The Substance
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #346
Ranked #1,168
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
May 01, 2022
Dec 11, 2013
The SubstanceThe Substance
Notes: Our flagship; a brightly dank ale that threads many needles.

Hops: Falconer's Flight, Centennial, Apollo, Summit, Chinook
Malts: 2-row, flaked Wheat, Flaked oats, Flaked Barley

OG: 1.060
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4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - very slight haze golden with a nice white head and lacing
Smell - citrus slight malt
Taste - night light citrus hop with a biscuit malt backbone, very slight bitterness
Feel - medium light body and carb
Overall - very crushable easy going

May 01, 2022
4.29 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 01, 2022
4.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts on Apr 22, 2022
4.33 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

16oz can served in a big snifter. Dated 02/09/22. Received from @WunderLlama in NBS BIF #14 antics.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a medium sized head that leaves a fairly even skin along the side and a few very chunky islands. Smell is resinous, smells of hop plants.

Taste is along the same lines, but with a nice streak of orange zest and orange pith, moderate juicy sweetness to go along with the hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, fairly dry. Overall, nice beer!

Mar 21, 2022
4.23 by BPCam from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2022
4.43 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by AzfromOz from Australia

Can pushing three months old so some of the juice would have faded, leaving behind a piney, hoppy body with some citrus notes and retronasal peachy aftertaste. Pours a vibrant orange with a clean, white head that maintained cohesion throughout the drink. Nose was slight citrus and dank pine needles. Very enjoyable beer that would be much better a little fresher.


Feb 25, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

Look: Pours a hazy orange yellow with a two finger off white head of foam. Laces the glass exceptionally well.

Aroma: Yellow grapefruit, orange, spicy lemon peel.

Taste: Gentle, but assertive spruce and pine resin upfront. Transitions quickly into pleasantly bitter notes of grapefruit juice and lemon zest, before finishing on some vegetal / floral notes of wet hay and very subtle notes of peach preserve.

Feel: Crisp, but leaning towards the unsessionable side - not to say it isn't thirst quenching. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of in one sitting though.

Overall: Rich but surprisingly thirst quenching. Tropical / dank.

Feb 19, 2022
4.13 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Feb 18, 2022
4.28 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Feb 14, 2022
4.5 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Feb 11, 2022
3.44 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Jan 27, 2022
4.17 by Bwag from New York on Jan 17, 2022
4.5 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the mighty woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a yellow/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus. Taste is citrus, light pine, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was expecting more.

Dec 30, 2021
4.27 by EMH73 from New York on Dec 24, 2021
3.92 by hophugger from Virginia on Dec 11, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Can date of 4-15-21.
Color is an Orangina orange-yellow, bright but cloudy with a white head that slumped quickly leaving drapes of lace behind.
The aroma is spritzy- noticeable carbonation, sharply fruity but not predominately citrus.
A really interesting earthy, herbal note blends with the apple and melon in a unique terpenoid profile. Hints of sweet wort and biscuit grain add to the welcoming nose.
The flavor is a well balanced blend of caramelized white sugar and grassy, pine pitch hop spicing. Very rich without being a big beer, solid medium body without any "fluff" or pseudo mouthfeel from oats or milk sugar.
Subtle use of flavoring hops compliments the firm bite and both are carried well in a malt vehicle that stands up until the very end.
The finish is dry and tangy, the hops taking over in the end.
One of the more complex and unique NEIPA's I've tried.

Dec 07, 2021
4.12 by larryrestuccia from New Hampshire on Dec 05, 2021
4.38 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Dec 04, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

On-tap 11/27/2021 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellowish gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong piney and dank hops, citrus fruits and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with strong burst of piney and dank hops bitterness followed by some juicy citrus fruit sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style. This is a very solid NEIPA to drink for a long time.

Nov 27, 2021
4.24 by Mark_Robinson from Rhode Island on Nov 20, 2021
4.27 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2021
3 by hoppyhoppy from Pennsylvania on Nov 11, 2021
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5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by kalsarikannit from Massachusetts

One of The Great Hazy IPA’s of the world. Pretty much perfect in every way.

Appearance is opaque hazy orange. Light head.

Smell is the perfect amount of grapefruit, followed by citrus and orange.

Feel is rich, lush, full.

Taste follows the nose. Full on grapefruit, secondary tangerine, some stone fruit. Just a hint of background bitterness for balance.

Utter perfection for a hazy IPA.

Oct 12, 2021
4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia on Oct 11, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tomlarson123 from Ohio

Had it with lobster roll at Fisherman's Catch in Wells Maine.

Jul 28, 2021
4.34 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Jul 21, 2021
4.07 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jul 15, 2021
4.62 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Jul 05, 2021
4.29 by walkinginplace from North Carolina on Jul 01, 2021
Photo of BFCarr
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Decent IPA. On point for style.

Jun 11, 2021
4 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jun 09, 2021
4.41 by Almighty1 from Massachusetts on May 25, 2021
3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York on May 03, 2021
Photo of eagles22
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Look typical hazy ipa
Smell- huge tropical fruits and I'm getting the orange creamsicle or maybe pink starburst but it smells amazing
Taste follows the nose huge tropical fruits and somewhat vanilla
Feel soft and luscious
This is one of the best NEIPAs

Apr 05, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

A 16 ounce can dated 2/22/21, poured in a nonic pint glass.

Opaque golden sunshine color with a 1f white cap that quickly fades to a film and leaves sticky web lacing.

Pleasant dank aroma, mild floral perfume, mix of tropical and stone fruits.

Black tea, floral and herbal. The fruits mix shows some cherry, a bit of lime citrus, and dark berries.

Medium bodied brew with a light side. The wheat and oats provide a nice chew to its juice. A little sweet juice finish.

On the border of a bit too juicy. Overall, that’s tolerable because it’s otherwise very good. Subtle aromatic blend is addictive.

Apr 04, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Pours an opaque light gold. Aroma - pineapple, grapefruit, floral, pine, berry, spicy, grassy - many layers here. Taste is more on the grassy/spicy side/pine/mint/grapefruit. Medium-high carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed the first 2. It’s a nice change-up and one of the first stand out IPAs I’ve had of 2021.

Mar 15, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LupulusLucas from Iowa

Crazy good, stonefruit with a blast of citrus. Light carb on the tongue, quality hop burn with creamy mouth feel.

Feb 10, 2021
The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1895 ratings