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Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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very good

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

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Beer added by: wordemupg on 07-08-2012

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Photo of 1stOffender
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Considering all of the glitz and glam one might associate with the name, this beer is pretty tame...not a lot of flash bulbs going off in my mind. None the less, a decent brew that shouldn't be avoided. Amber in colour, subtle flavour of hops, which is nice if you plan on having 2 or 3.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An uninspiring bottle, for which I'd had higher hopes, but which may act as a decent "transition beer" or even a "session beer" for many. I would definitely buy a pint over any macro I've yet tried.

Pours an attractive, clear golden-copper colour, albeit with a very low carbonation level so the limited white head disappears within seconds. Bland aroma of "malted barley" has no indication of any hop tones. Although the taste is not powerful, it does have some tropical fruit elements before a hop inspired bitterness. It is thin and lacking the balance of better beers but still a brewery I give marks for trying and from whom I'd buy again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $13 part of a mixed 6 pack

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and some caramel. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This reminds me a bit of a blend of the Propeller IPA and the Phillips Hop Circle IPA. A nice flavourful beer, but nothing really exciting. It doesn't really have any vibrant flavours to it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoparazzi pours with a fair amount of flash, its golden complexion embracing the light like a prima donna. But dammit if those tinsel-y highlights aren't attractive and its tone not immaculately (almost artificially) clean. Its head, however, could use some implants - it's pathetically flat.

Beer is most commonly divided in terms of ales or lagers which is a silly distinction if you ask me. Hoparazzi, though it is lagered, strongly resembles a pale ale. This is attributed to the citrusy, flowery Pacific Coast hops that are used for dry-hopping and make their mark in the aroma.

Lagering can indeed create exceptional refreshment. In this case, however, it may have mellowed the beer a little too much - not much character is left in the mouthfeel. What marketers would spin as "smooth", I'd consider banal. That said, while the beer has shed most all its esters, just a minor hint of the 6% alcohol starts to show as the beer warms.

It may have "hops" in the name, but Hoparazzi is not a beer for those who feel that pale lagers are too bland for their tastes. The flavour offers as much plain, bready malt as it does herbal, flowery hops (and is very cautious to offer much of either). It's fine, but very commonplace...

Which is not surprising considering that 'American Pale Lager' is not a distinct style anyhow. Granted, what constitutes a new style from being considered a variant of an existing category is often arbitrary and always subjective. But this beer certainly doesn't have the hop profile or bitterness to even warrant a discussion on the topic. This is lager - which is fine - but that's all.

Hoparazzi has a description that might appeal to beer geeks but a profile that will likely disappoint them. As for everybody else (i.e., those people who don't require enough hops to strip the enamel from their teeth and burn their tongue), they'll probably enjoy it and aren't apt to find it too different from the lagers they're used to.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
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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Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of an India Pale Lager. The beer pours a bright gold with some hints of orange. The head is thin, but lingers with help from the laser etching in the glass. There is a moderate aroma of citrusy and herbal hops, with hints of grainy malt. The flavor is well balanced, the malt is there and hangs around just a little bit behind a healthy dose of hops. The hop flavor is a bit muted, more orangey citrus. The flavor finishes clean with a surprisingly assertive bitterness. All in all a nice, easy drinking beer, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the hops.

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Photo of IllNate
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light amber with a finger of white head and good retention. Aroma is citrus hops and grainy malt with a bit of caramel. Much hoppier in the palate than the nose. Fairly bitter with good amount of citrus hops and a touch of caramel behind the base malt. Mouthfeel is smooth without too much carbonation, good stylistically. Overall a good offering, but they missed the mark with the lack of aroma hops. If it's going to be an 'india pale lager' I would expect some more aroma.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden in color leaning toward amber. Almost no head to speak of, but a thin film sticks around.

S: hops, malts, caramel, some sweet.

T: again, hops which provides bitterness and malts which provide some sweet.

M: medium body and carbonation

O: a nice hopped lager. It is easy drinking, which seems the norm for the beers I have tried from Parallel 49. After having all three beers in the taster pack, I think I will try to pick a couple up before hitting the cottage in a few weeks.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden pour. Bright with strong carbonation. One finger white head fading fast. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Melons and grass. Crackery malt and citrus.

T - Melons again with grass and some citrus. Crackery malt is a good backbone. Herbal.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body. Good bitterness.

O/D - A nice hoppy lager. Pretty nice stuff with lot's of good hop flavour, easy drinkability, and properly done. No flaws and no alcohol for the 6%. Doesn't particularly break the mold, but it's good.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This west coast IPA is a great beer for those that are just getting into Pale Ales or India Pale Ales. It has the citrus hop aroma that one expects from an IPA, but even though the IBU is rated at 50 it doesn't come across as really bitter. I suspect this beer will please both the uninitiated and the old pros.

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Photo of CanuckRover
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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Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus/lemon, floral and grassy hops, some breadiness and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, a touch of lemon, grassy hops with some floral notes, slight breadiness and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of dirtylou
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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Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light copper colour with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus/grapefruit, caramalts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Moderate bitterness from the piney hops, followed with citrus, tropical fruit, and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nicely hopped pale lager by Parallel 49. Level of hops does the name justice. The body could use a little more smoothness, but otherwise an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid IPA that treads the line between GI Subdued hops and bigger notes such as Switchback or Tree. The beer smells good and looks good with a nice balance to the finish and enough hops to keep you interested. I am impressed in this brewers level of quality for the first beers on the market.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this treat...

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice citrus hops, hints of cotton candy and grassy hops, bready caramel and butter notes.

T - Flavour is dominated by sour citrus, surprising bitterness comes through alongside grassy hop notes, bready caramel and citrus rind lingers on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - Definitely a hoppy lager, a pleasant brew that is well worth seeking out and easily sessioned. Glad this one was included in the shipment, wish it were readily available in Ontario.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. purchased as part of a taster's pack so it works out to $2.30 CDN per bottle. So far so good as the ruby ale was quite tasty and the radler was better than most out there/

Appearance - Slightly hazy orangy copper color with a finger plus of long lasting white head. Some carbonation contained within and a few strings of lacing left behind.

Smell - A nice medley of hops, some of the leafy and earthier variety but citrus hops in the aromas of orange and grapefruit also peek through. Solid biscuity backbone that is non-descript but does its job nicely.

Taste - A little bit of citrus with orange, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit being the dominant culprits. Can taste a nice flavorful biscuity lager underneath the initial hop push. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp, with very solid carbonation. Probably on the heavy side as far as lagers go, but this one does pack significant flavor and decent ABV, so a really light feel was unlikely.

Overall - Probably the winner with the Gypsy tears from this taster's pack, Hoparazzi is a very well made IPL that I would be more than willing to shell out cash for on a regular basis provided prices were reasonable. This is definitely a brewery I will keep my eye on in the future.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass 1/7/12

A clear golden clear golden yellow lots of tiny particles and a thumbs width of foam that quickly falls to a thick film leaving lots of spotty lacing

S some tropical notes, guava, pineapple, lemon, lager yeast, and a little toffee

T some pine I didn't smell, and a little more toffee other then that the flavor mimics the smell

M has some body to it for a lager, nice carbonation with a little bitter bite and leaves a fair bit of grit on the gums and a long aftertaste

O i thought this one was a nice hopped up lager, very easy to drink for 6% and I could drink a few without getting board

Something I'd drink again, I want to say it would make a good session beer but at the rate I drank this I'd be walking sideways in no time. Even as a lager I perhaps this should've listed this as an IPA

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC. They termed it an "India Pale Lager".

Pours a clear golden amber with a pocked white head that leaves some solid, sudsy lace. Body is extremely light, which makes me dubious as to the rest of the brew.

Bit of rubbery hops first up on the nose, with a cleanness that mingles with the rubber almost to give a smoky hint. It's green and clean, but it's not vibrant, bright or fresh—there's even a slight nuttiness to it like pepitas. I wasn't expecting such dusky flavours on this one. Still it's very interesting.

Taste is light and smooth, again with some mild green characters, but no truly sharp hops. Pineapple comes through, muted, with more of that nuttiness on the back, and a smooth clean finish with a slight organic character. Feel is smooth.

Yeah, pretty enjoyable and really sessionable if a 6% ABV beer is ever sessionable. It's not what I'd call an IPL if I had to brew an IPL, but its damn drinkable all the same.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle. This hopped up lager (or India Pale Lager) as they call it, pours a bright yellow colour with a fine white head. In a blind taste test, we're not sure we'd immediately identify it as a lager. It's packed with bright floral and earthy hop notes and just the right amount of lager refreshment. In fact, this probably has more to offer IPA drinkers than someone looking for an easy drinking lager. It's got some body, a little heft and a good solid hoppy bite.

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