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Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL



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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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It’s been a dozen years since we’ve brewed a lager—and, true to form, we’re going big with Dissenter India Pale Lager, our argument in favor of the potential for complex lagers. Brewed with a wide variety of tropical, citrus-forward hops, Dissenter clocks in at 8.7% ABV and 70 IBUs. Our ales are fermented at warm temperatures, but this lager is fermented cold, using a different kind of yeast. The longer brewing process used for lagers gives Dissenter an exceptionally clean finish, allowing you to appreciate the clear beauty of the hops as you would a well thought out, eloquent dissenting opinion. We’ll let this one speak for itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (936) - USA - NOV 28, 2014
Hazy golden, amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a bit of grapefruit with notes of bread. Flavor is citrus hops, primarily grapefruit. Surprisingly big malt body with a smooth finish. Finishes light and clean. Wife: 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (336) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a slightly murky golden with a white head which laces.......aroma is pine, citrus, mango.....taste is everything up front, never seems to travel on the palette, different......pine, citrus fruits, melon, slight bitterness and smooth mouthfeel. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
Draught @ BAJT. Pours tiny hazy pale golden with a rather small frothy and bubbly offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving some spotty trace on the glass. Smell is tiny malty and fruity with white bread, toffee, grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, moist grass, pine needles, orange zest, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, tiny malty and fruity with white bread, toffee, grapefruit juice, pineapple, mango, star fruit, freshly cut grass, pine needles, minerals, orange zest, lemon zest and hints of resin and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and fruity with white bread, grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, star fruit, resin, alcohol, orange zest and lemon zest. Top notch IIPL! Nicely balanced between the sweetness, bitterness, hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2409) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2014
Draught at SBWF 2014. Clear golden liquid with a small to medium white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, grapefruit, bread and mango. Taste is dry and medium bitter with notes of mango, citrus, pine and bread. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11391) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese. Pours translucent gold with a slight white head. Aroma seems grassy/pine. Med + body. Flavor is very hoppy, seems citrus/pine/noble, and the malt seems pils. Very tasty brew, showing little heat and finishing hoppy and bitter. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6705) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dirty blonde with a modest off-white head and a pleasant citrus sroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor with a tasty hop profile. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (469) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Golden yellow pour, thin white head. Some tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Nicely balanced sweet and hoppy flavour with citrus, tropical fruit and some grassy notes. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2277) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Nice balance, smooth, sweet taste, nice lush mouthfeel. Nose is citrus IPA like. Taste a bit floral along with the sweet. No off taste despite the lightness. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6261) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. 2014 bottle. Hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of grains, slightly honey-ish malt and somewhat stlae hops, slightly citric. Sweetish malty flavor, slightly honey-ish, with bitterish hops, somewhat stale. Medium-bodied. OK, doesn’t seem fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (853) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pale male, lager yeast, floral aroma. Clear golden yellow orange with foamy white head. Crisp, malty, clean lager, hoppy, mild bitterness, floral flavor.

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