The Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPA - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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The Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPAThe Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 58
rAvg: 4
pDev: 3.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smekermann on 11-28-2013

An Imperial IPA made with wheat to keep the beer light bodied and a hazy white. Big hop flavours and aromas of tropical fruit and gooseberries from the Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 58
Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, not your usual shape though. No date.

It describes itself as an Imperial Wheat IPA. Hazy pale golden color, bright white head. Fairly accurate - lighter body, very little malt flavors, just a little sweetness to balance the hop flavor. hop profile is a bit earthy and floral. easy drinking. (309 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Boozy pineapple taste. Sweet. Really fizzy. The aroma is green beans and and cucumber with a hint of Saison yeast. Hot with alcohol. The sweetness gives way to a spicy, scratchy bitter funk.

It tastes really strong, definitely a malt liquor-- oh, was it supposed to be an IPA? Last thing on my mind, sipping it. This is sort of interesting but it's so unbalanced. Put it in a 40 oz jug and give it the right name-- Boozy Baby Mama. From the 650 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. (492 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale gold body under a few fingers of ivory foam that left laces down the glass

S: lots of pale fruit and citrus, strong sugary aromas with edges of something floral and herbal

T: big sweet citrus of lemon and what I guess is gooseberry - very juicy and sweet

M: smooth and somewhat lush, medium weight, moderate carbonation

O: hard to evaluate if this is what they were going for - tastes almost like a sugary hefeweizen with lots of fruit, packing a high abv punch - not as bitter as I would have liked, but decent - perhaps the wheat base is not to my liking when I'm thinking Citra and Nelson-hopped DIPA? (621 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A dark hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of firm, creamy, rich milk shake-like off-white head.

Aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, gooseberry, and citrus notes. Just a slight malt sweetness and a whole boatload of Kiwi and west coast hops. Bright, vibrant ... The fruitiness is cut just a little with some bitter resins.

Palate features more fresh orange and grapefruit, gooseberry, white grape, ripe pears, peaches, pineapple juice, mellow pine. Nice Nelson Sauvin showcase ... No harsh woody notes. Each sip is split roughly down the middle between candied fruit and a deeper herbal resinous flange, in that order. Rather thick body, an impression probably accentuated by the aforementioned juicy flavors. Carbonation on the low side. Finishes herbal, semi-dry ... Recalls pineapple skin.

An imperial white IPA? I buy that to a degree, based on the grain bill, although there's little in the way of obvious witbier or otherwise Belgian character here, IMO. I think the idea was to tone down the malt sweetness as much as possible, in order to let the tropical hop flavors shine forth unencumbered by any toffee-type stuff. Great DIPA nonetheless, on the sweet and less overtly boozy side. (1,234 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650mL bottle into an Altamont glass. Bottled 26 November 2014.

A: Nice head, hazy gold.

S: Sweeter, and a little funky/skunky. It smells like a cheap lager, a bit. I'm not lovin' it. Citrus peel.

T/M: That's really good. I almost can't taste the Nelson, even though I'm looking for it, until right at the very end. Then it's all canned pineapple sugar. Otherwise, this is a very *smooth*, sweet, DIPA that takes its cues from the malt. Kind of sticky aftertaste.

O: It's great! But too sweet. Still, highly recommended. (537 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice golden colour with a thin white head that lasted for quite a while. The nose has citrus and tropical fruit up front with a sweet maltiness balancing it out. Was actually expecting a bit more hop forwardness but the malt balanced it out. The taste is more malt forward than I expected as well. There is a honey sweetness along with some bread and pineapple, but non of the alcohol burn you might expect from a 9.2% ABV. Even the mouthfeel doesn't have that burn and is on the high medium side. A very good beer. (535 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of gooseberries from the Nelson Sauvin hops are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of gooseberries and also has some notes of tropical fruits and hints of citrus. A moderate amount of bitterness is present. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as heavy in body as one would expect because the use of wheat malts lightens things up, placing this more in line with the amount of body you would expect from a standard IPA. This lightness also allows the hop flavors to shine through in the taste.

Serving type: bottle (977 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%

Poured a golden body that is light/almost seethrough and gives off two finger head that dies slow and leaves patches around glass.
A citric hop aroma that is dirty and yet also maintains a touch of "grapey" sweetness.
Beer is light, dry, touch of sourness/acidity from the hops with a citric flavor (more lemon/lime than orange) but is balanced with a touch of grapefruit/tangerine like sweetness.
The hops in this beer make it a lighter, non-hop bomb type DIPA that some might not like, but I found the beer to be simple and easy drinking and very worthwhile my time. (568 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, day 7 of the Parallel 49/Central City Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown - so far, only 3 out of 7 for new beers - I fear that ratio will only drop as we carry on.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar chunky layered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter orange and white grapefruit rind, mildly funky yeast, gritty, grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, a whole morn's worth of forest floor pine green goodness, and a testy, brash, and needing of a good slap upside the head, booziness. The taste is rather sweet bready, somewhat doughy caramel malt, a tame chalky flintiness, mixed up citrus fruit and piney/leafy bitterness notes, a staid sticky yeastiness, and further alcohol-adjacent leafy, weedy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key in its wee, almost undetectable frothiness, the body a heady medium-full weight for the purported style, and equally smooth, with an unnecessary, but surely welcome creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, grainy caramel and fruity orchard and bitter pine forest hops what's hittin' the city right now.

I've seen mention of this as a 'white' IPA, but since that is noted absolutely nowhere on the bottle, and sure, there's a hint of yeast, I dunno, maybe just all beer is made with it, y'know? Anyways, a killer DIPA, the well-sublimated, but still evident alcohol doing well to ingratiate itself with the large and equally in charge malt and hops. Yep, this is good stuff - oh, and yeah, cool pop culture riffing with the name and label, P49! (1,675 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip 298/11/14

A bright golden yellow with a chill haze and just a few tiny bubbles moving very slowly, just a finger of short lived foam that somehow manages to leave plenty of lace

S pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, canned peaches, big tropical nose, faint cereals, a hint of chewing gum and booze but I'd never guess 9.2%, not sure what's "white" about it

T more caramel then the nose but still very tropical, tastes more like juice then beer, a little spruce and a hint of booze but again drinks like something much weaker

M has a fair amount of body, more bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it, bitter, a little grit, big rindy finish and well concealed booze

O I wasn't sure what to expect but I really liked this one, big and tropical and could sneak up on ya if you let it

I'm not sure how this is a white DIPA, perhaps a recipe change or I'm completely missing the yeast and spice? Don't care though because its tasty stuff at the end of the day (1,011 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a dull lighter golden with a thick frothy white head that shows good lacing.Very citrusy in the nose with lemon really showing thru,some herbal hops underneath a bit of toasted grain as well.A big splash of pithy lemon flavors on the palate with some aspirin and a slight medicinal note,quite dry with a bit of toasted cereal grain.Not bad you wouldn't know it was wheat based if it didn't say really. (431 characters)

Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a decent head with ok retention but shy lacing.

I can smell pineapples, peaches and oranges. Not a bad start aroma wise I would say.

It tastes like peaches, oranges and some pine needles. A little sweetness. Somewhat bitter.

Medium body and carbonation.

This is one of the best White IPA's I've had. Complex aromas and taste. I'll have to taste it again with fresher taste buds.

Notes: I'm a huge hop head. My favourite is Driftwood's Fat Tug. I drank two Stone IPA's before reviewing this one. This might have saturated some taste buds... (550 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of off-white head and visible carbonation. The head mostly dissipates within a few minutes, leaving behind some bubbles across the top of the beer and some streaks on the side of the glass.

The smell is fruity! I'm mainly picking up pineapple and melon. Very appealing.

The taste is an interesting combination of tropical fruits, grassy bitterness and pine. I like it, but I'm not sure I could drink much of it. It's pretty bitter (and it's 9.2%). I probably would be better off splitting this with someone!

Note to self: maybe stick to IPAs instead of Imperial/Double IPAs. (640 characters)

Photo of ZachT
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold color, slightly cloudy, about three fingers of head with slight lacing on the glass
S: Hoppy, some citrusy and piney aromas in the background, alcoholic and a bit worty
T: Strong hop flavor, nice bitterness, get notes of citrusy/piney hops, finish is a nice hop bitterness with strong alcohol taste
M: Medium body, very well carbonated, slightly dry finish
O: Delicious beer, really nice citrusy hop flavours, fairly bitter at 76 IBUs but quite drinkable for an IIPA, the "white" twist on the IIPA works really, really well - fantastic (548 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Slightly hazy but a nice crisp gold color. A very nice white head with decent retention and very good lacing.

Nose: Banana, pineapple, grain and malt up front. A little citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste: Some sweet tropical fruits and crisp carbonation up front. Very nice balance of sweet and bitter. Very clean finish. (327 characters)

Photo of Boozecamel
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Orange with a moderate amount of head. A bit cloudy, but still a good looking beer.

Aroma: Wonderful sharp, tropical aroma, very similar to snap crackle pop. Alomost seems like they used the same hop profile.

Taste: Tropical assault, just wonderfull. Citrussy bitterness. Orange, lemons, pineapple.

Muthfeel: A little light for anIPA, but good slickness. Hoppy goodness.

Overall it seems like this is a white ipa version of Snap crackle pop. Sooo similar, but the taste isn't as intense. Th body is much lighter. Great beer, but I prefer Snap. (565 characters)

Photo of smekermann
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with moderate off-white head. Smell is a lot less hard-hitting than I'd hoped for a double IPA brewed with Nelson hops. You get some faint hop notes, almost all of them consisting of tropical fruit.

Taste is pretty damn good. Again, I saw the Nelson hops on the ingredients list and I kinda assumed this would be an over the top beer for some reason (I guess mainly because most of the Nelson IPAs I've had have had that distinction), but it turned out to be the complete opposite: this beer has a really mellow tone to it: light malt body (and by light I mean you probably won't taste it), supporting a really mellow yet gorgeous hop profile of tropical fruits and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel is similarly grand with medium to low carbonation making this beer a very easy drinker. Alcohol, to me, is completely hidden, though I've seen people say it's noticeable, so your mileage may vary, I guess (a strange statement to make on a beer review site, I know). I personally found it to be almost too drinkable, given its alcohol content. I guess maybe that's my main problem with this beer (which admittedly isn't a very big one) - it doesn't have enough "zing" to make you feel like you're drinking a double IPA. If the alcohol content had been hidden, I wouldn't have placed this above a 6.5, maybe a 7 max. I also don't know if this really fits the definition of a white IPA. The wheat seems very subdued to me, although I guess it does lend the beer a slightly creamier quality.

So anyway, I'll just come out and say this: ToH seems almost identical in taste to P49's earlier Snap, Crackle, Hop. I'm not sure if it's just me tasting this or what, but the hop profile is really similar, as is the body of the beer (except a bit creamier, as I said earlier). It's obviously lacking the rice, so maybe P49 decided to brew this as an answer to all the people complaining about the use of rice in SCH. It definitely seems to follow the same standards: thin malt body, hop profile vehicle. Still, if these things didn't bother you about SCH, they shouldn't bother you here. And if you disliked the rice in SCH, you might be able to appreciate this version of the brew a bit more.

edit: now that I have it again, this beer smells kinda glorious. My nose was probably switched off when I first had it. (2,323 characters)

The Toques Of Hazzard White Imperial IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.