My readers know how much I love the Founders Brewing Company. I was excited to find out that they recently brewed their first lager, and did it in style. They went with an imperial pale lager, also known as an IPL. With every brewery under the sun brewing IPAs, beer fans have been looking for new and adventurous brews. Lagers are brewed differently than ales, and take longer. Jack's Abby is well known for their lagers, and other breweries are following suit. On to the review.
Served chilled from a 22 oz bomber and served in a snifter. Pours a moderately clear copper color with a one finger white foam head. Smells are quite floral, with hints of grapefruit, lemon and other tropical fruits. Carbonation is moderate to high with a medium body. Taste is of grapefruit, citrusy hops, sweetness and a cracker-esq malt. Aftertaste is crisp, but with a slight lingering bitterness.
This is a solid IPL. I put it slightly behind the Hoponius Union and Mass Rising from Jack's Abby, but ahead of the Ballast Point-Sierra Nevada Collaboration from Beer Camp.
$10/22 oz bottle