Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #1,922
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: 94 | Ratings: 521 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $4.99
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: April 30, 2020
Consumed: May 1, 2020
Misc.: Canned on March 26, 2020

Absolutely psyched to see Bissell cans in San Diego. Had known about these guys, then saw Hamilton’s got some kegs and went out there on Super Bowl Sunday to have Swish, giving it a 4.49. Then had a can of Substance and gave it a 4.09 on April 30. This was labeled online as, “Our pale ale hopped exclusively with Mosaic and brewed with rye. A tropical escape to a sunnier state of mind.” Nice. I’ve had some good Mosaic-only pale ales, so we’ll see where this matches up.

Poured a light amber hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white frothy head. A fairly serene setting underneath, maybe a couple of noticeable bubbles toward the top. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled big Mosaic, floral, mango, pine, dank resin, grapefruit, stone fruit and earthy malt. Even better out of the can with Mosaic, mango and dank pine still leading the way. (Smell - 4.25)

Got that spicy rye in the taste. In order got Mosaic, dank resin, pine, spicy rye, black pepper, bitter mango peel, guava, grapefruit and stone fruit. Really, really good for a pale ale. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Clean, abrupt finish, (Feel - 4.25)

Kind of a style that has gone away a little bit with the West Coast-New England IPA battle, but this was an excellent pale ale. Glad I got to try it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.38 | 97 | A

May 21, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 16oz can*

This poured an attractive hazy honey-orange color with a creamy white head. Head was an impressive at two fingers and had a good variety of rocky and micro foam. Great retention.

The moment I cracked this can open, the smell of the hops were immediately apparent. This had a massive hop aroma which consisted of mandarin oranges, mangoes, pineapples, and was overall very juicy and tropical.

On the palate however, I felt as though this was very one note. The taste didn't really follow the nose as I primarily got tastes of bread, crackers, and malty sweetness. There was definitely a hop presence in the finish, presenting an expected grapefruit bitterness and a slight orange sweetness that was balanced with the aforementioned malt flavor profiles. Other than that, I didn't get a lot of tropical hop character that a lot of people here are claiming to have tasted. The can didn't have a date on it, so it's very possible that I just got a really old can.

I felt like the feel of this was really spectacular. It was full-bodied with high carbonation making this super clean, having a dry start but very crisp on the finish. This was super drink-able with no lingering aftertaste. I have no complaints here.

Overall, I loved everything about this beer except for the taste. Again, I could have gotten a really old can, but the flavors just weren't really complex from what the aromas might have suggested. If I was blindfolded and my nose were plugged, I thought I would be drinking a German Pilsner or an American style lager--which aren't bad by any means. I just expected something different.

May 16, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer. At first it confused me - almost seemed like a hazy NE IPA with some rye notes. Had to check its listing and style on BA. 3/26/20 date printed on can. Pours a very hazy, murky darker yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and beautiful looking soapy rings that lasted throughout. Really nice. Smells of fresh ripe fruity hops - tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and papaya - as well as malt, rye, grain, vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops. Quite an interesting bouquet. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and flavor profile, very flavorful and great depth. Smooth sticky mouthfeel, great retention of carbonation. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer!

May 12, 2020
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thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is indeed my tropical island beer- it checks all my boxes-It smells like a dank blueberry field and sweet rye bread. The taste matches with a mineral finish balanced by a medium carbonation- it is Lux!

May 11, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sight haze on the yellow-amber brew with plenty of foam in the Chimay chalice. Mouthfeel is tangy and sudsy with an abundance of carbonation. Aroma of straw and celery. The darkly grainy rye taste is in evidence with a modest dose of malt. Just a kiss of sweetness.

Modest bitterness but a touch of grainy astringency in the aftertaste. Overall, this is highly drinkable and makes a spicier sort of light brew. From the 16 oz can shipped from Best Damn in San Diego.

May 10, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

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

First and foremost, I am just trying to come to grips with this one - a Rye Beer, ya know? It’s like landing in Uraike and having my first bite of borst; I know it’s good, but I just have to get used to it. And used to Lux Raul is. This one is straight plain good. And I mean that quite literally. There really isn’t a lot going on here, but what is here is very good stuff. Just straight up sweet and rye like the stuff in your grandpapa’s “cough syrup” cabinet.


Apr 09, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-golden can pour with a slight haze and a 1 cm foam cap. The aroma is of rye spice with a dank, resinous note. The flavor is full and prominently rye. This is a very good rye pale ale. I would pick it up regularly if available.

Mar 13, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 01/30/20 , so just short of 2 weeks old. Was sitting in the garage
at about 45F.
Moderately hazy orange-gold, with some pink tint. Light fine white head, that leaves a ring and a little lacing. Looks like a mix of tangerine & pink grapefruit juices.

Smell is .....oh!!!... very enticing! Smell is pink grapefruit, guava, and passionfruit, with hints of tangerine, fresh pineapple and lemon. When swirled some flashes of "fresh breeze" as I get with goses, and a slight doughy aroma.

Taste is mostly grapefruit(flesh) , with slight bits of grapefruit rind, overripe pineapple , and rye bread crust. If I didn't know this had rye, I'm not sure I would guess that. High-side-of-medium bitterness throughout. Surprisingly (to me) that bitterness doesn't linger long, given its strength.

Feel is light, with fine sharp carbonation, that gives a pleasant burn on the tip of the tongue.

I seem to have a thing for rye, and in that , this disappoints. That said, as a tropical fruity IPA it's quite good, & I'd recommend giving it a try.

Feb 13, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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

Traded for this a while ago as the date on the bottom of the can read 9/05/18. Most of the Bissell Brothers beers that I've had or sipped were typical New England IPA's but I'm glad this one had rye in it as it gave this more depth and body that I expected from it. The low amount of alcohol made this easy to savor although the flavors had subsided a bit due to this beer's age...

The pour to this beer was alright as it looked like rye, with plenty of cloudiness to it. Just enough head topped it off and the lacing left behind was quite extensive with a very pronounced, thick ring near the top of my pint glass. Of course, there was lots of rye in the nose with a good amount of grain, citrus, and weed underneath that. Some white grape and earthy funk came through in the nose as this beer had a nice, full body and light carbonation.

This was almost a session beer and didn't have a lot of spice or bread-like qualities to it, either. Nearly as light as they come, I enjoyed it and wish that more brewers would give it a go. Gotta find a fresher can of this for the next time around!

Jan 21, 2020
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perpetuity from Maine

4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nicely aromatic Rye ale that's great with food! Nice to have a beer flavored beer with substance (see what I did there?).
Not super malty, just enough and finishes dry. Loved this with a bowl of chili.

Nov 25, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

Nov 05, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 25, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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.

Oct 18, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 03, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

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.

Aug 05, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Jul 31, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Jul 24, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jun 29, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

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.

May 25, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

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!

Apr 03, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Feb 25, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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.

Feb 14, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

Feb 02, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 31, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Nov 02, 2018
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