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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 93
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bowdoinbeerboy on 12-11-2013)
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Reviews by Seanniek91:
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Served from a 16oz can into an Alchemist Wili Becher.

Appearance- Hazy gold/orange one finger foamy white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Tropical fruits and bitter pine. Pineapples, peaches, grassy and floral notes. It's nice and layered.

Taste- Much of the smells, but some mango and tangerine comes through. Pine and grass finishes this one. Well balanced. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, easy to drink, medium body, crisp, clean, nice bitterness.

Overall- A really nice IPA. Well done Bissel Bros. Can't wait to see whats in store for us in the future.

Seanniek91, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

AshlandNacho, Jul 02, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -7.8%

I had this on tap at Frontier in Brunswick. It was served in a really cool pint glass. The beer was a hazy gold color with a good-sized white head. There was a fair amount of sticky lace.

An herbal, piney aroma. A bit of sweet malt.

Taste closely resembled the aroma. Herbal and piney hops. A little bit of caramel.

Hoppy, rustic mouthfeel.

Nice beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Jordandid, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

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Doomcifer, Jul 20, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +7.8%

A: ghostly golden yellow, I swear I saw smoke inside my glass

S: powerful citrus, light pine

T: fine balance of delicious bitterness with clean finish

M: surprising robustness

O: My new favorite. Look out Pliney & Topper, Maine has answered! Delicious in a 16 oz. can OR on draft around town if you can find it. I recommend getting a 1/4 keg and enjoying at home.

I think the quality of the draft beer has improved since their unveiling in December, seemed to have tweaked the carbonation or something.

I would keep an eye on this brewery, I expect great things to come.


RDDR1979, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

benbazi, Aug 06, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a 6 day old can into a tulip glass. Amazed by the presentation. Massive white frothy head over a super light copper-ish colored ale, thick lacing all the way down. Smells of Pine, hints of citrus and melon. Tastes of delicious hoppy, dare I say, "Heady-like" goodness. Not super fruity nor spicy, kind-of a blend of the two. Super smooth, tiny-bubble kind of carbonation. Finishes easy and crisp. This is an amazing beer from a company that i'm so excited about. Hopefully they continue to push out beer as good as this. Cheers.

mjstacker, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

dbkdev, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Don't pour this beer. Drink it right from the can. It is the finest Maine has to offer in an IPA. Enjoy.

scottieie, Sep 06, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.