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IPA - New England
Ranked #554
Ranked #1,983
4.24 | pDev: 6.84%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
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Notes: The newest member of our IPA family. A mid-strength IPA that showcases the Idaho 7 hop varietal.

Hops: Idaho 7, Amarillo, Mosaic
Malts: Golden Promise, 2-Row, Flaked Barley, Carastan, C-80
OG: 1.062
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 175 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Marifp from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It has a beautiful amber color but a pungent smell due to the Idaho hops. Very strong “pot” smell, which I don’t like. The taste is quite pleasant and clean though.

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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Canton St May 2020

Solid but not exceptional, I hold Bissell to a very high standard and this wasn’t their best. It really drank like a mix of a more traditional IPA with a slightly heavier malt profile and a tea-like hop flavor. Would drink again but not seek out

May 27, 2020
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MaineBrewing from Maine

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured an unfiltered golden orange color with a white frothy and bountiful two finger head. Left tons of lacing, appears fresh and lively.

S - Bright and citrusy with a pronounced hop aroma of lemon peel, grapefruit, and dank pine. Sweet malt cuts through along with a sharp fruity yeast and alcohol.

T - The flavor profile matches the nose to a tee, citrus forward. Intense lemon and grapefruit, with a slight pine. The hops are present throughout the whole sip and it finishes with a lingering juicy hop flavor. There is ample malt sweetness throughout, just adding to the juice quality of the brew. Bittering is low, as expected with the style, but I must lament that this particular example would benefit from more bittering hops.

M - The mouthfeel is great, its medium carbonation, smooth on the palate, just overall juicy hop bomb. The lack of bittering hops, yet the fact it is still somewhat dry lends this to be a very satisfying and utterly crushable brew.

O - This is overall a great NE IPA, no flaws stylistically. Super juicy and dangerously sessionable at 6.2%. Bissell has quite the line-up of IPAs they brew, this is probably not the hopiest, or the dankest, but its just ridiculously juicy, easy drinking and utterly enjoyable.

May 04, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden pour with big foamy white head. Great ring of sticky lacing.

S: Grains and hops. Strong pine with grapefruit and melon.

T.F: Follows the nose. Cereal grains, pine/resin, and grapefruit rind. A bit of melon, fruit, and peppercorn. Medium body... oily on the tongue. Some hop bitterness/bite which is nice. More pine and grapefruit in the finish.

O: A well executed American IPA with more of an 'old school' flavor and bite. Tasty... and light enough that you can have 2.

Apr 21, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Native Son Alehouse in Santa Ana, CA.

Like Kermit chilling out on a raft in the Caribbean, this one is a winner. Think of Miss Piggy in a two piece; yeah, she’s working it. And then you see Gonzo juicing some tropical fruits... Yep! There we go. And then not to be forgotten, picture Baby Animal dropping some acid...

This is a vacation that I want to be on!

Feb 15, 2020
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Gavilan from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very turbid wheat looking. Bursting with tropical, pineapple and piney aromas.
Taste follows the smell, very soft and fluffy with a dry finish. Really well done beer.
Excited to have Bissell Brothers in NoVA.

Nov 24, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a yellowish / brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, malt, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of a small amount of melon (kind of fleeting), a tinge of the grainy quality, a good shot of hops (a dominant feature here), some tropical fruit (grapefruit, in particular), and a little tropical fruit (papaya). A super-solid flavor all around. It's more like a classic DIPA than the fruit-centric NE IPA, but it still works.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a solidly made beer. Worth a look.

Nov 06, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 9-17-19. Opened 10-17-19.
1" white head decent retention and sticks at a foamy, lacy 1/4". Opaque golden-orange colored NEIPA.
Orange zest / peel, citrus, berry, lightly floral/herbal/woodsy character...a complex but delicate aroma. Took awhile for me to figure out and try to describe.
Taste follows the aroma - orange citrus dominates here though, not as complex in the flavor as in the aroma.
Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation, full body. Medium length finish and more bitterness than your average NEIPA.

Oct 18, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 6 days ago.

L -- Opaque amber-orange body with three fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and good lacing
S -- Lime zest, kiwi, papaya, lemon sorbet, blueberry, red grapefruit
T -- Green botanicals, yellow grapefruit rind, kumquat, orange zest. Darker malts than in many of their NEIPAs
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Quite rindy and bitter initially but tapers off nicely. Fine effervescence
O -- Tasty and flavorful in any easy to drink package


Sep 24, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 07/17/19 - poured into a tulip at 45F

Pours a turbid, glowing burnish gold, with three fingers of fluffy ivory head that slowly settle, leaving sticky lacing behind.

Nose: Very tropical, and unmistakably Bissell. Aromas of mango, pineapple, guava, papaya, lychee, and a bouquet of floral notes, all atop a honeyed malt background. There is a whisper of spearmint underneath everything.

Palate: Clean, fluffy, oaty malt with a faint hint of caramel greets the palate, before the hops quickly take over. Very true to the nose, the hops bring lots of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple and mango are the big notes here. There's also a big stone fruit presence - sweet ripe peach and nectarine. There's a dank note in the background, but it isn't exactly earthy or musty. It has a very similar characteristic to the heavy, dusty peach note you get from Galaxy hops. In fact, I would probably guess this was hopped with Galaxy, if I didn't already know it was Idaho 7. The finish is very mildly bitter, blending more of the tropical fruit notes with the overripe peach. No real piney, pithy, or grassy bitterness, but a nice resinous drying sensation.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Incredibly soft and fluffy, without any cloying syrupy sweetness or muddy sludginess. Effervescence is actually quite lively given the fluffy body, which provides an element of crispness. The majority of the beer is succulent and juicy, but the finish closes with a nice hoppy dryness.

Overall: I'm a little disappointed in myself for not giving this much credit. Everyone always raves about the same Bissell offerings: Swish, HTFGATT, Reciprocal, and Nothing Gold. Nothing Gold is a fantastic beer, and Swish is very good, but I have to say, in my personal opinion, this blows Reciprocal out of the water. It takes the wonderful creaminess of Reciprocal, without the musty earthy notes, and combines it with the flavour profile of Nothing Gold and The Substance. I would rank this above Substance and Reciprocal, and just beneath Nothing Gold. A very enjoyable and underrated offering from a fantastic New England brewery.

Jul 21, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color and is capped by an one finger head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Papaya, cantaloupe, nectarine and a slightly dank aspect

Taste: Fruit forward, with the papaya and cantaloupe being joined by the nectarine; a little grassy and dank, through the middle, but the finish is juicy and not overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer is full of flavor but won’t rock your palate with bitterness; more like a NE APA than an IPA

Jun 14, 2019
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a 12 oz glass at the brewery. Hazy honey yellow with 3/4 in head and thick lacing. Nose is dank weed and lemon. Expected this one to be bitter but has a nice, mellow flavor: more dank weed, pine, hints of citrus. Lingering pine. Really glad to try this one- definitely recommended if you’re looking for some liquid pine forest without the lingering bitterness of the west coast IPA style.

Feb 17, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Opening the can of beer an enormous citrus aroma blasted my nose. Right off I could tell this beer is an IPA variant. The pour on the beer produced a three finger billowy airy head that had fair retention. The head has a bright white color. The head dissipated quickly leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 5 a pale gold color with a touch of copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy. The beer has a few carbonation bubbles visible from the sides of the glass.

The initial aromas in the beer are resin, grapefruit and tropical. Additionally, I smell oranges, lemons, floral, toasted malts, biscuits, and a touch of solvent.

The flavors in the beer are somewhat different than the aromas. The beginning flavors on the palate are tropical fruit, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. Next, I get oranges, a touch of honey, toasted malts, dank biscuits, cardboard, herbal, and floral.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, the carbonation is medium, and the finish is full.

The beer is a typical IPA nothing spectacular. A well made IPA with nothing that makes it outstanding. I saw that this beer is New England IPA. I do not get the juicy notes and bright citrus flavors. The beer is good.

Dec 16, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - some swampy murk here. Kinda brown and oxidized-looking. Let's hope that's what it's supposed to look like. Nice juicy looking head tho.

S - certainly smells fresh. Pine, cantaloupe, and a weird combination of both ripe and green fruits. Sweet tropicalia and also herbal, malty orange bitters.

T - primal and earthy. Orange mint candy and toasted marshmallow sweetness. Floral. Flaked wheat and candied apricots. Again, interesting mix of fruity, grainy, and flowery.

F - initially low on the carbonation scale, but livens up a bit in the back half. Smooth consistency throughout.

O - unique IPA. I keep mentioning this, but it seems to simultaneously exist in several states of IPA: malty, hoppy, grassy, and juicy. Always keeps you on your toes.

Jun 26, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy/cloudy bright yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry dank hops notes with some green grassy hoppy notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of dry dank notes with some herbal grassy hops floral undertones with light residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Solid IPA with nice mix of less known hops which provides different flavours.

Jun 23, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/01/17.

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a cloudy, murky, golden body with some lacing. Wonderful nose of tropical fruit, citrus, candied orange, and straight orange juice. Taste does not follow as a dry bitterness overcomes the fruitiness somewhat as in most murky juice bombs such as this. Feel is adequately carbed but has that off putting raspy dryness that doesn't lend itself to an enjoyable experience for me. It's not you, it's me! Overall, you know you'll like it if you like sandpaper that smells like an orange grove!

Dec 15, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold color with a thick white head and a lot of lace.
Sweet fruit, but also a little citrus.
Peach, a little grapefruit, and some white bread.

Oct 04, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can - no date but likely 4 weeks old

Pours a vibrant, slightly dark orange-gold color, opaque with a 2 finger lace white head that retains well to a thick lumpy blanket. Leaves large lacy rigs on the glass - very nice.

The aroma is pungent with sweet nectarine notes along with grapefruit - not much tropical sweetness.

Taste is dominated by nectarine but with a little lemony citrus and a smidge of sweet cookie but this is really subtle. Certainly hop forward but the full taste doesn't kick in until midway through then hangs on into the aftertaste, at which point it becomes dank -- this is the indicator for Idaho7 I believe. Just a little bitterness and a light malt in the background that is not overfly sweet like many beers in this category.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a moderate seltzer to it up front.

I'm a fan of stone fruit hop flavor so this is a treat for me. It has less sweetness than other opaque NEIPAs in the region, which is nice but without a bitterness behind it this really doesn't make it much of an outlier. This one reminds me of Dash from Mast Landing, not too far from BBB. I think I might do up for a release day on this one.

Jul 29, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into pint glass canned on 6/28

A: Small soapy white head settles to a film on the body. The body is a murky Amber almost orange tan color.

S: You first get hint of some grapefruit rind but that yields to a piney earthy hop aroma.

T: Very juicy beer getting some grapefruit and light lemon then some of that more earthy and herbal tones.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer or a fruit bomb but the earthiness and herbal notes pla nicely with the grapefruit, fairly low bitterness as well. Tastes a lot like substance used to, to me.

Jul 08, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried 4 pours at the brewery and this was definitely my favorite. Great look, feel, smell. Taste had some subtle grapefruit nots on the nose, a much stronger finish but an aftertaste that leaves quickly.

Jun 02, 2017
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy unfiltered orange with a two finger head -- tight bubbles, nice lacing. Smells of tropical hops, citra, amarillo, dank and earthy, pilsner malts. Taste is bitterness and dankness forward, resembling Substance - into tropical fruits and a bready malt. Aftertaste has some remaining bitterness, but sort of wanes off into a watery finish. Soft and pillowy mouthfeel, medium body. Really a nice happy medium to a lot of Bissell IPA's. There's a little more going on here than Substance, but it's not quite as hopped up and heavy as some of their Double IPA offerings. Fun beer.

Jun 02, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours an opaque dark golden color. There was a thin off white head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Lots of different hops in there. Citrus, melon and some pine are on top. The taste is very good. Citrus, melon, pine, other tropical hop flavors. An excellent beer.

Apr 10, 2017
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dee4maine from Maine

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As they put it, it is a mid range IPA. Not your typical New England "juice bomb" here. However what one finds is an expertly crafted IPA with hop dankness and rounded bitterness. Very nice mouthfeel is so welcome. Delight.

Apr 09, 2017
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can poured into fluted snifter.

Hazy straw yellow with an ever so-slight copper tint. Thick foamy head is off-white and settles into thick collar with floating islands of foam.

Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits and sweet fruit juices. A big background of resinous earthy hops is in there too.

For me, the earthy and resinous side of the hops comes through the most. Gives the tropical and citrus flavor a nice balancing background. Hint of sweetness and pine.

Moderate carbonation and just over medium bodied.

A great addition to the Bissell hoppy line-up.

Mar 06, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon.

Hazy yellow body with a quarter inch of white head. Lovely hop forward aroma with notes of orange, mango, melon. Terrific flavor. Easy drinking. Bissell Bros. is terrific.

Feb 09, 2017
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