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Black Hops - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.38%

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 05-17-2013)
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Photo of souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To quote my friend Julie, "this is a sexy beer."

A: Cola coloured, with two fingers of head that dissipates leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
S: Hoppy, like an IPA. Tropical fruits.
T: Piney, as hoppy as an IPA, but with a different aftertaste.
F: A little thin? But it's a lager, so I guess it's what it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 08:24:23 | More by souvenirs
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark cola brown, some light getting through at the bottom, tall tan head retained very well with plenty of random blobs of lacing
S - hints of pine and earthiness, mild molasses and nuttiness
T - medium earthy and light perfume hops, nutty and slightly roasty malt backbone, mild hints of tobacco and pine on the late finish
M - slightly bigger than medium, starts creamy and moves to a fairly full yet nicely bitter finish
O - flavours are relatively bold yet it strikes a nice balance between hop & malt with the hoppiness breaking through late, a nice example of this style that I quickly grew to appreciate

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:27:18 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml single bottle that I grabbed at Cork and Keg on my last trip to Edmonton. Label as pictured, love the Black Ops warrior throwing a hopcone grenade. Labelled as a 'Cascadian Dark Lager'.

This beer pours clear, dark cola color. Foamy, off-white head, good retention leaves a nice lace pattern. Smell starts with roasted malt and coffee, then moves into the piney and citrus hops. The taste is well balanced, toasted (almost biscuity) malt, and citrusy hops.
The body is medium, smooth, finishes dry. Very drinkabke, enjoyed the whole bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:25:56 | More by BigBry
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a mahogany red/brown with two fingers of beige head.

Smell - Piney hops, roasted malts, tropical/citrus fruit.

Taste - Citrusy and piney hops with moderate bitterness, along with a punch of roasted malts. More of a lager finish. Nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - This is my first taste of a Cascadian dark lager and, to me, Parallel 49 has executed the style well. Good roasted malt backbone to support the piney/citrus hops that are so dominant in American brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:57:37 | More by leaddog
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a cola-coloured brown. This is listed here as a schwarzbier, which it is...with a ton of hops. They call it a Cascadian Dark Lager. The nose is an interesting mix of chocolate and hop notes, some of which don't mesh so nicely with the dark malts. The finish is hugely hoppy. Uncomfortably hoppy for this style. Upright's version of the same thing--their Bad Brains beer--does this much better. It's a bold attempt from Parallel 49, but it falls short.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 22:34:18 | More by CookstLiquor
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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Awesome metaphor for hopcone as grenade depicted on the label, which bills this as a 'Cascadian Dark Lager'. Not sure how long it will be until this seeps into the BA style listings.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, gently foamy off-white head, which leaves a nicely muddled array of Simpsons-esque clouded lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of moderately roasted pale malt, acrid pine sprigs, dank tropical fruit, faint mocha coffee, mild perfumed florals, and a hint of musty yeast. The taste is musty, indistinct citrus rind, dry, slightly ashy toasted pilsner malt - still biscuity all the same - persistent brewer's yeast, a subtly weird chalky medicinal pithiness, and ever so timid noble dead grassy hops.

The bubbles are active, and moderately spritzy, the body medium-light in weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt still sort of running the table, with the those hops doing a bang-up job of emulating the titular ethos.

A pretty decent black lager, gussied up to appear somewhat like a Cascadian Dark Ale, though a fair bit hoppier than most I've yet encountered for that style. The mustiness kind of limits this to a certain degree, however, as straight-up crispness is always an asset in my book. And yes, this particular offering is pretty well priced in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 05:13:47 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A west-coast schwarz!

Deep mahogany with a very light tan head, great retention & lacing.

Aroma of pine, floral & citrus with hints of coffee.

Some piny resin, but there's a surprising amount of bready malt here... really nice. Light citrus & roasted nut, slight hint of sulfur in the finish, but the yeast really lets the malt & hops shine.

Smooth, moderate to full body has an off-dry finish.

Overall, this is really nicely done. I was expecting more of a black IPA with the hops in my face (as the name might suggest), but this is a really nicely balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:36:50 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 28/5/13

A deep maroon when held to the light, large light brown foam falls to a dense thick film after a few sips leaving a few squiggly rings of lace

S tropical dark malt, some pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine, with coco powder, faint smoke, some pine and spruce work well in the background, I'm not sure what the Saaz is up to, I'm not getting any noble notes

T still plenty of citrus and some Flintstones chewable vitamins, maybe I'm getting some very faint grass and hay but its struggling to shine through the West Coast hops, some dark malty notes but more hops then anything with just a little char and dark roasted coffee but its faint

M its light and has a nice snap to it, lingering rind and pine and the bubbles stop short of being foamy but its pretty lively in the mouth

O very easy to drink with a nice hop blast followed up by some mellow dark notes, 6.5% might be a little much considering how fast I drank it, solid beer I'll be drinking again

Priced right, hopped right, I'm digging this on, easy to drink and perhaps another style in the making? the IPDL? CDL? ABL? whatever acronym you use its worth trying

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 18:43:35 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool beer in that it really is a dark version of the Hoparazzi which is a hoppy lager. The beer looks and tastes like a Scwarzbier with lots of extra hops on the nose and the finish. I found it a little mixed up at first but after a few sips it came together and became a real nice beer. Very food friendly especially with summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:48:08 | More by canucklehead
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black cola liquid and 5/8" tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice lacing.

S: Roasted grains, grapefruit, orange and grass.

T: Orange, roasted grains, grapefruit, pine and grass.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Quite dry.

O: A bit heavy on the roasted grain flavours. I would've preferred this beer with more of a caramel or bready base with some more French/Belgian/German kilned malts and a little bit sweeter and less dry Maybe the addition of some malto-dextrin to round out the mouthfeel and increase the head retention. That being said, this is still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 03:30:12 | More by DaftCaskBC
Black Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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