Tasting: August 19, 2014
Beer #: 587
If the kingdom is beer, then I’d guess that phylum has three choices – ale fermentation, lager fermentation and bacterial fermentation. I’ll set bacterial fermentation aside and concentrate on ale versus lager. What’s the difference between a lager and an ale? Simple – ales are made with a top-fermenting yeast that prefer warmer temperatures and impart a fruity, etherish flavor. Lager yeast on the other hand does its work on the bottom of the fermenting vessel in colder temperatures and really doesn’t impart any flavor.
There has been a new wave of IPL or Imperial Pale Lager. Since the yeast doesn’t impart any palatable flavors it tends to be crisp.
A little about Dissenter. About three years ago, Founders Brewing introduced what they called their “backstage series”. These limited releases are re-creations of favorites made for their pub patrons. Most notably, the series includes the legendary Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Doom and Bolt Cutter. While the previous releases have flown off shelves – or have been hidden in the back room – Dissenter doesn’t seem to have received the same enthusiasm as shelf inventory is robust. Either that or Founders has solved the supply versus demand issue.
Quick scan of the label reveals an alcohol by volume of 8.7% and I can’t quite figure out the artwork. It looks like a part of the teenage girl vampire flick sensation – Twilight with an 1980’s twist. Maybe it’s one of the rebellious owners.
You can quickly see taste the benefits of using lager yeast in Dissenter. Really bright citrus and a crisp drinking beer. Where to start – did I say crisp – oh yeah full of clear flavors of orange, grassy, grapefruit, mango with underlying sweetness of honey. Bitterness is strong but certainly does not interfere with the tasting experience. Dissenter is a really nice beer. I’ll place Dissenter at a very good 93 points.