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Hopnotist - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 9
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:
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 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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 06, 2014
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.

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
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!!!

wordemupg, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

dirtylou, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.41/5  rDev +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.

canucklehead, May 23, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

tom10101, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Rutager, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -4.8%

schopenhauerale, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bumchilly25, May 16, 2013
Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

papat444, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Drknight, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

chickenm, May 21, 2013
Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ZachT, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

DaftCaskBC, May 15, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Erik-P, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ritzkiss, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
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

LampertLand, Jul 21, 2013
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.

leaddog, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cbnz, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

IanSpindler, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Boozecamel, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

FondueVoodoo, May 27, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

KeKeKumba, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of smekermann
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

smekermann, May 11, 2013
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Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.