Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #23
Ranked #76
4.59 | pDev: 6.32%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Notes: The Double IPA we have dreamed about.

Availability: october through april
OG: 1.070
Hops: mosaic, citra, simcoe, apollo
Malts: 2-row, golden promise, flaked wheat
Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 1,666 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical NE hazy yellow IPA with an orange tinge and a nice cream head.
Tropical nose of papaya, melon and pineapple with a racy grapefruit citrus note running through.
Palate follows nose very closely and the hops are nicely integrated rather than overpowering and dominating.
A really great beer.

Apr 30, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange-yellow color. Completely opaque, somewhat thickish. Lovely three finger head forms on the beer, lingers, and then dissipates leaving a thin layer of residual foam on top of the beer. Aroma has notes of bright citrus, papaya, pineapple, with some light dank hoppy notes. Its really nice - balance of sweetness, fruit but with some bitterness.

Taste follows the nose with notes of citrus, orange rind, mango, papaya and peach - sweet but not overly so. A nice bitterness on the back end cuts that sweetness down and balances it out a bit. There are some light straw notes and a certain grassiness to the beer. Feel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat drier finish.

Overall its a lovely NE style IPA and definitely worthy of the high ranking here. Its not often these days that a NE style IPA impresses me, but this one did.

Mar 08, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Jeff, thanks for the trade.
Thought I'd rated this guess not. Hazy dark lemon color with a decent sized long lasting bubbly white head. Pithy resinous aroma with sweet bread. Fruity pineapple and grapefruit with plenty of earthy pine and resin. Nice Brew.

Jan 27, 2021
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JasonF1981 from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding brew!

Look: Nice haze, typical with this style

Smell: I get citrus, slight melon rind and pineapple

Feel: Smooth with light carbonation

Taste: Juicy and dank, golden promise is the standout, becoming one of my favorites

Overall: An excellent brew all around. Lives up to the hype. An instant classic!

Jan 21, 2021
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Frankthedog from Maine

4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was canned 3 days ago!!!!

Appearance: Looks like a hazy IPA, nothing special in this department. Yellow haze, thin head, small bubbles

Smell: In a word, awesome, notes in order of most to least: big citrus rind, big dank, big malt sweet, some pineapple, some melon

Taste: Even better than aroma. Balanced just the way I like, primarily hop forward but a solid malt backbone. Sweet malt presence but way less than you would expect from aroma. Big citrus, big tropical, big dank, solid sweet malt, solid bitter, light bready malt, light pine/resin, no booze, finishes dry

Feel: Medium body, creamy, dry finish, not astringent

Overall: Outside of appearance this is among the best DIPA's I have ever had. While the flavor profile is common, this is just better executed than most. It balances the flavors in a way that suits my preference while having a world class aroma and feel. It is also worth pointing out how fresh the beer is, which certainly plays a role here.

Jan 16, 2021
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow orangish. Nice white head.
Has that citra cat pee smell- in a good way. Tropical and green. Also has some bananas in there almost Hefe like
Taste is clean and tropical with some flavors that follow the nose.
Finish is somewhat dry and nice carbonation
Great beer for style.

Nov 30, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet orange/tangerine citrus, tropical hoppy, and mosaic dank nose on this one! Taste follows with a juicy and balanced, hoppy and citrus bitter swallow. This is nice and soft/juicy on the palate! This is good stuff!

Nov 16, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured with the appearance of orange juice with no pulp and a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose was composed of orange juice the leaned more bitter than the average hazy.

Taste - Orange rind led the way, which kept the beer from being overly sweet. A spiciness followed that caused a light warming sensation. The overall profile had a nice sense of balance. It was sweet, but not loaded with added junk.

Mouthfeel - The haziness paralleled a thick body. It was not quite drinking juice without pulp, but it was thick.

Overall - This is a great example of the style that is not overdone.

Nov 14, 2020
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Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this at the brewery in Portland, ME. I have to admit, I wasn't impressed. It tasted mildly soapy to me. The IPA present notes of pine and citrus and some mango were there for me but I just couldn't get rid of the soapy note and it felt unbalanced to me.

The colour and smell were fine ... the mouthfeel was indistinguishable to just about any other IPA I've had but there was just nothing overly special about this beer. I'd rate it way below Sip of Sunshine or Very Green by Treehouse. Its clear this has some of the same notes as a Treehouse IPA but overall it just doesn't feel as balanced. It's like hearing a HS Symphony band vs. The Boston Pops. I'd rate this slightly under a King Sue or Greater Good.

Overall, I just wasn't a fan. As they say in the Bronx, it's just 'A'iiiight'.

Nov 13, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can courtesy of SierraNevallagash from brewery’s recent drop. 16 days old.
L: pure light orange juice with white Fluffy head & soapy lace.
S: Stonefruit, grapefruit.
T: stonefruit, orange juice, citrus Grapefruit resiny bitterness. Touch of dank.
F: juicy and fairly thick and creamy.
Overall: a solid neipa. Glad I got to try it. Pretty balanced between sweetness and bitterness.
On the negative side- a bit too sweet for my preference. Tastes similar to average Trillium ipa.

Oct 30, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can dated 9/29/20 into a pint glass. Props to Bissell Brothers for one of the coolest cans I've seen in a long time. All black with silver lettering and logo and with a beautiful black can top.

Pours an opaque pale yellow with about one finger of thick, foamy white head. Amazing retention and decent lacing.

Smells of tangy oranges and tangerines with a bunch of grapefruit and pineapple mixed in. Picking up some mango as well.

Taste follows the smell. Juicy! Tropical and citrus fruits. Also a decent tangy bitterness that shows up well after the swallow.

Soft mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation. Surprising bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this beer deserves it's place on the top 250. Great brew. Thankful for a friend who visited Maine and was able to snag some of this.

Oct 13, 2020
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This well made and drinkable Bissel Brothers offering is very close to a world class beer. It is certainly one of the best of its kind but doesn't make that 100 point threshold in my opinion - too many others just too similar.

Jul 22, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/2/20

Pours a turbid, deep golden mango hue and topped with over two fingers of fluffy, thick white foam; incredible, lasting head retention eases down to a creamy finger of cap and a rich, fluffy collar, while moderate rings of lacing, along with a webby spatter, mark the sides of the glass.

Aroma opens with tangerine zest, overripe tropical fruit rinds, mushy grapefruit, and a slight tone of incense, steadily transitioning into an underlying yet encompassing exceedingly dank hop note of redolent of well-executed Simcoe; a vague mango cream on the close hints at a rounded sweetness.

Taste features a soft amalgam of pineapple, passionfruit, underripe kiwi, and light peach zest striking first; a crisp, refined, and wheaty malt backbone is subtle but undoubtedly present to balance the fruity tones, while an increasingly musty herbal hoppiness shines calmly past the finish.

Mouthfeel presents a deft, airy medium body bolstered by a prickly, moderate carbonation; subtly taut and resinous across the mid-palate as a gritty, well-dispersed bitterness glides along the back end and into a semi-crisp, vaguely juicy finish.

Though unquestionably a NEIPA in form, the structure of this beer enables an alternating experience where fruity sweetness, dank hops, and malty crispness all share an opportunity to shine; essentially, a highly nuanced execution of Simcoe hops resulting in a sly, dank, and quaffable showcase of the more restrained aspects (re: less sweet) of the style.

Jun 21, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (29Apr2020) into a Teku

L: very turbid, slightly creamy orange yellow. Pretty thick white head, can make out some bubbles through the haze slowly rising to the surface

S: rich, sharp overripe citrus and tropical fruit. Mango, passionfruit, pineapple, papaya, with a bitter orange/grapefruit note in the background. Not as much of a nose bomb as I expected

T: a great, if par for the course, tropical and citrus fruit flavor following the nose. Some nice bitterness toward the end, especially with the medium/long finish

F: medium body, medium carbonation, slightly drying, very drinkable

O: a very good IPA that fell short of expectations given the hype. Perhaps a matter of it being a month old (hate using that excuse but it proves true sometimes!). Would want to try again, at the moment a solid NEIPA I can’t help but ding due to it’s whale status

May 29, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Raul man has never aced anything before - schoolwork, driving test, my first time in the sack with my baby mama... All palatable, but no ace of spades for the Raul man. But consarnit, if Raul was meant to “ace” something, it would be with his palate by drinking a 100 rated beer. And right here in Swish, we have exactly that. No, this is not Swaggy P shimmy shuffling and then bricking a 3; this is Kobe down the lane dunking over Yao Ming. Believe dat!

I’m out.

May 26, 2020
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obamanaut from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap this is great beer. Was lucky to score some 4 packs by clicking on the link at 11am on Thursday when ordering opened. This changed my entire weekend for the better in all kinds of ways. This isn’t just beer, its karma.

Citrusy, smooth, nice kick from the alcohol content. Swish swish bish!

May 17, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2020 version poured from a 16oz can into a beer can shaped glass 8 days after it was canned. For me, this beer is deserving of the accolades. Murky haze, citrus. Soft.

Apr 12, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16-oz. draft
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Clear shaker pint glass
Price: $10.50
From: Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 2, 2020
Consumed: Feb. 2, 2020
Misc.: Quick review

Snuck over to Hamilton’s on Super Bowl Sunday because I saw that Bissell would be on tap there for a limited time. Knew before I went in there that Swish was what I was going to get. Untappd labeled it as, “Our Double IPA. Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. ‘Tis the SZN.” That’s three pretty damn good hops.

It was dark in there, but appeared to pour a golden hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy head when I got it. Some bubbles were coming up along the sides of the glass. Excellent uneven spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled big Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic. Damn. Also grapefruit, papaya, passion fruit, Juicy Fruit, mixed berry, tangerine, pineapple, mandarin orange, mango, guava and fresh-cut grass. Reminded me of OG Alpine Duet before Green Flash ruined it. (Smell - 4.50)

Damn. Maybe even better than the nose. In order got Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, papaya, passion fruit, grapefruit, Juicy Fruit, peppery spice, berry, mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, guava, floral, fresh-cut grass, lemon zest, onion and orange juice. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, dry finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just a world-class beer and I probably underrated this. (Overall - 4.50)

4.49 | 99 | A

Apr 12, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via draft

Color is a lemony yellow with haze

Smell is dank citrus and pine..pungent

Taste is lemon and orange peel

Carbonation is high

Mouthfeel is full

Top shelf DIPA

Nov 24, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Swish pours a light and hazy, golden straw color with full, white, 1-finger head and spotty lacing. The smell is mild with a dose of dankness and a juicy, sweet fruit including guava, pineapple, orange and tangerine with a hint of floral and onion. The taste is rich and sweet, juicy pineapple and guava up front with a bitter and dank, hop bite which balances out the sweetness as it finishes with a hint of grapefruit rind.

Nov 16, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic NE style IPA. I’m coming to love this brewery. Canned date 10/16/19 so this was incredibly fresh. Pours a luscious yellow hazy color with great fluffy white head and nice rings of lingering lacing that cling nicely. Smells of ripe tropical fruity hops - tangerine, grapefruit, mango, guava, pineapple, lemon, papaya. Also malt, creamy vanilla, bread and a little floral and herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, very juicy and balanced and great depth. Higher ABV was very well-hidden. Smooth, sticky, luscious, soft mouthfeel that coated the palate and perfect amount of carbonation. An outstanding beer.

Oct 26, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely Maine’s Heady Topper (I like Dinner too, but it’s less comparable because it’s a different experience). 5/5 all the way. Great beer!

Oct 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 4/7/17; drank 4/16/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge off-white head; strong, frothy tree-run lace.

Pineapple, orange citrus & watermelon jolly rancher notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & pineapple flavors up front; watermelon jolly rancher notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Too much mosaic (the watermelon jolly rancher flavor) for me to embrace, but this is a well-made NE IPA. It's just not for me.

Oct 18, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, even though I have no idea when since there wasn't a date or anything else written on the bottom of the can. I haven't had much from Bissell Brothers but the beers I've been able to sample from then have led me to believe that they can brew a New England IPA as well as anyone and that was certainly the case with this beer.

The pour to this was decent as the liquid was golden, murky and topped off with plenty of head. Not a lot of lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this with much of it remaining as the thin head along the top of my pint glass. The strength of this beer, as well as it's potency, lay in it's taste as the tropical, murky,and turbid nose gave a hint of what was to come once I sipped it. Melon,grass, dank hops, and overt overripe tropical fruit in the nose gave me a hint of what was to come as the dry, chalky nature of the aroma gave me a strong hint of what was to come. Tropical fruit, soft juiciness, and soft hops hit my palate from the get-go and lingered throughout my session, as they formed the backbone of this beer. A light carbonation and moderate alcoholic presence allowed the deep and dank notes of this fully emerge on my palate, as this quietly lingered and fully warmed up to my tongue and ultimately to the rest of my senses...

This had enough alcohol in it but that was nearly irrelevant to everything else that was going on. Sure, lots of sediment was left at the bottom of my pint glass but that paled in comparison to the impression this left on me once the liquid fully went down. While not among the best New England IPA's or best IPA's that I've had as of late, this served as a textbook example of how wonderful this style could be. If you love brews from this neck of the woods or anything fron Bissell, seek this out. It will be well worth your effort!

Jun 06, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Canned 3/7/19. A month and a half old.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a; Opaque gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin head and spotty lacing.

s: Intense citrus/pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with some dankness, moderate hop bitterness and curiously strong initial throat burn for an 8% ABV brew. Later grapefruit notes become prominent.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A powerful-tasting DIPA which nonetheless remains light enough to be fairly easy drinking.

Apr 24, 2019
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1666 ratings