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Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
American Hopped Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2472) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
On tap at duckfat with lunch. Pours like orange juice with a slim white head. Lots of citrus, some darkness from what I am assuming is mosaic hops. Light bitterness, light to medium body with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2037) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2016
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 Sweet citrus and resin aroma. Super cloudy golden milky color with a medium white head. Sweet and bitter beginning with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2964) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
July 21, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear.
Cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with grapefruit, orange zest, pine, some resin and grass notes as well. Taste is light sweet, fruity with hints of pineapple, some crackers, light to medium bitter with a citrus pith note giving it almost a tart note in the finish. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.
Good and refreshing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Draught at the Kingís Head Pub, 3/6/16.
Luminous, NE IPA hazy/soupy golden/honeydew colored body is topped by a solid white head showing strong retention.
Juicy, of course, in the nose, but with a strong white grapefruit element and resulting acidity. Light floral notes make their way in and it grows quite heady/perfumey and the juice character dries out leaving dry pineapple and such on the finish. Some lightly biscuity malts sit behind, but never interrupt. Not quite the sheer juice bomb of, say, Julius or Congress Street, but certainly very respectable. No alcohol or flaw.
And so it goes in the mouth; tons of citrus alongside more dry tropical fruit notes, with lightly biscuity malt providing an almost chewy texture. Engaging, tight carbonation and strong attenuation. No alcohol no flaw. Just a bit too citrus dominated and stark, compared to some of the best. Could actually stand to have just a touch more maltiness to it, as well. Still a very enjoyable, easy-drinking NE IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours hazy grapefruit into a shaker. Bright white soapy head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Garlic and tropical fruit aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and mango upfront turning to garlic and onion before the lasting resin finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VastActiv (4991) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Tap at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, Portland. Originally rated 20160220. Colour is very cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grape, hops and malts. Superfruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (530) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Many cans on many occasions. Bissell Bros.ís flagship beer is a complicated mix of a few different styles. Itís got a lot of hop aroma that smells of citrus and pine, and a malt profile that leaves a slightly strange aftertaste in my mouth (maybe from the wheat and oats?), all of which reminds me of some of the high-profile Vermont IPAs. Itís also cloudy to the point of being ugly and finishes surprisingly bitter. Some people love this beer, but Iím content to just drink it occasionally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1563) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Poured from a can. Aroma has a light cracker malt backbone. Moderate hop notes with some pineapple, tropical fruit and melon. Some light citrus and moderate dank notes balance out the fruit. Pours a very murky, pale straw color with a medium sized, moderately thick, white head that exhibits good retention as it slowly recedes. Medium high lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly sweet but rather dry with some cracker and bready notes. Moderately strong bitterness that lingers in the finish. Moderately strong hop flavors with melon, mango, tropical fruit, light citrus notes, and moderate dank and resinous notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, but I was expecting a bit more hops for a NE IPA. A solid beer though and very tasty, but ugly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (3764) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Can thanks to DanFooFaa. Nose is super earthy, citrus, and lightly floral hop forward. No caramel or messy stuff noted. Can is silver and cold. Taste is initially full of floral and lightly tropical hoppy flavors. Mid palate shows of some crackery malt. A touch of sweetness, but not caramel. Then finishes with more earthy hope flavors and bitterness. Overall a damn good drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
Can shared at CBC Clapham, 2/10/2015. Many thanks to Scopey for this one. Murky yellow / straw coloured pour with a lasting sticky white head. Aroma is spicy hop, white wheat, sticky hop with a little lemon. Flavour is composed of straw pithy lemon, wheat and grassy hop. Palate is grainy, highish carbonation to drying finish.

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