Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #18
Ranked #60
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
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: 229 | Ratings: 1,620 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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 la e dunking over Yao Ming. Believe dat!

I’m out.

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Photo of obamanaut
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of Sandis
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Jlabs
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of stoumi
4.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of egrandfield
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

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Photo of scotorum
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours turbid yellowish with big fluffy white head. spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Ripe mango and pineapple, citrus peel, orange and grapefruit. The mosaic and citra hops are on show in the nose.

Taste - Damn a mouthfull of mosaic hops, lots of overly ripe mango and papaya, orange little bit of bitter pine. Flavors just explode in your mouth. Dank and sweet.

Feel - Medium bodied, nice carbonation really dry finish no sign of the alcohol.

Overall - The nose is somewhat subdued but the flavor is powerful, smooth slightly creamy feel great beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Murky gold with a quickly fading head. Nose is filled with citrus, flowers and grass. Lightly sweet with a ton of citrus. Great light body and excellent finishing bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of Damasen
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose is clementines, caty pine. Taste follows juicy clementines with balancing pine/pith bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is very good, full with some carbonation. Overall it is a good flagship ipa from Bissell.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you SawDog505 for this can!!

A - Opaque dark orange with white lacing.

S - Vinous nectarine, peach, and some spicy citrus rind.

T - Big spicy nectarine and peach dominate from start to end.

M - Huge medium to full bodied.

O - This is a beer that defines the style. Holy wow!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. The smel of the beer is tropical fruity on the nose. The taste has a nice piney resin with some sweetness. The feel is smooth with a good amount of dry bitterness in the finish. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bomb of grapefruit taste and smell. A little too much for me. Overpowering on the citrus side. Although, It is a beautiful composition of the brewers meticulous care. Let it slowly warm up and you will notice a change in complexity. Look, smell, taste and feel are all well crafted.

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Photo of npolachek
4.02/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw color with haze. Smells earthy with mild fruit tones - papaya, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Tastes mildly bitter with a dry finish. Medium body mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think other Bissell offerings should rank higher than Swish such as Substance and Here's to Feeling Good all the Time. Not a bad beer, but definately shouldn't rank to the level it currently rates.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a four-pack in an in-person trade. Have heard of this brewery before, and always wanted to try (cannot get in MA). Very solid brew, does remind me of Julius, but with a much more more bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy and goldenstraw colored, with a solid cap of foam that hangs around for a while, leaving swaths of lacing

Smell: Dank, with tropical fruit tones of papaya, passionfruit and berry; tangerine and grapefruit pith round out the aromatics

Taste: Mellow fruit forward, with the passionfruit out front and the papaya and berry tones underneath; through the middle, the dankness building along with citrus tones of grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, tangerine; surprisingly bitter, for the style, after the swallow, with a dry finish that includes quite a dose of aspirin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to have the opportunity to try this but I don't feel this one should be in the top 100

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

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Photo of seanh99
3.63/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed with this one released 12/7 had one that afternoon and thought maybe too green waited a week and still didn’t love it. Had a metallic finish

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Photo of jheimbigner
3.96/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Want to try another can. Dated 12/12/18. Drank 12/28/18. Looks decent, smells great. Not much flavor. Get a quick bitterness on the tongue that is good but disapates into maltiness and a weak flavor. Slightly abervesent and good mouth feel for a NEIPA

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Photo of Naughead
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Julius of Bissell Brothers. Just released today, and absolutely perfect! Juicy, hazy, smooth mouthfeel - everything an NEIPA could and should be. Worth the wait this morning! Get this if you can. Among the best out there, and should rank much higher on Maine’s best list.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Josh for hooking me up with a fresh 4pk of this.

Cannot read the canning date, but I understand this to be the 11/20 batch. Pint can poured into a tulip at about 46F.

Pours a surprisingly deep honey golden, with just shy of a finger of foamy white head. Body is opaque, with just a hint of translucency.

Nose is what I interpret as Mosaic right off the bat. Sweet, floral, blue and red berry notes, with a good dankness about it, and some layers of honey in there. Big big peach characteristics, some very ripe mango, hints of passionfruit, and some candied orange rind. Maybe even a very subtle mint note. A nice bouquet or fruit and floral.

Palate opens up sweet and dank. Definitely still getting what seems like Mosaic hopping, with notes of papaya, apricot, honey, some mango, berries, and a little thing that comes across as bing cherry. Along side these fruity waves are dank, grassy notes, and sticky hop oils and resin. A soft spoken resinous bitterness presents itself more as pine, rather than grapefruit. The sweet, floral honey flavor threads through the entire experience, lending some sticky sweetness to the palate, offsetting the bitterness and dankness quite well. Dank, floral, hop notes longer on the palate very long into, and after the finish. Sweetness subsides as the finish begins.

Mouthfeel is full, and fairly soft, but not quite pillowy and fluffy. A typical NEDIPA feel, but not quite Tree House fluff. A moderately strong effervescence provides an airy lift, lightening the load a little.

Overall, this is a very hyped up New England IPA. I have been dying to try this for quite some time. While it is an enjoyable offering, I can't say I would wait in a line to get my hands on some. There's a lot of competition out there, and with Tree House and Trillium in the mix, making a world class IPA that people will go out and hunt is a very difficult task. Several years ago, I can see people being blown away by this, but in my opinion, it's an above average New England IPA. Would I drink it again? Yeah, definitely. Would I pay for it? Yeah, I think so. I just wouldn't go out of my way and bend over backwards to try to get it, when I can trade for some Tree House or Trillium. Nevertheless, it's a solid ale, and it's a hell of a lot better than some other local hoppy offerings I've had. I'm gonna go with a solid 4.3 on this one.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

02/2015 - I get why this is hyped - it's quite good; but it isn't my favorite Bissell. There's a lot of onion, fruity hops, piney aromas; sweet, tangy, well hopped flavors with some caramel too; a touch bitter, earthy finish, with some melon hanging around back.

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