Posted 03 June 2019 - 03:42 AM
bissel brothers the substance ale - 6.6% abv. bissel brothers is a portland, me brewery that’s one of the older makers of the northeast ipa. I saw some listicle that put them in the second wave that came after hill farmstead and the alchemist, which seems right to me, and this beer was added to beer advocate in late 2013. it’s got an all american hop bill (falconer’s flight (a blend of a lot of stuff including citra, simcoe, and sorachi ace), centennial, apollo, eureka, and chinook) which give it a classic blend of pine and citrus bitterness with some more delicate stuff underneath, which is the way I describe a lot of things, but this is a better done version of a lot of beers. there’s a truly rare amount of nuance here and it’s got that simple but complex thing that really quaffable beer does, you notice more and more (peach, melon, pineapple, some really nice grain notes) underneath the basic flavor profile the more you have. this is one of the better beers I’ve had in a long, long time, and of the local stuff only the best grimm stuff and maybe mylar bags is at this level, and those beers are all at least 8%. apparently bissel is going to send beer here a few times a year now, and I’ve seen their stuff at every nice beer place I’ve been to over the two weeks (foster’s sundry, gold star) so hopefully this is somewhat easy to find going forward. strongly recommended.