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Black Hops - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 05-17-2013)
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

RedAleMan, Nov 02, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

spinrsx, Oct 30, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

tbeckett, Oct 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -6%

Wajohnst, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JonnyBeers, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DamoTO700, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Cramshawbar, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.64/5  rDev -5%

mjacquard, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%

Black Hops isn't really all that black; chestnut highlights can be appreciated far away from the light. Heck, even clarity is reasonably visible without any extra assistance - this is nowhere near as dark or daunting a beer as its name makes it out to be. But the thick-ringed bubbles and tan froth overlapping the glass forge a proper looking appearance regardless.

Smelling it, one might think this glass sat for a week full of stale coffee before being washed with a combination of citrus scented dish-soap and pine-sol, but such impressions would just be those of the malt and hops respectively. It's the perfect profile but still registers a relatively low magnitude on the aromatic Richter scale; Black IPAs often showcase a little more flex than this...

Of course, this is not a Cascadian Dark Ale but, rather, a Cascadian Dark *Lager*. This explains the more tempered and smooth presence on the palate. Hops remain the major part of the equation but aren't flamboyantly flavoured or piercingly bitter; the tastes of pine resin, spruce tips and tree bark are mitigated with nutty milk chocolate and creamed coffee maltiness.

Despite the smooth malt flavours the mouthfeel is marked, not by coffee-like roast or cocoa-like bitterness, but still by the candied peels and rinds of citrus and tropical fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) as well as a leafy herbalness (and slight astringency) like that of a strongly-steeped peppermint tea. (Chocolate and peppermint is a proven combination!)

Depending on your familiarity and affinity for dark, hoppy beers, Parallel 49 Black Hops will either blow the brain out of the back of your head or provoke a frown that droops down to your knees. I dig the concept of a 'Cascadian Dark Lager' and like what I tasted here, but it did leave a little something to be desired; what more it offers in quaffability it loses in character and depth.

biegaman, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

CRObighit2, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

WillAndSarah, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- 3.75- Pretty good. Opens well and pours a brown foam that dissipates in 1min. Very dark.

T- 3.25- Not so good. Heavy malt. Not much hops at all even though it's an IPA. Pretty bland.

M- 3.25- Very dry. Not in a good way though, more in a dried up flavor kind of way!

O- 3.5- Not so good. Will not buy again. Have tried black IPA's in the past but this one is actually the worst

Food Pairing

This ok beer did alright with.... sweet and sour chicken wings

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ericbeech_87, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: root beer brown, with a tinge of amber under light; clear; good head and retention, with sticky lace, sand coloured

Aroma: light, biscuit/cracker as in a typical lager, with a touch of sweetness

Taste & Mouthfeel: mild hop bitterness is blending with the dark roasted malts in an interesting way, enhancing the espresso flavours; burnt toast and chocolate too; sprightly carbonation and crisp, medium body make it highly drinkable; touch of vanilla; chocolate lingers most of all, pairing well with the hops which have played an admirably restrained supporting role throughout

Overall: delightfully, different, and great that it hasn't taken a grand gesture to do so, just a couple simple, clever twists that combine wonderfully - could drink a bunch!

BGDrock, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

yancot, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bf_89, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Ghrymm, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

rogerdandy, Jun 23, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a pilsener glass, this brew looks like medium roast black coffee with a very creamy thick tan head that retains its form remarkably well. The aroma is certainly hop-forward, with bright fresh citrus (massive grapefruit in particular) and gooseberry notes immediately apparent along with nondescript tropical fruit, all against a toasted pilsener malt backbone. Palate is an assertive roasted flavor coupled with lots of hops. Coffee and hints of ashtray co-exist with fresh orange juice, peach, lime, carrot, mint, and hash pipe resin in what is initially a rather jarring juxtaposition, although the odd admixture quickly grew on me. Body is on the thin side and the carbonation is tame for a lager. There is a subtle tropical fruit note that lurks in the background but I cannot chase it down for a positive identification. Finishes dry and lightly roasted with some pine and herb/spice aromatics waving goodbye. Although this is less well-integrated than many "Cascadian dark ales", with the hops clearly stealing the show, the proceedings became quite enjoyable by the end.

CalgaryFMC, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

604growler, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

souvenirs, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

scameron, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

phys1028, Mar 05, 2014
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Black Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.