Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #114
Ranked #433
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Notes: An all Australian double dry hopped double IPA
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 553 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 16oz can into an 8oz stange glass. The brew is a yellow to pale orange hue and is straight up murky. The cap is a sturdy one finger layer of frothy foam. A one cm sheet of lace at the top with drizzled webs coating the glass beneath that.

S- Fruity hop bomb and somewhat unique in the fact that it brings a pineapple explosion in the aroma. Pineapple juice opens up for tangerines, orange juice, mango, peach, melon and dank weed. Fresh OJ and pineapple juice works.

T- The pineapple and the orange fruity hops carry through nicely from the aroma and are joined by substantial grapefruit notes as well as a strong zesty citrus bitterness. Those three things are pretty dominant here but slight mango, tangerine, berry, grape and grainy bread here as well. Bitterness grows with each sip and it loses that great juicy vibe it had in the aroma.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a very crisp and zesty high level of carbonation. Foamy and frothy consistency and a pretty darn bitter finish.

The aroma was very exciting but a lot of the delicate and fruity aromas fall by the wayside in the flavor to overly bitter and sometimes green/harsh hop notes.

Nov 21, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can courtesy of SierraNevallagash.
Looks like a mango smoothie with creamy head and lacing.
Smells like Pine, resins, grass, orange, pineapple, mango.
Tastes like oranges/citrus, grassy, pineapple, Vinous notes, bitter resiny aftertaste.
Juicy + Thick + pillowy yet kind of dry bitter finish.
Definitely unique. Not “crushable.”

Oct 31, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a murky orange color with a two-finger foamy white head that has great retention

S- tropical and citrus hops on the nose with aromas of orange, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, pineapple and mint. Herbaceous undertones with a hint of mint to close it out

T- zesty and pithy citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine are followed by mango, passionfruit and melon. Leafy green, grassy and minty notes, before finishing with more citrus that continues into the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, semi-dry finish

O- solid all around, a top notch example of the style

Aug 03, 2020
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can from Sprayberry March 2020

This is what a NEIPA should taste like and look like. Leaning to the murky yellow side vs the glowing orangish, the taste of fruit is much more subtle here than the where the style has gone the last year or so. Only a slight hint of fruit, you’re pallet is immediately washed with lovely medicinal funk that approaches a chewy cheese rind. Love it. love it. Finish is smooth and crisp and with only a trace of a boozy burn in the finale.

Not for the fly-by-night hazy ipa crowd. This is the real deal.

Mar 30, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

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!

Nov 08, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 23, 2019
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eleimbach from Maine

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.

Jul 03, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Jun 27, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jun 14, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

May 15, 2019
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nether00 from New York

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.

May 04, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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

Feb 10, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 20, 2019
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Fitzy01 from Maine

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.

Jan 11, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

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

Dec 16, 2018
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

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!

Dec 09, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Jul 11, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Jun 28, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Jun 04, 2018
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Beer_Maineiac from Maine

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.

May 25, 2018
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stoumi from California

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!

May 19, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

May 11, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

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.

Apr 16, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

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! :)

Mar 07, 2018
Reciprocal from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 553 ratings