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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 94
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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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

BOCKTAGON, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Mikeluzzjr, Saturday at 04:07 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Nichols33, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Jofroi, Yesterday at 03:01 AM
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3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

cpetrone84, May 27, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Andrew041180, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

bccocx, Jul 08, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Dec 11, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -16.1%

cannabispinoy, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

OtisCampbell, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Wendials, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

brianmandell, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

mklisz, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

polishkaz, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Soto, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

soulkeeper1369, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

jayluf, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Satchboogie, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

NHbeerfishing, Jun 06, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

Boto, Apr 09, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Jwale73, Jul 25, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

koutkid41, Apr 05, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -8.8%

BMFR1811, Sep 09, 2014
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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.