Monday, September 14, 2015

Bissell Brothers Lux

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1453) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2015
I 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 potent.

RATING: 9/10

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