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Hoparazzi - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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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.

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.

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.

Photo of McBastard
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Geoffeweizen
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Simon38
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dirtylou
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.74/5  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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of VonDooom
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.