Hopnotist - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Parallel 49's first anniversary ale. Single hopped double IPA brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops.

86 IBU

(Beer added by: smekermann on 05-11-2013)
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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, and some tropical fruits (mango).

Taste - Very similar to the aromas. Starts off with the bready caramel malts then goes into the pleasant bitter mosaic hop tones of pineapple, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, and the tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the mosaic hops.

Overall - A well crafted single hop DIPA. The flavours that shine from the mosaic hop variety are excellent and make this brew that much more exciting while the bready caramel malts balance out the brew a little bit. As well, the ABV is nicely hidden in this one. Grab this one while it lasts.

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%

650ml bottle - the last P49 review of mine semi-joked about how many different IPAs they put out - time to shut my fool mouth, as it isn't doing any good, especially for me! Oh - one other thing - I reckon that I've never seen a more unseemly truth on a side label's opening rumination for such a style - 'look into my eyes - you are getting sleepy, very sleepy.'

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and rocky tan head, which leaves a stellar array of layered chain cog lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dank (natch!) wet forest petrichor, musty orange and grapefruit citrus flesh, hints of mint-tinged wintergreen, bready caramel malt, white chalk, lesser generic tropical fruit notes, and further leafy, floral, and certainly perfumed hops. The taste is a redux of that green forest floor essence, one somewhat reduced in funky dankness, and given over to an increase in fleshy south-seas fruitiness - pineapple, guava, and mango, for starters - some unheralded grainy, bready, and fairly sturdy caramel/toffee malt sweetness, and a cadre of pedestrian lemon/lime notes that seem a bit underdressed for this shindig - maybe they're here to coddle and chaperone the still well-behaved 17-proof booze.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its meek frothiness, but generally supportive all the same, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and way more smooth than I would have opined at initial hop contact. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt calling time, yet sort of futilely, as those hovering Mosaic hop esters just won't go the fuck to sleep.

Another immensely enjoyable and well-rendered single-hop IPA (oh, right, a DIPA), all from the good graces of a single hop strain. These sorts of affairs are getting more and more rounded and drinkable since one of those (in)famous Danish twins carried out their broad IPA experiment a few years back. So, we now lay in the afterglow of that, and, I gotta say, the layin' is certainly swell.

Photo of wlester
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, St. Augustines in Vancouver

Single-hop DIPA exclusively with Mosaic. Murky peach body, nice nose of tropical fruit, guava, grass. Very good hop profile - passionfruit, guava, citrus, grass and light pine. Not heavy or boozy but rather light, clean and layered with nice flavour.

Photo of Danomeister
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of souvenirs
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Fucking awesome IPA that I wish Parallel 49 made all the time! Crystal clear light copper with off-white head. Very fruity aroma and taste - peach, mango, citrus.

Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, this label is pretty fucking cool. Printed in old-school 3d complete with 3d glasses. I would have bought this for the packaging alone.

Appearance. Pours a murky orange-amber with close to two finger of off-white head that leaves some thick bands.

Smell. Papaya, cedar and pine, pineapple, grapefruit rinds.

Taste. Papaya, cedar, lime and grapefruit rinds with some sweet grainy caramel malt coming through.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ bodied with medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice to compare this with Red on Red. These mosaic hops are great stuff and suit the ipa very well.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle: Poured an orange amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with some sweet undertones is enticing enough. Taste is dominated by citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone and some light tropical fruits notes are also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. A bit short on hops complexity but still very drinkable. Maybe a tad too sweet for my taste as well.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a light copper orange., bright and clear. The smell is all about pine and a hint of funk. Similar flavours with pine and grapefruit dominating in the hops dept, but getting overshadowed a bit by a lot of sweet malty notes. This actually could have used a bump up in terms of hops as it drinks a bit sweet. Good hearty body and nice for sipping.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for keeping this in his fridge for me :)

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (no #freshbeer info) & enjoyed with 3D glasses.

Appearance: Dark honey-amber body, massive pillowing head that grips the sides with actual draping.

Smell: Grassy a bit, sweet fruit, very aromatic, peaches.

Taste: Less sweet in taste, bit of pine, lots of peaches, has an earthy touch, ripe oranges (unsweetened).

Mouthfeel: Sticky a bit, fills out well but tail end could be a bit better as it tappers. Solid nonetheless.

Overall: Well done. More of an juiced up IPA than a DIPA. Very glad to have tried it.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly murky amber with a foamy white head that settles to a thin layer with terrific lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Initial scent of fresh cut pine tree followed by tropical fruits, passion fruit, guava, musk melon and pineapple. The sweetness of the fruits is balanced by the freshness of the pine. Slight notes of alcohol esters present in the finish.

T: The taste mirrors the scent with sweetness of caramelized pineapple, passion fruit and guava balanced by fresh cut pine. The pine notes are not of resin, but rather the scent of trimmed pine trees. Starts off sweet and then finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Is expertly balanced and smooth.

M: Very creamy and syrupy feel which coats the entirety of your mouth with low amounts of carbonation.

O: The interplay of malts and tropical hops foster complex smells and taste that is very balanced despite the high IBU's. Pine resin forward IPA's tend not to be my favourites - Hopnotist takes that pine smell and flavour but does it more in a "fresh cut" way and add amazing flavours of passion fruit and guava. One of the best DIPA's I've had and that says something given the amazing selection we have here in BC.

Photo of Ghrymm
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LampertLand
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49 Brewing's 1rst Anniversary ale 'Hopnotist Imperial IPA' @8.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.50

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber in the glass with a big off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the stein .... huge amount of floaters on the second pour .... unpleasant sight

S-big pine & citrus smelling PNW IPA

T-sweet start gives way to Mosaic hop bitterness ,

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied , not as bitter on the palate as expected , even for an Imperial IPA

Ov-I know this beer has sat on the jar store shelf too long , could have been a good beer , butt way too many floaters for me to consume in a beer , another lesson learned

prost LampertLand

Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Note: posting old tasting notes, this was drank on June 11th 2013]

This is one of the coolest bottle labels I've come across, and the bottle is sold with 3D glasses to go with the 3D labeling - pretty darn cool and it works!

Nose: Big citrus and pine, really open. A total pleasure to soak in.

Taste: Lots of pine, citrus, tree bark. Some apricot, tangerine. There is a lot of hops in here! 86 IBU, which is probably a threshold number for a lot of people - I almost think you need to either have dulled your tastebuds or be in it for the novelty to go for a 120 IBU beer. 86 is about as high an IBU value as I see myself wanting (though of course not all beers are equal in this regard!)

Overall: Mosaic hops are just fantastic and are showcased really well in this IPA. I am very glad that P49 chose to release a single hopped beer with mosaic. The complexity of the hops character is quite great and it goes to show you don't need a complex hop ingredient list to get such complexity of flavour.

Photo of bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of TRiGS
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tree brewing tulip glass. Warmed slightly on the counter for about 15 minutes.

Appearance: Poured a brilliant medium to deep amber with plenty of orange in the mix. I'd give an SRM value of about 14 to it. Quite opaque with plenty of suspended particles (yeast and perhaps hops) when held to the light. Beautiful off white head with quite fine bubbles that linger nicely. The head diminishes down to a nice little film across the top of the beer. Plenty of lacing left on the glass. Superb.

Aroma: Incredibly refreshing notes of tropical fruit. The mosaic hops really have a distinctive aroma. Notes of mango and peaches, that dominate. Slight notes of citrus with orange and grapefruit pulling through. Light pine notes poking through as well. A tinge of alcohol but certainly not overpowering. Just the right amount of alcohol to add nicely to the character. Little to no malt in the nose present.

Taste: Incredibly fruity. The bitterness takes somewhat of a backseat compared to the the enormous mango taste. Nevertheless, the bitterness certainly shines through gorgeously towards the end without being crushingly bitter. A nice amount of bitterness despite the high end of 86 IBU's. No yeast taste present but the malts kick in with a slight sweetness to the beer. A slight amount of alcohol on the dry finish. This alcohol adds immensely to the character profile of the beer.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant, medium bodied beer. It falls right in the middle and doesn't overwhelm the taster with thickness. Light enough to want to drink plenty but heavy enough to give substance to the beer. Wonderful carbonation that doesn't dominate the mouthfeel that I find most Belgian beers do. Not too much; just the way I like it. A nice dry, finish.

Overall: A fabulous beer from Parallel 49. Certainly one of their best along with their Russian Imperial Stout, Vow of Silence and Gypsy Tears (still haven't tried From East Van with Love yet, but soon enough). Beautiful tropical fruit aroma with an amazing taste and mouthfeel. I highly recommend this beer to any beer lover especially a hop head. Cheers.

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Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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