Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,810
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Notes: This rye ale is our TROPICAL ESCAPE to a sunnier state of mind.

availability: rotating year-round production
ABV: 5.1% OG: 1.049
Hops: Mosaic, Centennial
Malts: 2-row, malted rye, caramel 40
Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 495 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Capt. Jack’s/Sodus Point NY.
Lovely NE Pale Rye Ale. Rich in Mosaic; Centennial noticeable as advertised. Caramel malts really hang well with the rye. Nose and taste fully tropical and gentle citrus. Smooth and easy all around. Delicious and just about a perfect pale ale ... where the use of Rye brings flavor but the bite is intentionally kept in check.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Golden amber. Decent clarity. Light carbonation. 1/2 finger of creamy head.

Rye, caramel, candied citrus, peach, and passion fruit.

Smooth and lightly spicy notes of rye. Candied orange, sweetened grapefruit juice, and pine. Slight peach and passion fruit. Well balanced caramel backbone.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth, clean, and lightly spicy.

It's a nice, smooth, and slightly spicy little Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/10/19.
Finally made it up to BB during a trip to Portland. Been waiting to try their standby beers to see what the hype is all about and so far so good! I always appreciate a tasty rye beer and this has to be one of the best around. Beautiful color, super aromatic nose, with a perfectly balanced flavor of rye, malt, and a delicious hop bill. A solid beer on its own but a damn good rye beer. The kind of offering I’d grab a 4-pack of each time I visit.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark golden pour with thick foamy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Hops and rye. Citrus and spice.

T.F: Citrusy up front. Grapefruit and resin. Tangerine, rye, pine, and spice. Modest bitterness... fruity but with some west coast evergreen sneaking in. Medium to light bodied... creamy carbonation. More rye at the finish.

O: An outstanding beer. Crushable with the low ABV... great mix of flavors... really enjoyable brew.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can poured into Hill Farmstead stemmed bulb glass

canned: 07/09/19

Appearance: Hazy / opaque golden yellow orange bodied beer with bone white head. Great head retention and lacing cling all over the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruits medley, rye, and hint of citrus. You can smell the dank mosiac hops as this beer warms, but they are undetectable out fridge temps and you don't taste any dank flavors during the entire drink.

Taste: Such nice balance of malt, hops, and rye. Mild bitterness and nice complexity. lightly sweet malt character honey and bread come to mind. Light to moderate rye spice and its not too much rye; its just the right amount to balance and tie everything together. Hop selection for this beer is very well chosen in my opinion (mosiac & centennial); the mosiac contributes the big juicy tropical fruits and the centennial adds orange flavors and blends the mosiac so nicely in the whole flavor scheme. Tropical fruit forward with notes of mango, papaya, and pineapple. Citrus notes are lesser here, but its definitely a sweeter orange flavor like a tangerine. Finish has a light and for once not bitter pine note. Pine always comes across bitter to me in the finish of most beers that I taste pine in the finish. This beer is not the case. This flavor is very memorable for its subtly / finesse.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer and such a soft presentation. Light dryness. This is one of the lighter NEIPA bodies that I have encountered and its fantastic. No hop burn! Flavorful, balanced, and so drinkable.

Overall: This is not my favorite Bissell brother beer, but this is easily the most memorable. Some of the other Bissel Brothers hoppy beers that I have drank seem to fall in line with the big name breweries on the East Coast and remind me of their hoppy beers. This beer is unique and stands out from the crowd and that is what impresses me the most. They have this beer firing on all cylinders. Rye is flawless and the hop combo pairs so well with the rye and malts. Very drinkable for an NEIPA as well. I usually only want a since tall boy of hazy hops, but this beer I could have a few over the course of an afternoon without getting bored.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - dated 07/09/19 - poured into a thistle at 44F.

Pours a hazy dark golden, with three fingers of light ivory foamy head, great retention, and leaving spectacular lacing behind - thick peaks, like meringue.

Nose: The rye portion of the grist ia interesting. It definitely adds a unique characteristic, but it's not what some may think. There's a biscuit-like bready notes, with a hint of sharp black peppercorn, raw grain, and a faint hint of eucalyptus or mint. The hop character is quite pleasant amd fruity in typical Bissell fashion, with aromas of lemon rind, pineapple, guava, mango, pine oil, fresh grass, and an aroma that perfectly matches 1:1 the aroma of hemp, just as it's beginning to mature. Slightly green, slightly lemony, extremely floral, and unique. It's a great nose, and the rye definitely adds something.

Palate: Right off the bat, the rye becomes identifiable. A rather bready base, with a sharper flavour. A real rustic whole grain aspect to it, "darker" than wheat, and more hearty. There's an almost dill-like flavour, which becomes much more evident in the finish, as the hops fall away, and a subtle tartness as well. The hops themselves bring lemon, lime, grapefruit, melon, mango, pineapple guava, and apricot. Nothing too extraordinary, but definitely on the fruity side, which works well in balancing out the aggressive rye flavours. The hops do have their moment to shine, but the rye stands up through the entire experience, peaking towards the finish with black pepper, tart dill, and just a bunch of robust rye notes. Minimal hop bitterness, minimal to moderate malt sweetness, ultimately finishing on the dry side.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light to medium-bodied, with a crisp drinkability, as it's 5.1% ABV would suggest, but zero lack of flavour or texture. The hops are nice and oily, giving some feel to the beer, and the effervescence is not too lively, allowing the weight of the malt to come through clearly. It's not weak or light, nor heavy or sludgy. It's right where you'd want it.

Overall: I was apprehensive about this, because I don't have much experience with the beer. I do enjoy rye whiskey, but I recognise that rye can have a lot of attributes that take some getting used to. I also find it interesting that many of the flavours in this beer coincide perfectly with some of the flavours that are found in the whiskey. I certainly wouldn't want to drink it everyday, as I can see it becoming overbearing, but it's an interesting and enjoyable spin on the typical IPA, and the beer itself is very well crafted. Well worth trying at least once. No real flaws or complaints.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Bright bronze cloudy body with a finger of white foam. Rye, pineapple, mango, guava, lemon, and slight pale hop bitters. Taste has a ton of rye, with the tropical fruits balancing really well, has a biscuit like malt complexion. It is a beer that is memorable and stands out in a big and distinct way, and way more explosive in the taste than smell. Feel is dry, pale, with good rye and a kiss of hop texture.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this on-tap Growlers to Go - Short Pump, poured into a pint glass. Had a yellow / brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, but not spectacular, aroma of rye, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a moderate amount of hops (not a hops factor), lots of rye (the dominant force), some citrus fruit (orange), and a bit of tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit). This is kind of an uneven flavor, but it has its charms. It borders on being one-note (the rye), but the fruit rescues it.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven, but worthwhile, beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Naughead
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent flavor and mouthfeel for such a low alcohol offering. Sure, it's a Rye Ale, but it tastes like a light NEIPA, with a slightly more bready taste. An excellent way to end the night! There are few others with this much flavor for the ABV.

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Photo of Imakoniver
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at The Little Tap House in Portland, Maine. It is a really well balanced beer, refreshing beer. I cold drink this every day of my life. So good!

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with haze. Smells like pine and tropical fruit. Definite hints of Rye, especially in the aftertaste. Tastes similar to an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass canned on 10/17/18. Pours a very attractive slightly cloudy orange, with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves massive thick streaks of lace. 4.25

Smell is rye, apricot, tangerine, and pine resin. 4

Taste follows rye, tangerine, pine, grapefruit, and apricot. 4

Mouthfeel is about medium, plenty of life, a touch dry, and very drinkable but more flavor than most at 5.1%.

Overall this is a very nice session rye IPA that I was given, I personally wouldn’t let it turn 4 months old, but it actually held up nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color ad has faint bits of reddish hues. It poured with a collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having notes of tropical fruits such as guava and passionfruit. There are hints of rye in the finish, which contribute faint hints of spices.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very fruity and tastes a lot more like an American Pale Ale than a rye beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 1/24/19.

Pours hazy gold with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention or lacing. Earthy, peppery, rustic malt in the nose with some light citrus. Pithy, weedy fruit. Medium bodied with a crisp but somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Ripe citrus with a substantial bitterness and spicy, jagged malt backbone on the palate. Finishes bitter, rustic, and dirty.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Bissell Brothers glass

Dark yellow, oranges , brown, sorta like an Arnold Palmer, One finger white foam cap, recess in under 5 minutes, settles to a white ring with some lacings

aroma is berries over malt

taste is rye , maybe a hint of berries

low sudsing, thin mouthfeel,

Nice beer

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Photo of papposilenus
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can, dated 09/28/18. Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a hazy, dull, sort of coppery apple juice colour with two-plus fingers of beige-ish bubbly, frothy head. Retention is pretty good, leaving a webbery of thick, sticky lacing.

The nose is sharp, malty and yeasty and, unexpectedly, smells like berry-scented dish soap.

The taste is disappointingly watery: nondescript, thin, flat and neither sweet nor bitter. Sort of like some damp rye kernels, a bowl of proofing yeast and maybe a teaspoon of baking soda. Finishes like a glass of water.

Feel is thin and soapy, medium-thin bodied and aggressively carbonated.

Overall, maybe I missed something but this was a pretty uninteresting beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can from 9/28/18. Poured into 16 oz. Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F+ head, good retention, leaves spots of lacing higher and then sheets lower with a good cap an ring. Beer is a hazy amber.

S: Citrus and tropical with earthiness, and all the rye malt. It's quite good.

T: Follows nose. Citrus is not in your face, more of a grapefruity background. Strong rye backbone, earthy and very slightly bitter finish.

F: Light to moderate bodied, moderate carbonation. Well-balanced and easy to drink.

O: I like it. Not a big rye in beer fan, but this is about the best I can recall.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I felt that this was a really good beer and would have given it a higher taste rating; however, the rye was over-powered by the hops, but I didn't find it overly hoppy. The beer was a very nice bright orange color with good head retention. The beer was extremely smooth and easy to drink. I think that it is more IPA than Rye, but nonetheless, still a quality beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a hazy and super murky blood orange color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

The rye is really apparent here, giving a nice spicy and fruity aroma, with major pineapple tones and grassy hops.

I’m in love with this flavor. The rye gives a really nice spicy undertone to the fruity hop blast, with lots of pineapple and sweet grapefruit, and that nice earthy spice. There’s no malt character, and a little bit of grassy bitterness.

This is juicy and full bodied- it feels bigger than the lower ABV. These guys are always killer at crafting low ABV beers that drink big.

This is awesome. It’s a really unique twist on the NE murk style.

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Photo of PSanger
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thin pale ale from bissel. Enjoyed the complexity and different citrus flavors I got from it. Got just a hint of the rye and enjoyed the smells. Very crushable brew. Not in the same league as substance - but then again not much is

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Photo of JuanFushashi
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like some of Bissell's other offerings, not the prettiest pour. Opaque like a juice bomb, but with the color of a piny IPA. The smell and taste combine to make this Rye Beer feel like a more tropical IPA, albeit with a more bitter finish. The feel to me is somewhat unusual—it has that thick NEIPA feel to it, but something about it seems slightly less...homogeneous? Great beer, very underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of gbiello
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark rather than bright semi-cloudy IPA

Smell - Very little on the nose, Slight citrus

Taste - Totally middle-of-the-road. Not overly bitter, but not bursting with juice flavor either

Feel - Good solid, creamy New England IPA mouthfeel

Overall - 3.75, I'd be very pleased to find this in the fridge at a cookout, but don't think I would seek it out myself.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Big juicy citrus aroma with definite rye and mild piney resin. Big juicy taste. Starts with citrus, with rye and a decent amount of piney resin. Decent bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very impressive beer.

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Photo of JzBeerlover913
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the malted Rye with the Mosaic, Centennial hops combo in play here. Citrusy from the hops, but slightly more malty due to the rye with makes it a slightly darker hue of gold as well. Great rye beer. Hazy, citrusy goodness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has some dank hops and spicy malt. Taste starts with sweet orange, spicy malt, finishes with orange rind and a light bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really nice, easy drinking, balanced pale ale.

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