Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #271
Ranked #7,915
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: A super-session ale. massive flavors & body with an impossibly low abv.

OG: 1.032
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 122 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, someone wrote alcohol is hidden well. 3%...hidden...seriously? Not a huge fan of this one all, too much biscuit for me, needed a bit more bitterness

Mar 23, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Scatchboogie for this brew.

16 oz. Can

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot), nice little diesel like. The taste is really nice, hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, especially for only 3% ABV, amazing what they did with this one. Addictive! Orange Julius! Thanks Kyle!

Feb 28, 2018
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brandonld23 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really like Bissell beers but this beer is a little frustrating. You are consuming all the calories of a New England IPA but good luck getting a buzz on these. They are too filling to have a bunch of them in order to get any effect. This beer should be at least 4%. Go for baby genius instead if it's available. I bought the limit on Diavoletto and sadly most of them will most likely not get consumed.

Sep 22, 2017
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JorgesThemeSwimming from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

THE best session beer I've had! Session beer reminds me of accidentally buying diet food purchases and I usually turn them away but this was out of this world for a session. SO MUCH FLAVOR FOR 3% ABV!!!

Aug 25, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Edit 1/25/18 - finally(!) got some in can and this is just as good as I remember. I double down on my rating and review. This is what I call a "unicorn beer" because it is an impossibly rich and flavorful taste and feel for an impossibly low ABV. Some may not like it for a somewhat absent and watery backbone, but that comes with the territory for a very low alcohol beer. It makes up for it with the dense very soft feel. You *will not* find a more flavorful, dense mouthfeel beer in this category though.]

Had in tap at brewery.

Pours an opaque medium yellow gold color with a 2 finger near-white head that laces very well for a low malt beer.

Aroma is distinctively stone fruit with nectarine notes dominating over a tart citrus scent in the background. The smell is a little green-hopped being so close to the source.

The flavor is a little more muted with stone fruit notes jumping out... this is a session, right? Nice change from tropical hops too. Malt is light as expected, so this is a hop beer, period and it needs no apologies as it rules over most.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Moderate seltzer. Low bitterness

Another great beer from Bissell. As a session ale this is gonzo good. Not many session NEIPAs out there. Wow. Easily the best session ale out there. Why in the world is it rated so low?

Jul 26, 2017
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had most of Bissell's beers but have been holding out on this one and Dangol for the obvious reasons...but I finally hit it right and got myself a four and was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't call this a session beer - I don't quite know what I'd call it - but it's great. I could easily drink a four of this over four hours, but wouldn't want to - I'd rather parse it in with other stuff, start a day with it, etc.

It has a classic haze, head and smell that, seen in a glass at Industrial Way or now Thompson's Point, is reminiscent of so many other Bissell brews. The taste is what really blows me away - I was expecting some level of thinness which is what I don't like about session beers - but the graininess pulls it though and give it more of a milkshakey feel. The only negative that I can find in a near perfect example of an insanely low ABV beer is that I found it to taste much, much better when cold - OR - not as great as it warmed. But I've only had one so I'll revisit that when I've had another.

Having been a Bissell fan from the beginning, I'll now drop the "I ain't touching no Dangol, it's just Bud Light with Lime" - and next time I'm up, I'll grab a four. Well done boys - A+ for creativity - keep 'em coming!

Jul 21, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque golden orange color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head has solid retention, leaving minimal spots of lace before settling into a thin film.

The aroma brings a fair bit of orange and lemon, followed by some grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. The back end is bready and grainy with a subtle peppery note. Very floral aroma throughout.

The flavor brings a ton of biscuits and fresh dough, with a spicy, peppery note not far behind. Then comes the hops: Lemon and oranges, with a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with a faint kiss of pineapple. So much flavor here.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a moderately dry finish.

Overall, what kind of wizard fuckery is this? This beer is 3% ABV, yet drinks like a 6% IPA. There is tons of flavor crammed into this beer it's almost certainly taken some sort of black magic ritual to create. This is going to be a summer staple in my fridge for as long as it's brewed.

Jul 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. This was poured into a long stemmed taster. The appearance was a burnt yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. The aroma starts off with some sweet citrus pulp, then rind, Light onion dankiness. The flavor had the same aromatics rolling in for a nice blend. Semi-sweet dry aftertaste with a nice semi-sweet to bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Overall, really nice session IPA that I would love to have again.

Jun 18, 2017
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CommonSense from Maine

4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy oh boy the amount of flavor packed into this super session is quite impressive. Cerealy malt holds it down just enough to let the hops shine without overpowering. Could drink this all day, every day.

May 16, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale creamy pastel opaque yellow body. Soft foamy head that quickly dies to a thin film with a thick, foamy, clingy collar.

The first whiff brought me back to my first batch of Konkey Dong in early 2016, but this is much more subtle and restrained. Pineapple upside down cake. Orange Julius. A little vanilla shortbread. But again, all in moderation, not too big or punchy.

Taste is buttermilk biscuit topped with vanilla bean orange-lemon marmalade. No joke.

Tangy and substantial but light and crisp, yet really frothy. A joy to drink.

Oct 01, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the source. Pale yellow body with a soapy, bone white collar. Big hop aroma leaps out. Light in body with a dry finish. Quaffable. A nice choice on a summer day. The aroma was my favorite aspect of the beer.

Aug 24, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington VT. once again, awesome to see top beers from maine showing up around here!! this beer is a freak show in terms of packing zesty tropical hoppyness into a beer that is well under 3% abv. just ridiculous!

Aug 23, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the can, Mike.

This one pours a hazy (almost milky) golden orange, with a small head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells pretty bold and potent for only 3% ABV- lots of grapefruit, some lemon, orange, and pineapple.

As expected, there's not a lot of malt character to be found here- but the oat character is definitely significant, lending a creamy, faux-full body, and also lending a slight graininess. The hop character is very strong, citrusy fruity to the max, with mostly grapefruit and pineapple, and lemon and orange on the side. This has to be one of the best session beers I've ever had.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel and body- does not feel like only 3% ABV.

This is a work of art, and an amazing accomplishment from Bissell. It's crazy how much flavor they packed into a low ABV package.

Aug 22, 2016
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parris from Massachusetts

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

Classic Bissell/New England haze in the glass. Pine and citrus on the aroma. Bright, hoppy flavor. Bitter, but not super fruity or anything. Very chewy for a session brew. Happened to meet and got a photo with a vacationing Sean Lawson at the Bissell Brothers Brewery while drinking it, so overall a definite 5.

Aug 19, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a hazy yellow. Tropical fruity hops. Smells sessiony. Sweetness behind. A hint of dankness. Flavor has some decent hop flavor. It finishes sweet and falls of like pretty much every session-style hop bomb. The hops flavor falls off and I am left with sugary sweetness. I don't love the ABV either. 3%? I might as well just not drink. It is one of the better session IPAs or whatever this is but this style has worn on me.

Aug 14, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a two finger head. Smell is peppery hops, floral and earthy, with citrus. Taste is lightly hopped, peppery, with a subdued citrus flavor. Watery, but not so much so that it takes away from the beer. "Light" certainly comes to mind, but it's not an insult. It's a very toned down Pale Ale, which makes it very crushable and drinkable. Great beer for summer -- a real session.

Aug 05, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with a balanced malt bill in the rear. Light chewy and bitterness notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, refreshing, crisp, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Very enjoyable light hoppy. Love it and will revisit.

Aug 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The King’s Head. Served in a cervoise. Hazy yellow. Nice white head. Citrus hoppiness. Diacetyl. Tastes citrusy with a light cracker malt. And diacetyl. Bummer. Very light and drinkable. Most of the time, I can’t finish a beer with diacetyl at all. It took me a while to be sure that’s what I was tasting, though. By the end of the glass, I knew.

Aug 15, 2015
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MsProfDrBeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra pale yellow clear with lacy head. Fresh lemon zest and light toasted bread in the aroma. Clean bright lemon citrus hop flavor with subtle malt backbone. Little to no mouthfeel. A really nice light summer sipper.

Aug 07, 2015
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Diavoletto pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head on top. A few spots of lace cling to the glass as the beer goes down.

The aroma is loaded with pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Each sip of this light bodied beer has moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of pine, grapefruit and some mango mixed in. It finishes with a fruity, dry bitterness. Once gone the pine and grapefruit lingers on the palate.

For a 2.5% session beer it's packed with flavor.

Jul 31, 2015
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

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

Golden and hazy look with some lacing on the glass as it drinks. Light hop smell, BIG flavorful hop taste. A bit juicy, a bit earthy, nice combination. Insanely crushable at only 2.6% ABV. This one is a big hit, really enjoyed it

Jul 26, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint somewhere in Portland, ME, in or around 7/20/2015. Light, cloudy, much like Baby Genius, but a tad lighter. Good hop presence and surprisingly flavorful for such a low ABV.

Jul 24, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the Nosh on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a milkshake gold with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of faint citrus, light tropical notes, faint pineapple, light orange, light grapefruit.

T - Taste is dank citrus, light tropical notes, faint passionfruit, light bitterness. Generic tropical fruit punch, rather odd bitter finish, light grassy hops.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thinnish, watery.

O - Overall this beer was a bit of a hodgepodge. Dank tropical notes with grassy hops. Awfully thin too.

Serving Type: On Tap

Jul 12, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap at nosh in Portland. Redone from can.

Huge frothy head fades fairly slowly with nice lacing, milk shake murky creamy pale pear blond color.

Nose decent hops, juicy citrus, orange cream, tangerine, nice tropical, pineapple, apricot, juicy tropical citrus, faint pine.

Taste starts with mild tropical notes, juicy citrus, orange juice, mild pith, Clementine, hint of a generic tropical, pineapple, etc. Fair bitterness, with mild creamy malt, light and almost watery base in original review, seseems to have gotten a bit better but still light. Dank hops, with hop oil resin and grassy earthy notes, finish is fairly bitter, overpowers the almost non existent malt, lingering bitterness, little dank, and mild generic tropical fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, watery, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice hops but not much body or malt, gotten a bit better esp for such a low abv beer, malts overpowered by the bitter hops.

On a side note, I would love to see them do an English mild since they did a fairly good job with a super session beer.

Jul 06, 2015
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