Nothing Gold
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #70
Ranked #321
4.45 | pDev: 6.29%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
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Notes: DIPA brewed with Citra, Equinox, and Amarillo hops.
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this a while ago as it ended up in my massive queue that I'm still working my way through. Dated 9/07/18, this held up well over all of these months as it was easily the best beer that I've had from Bissell Brothers. Of course, this had the can design that hipsters love but the beer on the inside was just as praiseworthy as it didn't stay in my pint glass for very long!

Interesting pour to this beer as it had the typical look of a New England IPA - melon-hued, cloudy, and slick, enough head topped it off and all of the lacing was in the form of a thin but deep ring at the top of my pint glass. Juicy citrus, vanilla cream, soft hops, and cheese filled the nose as the taste burst fort with all of these in a near-perfect amount and proportion to each other. Deep forest, pine, weedy dankness, and lively bread spice could be felt in the taste as this was subtly, but wondrously deep and oh-so-easy to savor. Lively with hints of wheat and fruit underneath everything, this was fun to drink and went down as smoothly as any New England IPA that I've ever had.

The alcohol was well-hidden and the carbonation was present, but light enough to let the flavors shine through and linger. A peach and nectarine aftertaste had me wanting more as the heavier aspects of this didn't linger for very long. Very impressed with this beer as it has me wanting to go up to the Pine Tree State for another go-around! Highly recommended...

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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Writing this review from notes... where the hell did I have this? It says on tap? But where have I been within the last several weeks where Bissell Brothers is available?

Anyhow, it's a NEIPA. You know the drill. The pour looks like something from the bottom of the tank. The aroma is aggressively fruity. It smells like lots and lots of juice. Just, generic juice. It's a nice aroma. A thick aroma. A not-particularly-beer-like aroma.

Tastes good, but in a played out kind of way that is indistinguishable from about a hundred other beers you've tried over the past 4-5 years. Pineapple, generic citrus, minimal bitterness, goes does smooth. Whoopies

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Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy pours into a tulip glass with a very hazy golden-orange body and a one finger cap. The thick and foamy cap rises fast and dies slowly. Lacing forms with a few large webs.

S- Bright juicy hops that bring the stone fruit and the tropical fruits that are both ripe, nectary and fresh. Sweet juicy melon, nectarine, peach, bubble gum, dank herbs, papaya and floral hops. A touch of softer citrus fruits as well. Hints at moderate sweets and some cereal grains.

T- Takes on a bit of raw, green hop astringency but just a bit and retains most of the charm from the aroma with sweet mix of juicy tropical and stone fruits with some citrus, floral and herbal hop character as well. Melon, grapefruit, orange, peach and nectarine notes with hints of weed, onion, resin and tangerine. Hints of whole grains and cereal.

MF- Smooth and slightly creamy texture to a medium-light bodied 8% IPA. Carbonation just a bit lower than expected. Ends with a strong but not burning herbal bitterness.

Juicy sweet tropical fruits and some ripe, fresh stone fruits joined by dank, soft citrus and floral hops. A bit powdery but overall just fine.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 9-16-19, opened 10-10-19.
1" white head on an opaque orange juice colored beer. Short retention and settles at a cap after a minute or two.
Pineapple, mango, orange, guava...tropical fruits galore.
Juice...all the fruits...pure hops, the only other thing I can detect is a sweatiness - maybe yeast driven? All fruit - tropical and citrus. Pineapple, orange, lime, mango, guava, papaya...trying to think of's all here.
Full body, soft mouthfeel, low bitterness...medium length finish full of fruit. Hint of alcohol heat.
Very good. This is full of flavor and super super drinkable at 8.2%...smooth.

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Photo of Holderness
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Hazy orange NEIPA appearance with the classic explosive dank citrus aromas I associate with Bissell. Flavors are pithy and moderately astringent, balanced by a faint sweetness from the pale malts. Citra and Amarillo are both here in spades. Crisp mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Not the must unique of DIPAs that I've had, but can't complain


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Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12 oz serving at the Tap House in Old Port, Maine on 9-5-19 for around $5.00.

Beer was served a cloudy orange with a very nice white head that left some lacing.

Nose is stone fruit and citrus forward, very nice.

Taste is of grapefruit and pine, papaya and mango over a good sized but light malt base. Finish was a touch of pine and rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light bodied and very refreshing.

Overall an excellent NEDIPA, very happy i was able to have a draft version!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a very hazy orange-gold. Smell and taste are out-of-this-world good, lots of citrus, tropical fruits and earthy herbs. Nice feel, drinks like a lower ABV beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of stoumi
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nothing Gold pours a murky, burnt orange with a tight and complex head that lingers nicely with excellent lacing retention. The smell is a combination of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose with an earthy hop bite. The taste is smooth on the palette with papaya, nectarine and melon coming to the forefront. Some mild hop undertones but a clean and fresh aftertaste.

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Photo of npolachek
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold-orange color with a dense and creamy bright white head, aromas and flavors excellent - pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Smooth with piney character and slight tinge of heavier alcohol.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This popped up surprisingly at my local beer shop so I immediately grabbed it because I've enjoyed the Bissell beer's I've had so I had faith in this one. It poured out as a slightly hazy golden color with a white head on top. The smell coming out of the can was pretty intense, the aroma from the glass it's quite as potent but still very nice. The taste have a good juicy flavor with subtle bitterness. The feel is very nice. Overall it's a great beer and was stoked to see it locally.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-Spiegealu ipa glass, bought fresh from the truck. nice.

A: Milky orange is dense, dank and juicy, accompanied by a dirty white foam head, one inch, with a bready and porous nature. The coloring is lactose heavy induced, breakfast juice like, very calming, and milky, an almost pink grapefruit-orange tint, that was absolutely beautiful to behold, making it an almost shame to drink. A very rare perfect rating appearance from me.

S: Sweet peaches and lime are met with tropical pineapple and pear juice. Lightly tart, very refreshing and balanced. Fresh and juicy, tangy aroma is pleasing and smoothing with some beautiful citrus and grapefruit juice to round out.

T: The flavor was tart pineapple-orange, tangy and juicy, lightly tart, very well balanced and blended with some sweetened grapefruit and citrus juiciness. Passion fruit brightens things up with some peaches and white grapes along with some honeydew. Fruity and very smooth, an almost smoothie like flavor, well blended and balanced as with the nose, very flavor forward with a damp citrus flower hop bite in the back end.

M: Creamy mouthful, smoothie like, milky depth, with clear lactose favored texture. Soft and very fullfilling.

O: Overall I went into this thinking, not another NEIPA, overplayed, had it before attitude, a result of the mass push breweries have been doing lately offering several different varieties in an overly competitive field. Boy was I every wrong on this one. Its getting harder and harder to stand out and against others, but this one sets a new gold standard and can easily be mentioned in the same sentence as the Headys, SOS's, and Treehouses' of the industry. From its world class model looks, to its well blended flavor and milky mouthful Nothing Gold is nothing short of perfection. Dank tropical and will expand the New England Region style a bit further north to Maine which instantly puts this brewery on the map. I almost feel I am doing a slight injustice by not giving this all 5's, but the perfect 5 flavor should sum this up just fine.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can dated 10/12/18 poured into a tulip at 44F.

Pours a very hazy, turbid dark orange hue, darker than your "average" NEIPA. Two finger fluffy white head sticks around for quite awhile. Sticky lacing. Looks like juice. Good sign.

Nose is big juicy tropical hops. Passionfruit, mango, some pineapple, a little guava. There's some good citrus coming through, primarily orange, but some grapefruit impressions too. A little bit of dankness, but this is mostly juice. There also this bright green, herbaceous hoppy note that just sings.

Palate follows the nose in most ways, but the citrus moves more towards grapefruit. The dankness also really comes out. That sticky, resinous hop profile. Not terribly malt heavy. It's there, and give just a kiss of sweetness, but this is a hop heavy brew. A low to moderate bitterness cuts in mid palate, and drys things out pretty well, into the finish. There's this exotic flavor that I cannot seem to place. It shines pretty bright too. It reminds me of a type of fruit, I think. An exotic fruit. I just can't put my finger on it. Gives a nice added layer of juicy hop complexity. This is damn good.

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft. It's not quite Tree House velvet gelato, but it is very soft and smooth. A good NEIPA feel. Carbonation is spot on. It's got some very nice effervescence that lifts it up a notch. Overall, the feel is juicy, soft, and ultimately dry.

Overall, this is a fantastic New England IPA. My first can from Bissell, and I will definitely buy this again, and this has given me the push I needed to visit the brewery to get my hands on some more of their stuff. With a beer like this, these guys are going to make it. Definitely try this if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 10/03/18. Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a seriously turbid, dull pineapple-orange-gold with two-plus fingers of lathery head. Retention is very good, leaving a loose webbery of gobby lacing.

Moderately robust nose of pineapple, cantaloupe and green leafy things.

Taste falls into the category of 'little bit of everything.' Starts out all fruit basket and cat pee, gets all spruce and sappy in the middle, ends with big grapefruit, juice and rind, and green tree leaves. Dank, rank and earthy, noticeable maltiness but with the bitterness dial still set at about two-thirds.

Feel is dense and doughy, juicy, medium-hefty bodied with bright carbonation.

Overall, initially, a bit of a mixed bag for me. There is an overwhelming shock-and-awe quality to the hopping that sent my palate into sensory over-load for most of the first can and turned my fingernails and toenails grey. Eventually I realized that, no, that is, in fact, pretty much exactly what I want from a NEDIPA and I totally grooved on the next can.

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Photo of etipton04
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: beautiful can, looks like a monster energy drink. Pours a nice hazy yellowish orange. Although head is very minimal.
S: strong on citrus and a hint of tropical and I swear a touch of pepper, maybe that’s the above 8 ABV
T: tastes like the nose with citrus oranges and finishes with a sharp but not unwanted burn. Not an alcohol burn, once again it is more like a touch of pepper on the back of the tongue and throat. Lovely a few sips in.
F: could use just a little more creaminess. Mouthfeel is medium to medium - and that makes this a nice easy drinker.
O: just did a side by side with Tree House Haze. This wins hands down. Is not quite as good as Tree House Green was but tastes like monkish foggy window. I will give this an A. Point scale I’d say 97.5/100

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mega hazed gold-orange color with a dense and creamy bright white head, immense lacing. aromas and flavors are excellent, plenty of pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. very smooth and soft with a touch of doughy malts and green herbal and piney character. slight tinge of booze is the only thing keeping this from being a 4.75+ beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewery
Big pillow head, nice lacing, murky orange color

Nose big hops, loads of citrus and tropical, a bit of pith and doughy grassy wheat malt, orange juice, mango sherbet, papaya, little pine and melon rind, faint unripe peach and stone fruit

Taste starts with mild sweet malt, biscuity toasty and a little paper doughy pithy, mild fusel alcohol notes, mild bitterness as loads of soft juicy citrus and tropical again, big orange juice, mango sherbet, papaya, again mild unripe white peach and stone fruit, alcohol brings a mild licorice thing, melon rind, touch of mint and pine late, drier sticky finish bit more alcohol

Mouth is med to heavier bod, little soft juicy nice carb and some warming fusel alcohol

Overall not bad, great hops but the malts and fusel alcohol get a little dicey

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Photo of usurping
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding DIPA. Juicy and glowing. Just a bit of alcohol on the taste, which I appreciate and want in a dipa. Hops linger in a pleasant manner.

The market is flooded with these beers but only a few live up to the hype. Bravo Bissel Brothers.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Jul-2-2018

Pours a very cloudy gold with a whisp of white head. Okay retention; specks of lacing. (4)

Tropical fruits, a little herbal bite crusty malt. (4)

Lightly bitter sugar cookie. (4.25)

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a creamy finish. (4.25)

A right tasty beer.
A right beer that is solid and not too busy. Fruity aroma, lots of citrus pith as it warms up with a clean but present malt body, superbly well-hidden alcohol and enjoyable all around. Would have this one again. (4.5)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This one smells like zesty pine, orange creamsicle, mango, dry grassy hops, honey and melon.

This is yet another absolutely killer IPA from these guys. It's got such a wonderfully creamy and fruity feel to it- it's definitely reminiscent of a hoppy creamsicle. i get lots of orange and melon mainly, with a dry bitterness on the finish. It's really well balanced.

This is creamy and super drinkable, with a very full mouthfeel.

Bissell Brothers continues to be one of the best NEIPA purveyors in the country.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on June 29, 2018. Brewed with Equinox, Citra and Amarillo hops. This beer is a celebration of impermanence and embracing the beauty of the passing moment. Enjoy with friends and loved ones, being content and present when you do.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - can art reminds me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hm. Pours a thick, juicy, downright dense-looking head. Solid dark orange haze glaze. Very appealing to look at.

S - crisp, doughy orange and melon rind. Fresh. Lemon zest and a hint of wood.

T - rush of vanilla and orange creamsicle. Strong bready backbone and sugary cantaloupe. Gotta be some peach in there too. Tight flavor. Leaves a lupulin-like bitterness in the back of your throat that sneaks up on you. I burp and I get Christmas flavors. Cinnamon and cardamom. Strange.

F - medium body, but has a deceptively light mouthfeel that demands another sip.

O - dangerously refreshing. Crisp and focused in flavor. Excellent blend of grapefruit and orange balanced by dry, airy bread.

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber color, hazy with a finger head. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Soft papaya, a hint of lemon rind, hops, and pine on the nose. Big, sweet and juicy tropical fruit flavors! There's some resin along with brown sugar and vanilla flavors. The bitter hops hit your tongue at first and then the soft, sweet flavors follow balancing the flavors beautifully. Full bodied with a creamy texture and smooth carbonation. My favorite Bissell Brothers yet!

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4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic brew. Tasted its best about 2-3 weeks after canning date. This is where it found its balance.
Look: Yellow (slightly orange), very hazy, opaque.
Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit.
Taste: Amazing, juice bomb but still some bitterness. Follows the nose.
Feel: Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.
Overall: Really going to miss this one after our trip to the northeast. In my top 3 of the NE-IPAs from Boston to Maine.

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Photo of thatche2
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is juicy, opaque, and hazy orange/light brown in color with one finger thick head. Smell is excellent with notes of earthy hops, orange juice, tropical fruit (pineapple and guava), oats, resin, and dank hops.

Taste is delicious with layers and layers of citrus juice flavor. It is a touch sweeter than I would like but not off putting. Bitterness is moderate. Mouthfeel is medium full in body and very smooth up front with a nice hop bite on the finish.

Overall, this is an excellent juicy and hop forward NE style IPA. Only criticisms are the hop spice is somewhat intense, and Nothing Gold is on the sweeter side for the style. However, if you are a hop head, seek out this beer. Bissell Brothers has lived up to the hype.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Let me start by saying this beer is very good. However, the nose is very weak and that is a huge deal for me. The flavor is citrus with butter finish. Not extremely dynamic. I'd say that I would have liked this beer more if TH and Trillium didn't exist!

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