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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

billab914, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Kelp, May 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Slightly hazy deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Aromas of earthy citrus tropical pine resin and dankness. Oh yeah that smells good. Light bready malt, maybe. The flavor is much the same as the aroma but adds a bit of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice ipa I enjoyed the hell out of it.

johnnnniee, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

chippo33, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Lare453, May 17, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

IPAchris, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

tectactoe, May 29, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
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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4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-The Substance pours a milky, cloudy yellow hue with a tight, skinny, white head that doesn't do all too much for lacing. It almost has an oily consistency to it when I look at it. I often find that hoppy beers that come out looking like this usually offer a specific hoppiness that I really enjoy, so I am quite excited.

S-Immediatley delivers with a puréed tropical fruit juice medley of aromatic hoppiness. Citrus, pineapple and guava. More hoppy aromas of pine and herb. A pale malty character that isn't overly detectable and a sweetness that probably comes from both hop and malt.

T-The initial flavor is exceptional. Juicy hops that stress tangerine, pineapple and maybe even some unripe pear; like a purée of exotic fruits. Grassy as well. Sweet, cracker or light biscuity malt. My only criticism is that the flavor sort of dies off quicker than it should; I want this flavor to linger longer!

M-Not excruciatingly bitter. Medium to soft carbonation. Medium bodied. I had about six pints so it was very drinkable.

O-Recently went to Maine, trying several beers and this one was the champion of the trip. The Substance gives off flavors that are set specifically to my taste buds. Delicious. Happy to scratch a notch into the bedpost after this one.

VelvetExtract, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jaxon53, Jul 06, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aside from a reference to hops and "ale", there is nothing on the label of this beer that expresses what style of beer this is. Well, I guess we know it's not a lager or a gruit...

A: Very hazy, cloudy even, pale pastel yellow color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white pillowy head. Good retention. Excellent lacing.

S: Aroma is mildly sweet. Mostly lighter citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit. Maybe a hint of tropical fruit, but really not much.

T: Taste is pleasant. Lighter than most and while it is a hop forward beer, it is not a hop dominant beer. Light pale malts. Slight sweetness. Again, mostly citrus hops, but there seems to a bit more a floral quality in the taste. Orange blossom. And a hint of tropical fruit, but nothing distinct.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Dry on the back end.

O: A very pleasant beer. Easy to drink and tasty. Wouldn't mind visiting this one again.

Florida9, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

thegerm87, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

tommyguz, Apr 15, 2014
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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.