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Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL



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RATINGS: 312   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2073) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
A good night is one in which I get to try 2 new releases from Founders. The mysterious label seems to have a story behind it. Dark gold pour with a crackling head. The humid aroma carries hints of cheese and lemons. Dissenter’s flavor is very interesting and hard to pin down. There is a little Belgian golden or tripel taste, plus strong lager and pale ale notes. There is a fair amount of honey taste, and the hops are robust but not too intense. Another rock solid release from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2014, new exclusive American brew, thx alot to Hans for sharing!, complex bitter brew, malty/fruity/bitter and slightly woody/floral, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Shared 25.4 oz. bottle, poured to snifters showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of bubbly, soft white head foam, and some dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was extremely dank & citrusy, with some grassiness & greenery. The taste started with a touch of malt sweetness, then exposed a quite lingering, earthy & rind-like bitterness. Medium+ bodied, with decent carbonation, nice alcohol warmth, and agreeably crisp & clean finish. Any tropical notes seemed to escape me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bomber from New Pi. Very fresh hop aroma. Pale yellow pour, dense white head. Smooth body, lots of tropical fruit hop flavors. Dry finish. It’s very good--I’m not sure it’s worth the price, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a wispy, white head. The olfactory highlights include citrus rinds, pine resin and tea biscuits. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. The flavor provides tons of rindy, tannic bitterness. Lengthy, bitter, grassy finish. Bottle shared by growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (263) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Very nice hoppy aromas and flavor. Lots of grapefruit and some pine. Really, this drinks like an IPA, with only the lack of body and clean finish really announcing itself as a lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (1787) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 4, 2014
At a tasting, thanks DSG, smallish bubby head, a touch hazy very light orange color, aroma of orange marmalade, wood and some pine in the back, flavor of orange marmalade and some honey and tea, a bit too sweet, medium to strong bitterness, feels unbalanced. Nice but a little too old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1594) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle pours clear light orange with fluffy head. Aroma of soapy hop and malt. taste is crisp and sweet grassy hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (950) - 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 (347) - 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.

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