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The Substance | Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.32/5
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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
Ranking:
#476
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
1,501
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
432
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,501 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of PSanger
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on draft at a local Portland Establishment. They poured this into a Pint glass which i thought was a bit odd for this beer
This beer is excellent, the first thing you notice is the hazy Orange look. The smell didn't blow me away as much as the taste did. The taste was somewhat mild citrusy but that ending piney dankness was there and is something this brewery creates so well.

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Photo of atomicnemesis
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a orange juice haze with a nice, frothy white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Looks basically the same as a Trillium/TH beer. Decent retention and great lacing
S -- Lots of citrus, pineapple, and mango, with hints of rubbery dankness, pine, and yeast. Not super in your face, but pleasant
T -- Unexpectedly west-coasty on the flavors. Lots of grass, pine, grapefruit pith, lemon/lime and yeast bite. Some tropical fruitiness shines through around the edges, giving a light strawberry-banana profile
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Restrained bitterness on the finish. Somewhat watery around the edges, and definitely less 'lively' or 'soft' feeling than the best of the NEIPAs. Nothing too offensive, though
O -- Even the hazy IPAs coming out of Maine seem to follow this East Coast aroma//West Coast flavor pattern. Somewhat surprised that this is Bissell's staple brew, since it does feel a little incomplete in the flavors and mouthfeel. Seems like it could be cleaned up some

81/100

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Photo of msween21
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickStalzer
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light orange color with one inch of foamy head. The head never entirely leaves, and I got lots of lacing on my glass.
S - Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit pith.
T - Flavor is more melon, a touch of orange and stone fruit.
M - Average mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Excellent beer.

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Photo of Crentist
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is straw-golden with a half-finger of ecru-colored head on top that retains well.

S: Fruity hops - predominantly tropical fruit. Nice strong nose.

T: Juicy - think pineapple juice - with some melon, apricot and ripe peaches. But a bit light, both in feel and overall flavor.

M: Juicy but a bit on the thin/watery side.

O: Quite good, and an easy drinker. I just wanted a little. . . more in this one.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bissell Brothers - The Substance
IPA - canned 8/25/17 (23 days ago)

L - 3 finger head lingers for several minutes. Pale orange body doesn't look like most of the hyped NE IPAs everyone is clamoring for.

S - citrus. Nose is rather faint.

T - waves of semi-bitter orange assault the palate. A bit of grassiness and dirt taste, which I love in an ipa. Only moderately sweet.

F - higher carbed than most NE ipas. Medium-full body.

O - As an ipa, this is near-perfect. There are better NE IPA's out there, but not many. I see now why people rave about this one. A perfectly balanced ipa.

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSW
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chossboss
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sandstd1
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes a bit green, probably could have used another week or two but this is a really solid beer. Hoppy all the way through, nice malt undertones. Body is there but not overpowering, feels really good for 6%

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Photo of Bhunter0812
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madmiker13
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,501 ratings
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