The Substance - Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 134
Gots: 87 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bowdoinbeerboy on 12-11-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

My undying gratitude goes out to my current "Character", Justin Chlan, who knows to look for CANned beer for me in his travels. He brought this back from a recent foray up to Maine in support of The CANQuest (TM). Cheers!

From the CAN: "The Substance Ale, a creation two years in the making, represents the past, present, and future of beer - Drawing from the wealth of knowledge of those that came before us while creating something entirely our own, waves of hop flavor permeate the senses as you [CAN]sume The Substance. We started Bissell Brothers for one reason - To use the short time that we have to live to make something awesome and share it with the world. Thank you for enjoying the fruits of our labors."; "keep maine beautiful. recycle."

No problem with that last as the spent CAN will be given to Jeff Lebo for his House of CANs. The Crack! gave me a little spritzy squirt across my fingers! This is usually the indication of good things ahead. I began with an inverted Glug, but I had to back off due to the pint-sized CAN. I was rewarded with three fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with reasonable retention. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose was very piney and now my hophead mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a combination of grapefruit rind and pine needles and now my tongue was dancing in unbridled joy! Amazingly, though, after the initial wash of hops, it became very mellow and easy-drinking. I ran through that CAN like a hot knife through soft butter. The tastes commingled beautifully and I really enjoyed its finish. The finish was very citrusy and tickled the back of my throat going down. It was dry, but just enough to lead to the next sip. I definitely recommend this one for my fellow hopheads. Others should just leave it for the rest of us.

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4.67/5  rDev +7.4%

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

Ah, a fresh delicious IPA in a can. We can never have enough. I'd call it West Coast-style for the lighter body, making all too drinkable. The big, juicy hops are rich enough — with pine resin, light pepper, floral spice, and tangerine — that it's satisfying in any weather, but still drinkable in the summer. More please.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hop bomb to the utter max! Great citrus aroma and taste.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.