name suggests, this stuff is brewed with basil and honey, and it's certified organic. According to the label, if you register on Bison's website, they'll buy you a carbon offset for a case of beer. That's some cool, innovative, and progressive stuff. It's sold in 355mL bottles and contains a pretty solid 6% alcohol.
Organic Honey Basil Ale hazy, orange-copper brew topped with a thinnish, off-white head. A sweet, honeyed aroma leans toward the malt side of the spectrum. Similarly, the flavour is characterized by a sweet, malt body and a pleasant honey taste. Beneath that, there are some warm boozy notes, gentle toastiness, and a faint metallic bent.
There's not a lot of bitterness and I'd have liked a bit more basil emphasis. This stuff is too sweet to go back to the Honey Basil well more often than once in a session, but it's pretty tasty stuff.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10.