Bissell Brothers is one of my favorite breweries in Maine, but I am rarely able to visit. The majority of my trips north are with the family, and the timing of when we leave and when/where we stop is based on the needs of the kids, so South Portland is rarely in the cards, and when we do stop in Portland there are an overwhelming number of options. Fortunately, I have some friends in Maine who occasionally hook me up with Bissell Brothers beers, and the brewery has started to distribute small amounts of beer to accounts in the state. On my recent trip to Maine we made our stops further up the coast, but on a random visit to a local market to buy water on a hot day I found a lone remaining 4-pack of Bissell Brothers and immediately grabbed it (the market we stopped at is known for a great beer selection, and it isn’t a coincidence that we stopped there). The beer I found was a new-to-me Bissell release, The Nuclear Whim With the Fuse of a Mile, an IPA originally brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 4th anniversary. Bissell Brothers Nuclear Whim (the beer’s shortened name) is brewed with African Queen, Southern Passion and Citra hops and is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Bissell Brothers The Nuclear Whim With the Fuse of a Mile pours murky sunflower yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features a huge burst of hops, loads of tropical fruit. This is very much a hop-bomb NEIPA, notes of pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, and peach along with a soft bitterness. A mild malt backbone adds some balance along with hints of crackers and cereal. Nuclear Whim (I’m not writing out the whole title again) is medium-bodied and very smooth but is nearly a DIPA at 7.6% ABV. The finish is crisp with a coating of hop flavor on the tongue. This is a delicious NEIPA, another great beer in the Bissell lineup. I hope to make it back to the brewery soon, but until then I will be happy to track down some Bissell Brothers cans whenever I make a stop in Maine! Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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