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Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

phys1028, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KeeganRohovich, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

wertschy, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

souvenirs, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Erik-P, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

ZachT, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

DWood, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

scaliasux, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

deNevers, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dalehihn, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Molson2000, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Sammy, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

YamagamiTravis, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jcubz, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Idrankthat, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

hopsolutely, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

thehyperduck, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

intoxabroad, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JoshRosario, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BRYeleJR, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

SebD, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

biegaman, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of 1stOffender
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

1stOffender, Jul 03, 2013
Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.