Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle from a mixed pack, a so-called "hop showcase". Beer pours a light yellow amber hue, just barely tinting towards orange. Quite heavy on the carbonation, frothy going into the glass and sparkly on the palate as well. Aroma is mellow but I do get some citrus/tropical fruits, lager yeast, and pale malt/bread dough. Certainly a more aggressive fruity "flavor hop" nose than most pale lagers. Palate is fresh juicy orange, a few tropical papaya, peach, and melon notes, some weedy leaf and pine resin in the finish. There is a tangy medicinal bitterness like aspirin (between that and the orange flavors there must be Amarillo hops in this sucker). Mouthfeel a bit thick and sweet for a lager and there's more pale malt juiciness than expected, but the aforementioned carbonation levels keep the whole thing honest. A tad boozy at 6% ABV. All in all a solid hops forward pale lager. My main critique would be too much emphasis on fruit and sweet caramel malt flavors and inadequate bitterness for the style. In my view this compares favorably to Hops & Bolts (cf. another reviewer below), which is dank, weedy, and piney without a lot of sweetness or hop fruit flavors to provide nuance. If one is going to brew an "India Pale Lager" I recommend following this mold albeit with an eye towards a dryer, more bitter finish. You mileage may vary.
11-04-2013 03:23:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.