Baby Genius Ale
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

Baby Genius AleBaby Genius Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #6
Ranked #3,292
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Baby Genius AleBaby Genius Ale
Notes: A hoppy, hazy session beer. Eclectic and crushable.

availability : April through EARLY OCTOBER
ABV: 4% OG: 1.041
Hops: citra, ella, topaz
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, Malted Wheat, Vienna, Flaked Oats
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 463 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is really a good session ale. Blond Ale category seemed dubious at first. A 16oz can dated 4/21/2020, so this baby is 5 days old. HVS like. 'Baby Genius' (Trump?) poured into my Ipswich Ale mug. Bright and cloudy in appearance, aromatic, and sipping as we speak, a fresh refreshing brew. I generally haven't been enthused by session IPAs, but this one hits the spot. (Not really an IPA but a NE pale ale.)

Apr 27, 2020
Photo of beerloserLI
beerloserLI from New York

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky very pale yellow color with a frothy white head. Seems to resemble lemonade. A light nose with citrus fruit again mostly lemon. Rather hop forward upfront on the first few sips. Lots of tangy citrus fruit notes. Notes of lemon, lime, orange, and mango. A pretty light body that drinks crisp and refreshing. Despite the light feel it is rather flavorful which seems to really keep it from being watery which is rather nice.Very smooth on the flow and finish as I can gulp this down like water.

Overall, I really wasn't expecting to much from this but I'm rather surprised at how well made it is.

Jul 23, 2019
Photo of Greyvtrayn
Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 4/26. Bright straw/yellow body with a tall off-white head that slowly fades leaving nice lacing and patching suds on the surface. Subtle nose, a little passion fruit and a hint of lemon grass and diesel. Very refreshing flavor, meyer lemon but a bit of a soapy finish. Plus carbonation and light body as it's a pale ale. All in all a nice session beer.

Jun 07, 2019
Photo of zrayburton
zrayburton from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5/4/18, Enjoyed 5/7/18. Fantastic session IPA probably my favorite session beer. Incredibly fresh, great haziness and impeccable flavor for the low ABV. Strongly recommend this one.

Sep 10, 2018
Photo of csmrx7
csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over this is a nice beer. As a session this is really impressive. Body and flavor with a great hop profile is so hard to do with a session and this really hits the mark

Aug 27, 2018
Photo of digboy
digboy from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yet very cloudy yellow color (almost like white grapefruit juice) with a 2 finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing. It pours with a strong fizz to it as well. This color is just wild! Love it.

Aroma is string with apricot notes blended with a bit of hot hops - The can is 2 days old so it may need to settle down a bit before I have the next one.

The taste is light and effervescent with the thinnest of malt profile. There are strong apricot and maybe a touch of peach notes up front, lasting into the finish. There is some wheat in the recipe and it comes through but not overwhelming.

Feel is soft but very light and bubbly. No bitterness at all.

Just a really refreshing beer that is full of flavor but super light in alcohol. Again, I am drinking this too early I think because there is a hot hop flavor present. Will report back when the cans age some.

Aug 20, 2018
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy super bright yellow color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of citrusy and light tropical hoppy notes is pleasant and refreshing. Taste is a nice mix of citrusy notes with some light tropical flavours, some residual sugar with some light watery notes also perceptible. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Interesting sessionable NEIPA but light watery feel is slightly bugging me.

Jun 08, 2018
Photo of tigg924
tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy pale whitish yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is peach and apricot. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Amazing all day beer. Wow.

Oct 08, 2017
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My thanks go out to the kind fellow who held a lottery, on a different social media site, to share some of his latest haul with one lucky winner. I was & am that person! I had to pay for shipping, but it was relatively inexpensive. These not only make great additions to The CANQuest (tm), but they will also go to Jeff Lebo for his CANlection.

From the CAN: "A hoppy, hazy session beer. Eclectic and crushable. [undersigned] Bert Labdie (?) & Pete Bissell".

I get so excited when I read the word "hazy" on labeling! It gives me carte blanche to CANduct an inverted Glug & other bits of silliness following the Crack! of the top. I know - with these pounder CANs, it CAN become problematic, which is why I generally eschew doing so, but I just CANnot resist this fine Sunday morning. Eeek! I'm back. Man, it rushed up with a massive three-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head that slowly fell back to wisps. I knew better & I did it anyway. Hazy?!? It was a cloudy, unfiltered mess! Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was very bitter & citrusy, mainly grapefruit, but it really set my hop head mouth to watering. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was very much of grapefruit & so you had better like that flavor or this is not going to be your cuppa tea. I live for it, so it was right in my wheelhouse. It finished with a pleasantly dry bitterness, but I felt somehow unfulfilled. Is this really an AmeriCAN Blonde Ale?!?

Oct 08, 2017
Photo of PSanger
PSanger from Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on draft at a local Portland Establishment. They had two Bissell offerings and they poured them into regular pint glasses.
Look is beautiful, hazy and orange, like an orange juice. Smell was citrusy, and i really enjoyed the taste. The taste was orange and grapefruit and had that resiny pine feel/taste to end things. I enjoyed this beer tremendously.

Oct 06, 2017
Photo of StoutElk_92
StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours cloudy hazy opaque golden yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like citrus rind, oats, wheaty bready toasty malt, lemon, zesty grapefruit, orange citrus, with fresh floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like citrus rind, lemon, zesty grapefruit, orange, oats, wheaty bready toasty malt, with bitter spicy floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy, smooth with moderate tingly carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy session ale.

Sep 18, 2017
Photo of ManapuaMan
ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punting to a 4 on look since I took this baby down straight from the can at a BBQ. Assuming it's a cloudy yellow-gold but I'll never know.

The aroma is out of this world, not just for a session IPA but for an IPA in general. Like you were burgling a hop factory and the cops showed up and you fell off the rafters into a vat of hops and then emerged as a hop villain. Ripe fruit, pith, pakalolo, pine.

Taste is lemongrass, peach, mango, pineapple and papaya. Super tropical and fruit-forward. Must be malt somewhere but it's not to be found.

Crisp, light on the palate, barely bitter and slightly acidic and tart from the fruit. Outrageous body for a 4% beer.

Sep 16, 2017
Photo of frasergrove
frasergrove from California

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super hazy, super pale body with a medium white head that leaves loads of lacing. Aroma is juicy and dank - pine, guava, juicy fruit gum. Medium light body with creaminess that has a nice bitter finish. Some bite to it, but not too crazy. Definitely the aroma is off the charts, and is a nice session IPA.

Aug 24, 2017
Photo of brewandbbq
brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch-plus head with moderate retention and decent lacing. Aromatics are mildly tropical with hints of peach, orange, and grapefruit. Light to medium bodied with a grain- textured mouthfeel. Lightly hoppy on the palate with some mild citrus and low bitterness. Dry and crackery with a hint of lemon, line, and grapefruit. Finishes quick and dry.

Tasty enough beer and the mouthfeel is better than expected for a 4% offering, but the effort to obtain this one is definately not worth it.

Aug 20, 2017
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A light, crisp and very easy session that packs a major hoppy punch. Sour notes of citric fruits and earthy dry earthy.. Very pool-side and sessionable complexity makes it a very good choice for summer.

Purchased on 8/10/17 at the Brewery. Long lines. Hung out with Bigfoot.

Sample poured into a BBB sample glass.

A cloudy, straw golden color. High, rocky foam cap. Excellent dissipation.

The aroma has a rather wild, brett-yeast effect, bold, earthy, barnyard style aroma, crispy wheat and hay, peppery and herbal....tangy, zippy and slighty fruity. Nice nose.

Super clean....grains, hay and wheat pop out like crazy at first. Deep, hefeweizen malty and yeasty complexity with some rather bold, earthy and sour hop notes on top of that. Eclectic for sure, easy-breazy drinker but full of flavor.

The feel is very clean, crispy, light and then dry. A lush and full middle with clean edges to finish. Sessionable mouthfeel.

Low abv. Makes this a session, but its light yet exciting vibe brings it to the next level. The flavor speaks for itself.

Aug 12, 2017
Photo of ShamasUVA
ShamasUVA from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a strange cooked corn aftertaste that I associate with DMS, although it may just be the malt character. Still, this beer has great promise with an intriguing hoppy aroma and an incredible, creamy mouthfeel. Overall it dissapoints slightly.

Aug 12, 2017
Photo of Sheppard
Sheppard from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy blonde white soapy white head. There's a hint of lime in the aroma. It's grain forward with some citrus zest. It's soft and drinkable.

Jul 14, 2017
Photo of MFMB
MFMB from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the better sessions I've had. Pours a turbid bright yellow with a soapy white head. Nose is of grapefruit skin and grass. Taste very fresh. Loaded with bright citrus, light pinnaple, pale malt and light grass. Thin mouthfeel but it's a session right. Still works well. Finishes fairly dry and crisp.

Jul 02, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. This was poured into a long stemmed taster. The appearance was a thick hazy burnt yellow color with a thin white foamy head. Barely any lacing. The aroma starts off with some sweet citrus rind and pulp bursting over some grapefruit rind. A huge amount of sweet grassiness comes in and then some sweet danky onion. The flavor pretty much is the same with a nice bittersweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice unyieldingly smooth texture. Carbonation runs light with a great crisp sessionability about it. Overall, hot damn, what an absolutely fabulous AIPA! Well, worth my time and money!

Jun 26, 2017
Photo of Phishagonia
Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into tulip. Pours a really hazy, pale orange color. I'd imagine this is brewed with flaked oats, judging by the appearance. Nice soft and frothy head leads to some great lacing on the glass. This blonde ale smells of fresh citrus and citra hops, with a pale malt backbone. Taste follows suit, a really nice soft start, with the citrus/hops leading to a smooth middle, followed up by a minor hint of hop bitterness on the finish. This is a really great session beer for sure. Likely very crushable from the can, but once poured into a tulip, it opens up a bit and you can appreciate the subtleties. Good stuff!

Jun 02, 2017
Photo of dee4maine
dee4maine from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is THE boat beer for summers in Maine. Easy, crushable but loaded with pungent hops. Floral, bright and appropriately bitter. Really a delight for a session beer.

Apr 09, 2017
Photo of Sabtos
Sabtos from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, nearing opaque, pastel straw-yellow with a dense but light eggshell head with stiff peaks of lace.

Smell is buttered oats, sweet lemon cream, and orange creamsicle.

Taste is not as sweet and dessert-like as the nose suggests, with a tangy, almost bitter lemon rind, orange zest, and wheat bread dough. Everything is light and toned down, even from their lower ABV Diavoletto.

Feel is really pillowy and light, with a semi-dry finish. It's so frothy that it almost is too much so, seemingly taking away from flavor.

Oct 04, 2016
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the source. Light yellow, hazy body, soapy white cap. Summer in a glass. Hoppy, bright, light on the palate with mild to medium bitterness. High drinkability.

Aug 24, 2016
Photo of kgammell1
kgammell1 from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By the end of the 4-Pack my perception of this beer has completely changed.

L-That hazy, pale yellow color that many purists hate. Great retention from the fluffy white head. Sticky lacing. What you would expect from a good beer.

S - Hops but surprisingly some malt character that sneaks its way in there to differentiate itself from an IPA and firmly root it in the Blonde Ale style. Not as much citrus fruit as tropical fruit like some sweet mango or pineapple. Loads of pineapple.

T - Not a ton of clarity between flavors but they kinda meld together nicely. Very low bitterness but the hops are present. Juicy but not to the point of most NE IPAs. The finishing taste is some bready malt and slightly funky yeast. Love it.

F - Super smooth. Great body from the oats and wheat.

O - Excellent beer that I liked more the last time I had one than the first. If you go in expecting a juicy, hop-bomb IPA you will be surprised. It drinks like a hoppy blonde because that's what it is.

Jul 31, 2016
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, pale yellow coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of sweet and tart lemon and lime, wet grass, and cedar and pine notes. Very subtle, but amazingly balanced. Flavors are very tart citrus forward, heavy on lemon and lime, all riding a bready backbone. The sugary sweet highlights almost give this a cake-like palate. Grassy, lemon grass, and cedar hops profiles. Light, smooth bodied, with an effervesced kick. The aftertaste is a little more grassy and cedar, but still with a solid lemon and lime component. The finish is light, crisp, and effervesced, with a citrus linger. Really refreshing, really crushable beer!

Jul 22, 2016
Baby Genius Ale from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 463 ratings