Lord Of The Hops - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev -3.3%
650ml bottle, nice LOTR riffing in the label concept and imagery.
This beer pours a rather hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with three fingers of attractively puffy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves some near-perfect webbed chain-link lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of bitter lemon and musty grapefruit, muddled drupe fruit salad, crackery caramel malt, and mildly floral, increasingly piney hops. The taste is more or less clean grapefruit pith, a touch of lime and muddled tropical fruit, tame caramel malt, a touch of biscuity grain, lightly musty, floral hops, and a sidling booziness.
The carbonation is a tad prickly up front, but settles to a dull, agreeable hum soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth in an average, nolo contendere sort of way. It finishes a wee bit off-dry, as the underwhelming grainy malt holds fast in the face of the lingering citrus and earthy pine notes.
A decent enough west coast IPA, but a bit weak in the crisp, assertive department - it's like there was a panel discussion, the result of which was to keep things not too peppy or offensive to the standard blandness-stricken palate. While that's not overly fair to prospective imbibers of this here offering, it is indicative of the overly laid-back approached employed here, malheureusement.
03-20-2013 02:54:21 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Coming in a tall 650ml brown bottle, BB date not available on the beer label/bottle, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the beer label specifies the ingredients to include Pale, Crystal and Carapils malts, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial and Citra hops; IBU 70.
A: hazy dark orangey amber in colour, coming with a tight and thick light beige frothy head with extremely good retention, on top of semi-lively carbonation.
S: sweet citric and lychee-ish hop aroma treads lightly on top of a solid caramely and malty backbone with an accent on McVitie's-like biscuits with a touch of cream, a good swirl gives rise to flowery nectar of hops and light piney notes, as well as an intense flow of sweetness.
T: smooth and softly effervescent on the entry, upfront comes a good body of caramel and pale malts with a little gristy feel, followed by plentiful yeasty bitter tang, moderate citric, lychee-ish and piney hops, tannic roasted tea, fresh mint leaves, acidic raw nuts, pear-ish esters, and soothing earthy bitterness to linger towards the finish, leaving alcoholic warmth to creep up only by stealth at the long end of each sip. Also, the acidity keeps at a very healthy level to balance off the sweetness overall.
M&O: the mouthfeel is generally smooth and kept afresh by the microscopic fizziness, the body remains medium and the flavour profile is generally well integrated; all in all, this is an unimposing IPA at 7.2%abv. and the hop varieties have all contributed selflessly to the mixture in the wizard’s cauldron, which is to say it’s hard to differentiate each component part from one another, either on the nose or on the palate. A rather balanced take on the beer style, very drinkable but perhaps not a top choice for hardcore hop heads. BTW, I think the yeast sediments sometimes do stand in the way b/w the finer flavours and the taste buds.
09-15-2013 17:23:12 | More by wl0307
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lace.
S: Great aroma: papaya, mango, tangerine, nectarine and a little dank.
T: Papaya, mango, tangerine, pine, grapefruit rind, hints of biscuit & sponge toffee. Solid bitterness; although it really lingers it's not harsh. Alcohol provides a pleasing warmth.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a fair bit of hop acidity. Slightly drying alcohol finish.
O: Among the best. There's some familiar old-school hop flavour, but the new varietals really shine: Citra, Simcoe and Ahtanum (which is somewhat Amarillo-like).
03-08-2013 02:26:34 | More by Derek
4/5 rDev +0.8%
One of the more impressive P-49 offerings - had on-tap in Vancouver and subsequently in bottles back in Seattle. Everyone seems geeked out by the label, but what's within is pretty solid too - not overly bitter but a nice crisp grassy hop profile. I get a lot of white peach, melon, and light citrus.
06-17-2013 16:56:13 | More by dirtylou
4.19/5 rDev +5.5%
650ml bottle poured into tulip 12/3/13
A slight haze in a orange amber body, shitloads of tiny bubbles popping up everywhere and sustaining a finger of foam rather well, a few squiggly rings followed by some random patches.
-second pours pretty far from clear, there's a fair bit of sediment I didn't notice taking this out of the fridge
S smells fruity but I can't quite place everything, a little citrus and mango with some pineapple and something I can't quite place to save my life but I like it, slightly catty, caramel and floral notes with just a little pine, smells great
T not nearly as strong as nose but still quite tasty, some balance between hops and malt with a little lime I didn't smell, more rind opposed the the tropical flesh I was smelling
M creamy from the tiny bubbles with a bitter bite but not enamel stripping, some sweet orange and tangerine on the finish, not sure if that's what I couldn't pick out on the nose though
O I'm pretty happy with this one overall, there's nothing to complain about really, not the best IPA I've had but perhaps the best IPA I've had from a first attempt a brewery throws at one
I'm very curious to what these guys are going to brew next, right out of the gate Parallel 49 has released some pretty solid brews. Best new brewery to come out of Canada in the last year if you want my opinion, and if you don't want my opinion why are you still reading this?
03-13-2013 07:18:42 | More by wordemupg
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
Pour is a heavily hazed amber with a cream head and lots of bubbles. Nose is extremely hoppy, a hint sweet, resinous and sticky hops, caramel malts, notes of grapefruit. Taste is a touch empty but less resinous and sweet. A little cleaner, some balanced grain notes, moderately assertive hops, citrus and grapefruit through the finish. Body is light with a strong carbonation and prickly feel.
02-28-2014 23:35:15 | More by cpetrone84
British Columbia (Canada)
4.14/5 rDev +4.3%
Citra based IPA that delivers the goods both in the IBUs and the hop nose. Not at the level of Fat Tug but pretty close and a great addition to the already strong lineup. This beer is quite balanced and it is easy to drink a second pint. I liked the crisp fresh taste on the beer though this might have something to do with it being on tap at the tasting room.
03-22-2013 21:30:39 | More by canucklehead
2.71/5 rDev -31.7%
Murky apricot ale with a solid finger of light amber folds. Smells of malts, biscuits, citrus, sweet peaches, some apple skin. Flavor is sweet, some citrusy character, some alcohol, some cheap cherry juice and a bit of medicine. Full bodied for the style with low carb and a semi dry finish. Pretty unimpressed with this offering. Coulda been an old bottle, but hard to tell sans dating system.
08-22-2013 05:41:25 | More by harrymel
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
On draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Pale amber with steady white film that sheets.
Oily tangerine nose with some slight dank.
Sweet caramel up front then big orange, lemondrop and slight pineapple hops.
Lemon-herb cough drop end and steady clean bitter linger.
Smooth, round, medium, soft.
Silky body, maybe the smoothest local beer I've had. Balanced and integrated. This could be the #2 BC IPA behind Red Racer.
10-30-2013 11:42:24 | More by StJamesGate
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, with a very tall spongy ivory head with excellent retention.
Intense Citra hops on the nose, bold lemony grapefruit rind, very mild grainy malt in the background.
Clean flavour up front, fresh juicy grapefruit, followed by some mild pith, finishing with clean grains and spicy, herbal, grapefruit rind hops. Some alcohol warmth also shows up on the aftertaste already.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel on the fuller end, creamy, velvety smooth texture with medium carbonation piercing through with some palate-cleansing bubbles.
Given the hop bill for this one it is pretty straight forward (Citra wins out hands down) with a bit of depth offered by the other varietals in a much milder ratio--sorta like the Vandellas backing up Martha Reeves, it all works and adds to the overall experience but we all know who's headlining and doing the heavy lifting. Still nice that the back-up hops get some billing as well.... Worth seeking out if you're into American hops, although it's far from balanced with no serious malt presence in the flavour, only enough to offer enough backbone to prevent it from becoming a runaway train. In this case I'm pretty okay with that.
03-17-2013 10:46:03 | More by IronDjinn
British Columbia (Canada)
4.24/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a big 3 fingers of off-white head that leaves some sexy lacing behind.
Smell. Yellow and red grapefruits, some pine wood and maybe lightly floral hops, some grainy caramel malts and a little alcohol.
Taste. Juicy grapefruits, some smooth caramel malts, a little bitter grapefruit rind and a bit of pine sap in the finish.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.
Overall. A nice, easy drinking ipa with lots of hop flavour, but not especially palate fatiguing. Would be a fantastic beer for a hot summer day on the deck.
03-08-2013 02:01:55 | More by Rutager
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
A - very hazy and bubbly burnt orange, tower of fluffy head held endlessly
S - big citrus hit, dry crackers, and some light grass, definitely clean aromas
T - nice citrus with some grass and light floral compliments, pale cracker grainy malt background, its tasty but not as big as I was hoping for hopwise
M - light and relatively airy, slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness, not quite the bite I was expecting
O - its very tasty and easy drinking but something about it is subdued and just not big enough, that said I would definitely purchase again and enjoy it, but I'm generally looking for something bolder from them here
06-02-2013 03:29:47 | More by joemcgrath27
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
pours a murky golden orange with hints of brown. creamy head
citrus hops, focus on oranges and tangerines. sweet malt
very hoppy, mostly citrus flavors. loads of juicy oranges and tangerines. a faint bitterness. sturdy sweet malt body.
very full, chewy, mild to moderate carbonation.
pretty good, i enjoyed this a lot
06-29-2013 01:54:48 | More by hooliganlife
4.06/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, some piney resins and some sweet caramelly malts.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, mango, grapefruit, piney resins, grains and sweet caramelly malts.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
04-23-2013 20:48:36 | More by SebD
British Columbia (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
A: orange amber liquid and 1" of cream colored head that left a nice lacing
S: apricot, peach, pear, lime and other citra aromatics
T: lemon, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine and lime with caramel malt. Also present in the background is some simcoe characteristics such as tobacco and evergreen.
M: medium viscosity and carbonation and some drying
O: Part of me thinks that this ale doesn't have to be 70 IBUs in order to showcase the citra and amarillo flavor hops. Although it is quite easy drinking, the five hops used kind of confound each other and nothing really shines. The nose of this beer is great though.
03-15-2013 23:39:31 | More by DaftCaskBC
Lord Of The Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.