Reciprocal
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #101
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
97
Ranked #427
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
529
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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
 
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Notes: An all Australian double dry hopped double IPA
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Reviews by stoumi:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, lemon yellow coloring, with a low profile, clingy, foamy, white head. Aromas of orange juice, mango, pineapple, and peach, like a giant juice blend. Subtle grassy notes on the nose, too. Flavors are a blast of tropical fruit, heavy on pineapple, mango, and melon, with a second wave of citrus and peach. Subtle acidity starts building as soon as you start drinking. There is a peppery and herbal build towards the back of the palate, slightly grassy and slightly peppery. Big, smooth, slightly chewy body, with a tropical sweet fruit blend in the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and acidic. Solid beer...big old juice bomb.

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Photo of emount91
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

on tap fresh at the brewery, these guys really live up to all of the hype surrounding them. pours a yellowish/grey color with a big foamy head, dissipates slowly, lots of carb seen floating to the top. smell is big tropical citrus with some grassy hop notes, slightly dry malt smell. taste follows the smell exactly, just bigger and more in your face. feel is perfect, this beer is just one slight step below swish, which is out of this world. these guys are truly killing it. going back on saturday for another release, going to try the rest of their lineup as well.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bissell Brothers Brewing Co in Portland, ME.

This one pours a hazy and basically milky light orange-ish, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like melon, grapefruit, passionfruit, orange, pale malt, pine, and grassiness.

Though there is a little bit bitterness, and the slightest hint of malt, this is a big juice bomb through and throught, with lots of fruit flavor rolling across the tongue, melon, grapefruit, orange, some stone fruit, etc. It tastes awesome and it's surprisingly easy to drink.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich and creamy for the style, with a good level of carbonation, and a nice bite on the finish.

This is another prototypical version of my preferred IPA bent. Awesome stuff and I can't wait until I can have more.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce Can into a Belgian Tulip

Ugh, another brew from SomethingClever, guess I'm going to review this one too. For the start, this brew pours Insane! It's murky, it's ugly...just the way I like em! The color of this swamp scum is deep Orange with that Medium Amber appearance. Nice Cloud of Tight Bubbly Head. This brew is Amazing looking!

I smelled it once I popped open the can, Citric and Weed! I take a whiff and it first slaps you with Grapefruit and Resin! In the background some Mango fruit slapping mofos around for fun! Some crackerish Malts are in on the action too. Just a great smelling IPA.

The flavor is just as banging as the Aroma! Hoppy Goodness that excels in the Citric Rind realm then slaps that Resinous Hop goodness to the front. They're at a battle for supremacy and neither are getting the lead. Mango fruitiness comes in on the side attack with some light Cracker Malts. This finishes dry with a clean bitterness. Lingering Citric Acid and Hop Vine Resin in the aftertaste. The feel of the brew is oily and slick with a creepy smoothness. Carbonation is on point.

Overall: This brew is Raw and Un-censored.. Just the way I prefer my IPAs. This is up there with the Greatness of the Northeast DIPAs...yet this is just a Single IPA. This brew is aggressive yet drinkable beyond belief. It takes you on a Hop Journey that leaves me in Awe. I've never given a beer a complete 5 but this brew is pushing it! At the end of the day, this brew is Recommended.

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

Doing their best to confuse the reams of where fruit juice ends and IPA begins, their alcoholic punch flavor is laced with the bready malts and bitter resins that have hop-heads calling like catnip. But those auras of cannabis and citrus carry a fruity and candied character that's as charming as it is blurring.

Its hazy golden appearance has the eye thinking white grapefruit juice even as its billowing creamy lather suggest something more ale-like. Its muddled citrus and herb scent is bright with pink grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and herbaceous while the supple malt taste is lightly confectinate with angel-food cake, powdered sugar and fruit dream bars.

The middle is chocked full of bitter sherbet flavor- tantalizing orange, lemon and pink grapefruit roll into the juicy ripeness of cantaloup, kiwi and mango for a tropical, citrus and orchard culmination that's not a far cry from fruit punch. ...Except for the bitterness that comes rolling into the finish with its herbal complement of cannabis, chive and fresh-cut, perfumy grasses.

Both dry and creamy, the beer achieves the intangible taste and texture that sets great IPA apart from world-class varieities- its supportive starch structure never interferes with the hop domiant bitterness in finish. Clean, grassy, pithy and piney, the beer's waning taste is lightly gin and wine-like with and afterglow of bitter citrus.

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

Missed cans by a few minutes, but at least got to try it on tap.

Big creamy thick head, nice lacing, hazy murky orange juice.

Nose tons of tangerine orange, little creamy malt, grapefruit pith, little stone fruit, pretty dank with more orange peel.

Taste big hop, juicy tangerine, grapefruit pith, Clementine, orange juice, fair bitter grassy like, lots of pith, little candy, mild sweet malt. Finish bitter, little rind, pith lingering.

Mouth med bod creamy juicy, nice carb.

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

Photo of anteatr23
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange, clearly clouded to a white haze from the double dry hop, two finger frothy head. Smells of sweet pineapple, mango and sherbert. Taste is bitter and heavily hopped, sweet and frothy. Creamy, grassy and dank. Bitterness continues to aftertaste, and the citrus from the nose is not as pronounced in the actual flavor. Body is great, however. Thick frothy foam. I think this beer will sit well with those who aren't dying for the "Tree House" tropical flavor. This DIPA is a bit more traditional. Personally, if only a little more of the nose matched the intensely hopped flavor, it's a tippity top tier IPA. Close enough anyway.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeK89
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite out of the BB lineup. Perfect carb and hazy look that is appealing to some and considered mud water to others. I personally like it. Bright juicy citrus with nice bitterness. Big aroma as well. This is a DDH beer that perhaps would be even more popular if it was advertised as such. I would take this over Swish as the carbonation in swish is lacking.

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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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Photo of Oap--1127
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 fmccormi
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware, as usual). This was canned yesterday, according to the canning date tag on the 4-pack holder (“09/06”). Refrigerated since getting it home from the brewery earlier today—veeeeeery excited to sit down and properly enjoy this one!

Appearance (4.25): Three fingers of ecru-colored foam cap an opaque, pale, yellow-tan body. Hazy as fuck, as expected. The head dissipates slowly to a meringue-like cap of foam, leaving wide, lumpy arcs of foamy lace. If the haze doesn’t bother you (which it doesn’t me), it’s fairly sexy.

Smell (4.75): Straight up passion fruit, navel orange, and mango flesh. Juicy, and tropical as all get out. Sugar cookies, candied papaya, lemon curd, and more passion fruit come up behind the initial wave. Some sweetened guava juice, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a bit of apricot flesh. Really, the nose is just non-stop citrus, and I love it.

Taste (4.5): Papaya and passion fruit lead the charge, quickly chased by red grapefruit juice and a touch of lime zest in the bitter, pithy finish. Musky papaya offers some different character to the body’s undertones. There’s almost a banana flavor here as well, along with honey dew—something oddly creamy. The bitterness leans grassy as the drink goes on, aided by a somewhat dry malt base—toasted country bread with a touch of honey. The hop finish eventually turns resinous and grassy, but still this is just insanely juicy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): So creamy, with a medium-full mouthfeel aided by smooth carbonation and a silky malt base. However, the hop oils and the fine-grained carbonation—which starts velvety—dry the living shit out of the body. It goes from silky to spicy by the time the carbonation foams up fully and gently, shortly before the wash out.

Overall (4.5): In some ways it’s not the most dynamic IPA, because it’s all juicy citrus, but mother of God, the citrus and fruit are full, rich, and complex. Juicy as all get out in smell, taste, and feel, too. If you take this beer for what it is, it’s crazily good. That said, it stands on its own as an excellent all-around IPA, but it also takes the “juice bomb” trend within the IPA style and blows it out of the water. Outstanding, and highly recommended.

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Photo of yourmom123
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drew42e
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/26 consumed next day. Completely opaque like fresh squeezed oj at a resort in Hawaii. Very strong aroma of orange, trop fruit. Very dank. Big citrus bite, peppery. Will try some a week later to see if it's softened at all.

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of njcraftguy
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Bissell Bro's. I was lucky enough to get to the new brewery and it is well worth taking the trip. Nothing Gold, Swish and Reciprocal are their best offerings and are all stellar. Such a uber tasty brew. Great job BB.

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

Photo of burns3y
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reciprocal from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 529 ratings