Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #96
Ranked #429
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Notes: An all Australian double dry hopped double IPA
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 527 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of arizcards
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 16 oz can from the Tap House in Old Port, Maine on 9-5-19 for $5.00. Canned on 8-27-19; consumed on 9-5-19.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is quite nice as it abounds with freshly squeezed orange and mango juice.

Taste has orange and mango up front with some earthiness in the background. Malt base is moderately sized with an ever so slight rind bitterness; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth which i have not come across very often for a beer with an abv under 8.

Overall this is a very pungent and tasty beer, among the best i have had for this style. Pick it up if you are a fan of the style!

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark lemon yellow in color with a milky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Fruity mango and melon aromas with a solid malty base and light boozy notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lush, silky smooth mouth feel with mellow, pleasant warmth near the end. Citrus tangerine and sweet fruity flavors up front that taper to a medium light tangy bitterness in the middle. Bitterness transitions to booziness with sweet melon and mango flavors to the end. Finished semi-dryly with tapering booziness followed by light citrus and sweet fruit nuts. Fantastic look and feel. Robust hop character and booziness are nicely balanced by fruity and malty presence. Easy drinking and very tasty.

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Photo of eleimbach
2.88/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Seems to have many of the characteristics of a New England Pale Ale but with an added “bonus” of more than a trace of burnt rubber in the taste. Rather off-putting. A strange brew.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy/cloudy color with white head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and some dankness in the taste. Dry hoppiness undercurrents and solid taste overall.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives the color of orange juice; murky with a one finger head; streaky lacing

Smell: Orange juice, passionfruit and pineapple tones

Taste: Passionfruit and pineapple forward, with the orange juice emerging; dank and moderately bitter, through the middle, with the bitterness persisting along with a juicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: A classic, hopped up, higher ABV NE IPA; hits all the right buttons

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Photo of JamFuel
3.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen.

Pours a murky dark orange, with some fine, soapy head.

Smell is juicy but a bit muddled, with notes of melon, pineapple and apple sauce. Quite dank, too.

Taste follows the nose, and adds a soft, balanced bitterness. Not really what I expected...

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, I'm not sure if this was completely healthy... seemed more muddled than most reviews hint at.

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Photo of nether00
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours almost opaque with very little head. Quite full bodied, strong tangerine taste. Then it’s bitter; alcohol is apparent.

This is a really good DIPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Tired Hands Teku glass canned on 1/02/2019. Pours a very attractive hazy dark yellow with a 2 finger plus sticky white head that leaves thin webs of lace as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is apricot, passionfruit, peach, pineapple, and some grapefruit rind. 4

Taste is better more tropical and not getting any of the peach from the nose. Passionfruit, apricot, pineapple, and a nice balanced hit of grapefruit lingers a second or two after each sip. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, moderate carbonation, soft on the tongue and true to the style, and at 7.3% very drinkable, but drinks bigger in flavor. 4.25

Over all this is Bissell being Bissell Brewing an excellent juicy NEIPA that makes you work to slow the speed that you drink it. Well done as always. 4.25

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Photo of Naughead
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent NEIPA, strong with grapefruit smell and flavor. I personally prefer their Swish and Preserve and Protect, but this still ranks very high compared to other brewers NEIPAs. Bissell Brothers has a great selection of awesome offerings, and this is one of them.

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Photo of Fitzy01
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! Hazy golden juice look. Smell is dank as hell. Taste is guava grapefruit and just plain goodness! Feels like a million bucks....overall Great brew! Must have for neipa lovers.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like arm out or stinky feet. You know the super dank shit. Wasn’t that looking forward to taking a sip but then bam!! We’ll balance hope forward grapefruit. Finishes dry leaving more to be wanted.
Good beer

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I can't think of anything that I don't love about this beer, it glowed in the glass from the haziness, similar to a Treehouse IPA, the smell was captivating, fantastic taste and feel. Loved it! Portland ME is one of the top beer destinations in the US without a doubt!

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

On tap at Scarlett Begonias in Brunswick. Pint serving.

Pours a very murky, turbid deep orange hue with a finger of white foamy head. Some spotty lacing.

Nose is deep, overripe mango, overripe pineapple, blueberries, dark fruit, dank, and herbaceous grassiness. Strong notes of grapefruit, and to a lesser extent, orange rind. Some floral character. Very hop-forward.

Palate is big grassy hops up front, followed by pithy grapefruit, orange, and dark berry notes. A very big bitterness kicks in immediately and lasts long into the finish. Bitterness is piney, resinous, and grapefruit rind. Some lesser tropical notes of mango and pineapple flash in the beginning, but are obliviated quickly by the pronounced bitterness. This is not for one who does not enjoy bitter IPAs. There is a strong, dank, earthy character about it, too. Grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight/moderately creamy, with very pronounced carbonation, providing lift from the creaminess, and preventing this from being "pillowy", exactly. Still very good. A nice mix of New England creamy, and refreshing crispness. Ultimately dry, big thanks to the pronounced bitterness.

Overall, this is a finely executed NEIPA, but I have to admit, it is a bit bitter for my liking. I can appreciate it for is quality, but in the grand scheme of things, Bissell has better offering's - namely Nothing Gold - a fantastic NEIPA. Glad I found this on tap, and got to try it. Will most likely have it again.

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Photo of Holderness
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 4 days ago

L — Classic NEIPA appearance: hazy, turbid orange body with a finger of dense white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Lemon sorbet, mango puree, dank weedy resins, candied pineapple, light yeastiness, coconut water
T — Mango flesh, resinous pine, peach juice, yeast bite, bready malt. A little lacking in character
F — Crisp, semi-dry, semi-astringent. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb. Good fluffiness. Moderate bitterness throughout
O — Like with all Bissell offerings I’ve had, it seems like they may rely a little too much on heavy-handed hopping without paying enough heed to the malt and yeast bills in their brews. Still pretty decent


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a hazy/cloudy color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hops notes with huge floral undertones and some dank notes. Taste is also a mix of dank notes with some floral undertones with some dry hoppy notes with light citrus notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Really enjoyable and nice mix of lesser known hops.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Really hazy peach skin color. Aroma is quite fruity with tart citrus notes, not very intense though. Taste is more leafy and grassy with mellow fruit notes.

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Photo of Beer_Maineiac
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank appearance typical of Bissell IPA / DIPAs. Dirty mimosa color. Good head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Hops overpowers fruit on the nose, but some citrus evident. Citrus becomes even more prominent in the taste, then towards the finish, which provides a nice mix of carbonation, resin mouthfeel, and a slight alcohol burn.

One of my preferred brews from Bissell Brothers.

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Photo of stoumi
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of Portland, ME comes Reciprocal from Bissell Bros, through a bottle share from a co-worker, who continues to score some excellent East Coast and Northeast beers.

Reciprocal pours thick and hazy with a pear juice, off yellow color, as expected from a NE style DIPA. A complex 2-finger head does linger, depositing some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit pungent on the nose, with citrus and tropical fruit; pineapple, mango and grapefruit and a hint of piney resin.

The taste is big and fruity with a heaping of tropicals up front, not as hoppy as expected for a DIPA but does have a nice, even hop profile. There was also a hint of vanilla sweetness that lingered after I swallowed.

It's a double dose of Aussie hops from this juice bomb!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a milky orange hue with a turbid clarity and no head, just a tight band around the edges. Big juicy notes on the nose with some hints of pith. Taste is more pith than juice with a slightly medicinal finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a dull carbonation. Overall, a solid DIPA, but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a thick hazy orange. Like a NEIPA yeast blizzard. Healthy head with legs! My girlfriend who usually belittles my hazy IPAs did a double take and "that looks HEY-zee". Dis gon be good.

S - pineapple cream. Green mango and cantaloupe juice. Vanilla and lemon meringue.

T - orange acidity and zest out the wazoo. Overarching soft, full, and creamy pineapple creamsicle is the main attraction though. Contrasting beer between cream and bite. Earth and herbal tropicalia. Papaya. So damn juicy, this is delicious. The bite returns on the finish with light, grainy pithiness.

F - creamy and frothy with full body that tapers into something prickly and pokey. Complements the acidity.

O - can't believe I haven't had this until now. Hype well deserved. Incredibly satisfying, full of sticky hop flavor and a touch of dank spiciness to keep it balanced. Well done.

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Photo of digboy
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hmm... I can't believe I never rated this one. It has been my favorite (available) beer for a while now.

Pours an opaque, dense yellowish gold color with a 1 to 2 finger dense head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pungent and sharp with the Australian hops - sort of an ascerbic yet lush fruit smell. I absolutely love this!

The taste follows the smell pretty closely. Just thick layers of low-sweetness versions of tropical fruit, like an unripe orange or papaya. To be clear it is not an overly bitter beer but without the caramel malt behind this beer the fruit flavors from the hops get "tangy". Make no mistake that this is a highly hopped and pungent beer - if you don't think that's your thing then this is not the beer for you.

The feel is very soft yet thick like actual fruit juice. Bitterness is moderate to high but blends so well with the rich flavors.

As I said before, this is in my very top list of beers I love. I just picked up a case of it and I could not be more elated. Every time I drink it I feel like I got lucky to have it - something I cannot say for some other beers that I have marked high but came back to with lowered results. Obviously this is my specific preference, but Bissell as a whole is making high grade beer and this beer in particular is the best crafted IPA from them by far.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and stand in line for it! :)

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Photo of illpass78
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taster in a snifterish thing at the brewery.

Appearance: Opaque, juice-like yellow. Almost looks like fresh pineapple juice. Frothy white head.

Aroma: Juice! And hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, resin.

Taste: Follows nose. Big fruity, tropical IPA. Hoppy. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Almost TOO drinkable at 7.3.

Overall: Another great hoppy beer from Bissell. I don't know much about Australian IPAs, but I know I like this one.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Strong grapefruit with mild resin aroma with some pineapple. Taste goes along the same profile. Medium bodied with mod carbonation.

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can
Served in a tulip
Big thanks to my friend Walter for hooking me up with this beer.

Completely opaque, yellow ochre appearance. The turbid liquid was topped by a finger-tall, frothy white crown that fell to a thick, foamy collar. A streaky, spotty wall of lacing cascaded down the glass and lasted until the beer was nearly finished.

The nose was super hoppy and dank. Musty cannabis notes came through big time. Loads of honeydew melon and cantaloupe too. Good amount of sweetness. Some peach was also noticeable. As the beer sat, the melon subsided and orange and tangerine notes took over.

The flavor profile was more pithy and citrus forward than the aroma but still very impressive. Juicy orange and tangerine notes dominated. Fairly tart and tangy. Lemony in the center. Slightly bitter, grapefruit notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Some pithy grapefruit rind came through on the finish.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid contained an ultra fine, frothy effervescence that turned amazingly creamy and plush on the palate. Super fluffy and smooth.

Just when I thought I was tired of drinking NEIPA juice bombs, I encounter a beer like this one that makes me think again. This beer melded punchy citrus, melon and cannabis notes into an immensely complex and highly quaffable offering. Overall, a terrific take on the style.

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Photo of PSanger
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to enjoy Three Bissel Brothers offerings while on a two day trip to Portland and this one was my favorite of the three.
This beer looks hazy and orange and had a nice head on it. The taste was the strongest of all there offerings and was pure citrus, pineapple and grapefruit to be exact. Feel is nice - medium thickness.
This beer was really good. Order/Buy it if you can.

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Reciprocal from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 527 ratings