Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #1,928
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: 95 | Ratings: 522 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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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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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Spiegelau glass canned on 3/24

A: murky as all get out very hazy with particles floating orangish brownish gold in color nice creamy white looking head

S: rye right up front and some citrus to follow with a very earthy grain smell like oats

T: lots of rye and some of that spiciness followed by pineapple and tangerine with a nice yeasty oaty finish

M: creamy and a tad thick makes the beer feel bigger

O: for a 5.1% ABV beer this beer is fantastic and full of flavor. The rye is a nice edition to what would otherwise be a juicy fruit of a beer. The mouthfeel makes the flavors of this beer pop and I love the oats and grain finish to the hazy beers. Very glad I grabbed this.

Apr 02, 2016
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Crumpetsnbeer from Maine

3.24/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It was just an ok beer. It was nothing really great. The smell is that of what I think is cascade, the beer just has that same hop smell that so many other beers have. I got it in cans, when poured it into the glass the head had this uneven soap bubble look to it not the most attractive looking head to a beer. The color was nothing special, not bad just not "outstanding". I enjoyed the beer I just don't think It is that "outstanding" I don't think a 91 is an accurate rating, it in no way is a bad beer it's a nice drink but it is nothing mind blowing, outstanding, or special. Bissell Brothers seems like it has started a bit of a cult following. Really nice looking cans though great for the hipster thing in portland right now.

Mar 21, 2015
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Resuin from Massachusetts

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

Jul 12, 2015
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Scratchford from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 11, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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.

Oct 04, 2018
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KDHannan from Connecticut

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

Mar 18, 2016
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Griffith from Connecticut

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

Jun 28, 2019
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Coffeematt from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks nice. Cloudy, light peach colored. Sharp florals, pineapple and tangerine aromatics. More of the same in the flavor, along with white grapefruit and smarties candy. Maybe that's the rye. Kind of a sweet spice. Is it my thinking about smarties that makes the finish seem a little chalky? I don't know. Anyway, it's fairly crisp but satisfying--enough alcohol and body to keep the nice hops from disappearing. Really nice. Better than Substance, which (along with inconsistency) I find to have a weird onion thing going on sometimes. The spice here, however, is spot-on.

Feb 04, 2015
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curtis6290 from New York

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

I'm not sure where the disconnect is... It smells like a very complex DIPA, but tastes like a very solid APA, maybe a bit watered down compared to others. The aftertaste is Dank and strong, I didn't expect it to be this good. Wish I bought more! Poured from a can purchased/sealed on 3/25/16, enjoyed in a tulip on 3/29/16.

Mar 29, 2016
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ChrisL24481 from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 04, 2015
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Argento from Rhode Island

4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 20, 2016
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fredmugs from Indiana

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

Aug 24, 2015
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Funknik from Maine

4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

May 04, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 oz. on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a big while head.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, rye, honey, pepper.

Taste: Whoooooaaaaaa dude. This is a great hoppy rye. Mango note hits first followed by pepper spice. More pine and fruit notes from the hops. Slight honey note. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Super easy on the palate despite pretty heavy hops and super flavor.

Overall: Stop what you're doing right now and go find this beer. If anyone else is getting the last can, powebomb them in the beer aisle. Super good.

Dec 18, 2016
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sozzcpa from New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jul 22, 2016
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Dirtinabottle from New York

3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 15, 2016
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Samact from Vermont

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

Sep 02, 2018
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whatsgoody from Vermont

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

May 27, 2019
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 22, 2016
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Ross_Marshall from Connecticut

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

Sep 18, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turbid, Golden orange in color. Orange, tangerine, tangelo, citrus zest and pith. Bright and fruity. Orange juice. Dank and a little spicy. Shorter, slightly dry finish. Real solid.

Sep 23, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 25, 2017
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xdtfx from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 16, 2016
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7irondave from Massachusetts

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

Sep 17, 2016
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