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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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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BOCKTAGON

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

06-17-2014 02:18:20 | More by BOCKTAGON
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

05-23-2014 23:02:58 | More by Nichols33
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is pale golden in color, clear, with a white head and some fairly large sized bubbles. Nose has a fairly strong citrus with a biscuity malt and a light herbal tea note. Taste follows suit, a bit of sweet malt, lots of citrus, doughy biscuit and a light herbal hop tea finish. Sweetness is a bit stronger than we'd prefer, carb is pretty aggressive and body is slick and oily.

Serving type: can

05-27-2014 00:31:01 | More by cpetrone84
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for adding this beer. I had it on the same occasion, but did not have all the details. My memory is a little hazy, but this is how I remember it:

A - Very light in color. Fizzy bubbles that formed neither much of a head, nor much lacing.

S - Best part of the beer by far. Really nice tropical fruit aroma. Fairly strong, but not overpowering. I like this smell from my IPAs.

T - Pretty good, but not great. Follows the nose, and adds a light sweetness, but something was just a bit off. I had had several beers by this point, so it may not have been a fair review.

M - By far the weakest point of this beer. I likened this beer more to carbonated hop tea than an actual substantive beer (ironic given the name). Just seemed very thin and watery to me.

O - Bissell Brothers is able to extract a very nice smell and flavor from the hops that they used, but everything else is mediocre to poor. I like the idea of trying new arrivals to the craft beer scene, but this one isn't going to cut it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 18:07:35 | More by Andrew041180
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bccocx

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

07-08-2014 19:40:34 | More by bccocx
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on 12/7/13 at the Thirsty Pig (first night it debuted?).

This beer poured with decent head, that settled down fairly quickly. The things that really struck me was how pale and clear this beer was. It looked a lot like a pilsner in the glass, very pale yellow and totally clear. It was probably the clearest ipa I have ever had.

The nose was pretty good, solid, but not overpowering or a "punch" to the nose. It was a lightly malty up front which quickly faded to distinct peach/tropical fruit notes.

On the taste, fairly malty and lightly sweet up front, this quickly fades to some nice fruit juice flavors (peach again) and then that flavor fades to a decent does of hop bitterness.

Decent mouthfeel, not so heavy that it leaves your mouth coated and not so light that it feels like your drinking water. As goldy locks said, "just right."

This was a very interesting beer. The floral hop profile was super peachy. I am a fan of fruity nosed IPA's (love MBC Lunch) and this one is a decent example of a fruity IPA. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose and is pretty malty with only a brief "fruit juice" hit in the middle before going right to bitterness.

I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again if (as is rumored) will be coming out in 4-packs. A solid, but not great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 12:48:25 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

02-02-2014 19:23:04 | More by Janeinma
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Wendials

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

06-30-2014 17:02:57 | More by Wendials
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soulkeeper1369

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

03-09-2014 19:46:40 | More by soulkeeper1369
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

06-06-2014 01:24:17 | More by NHbeerfishing
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Boto

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can: This one pours an opaque, bright straw yellow color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Nice nose. Definitely hoppy, but I get a bit of pineapple rising out of the nose. Peaches, pine, floral and grassy notes also. The taste is very good. A bit bitter. Hints of the pineapple and peaches. A bit of the pine hops and grassiness. A fairly good malt backbone, but not too heavy. Smooth and well balanced. This drinks real easy. I’d definitely search this one out again next trip up to Maine. Thanks to the guys in the brewery for sharing a can with me!

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 20:22:32 | More by Boto
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny gold with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a slick. Nose expresses citrus rind, a hint of noble hops and a slight yeasty character. Taste consistent with nose; however the flavor are a bit duller - there's more bitterness and less citrus than suggested by the nose as well as a suggestion of onions (Summit?). Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and some acidity. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good IPA, but don't understand the hype - I was told it may have been an older can, so perhaps I'll revisit with a fresh one if the opportunity presents.

Serving type: can

07-25-2014 00:12:09 | More by Jwale73
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light, bright straw. Strong carbonation flowing and thick foamy head that lingers a great while.

S: Real nice aroma. Tropical: Pineapple, tangerine, mango, and apricot. Then some nice resinous pine, and some bready notes.

T: Flavor is more faint then the aroma. Crisp breadiness with some sweet fruit.

M: Strong carbonation that gave it some dryness, also a little sweet. Light to medium body.

O: This is a nice IPA, haven't heard of this beer or brewing company. Glad to have gotten this and try it.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 05:20:07 | More by koutkid41
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-16-2014 16:43:07 | More by bishopdc0
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-01-2014 03:33:01 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-04-2014 18:54:17 | More by Kevincredible
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-23-2014 08:40:33 | More by Sanchezrox23
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-25-2014 21:57:21 | More by rondufresne
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Mike

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-18-2014 22:30:51 | More by Mike
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Mmcdonald79

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-31-2014 18:22:35 | More by Mmcdonald79
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ChayDudeBrew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-02-2014 13:34:07 | More by ChayDudeBrew
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-04-2014 02:44:46 | More by Thorpe429
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-19-2014 06:48:01 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Josbor11

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-05-2014 17:35:56 | More by Josbor11
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EricDu

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-07-2014 06:05:21 | More by EricDu
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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.