Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +7.5%
341ml single. A hopped-up Canadian lager? Hook it up to my veins!
This beer pours a rather hazy medium muddled amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy off-white head, which leaves some severely pocked painted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of bitter 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. 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 hopped-up lager, the underlying malt not lost in the mire, thankfully, and full flavour permeating the whole shebang. Well worthy of multiple and unencumbered indulgence, if I may say so.
11-13-2012 06:39:24 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-05-2012 09:37:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.56/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-17-2013 02:28:45 | More by biegaman
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
A 6% lager that's hopped like an IPA, with a Irish-looking guy on the bottle? I wonder how many consumers will be confused by this one.
A: Copper-bronze with a white head, thin ring of retention, doesn't really lace.
S: Citrus, floral and somewhat herbal hopping with pleasant sulfury undertones from the lager yeast.
T: Solid bitterness; toffee & biscuit from the malt; citrus and hints of floral character from the hops; hints of sulfur, but it's pretty clean. San Francisco yeast?
M: Well-attenuated with a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.
O: Somewhat reminiscent of Anchor Liberty and Brooklyn lager... but with more hops, a bit more malt and some old-school lager character. Really well put together, the flavours really work. The marketing might be a bit tacky, but this could become a classic.
11-12-2012 01:52:46 | More by Derek
3.84/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-17-2013 16:29:34 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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
07-08-2012 18:16:51 | More by wordemupg
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
05-29-2013 02:03:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
06-01-2013 23:50:27 | More by spinrsx
3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-01-2013 02:52:02 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-21-2012 23:44:22 | More by canucklehead
3.98/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-30-2013 18:46:44 | More by andrenaline
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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
11-04-2012 04:08:31 | More by joemcgrath27
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-22-2013 20:52:39 | More by SebD
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-23-2013 00:27:56 | More by hopsolutely
Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.