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Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 07-08-2012)
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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-24-2013 02:48:40 | More by deNevers
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dalehihn

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-20-2013 16:38:40 | More by dalehihn
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-15-2013 19:37:29 | More by Molson2000
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-15-2013 01:53:04 | More by Sammy
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-04-2013 23:49:10 | More by YamagamiTravis
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-27-2013 04:11:08 | More by jcubz
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-25-2013 02:30:54 | More by Idrankthat
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:27:56 | More by hopsolutely
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Final Grade: 3.54, an acceptable B grade. 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 - and the flip side of this coin means that it is also unlikely to impress many hopheads. This is by no means a bad or even mediocre beer, and I wouldn't be opposed to consuming it again, but it's 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:03:18 | More by thehyperduck
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-15-2013 07:12:55 | More by intoxabroad
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JoshRosario

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-13-2013 04:18:35 | More by JoshRosario
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-27-2013 23:18:20 | More by BRYeleJR
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 20:52:39 | More by SebD
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:28:45 | More by biegaman
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 05:55:21 | More by 1stOffender
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2013 19:36:34 | More by McBastard
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-28-2013 01:45:38 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-28-2013 01:43:38 | More by artemh
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Geoffeweizen

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-25-2013 17:17:55 | More by Geoffeweizen
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-25-2013 04:31:47 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-23-2013 23:52:13 | More by cfalovo97
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-23-2013 15:29:15 | More by 4ster
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:11:26 | More by polloenfuego
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Simon38

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 16:25:05 | More by Simon38
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dirtylou

Washington

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 16:29:34 | More by dirtylou
Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.