The final installment of our Maine brewery adventure happened on our return home with a quick pit stop at Bissell Brother Brewing Company. They have switched locations since our previous visit a few years ago, moving out of their space on Industrial Way into a larger facility on the other side of town. Picking up was again very easy, with me once again ordering online from the road and collecting our cans via drive through curbside pick-up. I think this is probably the brewery I am most looking forward to visiting once that becomes a possibility. Not only did they look to have a great spot for drinking some good beer, they are also located in the same lot as the International Cryptozoology Museum. Having a few brews and then checking out the museum is most definitely near the top of my to do list once the world reopens a bit more and I promise to tell you all about it when I do. In the meantime, let’s see what I brought home.
It seems appropriate for me to start this out with The Substance, the brewery’s 6.6% flagship IPA. This was one of the star beers last time I was in Portland, and it was drinking as good as I remembered this time around. It poured to a cloudy, pale yellow color and offered up a near ideal blend of citrusy fruits and dank hops. This beer is still a winner in my book and well worth seeking out.
Next up is Here’s to Feeling Good All the Time, a 7.8% Double IPA. It had a murky, yellowish/orange juice color colored body topped by a short lived white foam and a sticky sweet aroma. The taste started out sweet notes reminiscent of tropical punch and ended hot, with a mild yet prominent haze of resinous hops beneath a kick of alcohol. On the whole I liked this, but the finish was a bit hotter than I prefer for the style which made me really have to take my time with it.
And now, finally, I arrive at Voice of the Sea. This 4.2% pale ale was probably my favorite beer of the trip. Hopped with Nelson, Amarillo, and Citra, it had a bright, cloudy pale yellow body topped by a thin layer of fluffy white foam. For the taste, it opened with sweet peach and light berry notes that followed the aromas that jumped out of the can. Midsip it took on hints of wheat and grain before closing with a crisp hit of light malt and moderate Earthy/piney hops. The mouthfeel was medium-light with a touch below moderate carbonation. Put all that together and you have one wonderfully delicious, flavorful, and easy drinking beer.
Well that’s all for now. Seeing as this is October, be sure to keep an eye out for my next round of treats!