The Substance | Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
bissellbrothers.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship; a brightly dank ale that threads many needles.

vailability: weekly production
ABV: 6.6% OG: 1.060
Hops: Falconer's Flight, Centennial, Apollo, Summit, Chinook
Malts: 2-row, flaked Wheat, Flaked oats, Flaked Barley

Added by Bowdoinbeerboy on 12-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,389
Reviews:
173
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
395
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Mikehurls
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of I3eer
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PalatePilot
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J-Rice
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timmy2747
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

"Swish's little brother" to quote the great M-Dizz. Glad this is their flagship beer and regularly available.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another gem from Bissell, this has the look of grapefruit juice, and the aromas are in that general direction, but more rich.

I had this in a cooler, so it was overchilled, but as it warms, the dank flavors (I'm assuming from the Falconer's Flight hops) really come forward, and the feel is a little crisper than a typical NE-style IPA (more similar to Alchemist than Tree House, for example), which I actually enjoy more - the pillowy feel at times comes across as watery.

There's a reason Bissell is so popular in the beer nerd world. This beer is a great example why, IMHO.

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Photo of Jacob17
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaver69693
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattwanek
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gambyt20
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wekoontz
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kontraband
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned late March 2017; drank 4/21/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Lemon, cane sugar & fresh, funky ganja notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Lemon zest & mild cane sugar flavors up front; dry grass & faint tangy soy sauce notes on the finish.

A bit unpleasant on the finish, but a decent NE IPA.

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3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale oat white yellow with lacing hanging to my glass edges.

S: Aromas are very faint here, I was expecting more but got very little in that way . Some light pine, some light citrus, a bit of chalk

T: Light citrus rind, and pale malt, a bit of pine. underwhelming coming off some substantially hoppy and double dry hopped IPAs, but putting this one in its place.

M: Medium body with a LOT of carbonation. Stinging the tongue

O: first Bissell Brothers that I have had and was slightly underwhelmed, however I know they make some others that stand above this one

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Big_V
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of littlestevie14
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rfgetz
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of i080054
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
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