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Black Hops - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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86
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 05-17-2013)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%

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 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

FadetoBock, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

chickenm, May 26, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

biboergosum, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Sammy, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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

joemcgrath27, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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
Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WillAndSarah, Sep 06, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

CookstLiquor, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Ghrymm, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

BigBry, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Derek, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ericbeech_87, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kmat10, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rogerdandy, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

leaddog, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +3.4%

smekermann, May 18, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +8%

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

wordemupg, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

604growler, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

yancot, Aug 15, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%

mjacquard, Saturday at 04:46 PM
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Black Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.