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Founders Brewing rolls out next experimental beer

May 5, 2014
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Founders Brewing rolls out next experimental beer
Dissenter IPL is the tenth Backstage Series beer by Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Photo via fb.com

Founders Brewing Co. is heading into new territory with the latest brew in its line of experimental beers.

The Grand Rapids-based brewery will release Dissenter, an Imperial India Pale Lager, this summer as the tenth brew in its Backstage Series.

The beer will be available in limited quantities across the brewery’s distribution footprint on Aug. 1.

Lager

The beer will be the brewery’s first production-scale lager in 12 years, when Noble Lager was in the lineup.

The IPL sits at 8.7 percent ABV, with a bevy of tropical, citrus hops, and hopes to show beer fans that lagers have a potential for complex flavor.

Lagers differ from ales in that they’re fermented at cold temperatures, rather than warm temps. The difference comes from the variety of the yeast used. Founders said the longer brewing process used for lagers gives the beer a “clean finish,” allowing the “hops to shine.”

“With Dissenter, we’re releasing yet another Backstage Series beer that doesn’t fit within standard beer-style guidelines,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder and vice president of brand and education, Founders Brewing Co. “And that’s the point. It’s a celebration of the creativity of our brewing team.”

The beer will retail at $11.99 per 750 mL bottle.

Backstage Series

The Backstage Series was introduced in 2011 with the intention to share “boundary-pushing” beers with a wider audience than those who drink in the Founders taproom.

Beers included in the series, such as Canadian Breakfast Stout, Blushing Monk and Bolt Cutter, have become some of the most sought-after beers in the brewing world. 

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