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Lord Of The Hops - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 03-08-2013)
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Photo of IllNate
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a finger of off white head and good retention. Quite a bit of 'floaties'. Nose is hoppy, with lots of citrus and a bit of floral. Taste follows with big hop, citrus and floral, with a malty/caramel background. Moutfeel is bitter, but not overly so. Overall a good IPA, but I won't say it's Lord of the Hops.

IllNate, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +0.8%

schopenhauerale, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +0.8%

chickenm, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

canucklehead, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

biboergosum, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +0.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

IronDjinn, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of BlackAura
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

BlackAura, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

DaftCaskBC, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bumchilly25, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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?

wordemupg, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +0.8%

shagal, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

IanSpindler, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +0.8%

smekermann, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Jediknight362
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Jediknight362, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

schnarr84, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Derek, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Rutager, Mar 08, 2013
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Lord Of The Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.