The Substance | Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#477
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
1,526
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
447
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

after all the good stuff everyone seems to be saying about these guys, i finally get into my first of their beers. this is cool stuff, neat to have it in colorado too, this one on tap at falling rock, of course. certainly of the east coast tradition, this pours hazy yellow from the tap, straw colored, sort of matte looking, and with several inches of airy wispy pure white foam on top, a very lively brew. its got an awesome and very well rounded hop complexion, both in nose and taste, which mirror each other the whole way. its not only juicy and robustly dry hopped, there is also a nice bitterness here, fresh and piney, northwestern and intense in the finish. its a nice way to follow up the more delicate grapefruit and pineapple notes that hit a little earlier. brightly vegetal and fresh, this has that slightly harsh pellet residual bitter thing going on, like a little more post fermentation refinement would make it a bit more drinkable, but i really like its boldness. the extra grains in the mash make it silky and even creamy feeling, nice with the fruity hops, and nice in the spruce tree bitter finish. i thought this was excellent beer overall, but it really isnt all that different than what a lot of their geographical peers are doing with these styles, maybe a little more bitterness here, but its juicy dankness is right in line with current trends and with what everyone hip seems to be doing with hops right now. i really dug this though, and i hope more of their stuff makes it out to colorado...

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spycow
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If the goal of the American IPA is to simply become a grapefruit juice with alcohol, then the Bissel Brother's flagship IPA would be end game. The review could simply say, "grapefruit juice" and be done with it. However, getting underneath the fruit there's an understated would of ale flavors that play out under the radar of the senses.

Its heavily hazed straw appearance is a testament to The Substance's unadulturated taste, texture and nuances. And as those manifest in aroma, they do so with a huge overcast of straigh-up grapefruit juice with tinges of hawaiian punch, orange juice and the herbal stemmy perfume of lemon verbena, sassafras, and curious whiffs of cannabis.

As the grapefruit flavors saturate the palate with utter ease, its taste is intense, juicy and nearly teeth-churning in its tangy and tart mouthfeel. As its more herbal presence rounds out the flavor, the piquant bitterness of hops easily supplant the rapidly dissolving malt sweetness that's disguised as citrusy fructose. Simultaneously, the ale takes on the fragrancy and spice of fresh wood shavings.

Medium-full in body, the beer trends dry while remaining creamy and pillowy. Still, a dusted arid taste harks to dried grapefruit, gooseberry, gin, riesling and mimosa while the finish assumes a clean and crisp nature. Its a seductive taste and texture that easily circumvents its seemingly dimensional grapefruit character.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: After a nice bubble show the head settles 50/50 on the cloudy honey colored liquid; great retention and a splatter pattern of lacing

Smell: Dank and bitter, with pine, blood orange and grapefruit citrus tones

Taste: Dankness redefined; at the outset, the dank, bitter tones overwhelm the taste buds, with the pine, blood orange and grapefruit coming into focus, through the middle; aspirin-like bitterness, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Looks like a NE IPA but tastes like a West Coast IPA from yesteryear, when folks eagerly sought out the withering impact of high IBU beer

Thanks, marcrgrenier, for the opportunity

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Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow, almost greenish tinted, tight head that sticks around. Smell is over ripe tropical fruit - guava / papaya - along with some definite spicy vegetal notes - wet grass, crushed leaves, freshly turned compost. I can see why this isn't some people's bag, but I love the earthiness. Flavor carries through, pungent with sweet tropical notes woven in. Finish is a bit flabbier than I'd like, particularly as it warms.

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Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset gold. White head with lace.

This beer has the orange juice flavor, but it almost tastes too young. It is very green and has lots of hop flavors. A bit of dank and resin. Weedy.

I'd like to try this with a week or two more on it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a huge fluffy foamy head that fades semi slowly, tons of lacing, hazy little murky pale golden color.

Nose juicy hops, little dank musty, raw hop juice and tropical, hint pineapple and papaya, tropical generic, hint cereal grain.

Taste brings more sweet like malts, grainy smooth malts, into big hops, little earthy spicy notes, mild dank, then into big tropical notes, papaya, pineapple, little dank citrus, fruity notes, guava, etc. Creamy smooth malt, fair bitterness. Finish is dry, fair bitterness mild spicy hop, bit more tropical notes, dank, etc, hint of banana.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, nice carb.

Overall nice, not as crazy as I expected but got better, then tropical came through nicely, maybe not quite as much as the hype, but def deserving of a great IPA.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,526 ratings
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