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:
1,422
Reviews:
182
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
402
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Fishersold
2.06/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is all hype. When it first came out, it was amazing. They changed their yeast and now it tastes like plastic.

While the look is usually opaque, with inconsistencies, I've seen it look like Metamucil.

The smell is odd, hints of hops.

They market themselves well, good place for T-shirts.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of Moses1618
2.77/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of JebBeerFish
3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as a gift. IPAs are not one of my favorite styles. Not a bad ipa, but I don't see myself ordering this in the future, but wouldn't turn one down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JNbeerded
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the three offerings I've had from BBB, I think this one was the best. Still, like both of the other beers I've had from them, there is a strange off-putting, dirty vegetal-like aroma and flavor that I cannot get passed. Not sure what the hype is all about.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Jofroi
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of alsmitty1414
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a solid beer. Very let down though considering all the hype surrounding this brewery and beer. Was like an IPA milk shake, had 2 and felt like I just ate a 20oz t-bone. You get the mango, pineapple and orange on the nose, similar flavors in the mouth but more dank and piney and resin than the smell emits. Would drink again but not going to wait in line 30 plus minutes in addition to the hour plus drive. Good beer but not nearly on the level of Tree House, Trillium, Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, Alchemist. That's just my opinion though.

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3.27/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of benbazi
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TTripp725
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of allezvousen
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was really excited to try this. Just didn't do it for me and perhaps it was because I drank it side by side with other NE hoppy IPAs. Leaves malty after-taste that lingers. Juicy IPA it is but don't think it's on par with TH, Trillium and VT IPAs.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is pale golden in color, clear, with a white head and some fairly large sized bubbles. Nose has a fairly strong citrus with a biscuity malt and a light herbal tea note. Taste follows suit, a bit of sweet malt, lots of citrus, doughy biscuit and a light herbal hop tea finish. Sweetness is a bit stronger than we'd prefer, carb is pretty aggressive and body is slick and oily.

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3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

at the brewery

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Photo of jhartley
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bccocx
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of OtisCampbell
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of WalkerHater
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
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