Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #21
Ranked #74
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: 244 | Ratings: 1,675 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Insert_Beer_Pun from California

4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: murky/OJ
smell: aggressive fresh mosaic/simcoe
Taste: incredible bright blend of tropical/dank/pine flavors
Feel: pillowy heavy weight, not sweet
Overall: goddam, wish I had easier access

Jan 15, 2017
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ajcuster89 from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one didn't live up to the hype for me. Not saying it is bad, just not as advertised. Thin body, not a ton of hop flavor. It underwhelmed me, as I would call this a pale ale, maybe an IPA, but I would have never guessed that this is a DIPA. Weird. Good beer, but not as advertised.

Feb 07, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into Speigelau glass

A: light orange color with a little haze not very much head but it was a soft pour

S: Mango, cantaloupe, light lemon with hints of grass

T: lots of mango and soft melon tastes it finishes abruptly though I wonder if that's because they don't use whole cone hops

M: mediumish nothing really stands out

O: This beer is leaps and bounds above The Substance it's so tropical and juicy and very easy to drink what a great beer these guys do a great job I'd find this and put it in your belly

Mar 06, 2015
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angelosk from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best beer I have had. Was fortunate enough to have Julius, double dry hopped Scaled, Roosevelt, and Swish this last week. Swish has the best balance of smell, juicy citrusy hoppy taste with just enough bitterness to remind you it's an IPA and the trademark New England hazy OJ look. Love this beer. Perhaps my all time favorite. Thanks BB.

Jun 04, 2016
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BMFR1811 from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can (canned on 1/1/2015)- reviewed 1/3/2015
What can I say- amazing- BB combined my favorite hops, added an solid malt base and canned it so as soon as you pop the top it's like a sensory overload of citra, simcoe, mosaic and Apollo. I think they use a similar yeast to heady topper(although completely different and I am not inferring that it is trying to be heady because it is not) so the yeast really accentuates the fruit notes, peach, nectarine etc. I don't find it overly bitter, but the taste is like a juicy, fruity, Citrus bomb. It's like running naked through a simcoe hop field and then jumping in a citra bath and using mosaic soap and Apollo shampoo. Great job BB.

Jan 03, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a hazy color that invokes egg yolks mixed with pulpy orange juice- it looks strangely appealing even though it shouldn't.

This smells ridiculous- a pineapple and tangerine explosion, with damp cut grass, marijuana, pine, candied grapefruit, and mango as well- it just leaps out of the glass.

This is basically everything I want a huge NE-style DIPA to be. It's got an absurd juicy and fruity hop character up front- all of the New England fruit basket is there. Tangerine, pineapple, and mango, mostly, with some light sweet grapefruit as well. This has a wonderfully bitter finish as well, like raw hop bitterness and fresh cut grass, I love how it's a juice bomb but not completely dominated by that sort of sweetness, candied and muddled, that you sometimes get from the style.

This has a super soft and pillowy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. It's incredibly drinkable, despite the absolute flavor blast this is.

This is up there with the very best in DIPAs in the world. It's a wonderful accomplishment for Bissell Brothers.

Mar 05, 2017
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SirElton from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I feel like this beer is right out of the Alchemist playbook. Drinks easy, lots of grapefruit and the hop combo is tried and true. Clean finish, and it just feels good. You can't ask for much more out of an IPA.

Mar 28, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Mar 16, 2019
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KellenPsych from New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured out 16 oz can into Teku Glass

Appearance: About a finger of thin bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Beer is an extremely hazy, pretty much opaque light tangerine color; the quintessential "new-age" NE DIPA.

Oh boy. Super juicy and pungent peaches + pineapples.
Some orange sweetness in there as well (CITRA)
Earthy dankness, very green
Very little malt presence (if any!)

Follows aroma perfectly, peach pineapple juice. Nice zesty bitterness throughout the flavor (again, reminiscent of CITRA). Grassy Dankness on the back (Simcoe). Overall; super hoppy, like drinking a blended hop smoothie, with the hop acidity strongly present.

Medium body, well carbonated and moderately spritzy on the palate.

Excellent NE Double IPA, rather reminiscent of Trillium Brewing's hop profiles.

Mar 01, 2016
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Jay_P22 from Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 3/23. Drank from a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange juice look with a thick head and heavy lacing. Love that look.

Smells like a juice bomb. OJ, pineapple, citrus slap to the nose. Amazing.

Tastes like a hoppy juice bomb. Dank AF. So good.

Mouth feel is amazing with a touch of grit.

Overall I love this beer. Glad I have a few more. If you don't like this, not sure what I can say...your taste buds are broken. Love the hazy juice bomb hope IPAs.

Mar 28, 2016
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mfurlone from Maine

4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A – 16 oz. can poured into a tulip. Typical BB style - very, very hazy giving an appearance of pineapple juice. Don’t be turned off…there’s much more to this beer than the look. Slight head upon pour which sags. Minor lacing.
S – Citrus, pineapple, mango notes. Slight pine, but not as much as the fruit tones. Same with the malt; very little.
T – Tropical fruits galore – tangerine, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The pine comes through next, doesn’t overshadow, but definitely balances the fruits. Not much bitterness – just a well-balanced finish. Certainly doesn’t taste like an 8%.
M – Low carbonation, but it works. Very creamy feeling with a dry finish.
O – Classically great DIPA from BB that’s easy to drink. Sip after sip, this beer just keeps getting better.

Feb 08, 2016
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ale2thechief from Connecticut

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

Picked up fresh from brewery. Excellent job on this beer. Pours a dense orange without being cloudy. Nice combination of fruity zest and piney elements. Well done Bissell Brothers!

Nov 24, 2016
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ccnorthwest from Washington

4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. The color looks like peach/pineapple juice. The nose is like a dozen pineapples in a room having an orgy. Body is full of fruity "unfilteredness". Finish is crisp and refreshing. If your trying to get laid drink this.

Oct 31, 2015
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

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

16 oz can poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice golden yellow color. Glows a little brighter when it's held up to the light. Nice white colored head, mostly small bubbles and it has some decentnlacing to it.

Smell is really good, jumps out at you right out of the can. Huge tropical hop aromas immediately. Orange, mango, and pinnacle kind of come out immediately then there's some floral and resin notes. Some nice light bready grain notes at the end.

Taste is really, really good. Delicious flavors of orange, like baked orange bread or pound cake though. Pinnaple and mango and some fresh juicy tangerine, some tropical flavors with a little bit of citrus peel. Some nice light gentle grains in there as well.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a nice heavy medium feel with somewhat of a lingering flavor. Very nice carbonation level, works great with the beer. It's well balanced; sweet without being to sweet and hoppy without being a total hop bomb. Great drinkability and an easy beer to drink. A beer for anyone to enjoy year round. Glad to have been able to try it. Thanks Nick for hooking me up with a couple cans!

Apr 07, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can from Joe. Had this right after The Substance. Here we go. Poured to my Rapp Brewing tulip. Pours hazy deep yellow with a half finger of creamy white head. Aroma of pineapple and mango, deer honey, some pine, lots if citrus fruits and sweet pineapple. Mmm. Flavor follows with sweet pineapple notes, honey, but plenty of bitterness to balance the rich creaminess of the sweet tropical fruit: mango, pineapple, and some citrus peel. Creamy body, medium to medium low carbonation. This is good.

Feb 08, 2015
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JayORear from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned ten days ago, and I'm excited as hell to review Swish. I've had several cans before, but I've never reviewed it, and never this fresh. I'm letting it warm just slightly after taking out from the fridge, as I do with all quality IPAs.

Appearance-wise, this may be the best looking of the many dozens of "hazy" IPAs I've tried. You can't really see the particles, like you can with too many other turbid beers (Tired Hands, ahem), but the aggregate effect is one of soft luminescence. I swear, in the right light, it almost glows, like Marsellus Wallace's suitcase. The head is perfectly proportioned and leaves a gorgeous lacing as it dissipates; I get a great deal of satisfaction just watching this beer for a couple of minutes before even drinking it. The aroma is, at first sniff, all orange and pineapple juice, but there's a level of dank, spicy complexity that you don't perceive in prototypical juice bombs like those from Tree House. Something about Swish begs, even dares, you to take a sip to confirm its awesomeness. And awesome it is: I can't think of another beer that zips so fully between bright, lovely fruit notes and dark, bitter stank. Just when you think the hops are tipping over into harshness, they pull back into a gentle, floral caress. Unlike some NE IPAs, it doesn't slide into one-dimensionality as it warms. Instead (to my palette), it gets more complex, even aggressive, as it goes, becoming downright pungent near the end. The best way I can describe its mouthfeel is "zippy," even frantic, as it hits the tongue, but it leaves the palette completely clean within a couple of seconds; it almost feels like you hadn't drunk anything just a moment before. Which, of course, leads to its massive, dangerous drinkability.

I can't remember being this infatuated with a beer since my first Heady. Like Mr. Topper, it's completely unique, basically incomparable to anything else. So why not a perfect score? It's hard for me to explain, but I think it has something to do with the rapid vanishing of both the taste and mouthfeel. In a funny way, it doesn't "stay" with you the way certain beers stay with you. Which, again, could be dangerous, especially at 8%. To sum up, ready access to this beer would probably turn me into an alcoholic. Good thing it's damn hard to obtain.

Jan 25, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date of either 3/22 or 3/23, I don't recall which.

Appearance - Pours cloudy and pale orange in color with a yellow-tinged, half finger head. Fair retention, breaking down to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing, with a few broken lines and a couple of spots making up what little there is.

Smell - Juicy, with predominant mango and lesser orange and a hint of pineapple. Touches of pine and a faint, underlying bready sweetness.

Taste - Juicy mango and citrus with a fair amount of pineapple zing. Faint spice bite. Malts come through faintly, represented by a generic white bread or crackery sweetness. Finishes much the same; very sweet and juicy, with a only touch of citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Close to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture, then turns a fairly dry finish with a touch of chalk.

Overall - Great DIPA. A bit too much mango for my palate, but I can understand why people are head over heels for this beer. It's amazingly juicy and nigh crushable. Well worth the 40 minute wait in line.

Update: Let a couple of these mature in the fridge for several weeks. It much smoother as the mango died down and the flavors matured into a more cohesive experience.

Apr 01, 2016
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Lifsabch from Maine

4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

‘Fresh’ out of the can purchased today. Always a huge turnout/fast sellout on release day. Sipping now as I write. Pours cloudy and looks like canned orange juice in the glass. The nose is a complex citrus/hop bomb. Taste is a wonderful balance between the citrus and the hops. Very intense flavor totally eclipses the booze. Aftertaste ( and burping too) is like all of BBB’s offerings: so nice you don’t want to eat/drink anything for awhile. Highly recommended.

Nov 11, 2017
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

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

Hazy and dark gold in color. Two finger head and off white in color. Smells of pine, resin and tropical fruit. Loads of tropical fruit flavor. I want to say Hawaiian Punch without the sugar sweetness with pine and resin. There's some hops but not much and a little spice on the tongue. It's medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Feb 17, 2018
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Amity83 from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery, also got to bring home a few cans. It has a very light yellow hazy color, but big frothy head with a nice aroma of crisp pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is light and bitter in the best kindof way. There is big flavor here of classic New England IPA pine and grapefruit/orange citrus and this beer goes down smooth. It feels like you could drink 10 of these and not feel full. I don't really know the best way to describe this beer except that it's a carnival for your tastebuds but its light weight and bitterness never make you're stomach feel full... Dangerous, if you could only get your hands on more.

This beer has placed itself among the best IPAs in New England. I consider it easily on par with Heady Topper, Sip of Sunshine, and Julius.(My favorite NE IPAs) It's just that good.

If you're headed to Maine, there are a number of wonderful beers to be drank, but this just might be the cream of the crop.

Nov 20, 2015
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mkoenig from California

4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 08, 2015
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

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

Jun 27, 2018
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 25, 2017
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Fievel from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 15, 2015
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JayBeerLove from Maine

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

Fantastic. Absolutely Fantastic.

Jan 23, 2016
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