PW's Year of Beer: Founder Dissenter

By Eric San Juan
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Lagers have not generally been seen as ideal vehicles for hop-forward beers, instead serving as the branch of the beer world focused on easy drinking smoothness. But Dissenter, by Michigan’s Founders, offers a little … errr, dissent to that notion. This is a big, brutish Imperial Pale Lager (IPL) that in many ways serves as a better delivery system for bright, citrusy hops than most ales. Huge aromas of grapefruit and pineapple spring from the glass to greet your nose. Each sip reveals juicy, fruity hop flavor that would be right at home in a top shelf double IPA. Here, however, they are balanced by the soft smoothness of a big (8.7 percent ABV) lager; the malts are all soft grainy bread and toasted peanut. You want proof lagers can blow your mind? Here it is. Try it at Field House.

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