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The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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269 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 81
Gots: 48 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-04-2014 02:44:46 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-09-2014 01:13:31 | More by acurtis
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-31-2014 18:42:50 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-23-2014 05:16:04 | More by GRG1313
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-16-2014 16:17:42 | More by SocalKicks
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-18-2014 20:35:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-09-2014 12:08:54 | More by InspectorBob
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-28-2014 23:42:36 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-23-2014 00:14:34 | More by mdaschaf
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%

05-29-2014 04:17:40 | More by Kelp
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-01-2014 21:53:42 | More by billab914
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

08-12-2014 00:27:33 | More by johnnnniee
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8.5%

07-21-2014 07:30:40 | More by chippo33
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

07-25-2014 00:12:09 | More by Jwale73
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-17-2014 03:27:13 | More by Lare453
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-29-2014 10:43:13 | More by tectactoe
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-22-2014 00:59:47 | More by IPAchris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

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

Maine

4.01/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

03-23-2014 18:53:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

07-02-2014 00:17:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-06-2014 22:25:24 | More by jaxon53
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Florida9

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

05-03-2014 23:54:22 | More by Florida9
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-25-2014 21:31:54 | More by thegerm87
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-15-2014 00:47:51 | More by tommyguz
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Boto

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -13%

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!

04-09-2014 20:22:32 | More by Boto
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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.