Friday, September 18, 2015

Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1456) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2015
I’m 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, actually.

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.

RATING: 8/10

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