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Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL



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RATINGS: 349   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (221) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bomber shared by Bvery...thanks! Clear golden. Some hops, bready, citrus aroma. Taste follows, some tangerine. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7597) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bomber. Slightly hazy golden pour with a white head. Tangerine, grain, sweet malt. A little bready. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy and the table at Radio Maria. Bright orange, a bit hazy, lasting white head. Sweet citrus (tangerine), light pine, light spice, long bitter finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinfull (1011) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 26, 2015
Clear, golden color . Medium -sized , white head with good lacing. Fantastic aroma of pine , citrus , apricot and a bunch of other fruits . Taste is malty and unbelievable juicy. Without alcohol notes at all. Probably, the best imperial lager i've ever tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (201) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bomber into stemmed tulip. Moderate head, nice lacing. Opaque, light orange, hazy. Lots of citrus up front. Nose is citrus and candy. Taste is citrus fruit. Fairly layered. I actually like this quite a bit, but somehow the aggregate ended up fairly low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1219) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2015
Apricot gold, small white head. Apricot, peach, citrus, flavor is caramel, citrus, peach, booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2397) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of roasted, heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with notes of coriander and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is slightly hazy medium amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy with a soft to lively carbonation and a lightly to moderately alcoholic finish. A sweet and syrupy, slow drinking Strong Pale Lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a good lively head. Aroma is pine, resin, very floral bitter hops, fruits, orange, lemon, then caramel and toffee. Taste is caramel, toffee, butter richness, hoppy, floral, bitter, then sweeter fruit, like orange juice. Overall very impressive for a lager brewed by an ale centered brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Cloudy hay colored. Light white head. Aroma of melon, light tobacco, citrus. A bit like a fruity cigarillo. Quite bitter, decently sweet, caramel. Medium body, quite oily. Alcohol is present, not overpowering. Acidic, fairly low amount of carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dukeandduke (118) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2/20 Bottle - Nice solid golden clean pour with a clean white head. Smelled of orange, lemon, and fruity hops. Tasted somewhat bitter, hoppy which I enjoyed it a lot. Higher carbonation than expected, it good drinking. The beer felt stronger/ more intense afterward than I expected based on the ABV, but clean taste and smooth going down. This is another very good offering by Founders, and I look forward to more pours of this and other offerings down the road

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