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Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL



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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1294) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2014
draft that poured a medium yellow with white head. nice medium to heavy malt aroma with plenty of pine notes. the flavor is like a strong pils. malt forward and strong with plenty of pine hops mingled throughout. crisp clean finish. another excellent brew from founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Slightly hazy golden amber pour with a thick white head. Bready and hoppy nose. Really nice taste - surprisingly easy to drink for nearly 9%. Nice apricot hop flavor and a tropical bitterness in the finish. Might be the nicest of the series in a while, yet sitting on shelves around here because its not barrel aged? Double You Tee Eff?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (641) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Interesting beer. The bitter, pine flavor of the hops is really emphasized in this one. Little of the fruity, citrus, tropical fruit flavors that one associates with IPAs. Pours a copper gold with small head. Not sure I liked it as much as a good IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1380) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Very intense resinous and grassy hops with little of the citrus character I’d like in a beer of this style. High bitterness. Malt confers almost zero flavor, which is not really my thing for lager styles. Tricky beer to rate, well made but not in my wheelhouse.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (544) - Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours crystal clear golden with nice white head and some lacing. Nose is all tropical fruits and pineapple. Taste adds some mango with some nice clean bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Great IPL.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (474) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Crystal clear with a thin white head. Sweet floral nose. Smooth sweet bit plummy. Light bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Daniel719 (141) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Draft a mellow mushroom. Pours a light orange. Smell is nothing. Mild hops. Taste is the same. Some bitterness with what tastes like old hops. Tastes like it is flat. Being on draft maybe it’s a little old. I would be interested to try it in a bottle to compare. Not impressed. Wouldn’t order it again.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (873) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Clear golden orange with a small white head. Nice citrus zest and resinous hop aroma with some floral notes as well. Clean malt sweetness with some mild hop flavor and assertive bitterness. Full body with subdued alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
From flandersned-thanks, Steve! Deep gold. Nose of tropical fruit hops. Well balanced but hop driven lightly bitter. Drinks like a good DIPA. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Absolutely love this brewery but this is one that is average at best. Fairly crisp, bright, spicy, tropic fruit, fresh cut grass, and pepper. Solid but nothing exciting.

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