The third offering from Bissell Brothers to make it into cans is their fall seasonal Bucolia. I believe this is classified as a red/amber ale however in true Bissell Brothers fashion it is heavily hopped for your enjoyment. You may notice the can is the same as Baby Genius but they affix a clear label to the side to identify the beer within. The label is very well done and you might not even notice it is a label unless you were specifically looking for it.
Bucolia pours a deep copper color, not quite red but close. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine, very enjoyable. Taste follows with those same citrus/pine notes but enough of a malt profile to keep things in line. Slightly bitter finish and a relatively low 5.6% ABV make this an easy drinking fall beer.
Really impressed with the Bissell Brothers first three offerings and I am sure to consume many more Bucolias before it is replaced by their winter seasonal.
Pros: Flavorful and hoppy
Cons: Not your typical amber ale (but I am OK with that)
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewery Links: Bissell Brothers Site, Facebook, Twitter
Brewers Description: Bucolia was our answer to the question of how to provide a robust beer with a deep, interesting malt character, while staying true to our passion of producing fresh, soaring hop flavors in our offerings.
We are thrilled with the result, and will continue brewing Bucolia through late Autumn / Early Winter.
Amber/red ales and brown ales are two of my least favorite styles as they tend to be fairly boring and very similar from brewery to brewery. Occasionally a brewery decides to break the mold a bit and do something a little different and Maine Beer Company certainly tried to do that with Red Wheelbarrow.
This beer is red in color with a thick off white head. Aroma has some hops but still has plenty of dark fruit and malt character. The taste starts with a nice dose of hops followed by the sweet malts and only slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a decent beer but nothing to get too excited about and not up to par with Mo, Lunch and the others from Maine Beer Company.
Pros: Hoppy for a red
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Like many of our beers, Red Wheelbarrow (which started out as a pilot batch brewed by Brewer Dan Roberts) doesn’t fit neatly into a style category — think of it as a stronger, more hop-forward interpretation of a traditional red ale. Red Wheelbarrow is not, however, a “red IPA” – there is robust malt character (think raisin and fig) on both the nose and palate that temper the abundant hop presence (think citrus fruit).
Malt – Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80
Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight