don’t mind if a beer is derivative as long as it’s good, and this is
most definitely good. Bissell Brothers Lux is not exactly a New
England-style IPA, but it definitely has the major characteristics of
one. Huge tropical aroma with a spicy/herbal/grassy flavor. Even though
it bills itself as a rye ale, I’d consider this more of a standard pale
ale because the rye is rather subtle and overshadowed by the hops (I
don’t mind). I love that it comes in a full pint can and is ridiculously
easy to drink.
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date.
Thanks to Al K. for this can!
Appearance: Like any good New England beer these days, the body is pale
orange and so extremely hazy that it’s practically opaque. Pours to a
large, white, frothy head which laces and retains exteremly well.
Smell: As soon as I popped the top I could smell the strong tropical,
dank hops. A lot of fruit and juice character, but some light spicy
notes as well. Slightly bready.
Taste: If I say this palette tastes familiar, there’s a reason for that:
every brewery in the New England state is making a variation on this
base recipe – some do it better than others. Right away I get a strong
tropical fruit taste: passion fruit, guava, papaya, mango, etc. It’s not
citrusy or acidic, though. At the same time there’s a light spicy
character of oregano and basil in the background, which becomes quite
prominent on the finish and gives the beer some bite as well. The rye
accentuates this and gives the malt foundation a bit of a bready
character, though it’s not especially sweet. The bitterness is strong
while in the mouth, but it fades quickly. Overall, it’s another
excellent New England brew.
Drinkability: One of the reasons I like beers of this general style is
their smooth, comfortable mouthfeel. Bissell Brothers Lux is quite big
in body despite the fact it’s only 5.1% ABV. It really fills the mouth
with flavor, but has no harsh, spastic carbonation – more of a gentle,
fine effervescence. It’s refreshing on the tongue, though the hops do
linger and are a bit drying, but easily tolerated. Not quite what I
consider a session beer, but impressive for a brew that’s not insanely