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
Ranking:
#498
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
1,564
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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311
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466
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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tward997
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Likely the premier hazy NEIPA out of Maine, The Substance has been a staple of the movement since it was first released, and Bissell Bros. has ridden that wave for quite a long while. I haven't had many of their beers (no distribution in MA yet), but what I've had has generally been solid. I've only ever had this on tap in the Portland area, most notably at The Great Lost Bear, which is far-and-away one of my favorite places to grab some all-American food in Portland while slinging back a few high-quality beers while I'm at it. This two-and-a-half-week old can comes to me by way of my good friend and homebrewing partner, Pat. Thanks dude!

Pours a completely opaque body with a creamy appearance to it if held up to light. Hazy sunburst orange in hue with a nice, consistent head of pillowy bone-white foam. Great lace that's kinda all over the place but nevertheless shows up with quite a bit of intensity. Surface is clouded over and consistently covered in foam. Three fingers of foam cap this off at max height, and it eventually settles down to about a finger with some solid legs. Somewhat sloppy appearance, if I'm being honest, but every element of it is in tune with the NEIPA style, just slightly less "refined" than the best examples I've had from MA.

The nose here is dank and pine-forward with weed-like, grassy notes combining with light melon and orange peel. Candied grapefruit comes out as well, along with some light green onion-like suggestions. Not over-the-top chive-ness but just enough to blend in with the "green" overall nose. A lot less mango and overall tropical fruit than many dry-hopped NEIPAs, this one is more in-line with earlier versions of Trillium's Fort Point Pale Ale.

On the palate, semi-harsh oily bitterness is backended by a surprisingly-smooth and soft feel and malt flavor. So many flaked malts in this beer which contribute to that pillowy mouthfeel that's all the rage these days. I get flavors of grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, juicy papaya and light notes of orange-tangerine juice with some green onion mixed in there for an added herbal/green flavor. Not bad, but hardly exciting to my palate. A standard but well-put-together flavor profile for this style.

Feel is excellent; slightly-chalky and heavier bodied than most beers in its weight class, mostly owing to the yeast and protein in suspension as well as the hop solids no doubt floating in the finished beer, but it's smooth-drinking and has a palate-coating bitterness that impresses quite handily. I wish I could get this more often, but I also see a decent amount of Tree House and Trillium end up in my glass, so I guess things could be a lot worse. Should make a trip to BB next time I'm in Maine, however!

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Photo of toadlife
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Citrus aroma but more piney resin than anything else. Aroma is a little weak. Not as juicy as I would like on the taste. Low citrus and heavy piney bitterness. Not typical of a NEIPA. Still good, though.

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

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop-Bomb
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trippy
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nothing like it. Super!

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Photo of Hos
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gbiello
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - moderately hazy golden brew
Smell - very little of anything on the nose, very mild tropical fruit
Taste - a little high on the IBU, and low on the juice factor
Feel - a bit thin on the palette.

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

Photo of hughesm12
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of holzman57
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iski100
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newcastlemike
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of yoshie
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PASSWORDisTAC0
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Danimal4PT
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of s_minette
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of skyfra
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Substance from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,564 ratings