Name: Bissell Brothers Swish Double IPA
Style: Double IPA
“THE DOUBLE IPA WE’VE DREAMT ABOUT.
HOPS: MOSAIC, CITRA, SIMCOE, APOLLO
MALTS: GOLDEN PROMISE, FLAKED WHEAT”
I return from my hiatus and quickly jump back to the hops. Recently, I have been on a mission to collect all the best IPAs I can get my hands on. Next on my list is one that I have wanted to taste for a while, Swish from Bissell Brothers Brewing from Portland, Maine. I heard about this beer from a couple friends and was finally able to get my hands on a couple cans, so I am pumped to try and review it. Bissell Brother’s is pumping out some of the big, juicy, hazy IPAs the Northeast is known for and Swish it the cream of their crop, so let’s crack the can open.
The beer pours a hazy golden, yellow amber with about an inch of white frothy head laces around the glass. Immediately on the pour, I get big citrus fruit notes even though my nose is feet from the can. It was enough to make me say “holy shit this is going to be good”. Getting closer, I get notes of peach, mango, orange, key lime and doughy bread. The nose is well balanced enough to have me salivating for a taste. The beer tastes better than it smells with big citrus and tropical fruits notes consisting of lemon, peach and mango. The fruit notes are balanced nicely with some light bread notes; making it extremely well balanced. It adds a kick of bitterness at the end giving a slight bite. The beer is smooth and creamy on the tongue with a medium body and carbonation.
I really don’t know what to say here other than this beer is phenomenal. It is everything I look for in an IPA and more. It is fruity and dry, while being bitter and balanced. It is exactly what you want a big juicy double IPA to be without being too fruity. The beer is really more of a slam-dunk than a swish, but who am I to argue over names. The beer is just plain good. We are coming to the end of their brewing cycle, with the last batch coming out this week, so grab them while you can or wait until October. Whatever you do, I highly recommend you try this beer. I went from me never tasting it, to it easily jumping into my top 5. Don’t the let Double IPA name and 8% scare you as it is super drinkable and easily tamable. Cheers!
Editor’s Note: Please excuse any grammar or spelling mistakes as I am a drinking alcohol while writing since this is a beer blog after all.