The Substance | Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
1,386 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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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:
1,386
Reviews:
173
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
395
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,386 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of TWStandley
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BusterFinn
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My friend Scott went on a run and brought back a crazy haul...Bissell Bros, Trillium and Maine Beer Co. This was the one I was least enthused about so I am getting after it first. Very impressive head retention, poured pretty aggressively into a belcher and it built up about 2 and half inches of very slowly fading head. Left great lacing around the glass. Opaque orange with modest carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass that went away quicker than the head. Interesting smell, when I popped the can I got citrus burst with distinct dankness. I was having a hard time time placing what the most prominent smell was but i pinned it down...lemon juice, like from those little yellow plastic bottles. There is undertones of orange, pine and lemon grass though. Bitter hops and grass flavors are the first thing noticed with some grapefruit on a dry finish. There is still some head left, amazingly and the lacing is hold up VERY well (bumping up the look to 4.75). The perfect amount of carbonation and hair over medium body. Overall it's definitely an enjoyable beer to drink, not as refreshing as other NE IPAs from their contemporaries but close enough to be considered in the same class. Glad I have 3 more of these though may look to trade if something interesting comes up. Cheers, Scott! Thanks for muling this back!

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

Photo of dohedan
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pveilleux
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsm45
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours hazy orange with a decent head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor follows with an accent on the grapefruit peel. Fairly soft mouthfeel and nicely balanced overall. Very yummy and very drinkable. Try it if you get the chance

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

Photo of lgeigerll
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wehttamrrek
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can - no date on can but picked up at the brewery on 3/12/17

Pours a deeply hazy orange/pineapple juice blend color with over 1 finger head. Retention is lacy in rings.

Aroma is guava with citrus and a little breadiness. Strong but not overwhelming.

Taste is sweet with orange and grapefruit notes, possibly a bit of blueberry (so fitting for Maine). Just the right amount of scaled back bitterness over a low-malt. Just a smooth flavor persists to the end - no odd aftertastes.

Feel is creamy with low-stickiness. Very turbid as it hits the tongue, so a little buzz to it which is great.

Overall - man this is a great NE IPA. Closest thing in Maine to Trillium's standards. I had a few before this one but I don't remember it being this good, so maybe it has improved a bit over time. Right now this is a superior beer worthy of high marks.

Maybe the Bros should try this again because it is way better than the 82 rating they gave it. Or maybe they just don't appreciate the NE style IPA as much as some of us :)

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Fully-hazy orange with 2F+ head with good retention, lots of lacing, and a cap and ring. Quite attractive.

S: Lots of citrus, especially grapefruit and lemon. Some piney dankness as well.

T: Big soft citrus flavors with light malt mid-palate and a fair amount of earthiness on finish. Quite nice.

F: Medium bodied, light carbonation, flavors linger on palate for a long while. Very good construction and balance.

O: If this is their main, house IPA, it's an excellent one.

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Photo of Vissla
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eagle109
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kstgeorge
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patlee3324
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,386 ratings.
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