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Hopnotist - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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91
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | 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:
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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Danomeister

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-20-2013 19:43:57 | More by Danomeister
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is Parallel 49's first anniversary ale, a double IPA utilizing a single hop: Mosaic. The packaging is pretty sweet, it comes with free 3D (cyan/magenta) glasses so that you can fully admire (and be mesmerized by) the label, which claims that the beer has 86 IBUs and weighs in at a respectable 8.5% ABV.

Pour is a cloudy amber with an ample off-white head and moderate lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty goddamn delicious, reminding me of Lagunitas Sucks: ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit rind.

Taste is almost exactly like the smell: ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit rind, although I'm also detecting some overripe apricot and peach flavors in there. It's initially sweeter than I'd expect, but it manages to hold its balance quite nicely: it doesn't end up being cloying or even malty in the aftertaste. Also, don't get me wrong, this beer is HOPPY. The flavors I just described, that's just what the hops tasted like. Anyway, it's amazingly well balanced. It ends up being insanely drinkable for an ABV of 8.5%.

Overall, this is one of the finest offerings of the style in BC. I seriously hope Parallel 49 brewed a gigantic batch of this, because everyone needs to try it. It's a pretty amazing beer, and I'm really glad to see Parallel 49 stepping up its game in terms of hoppy ales. This feels like BC's answer to Lagunitas Sucks.

Stock up on this while you can, it'll probably be gone in a month.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:49:05 | More by smekermann
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-21-2013 05:23:41 | More by chickenm
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-14-2013 03:55:06 | More by JonnyBeers
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-13-2013 04:50:37 | More by ZachT
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-18-2013 23:26:26 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head with excellent retention over very murky orange/amber liquid.

S: Lime, mango, peach, passionfruit, tangerine.

T: Lime, mango, peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: It doesn't seem like 86 IBUs, as this beer is incredibly smooth. I have to get my hands on this Mosaic hop, as it is like a more powerful version of Citra combined with Galaxy but without the earthiness. Very punchy tropical and citrus fruit flavours in this one. Well done Graham.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:40:57 | More by DaftCaskBC
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:26:48 | More by FondueVoodoo
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best DIPAs in BC along with Powell St. and Central City's version . It has a big mouthfeel and plenty of hops to make it work. Like the Lord of the Hops it has that great unfiltered feel that combines with the big mouthfeel . I hope this becomes a year round beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:50:46 | More by canucklehead
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:51:40 | More by Rutager
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 06:50:53 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-15-2013 15:40:46 | More by Drknight
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-16-2013 02:49:55 | More by bumchilly25
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-29-2013 01:34:32 | More by cbnz
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dirtylou

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 17:29:05 | More by dirtylou
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 10:43:39 | More by papat444
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 22:41:52 | More by CookstLiquor
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-19-2013 13:36:32 | More by ritzkiss
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12%

09-18-2013 19:02:15 | More by JefferyYoung
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:51:28 | More by LampertLand
Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.