still not sick of New England-style IPAs (NEIPAs) no matter how many of
them I drink. Though not all brews are created equal, I’m found the
ones that aren’t my favorite of the style are still pretty good beers in
the own right. Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale is a good example of
this. To-spec in pretty much every way, though it seems way more herbal
than most – which takes some getting used to – but the palette is still
plenty tasty in the end.
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Al K. for this can!
Appearance: A maize/pale orange hue with an extremely murky body. No
visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces
and retains extremely well.
Smell: Tropical fruits at first, though spice rack seasonings are
noticeable and grow stronger the more I drink. It’s a little weird,
Taste: I’ve always said these NEIPAs have a grassy/herbal taste to them
with notes of garlic and onion, though it’s much more noticeable in this
brew than in others. That’s not to say it’s bad or that it’s the only
thing it has going for it, though. In fact, there is a brief tropical
fruit flavor right off the bat. Not citrusy and acidic, but more of a
luscious juice sensation. However, that spicy herbal flavor can be found
lurking in the background. It’s a taste created by the Summit hops and
it lingers on the tongue after each swig. It’s akin to the aftertaste of
garlic bread. The malt base is fairly typical; though there’s flaked
wheat, oats and barley in here they don’t stand out that much. They do
create for a solid malt foundation, though.
Drinkability: It’s nice to see a single IPA that has a lot of a flavor
and drinks like a single should. At 6.6% ABV, Bissell Brothers The
Substance Ale is definitely far from a light, sessionable brew, but also
not an obese imperial concoction, either. The mouthfeel is full, thick,
soft and has a smooth, almost creamy texture. The hops do linger on the
palate, however; leaving a bit of a spicy/zesty aftertaste. I would not
call this refreshing, but I would consider it easily drinkable.