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Hopnotist - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
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 Madbockman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wtalbott
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into a mason jar style mug. A cloudy dark reddish orange with a finger or so of creamy off-white head that breaks down slowly into some rich lacing. Robust fruity/floral aroma of mango, guava, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, peaches, lychee. Tropical and citrus in approximately equal measure. Mosaic is always a wonderful choice for a single hop ale. Dank, rank (but not overly so), bitter yet clean. I get some added lime on the palate in addition to the fruit bowl mentioned above. Some taste blueberry with Mosaic hops, which is perhaps shorthand for an amalgam of tropical/citrus notes. I am indeed getting this here as well ... Almost a sour flavor but unlike the more expected citrus. I can taste the ABV as well although not unpleasantly so. The tropical and citrus flavors are so big that it is difficult to discern the malt, which many consider appropriate for this style. No character malts in here, in any case. Rather medium bodied, not overly thick or heavy. Fizzier than expected but if anything this just potentiates the fruitiness. Some pine resin and green leaf emerge over time but the finish is strikingly clean. As the beer warms, pepper and coriander spice notes emerge (rather like a spicy orange creamsickle!). Nice approach to a high calibre no frills single hop DIPA, with the complex hop aromas and flavors left naked to shine.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Ghrymm
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Phlebas86
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/7/14

A pale copper saturated with sediment, looks like a snow globe, two fingers of dense beige foam quickly falls to a fingers width and stays there, random lace deep down the glass

S peaches, mango, lychee, guava, pineapple, and tangerine, big tropical nose on this one, a little dry cereal, juicy fruit gum, faint pine and caramel, smells massive and sexy

T not quite the tropical bomb on the nose but still very tasty, a little lemon and lime rind, slightly more pine and caramel then the nose

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little gritty, bitter bites there, the booze is well hidden, lemon peel on the finish

O great single hop from start too finish, the nose was kicking ass and not much to complain about elsewhere, my bottles nearly empty at this point so that says something

I didn't think I'd be drinking this today, one of the two brews I need for the Canadian Top 50 and my Mom just shows up with a box of BC goodies with this in it? I love my Mom!!!

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of souvenirs
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.