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:
1,390
Reviews:
174
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
395
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 1,390 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden with a fluffy medium head and great lacing. Dank aromas. Notes of biscuit, dank, wet pine, light tangerine and grapefruit rinds. Medium to light, nice carbonation, crushable, crisp and dry. Very solid IPA with classic flavor, lacks a bit on depth.

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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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Photo of alpinebryant
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

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
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