The Substance
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #343
Ranked #1,154
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
Nov 23, 2023
Dec 11, 2013
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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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I think sometimes that Brewers are bored,
and they want to keep experimenting with something new – especially with hop combinations. The DIPA reached its height with the NEIPA. This beer is well brewed, but there isn’t a flavor balance. It’s spicy fruity, sweet, but the flavor profile isn’t well put together. This an issue with a lot of newer beers. Perhaps the hops used in this are too much on the spicy end dwarfing the fruit flavor. A well thought-out beer but not my style.
Nov 23, 2023
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This one did not seem to be in that stsndards and strong NEIPA lane. Something was off, was ok, just not the flavor i look for in a hazy. Maybe a strain of hops just not foe me.
Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by galeforce from Maine

Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a four pack of tall boys, and enjoyed them over a few days between October hikes in Acadia NP. Interesting hop bill. It hits all the style relevant notes: looks great (chalky and very hazy creamsicle orange) in the glass, pillowy mouthful. Nose is a little green earthiness, basic citrus rind and juiciness, and a touch of a dank musky melony note. That description actually sounds a little more awesome than I think it really shows…it has the potential, but delivers only partially. Taste is pretty consistent with the nose. Not very lively or bitter — consistent with the soft mouthful, but it is definitely hoppy. Very solid and enjoyable neipa.
Oct 15, 2023
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Reviewed by kemoarps from New York

3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Classic chalky pale orange/yellow that's oh so common now, but I think these guys were somewhat on the cutting edge of that, right? Lovely white head that billows up then settles down to heaps in the corners thinning to the middle. Not the lacy suds that I usually think of, though, this is more discrete bubbles. Neither here nor there, just something that I noticed.

Nose is a nice mellow tangerine up front, with some other sweet and earthy citrus underneath.

Flavour is more muted than I'd anticipated, if I"m being honest. It's got an earthy citrus bite that kind of sneaks up. Soft initially, it just kind of swells higher than initial impressions would suggest. As it warms, it opens up a bit, but this opening mostly just emphasizes the characters already displayed: that primarily being citrus (my wife describes it as juicy, but that's not the term that comes to my mind) that blossoms into a nice bitter finish with a lightly floral touch. Honestly what it kind of reminds me of is an amped up version of some of the better APAs I've had back home.

It has a really welcoming mouthfeel: medium+ sized with a decent soft character and a good fine set of pinprick carbonation building to the citric bitter finish.

Tasty, but I don't know that I'd ascribe the level of legend it carries, personally.
Oct 15, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by kkarimi from Texas

Sep 26, 2023
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Reviewed by BWSpoon from New York

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tasty beer with a beautiful hue, kinda looks like apple cider vinegar) and well balanced hoppy (but not too hoppy) flavor. Not as sweet or fruity as some of the (mostly IPAs) I’ve tried from the bros, which is a good thing. “Substance” is a good name for it. It feels thick and hearty, solid but crushable. Slightly tart aftertaste.
Sep 16, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by mfreund7 from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2023
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A fingers worth of brisk mosh bone white colored froth... Solid retention... Color is a moderately hazed muted orangish pale gold... Nose is highlighted by citrus, but not overly sweet... Rather lots of lemon and orange zest... The malt base shines through a bit as well... The palate is exactly as expected... Perhaps with just a touch more sweetness... Lush feel... Smooth and medium bodied... Each sip is quite exquisite... Excellent beer all the way around... I wish this was around in my area with a bit more regularity because it would be a go to...
Sep 03, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2023
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Rated by Danmooney40 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a pub glass at the Maine Beer Cafe in Kittery . A very hazy golden.

It's very easy drinking, with a lot of flavor but not overly bitter.
Jul 23, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 13, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Taenim from Maine

Jul 06, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jun 09, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
big hoppy ipa full of hop flavor in every sip
May 17, 2023
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(12 oz draft pour at the brewery, served in a tall tumbler)

I am not intimately familiar with either Apollo or Falconer's Flight hops, but I imagine one or both are creating some of these interesting, musky hop flavors here... moderately-cloudy, golden-yellow liquid; cap coverage for days... cannabis and wet soil on the nose... on the palate WOW! sultana, orange pith, white grape, honeydew(!); pancakey malt foundation, mellow herbal-leafy bitterness; little sweetness... light-bodied, fuzzy smooth, little slickness on the finish... I must agree with some other reviewers, the flavors don't scream NEIPA; in fact, maybe this is draws elements from that style, but it's got its own identity... glad to have finally encountered this; now I know it's a good drop (2113)
Apr 21, 2023
The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
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