The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 2.58%
Wants: 225
Gots: 180 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 798
Photo of aleigator
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed sun-yellow color, with a decent, froth head.

Smells of skunky citrus peel, onion and biscuity malts, which add a gentle sweetness to the nose. As the beer warms up, a well pronounced dankness evolves from this balancing sweetness, together with ripe oranges blending right into wet grass.

Has a very pleasant mouthfeel, due to a medium carbonation, revealing an incredible hop profile, ranging from flowery, to fruity to bitter. Showcases an awesome depth and versatility.

Tastes of white bread malts, accompanied by a mineralic quality, inviting a bubbly carbonation to the palate. On top of that settle the hops, ranging between sweet exotic fruits, crisp, lemon dipped grass and flowery undertones, perfectly balanced by dough malts. Finishes utmost refreshing, due to the bubbly carbonation, together with dry lime, amped up by sunny, ripe oranges.

Fantastic, flavorfull ipa, providing an absurd flavor depth, coming outstandingly well together, completed by a perfectly fitting carbonation, creating a powerful, dry and refreshing beer. (1,070 characters)

Photo of 2ellas
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks a bit hazy, yellow like juice with a thin white head.
Smell is hoppy, citra I think
Flavor follows the smell nearly exactly
Mouthfeel is slick but not overly so
Overall a good beer, wish it was local! (206 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh cans from the brewery poured into one of their snifter tasting glasses.

A=Hazy and a yellow/amber color, thick white head that is foamy, not bubbly, settles to a thin layer.

S=Tropical, citrus, grapefruit first then a dank resinous background.

T=Hops up front, especially mango, papaya, grapefruit. There is definitely a background hoppy dankness that smooth everything out. Malts balance the strong hops flavors.

M=Moderate carbonation with medium body.

O=Tastes great, lots of hoppy goodness with enough balance to make it surprisingly palatable. (562 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Light golden yellow.

Smell - Light citrus.

Taste - Citrus at first then resinous pine in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light. Very drinkable. Perfect carbonation.

Overall - (A-) Highly recommend. (218 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a bright yellow color. Smells of citrus and hops. The beer has a nice citrus taste, very refreshing. The feel is crisp and clean, this a great summer drinking IPA. Its the real deal! (200 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A light gold to yellow color with minimal haziness and nice white head. Moderate citrus and earthy hop bitterness in the aroma. Aroma picks up a little dankness as it warms. Flavor follows closely with bright citrus flavor and good middle bitterness. Very smooth with a clean finish. (287 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up half a case while at the brewery. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice hazy golden hue with a big fluffy two finger white head that fades slowly to leave a creamy blanket and great side lacing.

S - Aromas of very light almost generic tropical hops, cereal grains, little bit of dankness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Decent amount of cereal grains, little crackery, grain. Light citrus, pineapple, faint mango, guava, papaya. As it warms the tropical notes pop a bit more, same with the citrus too. Warming up definitely makes a big difference.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit fluffy.

O - Overall, this beer was tasty. Really shined as it warmed up. Nice appearance and really solid citrus/tropical taste.

Serving Type: Can (767 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic IPA. Pours a bright straw color and the nose contains a sweet floral tropical fruitiness with some grapefruit, papaya and mangoes. The body is extremely refreshing and juicy with a restrained bitter finish. (218 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A billowy white froth weighs heavy atop this golden brew, setting itself apart from the get go. Aroma is bright with orange and grapefruit. The flavor is ocean deep with more waves of citrusy goodness, a palpable layer of peppercorn, a coating of orange peel and a squirt of sweet fruit juice. Light to medium bodied with little weight and enough alcohol bite to keep plenty of hair growing on the chest. (407 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a huge fluffy foamy head that fades semi slowly, tons of lacing, hazy little murky pale golden color.

Nose juicy hops, little dank musty, raw hop juice and tropical, hint pineapple and papaya, tropical generic, hint cereal grain.

Taste brings more sweet like malts, grainy smooth malts, into big hops, little earthy spicy notes, mild dank, then into big tropical notes, papaya, pineapple, little dank citrus, fruity notes, guava, etc. Creamy smooth malt, fair bitterness. Finish is dry, fair bitterness mild spicy hop, bit more tropical notes, dank, etc, hint of banana.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, nice carb.

Overall nice, not as crazy as I expected but got better, then tropical came through nicely, maybe not quite as much as the hype, but def deserving of a great IPA. (805 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

can to glass..golden yellow. nose is sick...soapy inviting hops. crisp and refreshing. burst of citric, little resinous while still being nice and easy...little sticky. very refreshing. (185 characters)

Photo of Buhz_Bee
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in color than average, carbonation bordered on fizzy - lacey beyond compare though. Dynamite smell - grapefruit from out of this world. ABV was somewhat deceptive, drinks like a session IPA, but hits like a freight train. (231 characters)

Photo of JNbeerded
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the three offerings I've had from BBB, I think this one was the best. Still, like both of the other beers I've had from them, there is a strange off-putting, dirty vegetal-like aroma and flavor that I cannot get passed. Not sure what the hype is all about. (263 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear, straw body. Large fluffy head leaves heavy lacing.
S - Grassy hops, lemon, flowery. Light hops basically.
T - Tropical fruits, lemongrass, light pepper. Some very light bitterness. Must hide th emalt well, because that is not present.
M - Light body, medium/high carb.
O- An excellent American IPA. Worth seeking out, but difficult unless you go straight to the brewery, which I recommend as well. (412 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a slightly murky yellow with a huge, pillowy white foam.
S- floral and tropical hops
T- sweet citrus/tropical fruit. Mango.
M- light-medium feel, moderate carb. Not dry.
O- another fine beer from Bissell Bros. (223 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Served in a snifter.

Appears darker straw yellow body, hazy and cloudy, three finger white head with a lot of retention time and film. Nice expansive lacing. Smells fairly tame, grainy pale malt sweetness, mild caramel, a bit of citrus. Not much else. Flavour is a bit more interesting; grainy, sticky caramel malt, minerals, a bit of citrus aromatics and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid, medium body, good carbonation, nice soft feel. Moderately bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, decent IPA with a fair bit of bitterness, but not a ton of interesting flavours. Still very good. (605 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into an antique German Pilsner glass

Pours a pale yellow with one finger of fizzy white foam. Little lacing.

Aroma of dank, pine , spice and lemon citrus and pine.

Taste leads with gentle pine and then citrus in the middle of the tongue. Gentle lingering bitterness. Low sudsing . Crisp clean finish

Sessionable. I can see cutting the lawn and cracking open a frosty one of these. Nice beer

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Photo of tregan_20
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as an extra in a trade. The appearance is quite hazy with an amber appearance. The flavor profile was somewhat citrusy with grapefruit being noticeable. In my opinion, this was a well crafted IPA from Bissell Brothers. Cheers! (245 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some fresh cans from the brewery, canned that day 2 hours earlier.

A: Light yellow color, hazy, foamy head

S: Crisp citrus smell, some tropical on the nose as well

T: Bursts with citrus flavor, resiny, earthy towards the end

M: Somewhere in the middle, some carbonation present, nice and light

O: Very drinkable IPA, delicious taste. Every time I stop by the brewery I am sure to pick some of this up (415 characters)

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from the northeast. Nice lemony citrus flavors with some tropical and floral notes. Don't really get any pine. Very crisp and refreshing with minimal malt presence. Juicy. My kind of IPA. (209 characters)

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
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