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Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 07-08-2012

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 106
Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO, pulled from their Unparalleled sampler pack. No packaging date given - there's a spot for this information provided on the six-pack box, but it was left blank. This is the second 'India pale lager' I've had in the last month, and while this particular fusion of styles doesn't strike me as terribly original, I'm still a hophead who also tends to enjoy pale lagers, so this should be right up my alley. Served well chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, with a bright, clear complexion. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of foamy, soapy white head that wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving behind an impressive coat of sticky lacing. The colour is attractive, but the beer itself is completely lifeless, with nary a bubble to be seen within the liquid. The aroma is disappointingly subdued and rather non-descript - light lemon citrus, cereal grains, lager yeast and bready malts are all I can really identify. At least it smells pretty clean.

The flavour profile, rather unfortunately, adheres to the same tenets as the aroma - clean-tasting, straightforward, and not all that intense or interesting. Grainy, bready malts are dominant initially, with a mild hint of caramel sweetness. This is followed by a firm hop presence - grassy, citrusy, and somewhat floral, offering a modest, pleasantly bitter finish. The aftertaste is floral, with hints of lemon and malt sweetness. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth feel on the palate. Not too difficult to toss back, and potentially sessionable - but at 6%, I probably wouldn't recommend it for that purpose.

Parallel 49's Hoparazzi isn't a bad lager, but it's not exactly a very memorable one, either. It is absolutely hoppier than your typical pale lagers, but not to the point where it is likely to turn off the uninitiated. Not bad, but not the most drinkable thing I've ever had - the Hops & Bolts IPL I tried a few weeks ago struck me as a better example of this pseudo-style. An enjoyable, if unremarkable hopped lager that makes for a decent inclusion in this sampler pack.

[Updated Aug 3 2015]

Another bottle pulled from the current LCBO shipment of mixed-sixers. It's more hop-forward than I remember - a fresher sample, perhaps? Hoparazzi still does not especially impress me, but it's a reasonably well-made lager, and has an approachable flavour that should sit well with most hopheads. I'm bumping the score a tad this time around to reflect my softening feelings. This is the sort of beer that works fine for filling space in a sampler pack, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to buy it specifically.

Final Grade: 3.58, a B.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml single bottle. A hopped-up Canadian craft lager? Hook it up to my veins!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium tarnished golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and foamy dirty white head, which leaves some severely pocked painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, biscuity, grainy malt, a twinge of lemon juice, and further strong, bitter leafy hops. The taste is more grainy, bready, and biscuity malt, with a barely restrained bitter leafy, citrus peel, and floral hoppiness. Hmmm...so few words, for so much flavour.

The carbonation is decently supportive and non-intrusive, the body an appropriate medium-light weight, and just as smooth, sort of. It finishes off-dry, with a still strong bitter hop arbiter for the latter.

A quite agreeable hop forward lager, the underlying malt not lost in the mire, thankfully, and full flavour permeating the whole shebang. Well worthy of investigating some multiple and unencumbered indulgence, if I may say so.

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber. Finger of head settles pretty quickly to a nice film.

This might be a tad cold, but I only get a vague sweetness on the nose, a bit of honey and a hint of floral hops.

Great flavours though. Bittering hops up front, nice blend of citrus and restrained pine, overlaid on biscuity malt. Sulphur and nice floral notes in the finish, really satisfying.

A great session lager, would like to see it general list at the LCBO, though I always wonder about the size of the market for well hopped lagers.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, from the brewery

Nice bright golden body - big frothy white head - classic looking lager. Aromas of grassy hops, a touch of lemon and citrus. Flavor profile follows suit - crackery malt, lemon, grass, citrus. Dig a nice lager - this is pretty solid.

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A - a clear bright copper, thumb of off white head retained very nicely with random lacing
S - plenty of light hoppy notes of perfume, citrus, and pepper, light dry crackers in the background
T - peppery and leafy hops, followed by significant cracker grainy maltiness creating good balance, very light perfume, definitely balanced and tasty
M - light and smooth, just a touch of dryness, crisp and easy to chug
O - a hoppy lager turns out to be a great idea in this case, super drinkable with enough hop flavour to satisfy both my beer geek and beer chugging personalities

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on C2613. March 26, 2013? Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent light orange/amber colour with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Floral and herbal hop aromas with some caramel sweetness. English IPA nose.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style. Floral and herbal hop flavours with a decent caramel malt backbone providing sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Appearance - Gold and quite hazy. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Light pale malt.

Taste - A heavier than expected dose of pale malt followed by prominent hoppiness. Malt is surprisingly rich - grainy and bready, even a hint of caramel. Hops provide some grass and orange citrus. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium and crisp.

Overall - Niagara Falls is by no means a craft beer mecca. This was available and pretty good.

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Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.