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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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658 Ratings
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 198
Gots: 146 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bowdoinbeerboy on 12-11-2013

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Ratings: 658 | Reviews: 59
Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1" of sudsy head. 1 minute of head retention. Very little lacing.

S. A nice blend of bread malts, lemon citrus and pine. Some spice. Almost Belgian without funk.

T. Very nice. More pine in the flavor. Grapefruit. Some decent bitterness. Slight malt sweetness and citrus rind. Aftertaste is bitter with sone hop resins.

M. Crisp and refreshing. Carbonation chases the swallow. Finishes mostly clean. A nice summer ipa. Pretty sessionable.

O. A clean ipa with nice flavor. Great for summer or after mowing the lawn, working in the garage, or just chillin. Will definitely drink again.

Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can dated 4/30/15. Sampled on May 3, 2015. Only four days old.

The pour is a slightly hazy yellow color with lively carbonation building up to a tremendous white foamy head. The head sticks around.

Such a vast array of malt and hop aromas to choose from. The hops present themselves the most forward with their citrus, orange, grapefruit, and grassy sensations. The malts are toasted with a hint of barley and wheat.

Medium body. Smooth.

Toasted malts and sweetness start things off in the flavor but those many different grassy, citrus, lemon zest, floral, and orange hop flavors combine into a definite bitter finale. High quality beer.

Photo of illpass78
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft in a standard pint glass at Hunt & Alpine in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, heavily carbonated orange/yellow with a big, pillowy, hefty white head. Much lacing.

Aroma: Big citrus presence in the nose. Hops are right there. Some mild funk.

Taste: Big, juicy, flavorful IPA. Citrus, lemon, grapefruit and pine hit the palate first, followed by a resinous finish. Bitter and appealing. Alcohol is well concealed even given the moderate ABV.

Mouthfeel: Depth is pretty spot-on. Has substance (duh), but isn't burdensome.

Overall: Pretty great IPA. Packs a ton of flavor for a mid-range ABV IPA; I tend to associate these kind of flavors and aromas more with double IPAs. Would recommend to anybody - worth the hype.

Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Bissell Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Served in a Bissel Brothers stemless wine glass

Hazy, light brassy-amber appearance. The beer was topped by creamy, fluffy, one-finger tall, bright white head. Spotty, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was super musty and seemed almost a bit skunky initially. Really dank. As the beer warmed, the nose opened up and the dankness transitioned from skunky beer to skunky weed. Lemon notes were also apparent. Some white grapefruit as well. Crisp, bright and dry. Citrusy.

The flavor profile was definitely more interesting and complex than the nose. It was super hoppy, with catty hop notes dominating. Loads of white grapefruit and lemon. Some lemongrass was also noticeable. Touch of orange peel. Subtle grassy hop presence. Pithy, dry, grapefruit rind-like notes appeared in the finish. All in all, really citrusy and bright.

The mouthfeel was spritzy and highly effervescent. Lighter bodied for the style. The liquid turned soft and creamy once it settled on the palate.

This is an interesting and well crafted IPA from the folks at Bissell Brothers. Although similar in many ways, this beer is definitely much better than Swish (their double IPA) which I found to be astringently dry, pithy and bitter.

Photo of Kraj30
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very solid IPA. Not world class but above average for sure

Photo of Dufmandinga
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another easy rider. Every crack of a new can throws hops in your face. Very drinkable its hard to tell its almost 7%. So glad this one is year round.

Photo of Etan
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A couple cans from valdieu2.

Bright hazy orange. Crisp blood orange and apricot in the nose. Taste is bone dry with a nice mix of restrained green bitterness and a bit of mango. Similar to but better than Heady.

Photo of mrjmann
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really great IPA.. definitely seek it out if you haven't it tried it yet.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big malt body and a sharp stunky hop bitterness.

Photo of mageek52
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing, hoppy ipa. All the flavors come together for great balance.

Photo of JebBeerFish
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as a gift. IPAs are not one of my favorite styles. Not a bad ipa, but I don't see myself ordering this in the future, but wouldn't turn one down on a hot summer day.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a sightly cloudy golden yellow with a creamy white head that laces. The nose is mainly mild citrus fruits, nothing particularly distinct, followed by some grain sweetness. The taste is a delicious mix of flavorful citrus hops that have a creeping bitterness, biscuit-y malts, and yeast - all pulled together it's pretty balanced and drinkable. The beer potently hopped, but maintains balance with a creamy sweet malt backbone and a semi-dry and bitter finish. The alcohol is minimal, but there is something funky that lingers (wet cardboard-like?). Overall this is a tasty beer, nothing to stand in line for, but definitely something I'd try again in the future.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can from Joe arrived today at my doorsteo. Thanks man! Pours cloudy bright yellow with a big fluffy white head on top in my Rapp tulip glass. Amazing aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon rind, some pine, mmmmmm. Flavor is sweet pineapple balanced with bitter grapefruit, some light sweet malts and honey notes, interesting floral potpourri flavors linger (in a good way). Light bodied with medium carbonation, very crushable, yum.

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well Brady, way to shit your pants there. Hopefully he shotguns one of these and gets his composure back. Third can of a six pack picked up two weeks ago.

A- Tall boy falls into a wide tulip with a hazy golden orange body and a several finger, thick puffy white head of epic retention. Lasts for ages and leaves a comforter around. Lacing is ample and tons of blankets remain.

S- Big citrus flesh, juice and pith like tangerine, grapefruit and oranges leads to a medium dose of stone fruits and a hint of stone fruits. Hints of mango, lemon, dank resin and bready grains.

T- Dank skunky substances open up here a bit more with some pine and herbal tea notes but the citrus is still the focus by far. Oranges, clementine, lemon peel, grapefruit and mangoes come to mind. Stone fruits and tropical feel is secondary to the aforementioned. Light cracked grain sweetness and bread.

MF- Frothy and creamy substantial body when you swirl it around on the palate with a medium overall thickness. Carbonation is on the high side appropriately with the flavors and clean hoppy brew.

New England in the Super Bowl, might as well do my only review of the night on another great NE IPA. Citrus driven but other complexities and fruits from the hops beyond that.

Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last of the tall boy 4-pack bought at the source while up in Portland a couple weeks ago, definitely a purchase I'm happy with. Canned on 1-16-15, one day before we were there, nice.

A - Pour to a pint is a hazy golden yellow color. White head starts huge, a sticky full cap is left at the end along with pretty substantial lace.

S - Oranges, grapefruit, lots of pine resin, danky peach, the slightest sugar cookie malt. Nice, but so-so strength-wise.

T - Big bold and bitter hops, forest pine sap, dirty weed, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, some spicy hops. Very slight malt with a nice sugar biscuit finish.

M - Average heft, somewhat low-feeling but fine carbonation, intense bitterness is nice but gets a bit tiring during a pint.

O - Nice, really packs a punch and the flavors are there, but I find myself wishing it were smoother. The intense bitterness ends up a bit of a detractor for me here.

Photo of NateF90
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz canned on 1/16/2015 purchased from the source on 1/17/2015 poured into a very elegantly shaped Bissell Brothers glass marked with what appears to be glow in the dark or UV-reactive graphics. Normally would have enjoyed from the can, but had to check the color. Lightly hazed straw. Eggshell white two finger head, velvet-textured bubbles. The nose is predominately pine and all things dank, suggestions of the West coast abound. The flavor brings it back home, perfectly balanced hop bite and what I want to call fruit punch, although no fruit notes themselves are identifiable, except in fleeting whisps on the exhale. Excellent buttery feel, nice and rich but always refreshing and several cans the beer definitely can be knocked back successively. Bb is a 'must try' if in the Portland, ME area.

Photo of HopDeezy
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - light golden color, clear to slightly hazy, white frothy head with minimal lacing. Lighter than expected for an IPA so clear.

S - citrus grapefruit and slightly lemony. Light and pleasant.

T - follow along the nose like most beers do for me. Grapefruit citrus, a little lemon, a little skunky/cat pissy, smooth and very drinkable.

M - highly carbonated, very hoppy start to finish with a light but lingering finish.

O - Very nice IPA, very crushable IPA. This could easily be my go to for a round of 18 or a day at the beach it's so easy to drink. Difficulty to attain has led to a little bit of overrating here but nonetheless it's still a great IPA. Not quite on par with the IPAs of Maine Beer 30 minutes north or Stoneface 1 hour south but it's definitely one I always look forward to drinking when I can get it. Prefer it straight from the pint can and yes....easy to crush multiple.

Photo of mst934
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have ever had. Shit review. Amazing beer.

Photo of RedDevil36
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Top 3 beer for me. Will wait in line for it any day of the week. A great experience from the nose, the feel, the euphoria and the taste. Well played Bissell.

Photo of BigRizz62
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose. An excellent beer

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

My undying gratitude goes out to my current "Character", Justin Chlan, who knows to look for CANned beer for me in his travels. He brought this back from a recent foray up to Maine in support of The CANQuest (TM). Cheers!

From the CAN: "The Substance Ale, a creation two years in the making, represents the past, present, and future of beer - Drawing from the wealth of knowledge of those that came before us while creating something entirely our own, waves of hop flavor permeate the senses as you [CAN]sume The Substance. We started Bissell Brothers for one reason - To use the short time that we have to live to make something awesome and share it with the world. Thank you for enjoying the fruits of our labors."; "keep maine beautiful. recycle."

No problem with that last as the spent CAN will be given to Jeff Lebo for his House of CANs. The Crack! gave me a little spritzy squirt across my fingers! This is usually the indication of good things ahead. I began with an inverted Glug, but I had to back off due to the pint-sized CAN. I was rewarded with three fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with reasonable retention. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose was very piney and now my hophead mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a combination of grapefruit rind and pine needles and now my tongue was dancing in unbridled joy! Amazingly, though, after the initial wash of hops, it became very mellow and easy-drinking. I ran through that CAN like a hot knife through soft butter. The tastes commingled beautifully and I really enjoyed its finish. The finish was very citrusy and tickled the back of my throat going down. It was dry, but just enough to lead to the next sip. I definitely recommend this one for my fellow hopheads. Others should just leave it for the rest of us.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Ah, a fresh delicious IPA in a can. We can never have enough. I'd call it West Coast-style for the lighter body, making all too drinkable. The big, juicy hops are rich enough — with pine resin, light pepper, floral spice, and tangerine — that it's satisfying in any weather, but still drinkable in the summer. More please.

Photo of DavidPerry8218
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hop bomb to the utter max! Great citrus aroma and taste.

Photo of drosario78
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Top 5 favs, best off the draft with a house made sausage at the Thirsty Pig

Photo of Reds76
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Canned yesterday, drinking today! Fresh is definitely makes a big difference. I don't smell or taste as much of the citrus that other people report but I do get a fantastic hop aroma and flavor - more herbal, dank and funky - very unique flavor - can't quite put my finger on it. Smooth and drinkable. Excellent lacing and carbonation. This one has really grown on me since I first tried it. Another great beer from Maine!

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.