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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPASnap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA

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very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smekermann on 08-23-2013

Imperial Rice IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand Motueka hops.

70 IBU
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 26
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma sweet malt, pine, faint resin & floral notes, grapefruit, herbal. Taste sugary citrus hops, orange, sweet caramel malt, no bitterness. Ok!

Photo of interistacanadese
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
2.54/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past October

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 70
New Zealand Motueka hop
Described as an imperial rice IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium-thick, creamy, cream white head with great retention. Hazy dark gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the glass as it settles. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dos of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel and toffee on the nose. Pale malts and light butterscotch. Not much hop here, though there are some floral qualities in there if you go looking. Lots of malt character for sure.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and some pale malt sweetness up front. Bold finish is initially sweet with butterscotch and toffee flavors, then some floral bitterness comes though underneath. Flavorful with a definite caramel-candy character. Not much of a hop show here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: This is an alright beer, but when it’s got the word “hop” in the name and it’s labeled as an IPA, one expects more hop character here. A decent drink, but less than decent IPA, unfortunately. At best this is an overly malty English style IPA, but even that’s a stretch. Not one to pick up when you’re in the mood for a hoppy treat. I got too involved in my game of Axis & Allies that I didn’t bother to finish this one. Pass.

Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head and a lace ring down glass.
Citric, piney hop aroma but also there are touches of grapefruit, sweet malts and the rice gives off a yeast like aroma.
Smooth body, the citric hops are dry but this beer passes easily thanks to rice and yeast combonation (which add touches of sweetness) as well as some grapefruit and malt sweetness.
For a higher ABV DIPA the alcohol is well-hidden and this is not a hop bomb/west coast (well, American west coast) IPA and an interesting beer worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.89/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -10%

I wasn't exppecting much but I enjoyed this beer. Floral notes in the nose and smooth citrus taste. Relatively light.

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4.24/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Purchased 2 weeks ago from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy peach color with a foamy, long lasting head. Citrus, melon and tropical fruit hops, caramel and biscuit in the nose and taste. A moderate bitterness lasts a while in the finish. Booze is pretty prominent for a 9% DIPA. The rice perhaps does lighten the body,

Worth a try, not a standout though.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar is offset by some floral citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of residual sugar with some citrusy hoppy notes. Boyd is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation. Too much residual sugar for my own taste.

Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I didn't think that thick layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle would have such an immediate impact - even the first pour has the visibility of the inside of a tornado. (Rice is starchy, after all.) It's thick enough to look like a glass full of wet bread and its murky orange-y colour reminds me of the inside of a pumpkin. On a more positive note, the lacing sticks!

Snap, Crackle, Hop smells as full of yeast sediment as it looks. To be sure, part of the blame can be attributed to the fact that cases in these parts didn't hit shelves until approximately four months after bottling (far from ideal for even a Double IPA), but it also seems to me that bottle-conditioning didn't go quite as planned. Doughy bread notes kind of dominate...

But Motueka hops are appreciated too, especially those flavours of festering pineapple and moldy oranges. The tropical citrus qualities haven't faded and are combined with a uniquely piny, vinous earthiness. Were it not for all those bright exotic fruit notes it might almost pass for a Native herbal tea remedy (again, very weedy and has plenty of tree bark and pine needle notes).

Brewing an Imperial IPA with rice in order to fully showcase hops is a clever idea and, in the few examples I've tried (Kuhnhenn DRIPA comes to mind) proves a very successful endeavor. This recipe, however, retains lots of fresh-baked bread flavour, the overarching marmalade and rank pineapple notes notwithstanding. It also really shows its strength (9.3%).

Snap, Crackle, Hop is a great name but, let's be honest, not a great beer. It's entirely possible those in Vancouver will disagree, but the few bottles I bought here tell the story of a beer that's been either brewed, bottled, or handled incorrectly. I loved the pulpy, over-ripe citrus and tropical hop elements but the contents of this bottle were truthfully as smooth as rough hewn wood.

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +2.8%

From the first batch.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque apricot orange colour. One inch off-white head of mixed sized bubbles. Can just see fine carbonation bubbles at the top. Good lacing and great retention. Lots of suspended yeast bits.

The aroma is unique for me. Definitely citrus but strong with mango and passion fruit and some grapefruit mixed with some caramel. The aroma of rice came out as the ale warmed.

Interesting taste. Slightly sweet mango with a strange piney- citrus bitterness at the top of the palette. Then to an embittered sweet bread. then the rice flavour comes out with Belgian yeast. There is an alcohol taste throughout. You are left with a steely herby bitterness.

The feel is on the heavy side of medium. Feels like pudding n the mouth.

This is made an interesting and unique brew by the New Zealand Motueka hops and rice. Seems closer to a Belgian IPA than American.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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