Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #1,933
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
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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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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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