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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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: 77 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by Boozecamel:
Photo of Boozecamel
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up one a recommendation on the Canada forum.

I had heard it was coming out, but was very sceptical about rive in a beer, associating it with major swill. Will have to rethink it, but it seems to lighten the body of this beer without any negatives.

The real star here is the intense Moteuka.

A: Pours a deep amber/orange, with a three finger slightly off white head.

S: Smells amazing. Just such an intense, sharp, spicy aroma! Tropicals in the background.

T: The taste is equally intense, with just full on hoppiness. Spicy at the start with tropical and citrus finish. Was so close to giving this a 5. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Mothfeel is light for an imperial, but with an oily slicness that I like in a hop bomb.

O:Overall this is an amazing beer. Will be drinking as much of this as I can before it dissapears!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +3.1%

From the first batch.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

650ml bottle. The creepiest version of a Kellogg's trope that I've ever seen.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of restrained puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent drooping sudsy storm front lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of grainy toasted pale malt, tempered by a certain hard to identify character, one which had I had not known of as rice beforehand, would be hard put to identify correctly, a heady raw scallion astringency, white pepper, a certain tropical fruitiness - guava, lime, and kiwi - and a slight alcohol warming. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, a further savoury fresh-cut green onion essence, musty indistinct citrus pith, pine resin, herbal leafiness, a further lingering, subdued tropical fruit sweetness, and tame, but hard to dismiss rice pudding.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, just adept at their general support role, the body a sturdy medium weight, mostly smooth, and kind of pithy for any sort of creamy credentials. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale malt and weird-ass rice graininess holding tight, with some persistent musty citrus notes, and a bit of burgeoning alcohol, especially as things warm up.

While the rice is a 'neat' change-up here, it's the NZ hops that take the cake, what with their acrid, chef's table umami, um, goodness. A whole lot of stuff going on here that delves way away from yer typical DIPA, so much so, that Imma gonna have call bullshit, sadly, on the whole deal. Sorry, onions and rice patties aren't my idea of any sort of IPA.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very murky golden orange, tall white head held nicely, left plenty of lacing all around
S - mandarin and tropical citrus notes, a definite dry grainy aroma along with buttery biscuit
T - the rice graininess definitely makes itself known, tropical citrus hops are more subdued than the nose, biscuit and mild greens compliment
M - light and smooth start, slightly dry through the middle, finishes with a nice crispness, not even a clue that this is 9.3%
O - a nice mix of flavours combined with a great balance and drinkability make this a must try

Photo of souvenirs
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle.

A: gold and opaque, lots of head (but it was a somewhat aggressive pour).
S: melon/citrus/tropical fruit.
T: Delicious. As with the smell, tropical fruit flavours. Pine. Nice amount of bitterness and sweetness.
F: medium/thick.
O: Well, I would definitely buy this again if I could. Maybe next year they'll brew it again?

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Purchased at the LCBO for a paltry $5.95 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- 4.5- Opens well and pours not much head but dark orange that is very amazing. So dark DIPA like beer

S- 4.25- WOW that is a good beer. Orange and malt

T- 4.0- Took a bit to get used to however it is a nice beer. So much going for this beer but there is an amature edge that shines through

M- 3.75- Very good considering the high alcohol

O- 4.0- Very good but the boys need to work on the hops and malt with time they boil. So close but so far.
In time this will be a good beer if they play with it

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with....... Sweet and sour chicken wings

Enjoy!

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a nice orangey-gold with a finger of white head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Citrusy hops and definitely some toasted rice (though I probably wouldn't have specificaly picked that out if I hadn't known), spicy and almost peppery hops along with the citrus, and just a touch of green onion.

Taste. Sugary sweet light malts, lightly spicy and citrusy hops again, tropical fruits, fairly sweet and smooth. The rice gives the malt bill a definite sweet smoothness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Unique, but a little sugary sweet for me. Interesting hops for sure.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A murky pale amber brewed topped with a frothy & soapy bone white head. The head clings to the glass and has been holding it's structure for a good long time.

S: Smells like a fresh bowl of rice krispies, like grainy puffed rice. A solid scent of citrus notes are present, of lime & lemon and sharp and refreshing. A malty backbone balances out the sharp citrus - it's not over powering malts, just sorta hanging around the walls waiting for someone to ask her to dance.

T: Right out of the gate the rice and citrus begin a tug-a-war for domination - not to worry - they make up and decide to share the spot light. Chewy and grainy while still offering a citrus pith and bite. Malts get her chance to cut a rug, she jumps in with her round, smooth and creamy character. The smell lets on that there might be some malts, but the taste is where they really shine through. A skilled mix of graininess, citrus and smooth malts.

M: Starts out with a dry pithy feel and finishes smooth and creamy. Average level of carbonation allows the flavours to take the front stage.

O: The combination and transition from the rice notes, to citrus to smooth creaminess malts is a journey worth taking. The addition of rice is a unique flavour, that for me, is a reminder of Saturday morning cartoons. An expertly balanced drink that offers a unique approach to the style.

Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A heavy looking IIPA. The body is between amber and brown, looking like the flesh of a plum and hazy as anything. Its creamy off-white head boasts great retention. Sticky rings of lace wrap around the glass.

Its essence is sweet and gooey. Ripe peaches and mango blend with rich caramel and plenty of sweet biscuit. The heaviness from the malt doesn't let a whiff of alcohol pull through.

Floral, leafy hops mix with a zip of alcohol to coat the palate. Candied peaches and dried mangoes come together at the center. The caramel is more casual and glides over its fruity center.

Their use of rice really comes through in the feel. The dryness it imparts isn't sharp or harsh. It's almost unnoticeable. It wasn't until I remembered this is 9.3% that I realized just how clean it was. It lacks the syrupy feel I've got most often in IIPAs of this strength.

Its flavour I enjoyed, the feel and its disgusting sessionability is what blew me away. As an adjunct that's typically looked down upon, I loved that they added "rice IPA" to the label. Not only does it differentiate itself from other examples of style that sit on the same shelf with its label, its addition in the brewing process makes for a memorable impression. This is my first beer from Parallel 49 and I can't wait to get my hands on some more of their stuff!

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 'Snap Crackle Hop' an Imperial Rice IPA @ 9.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a pale yellow gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold/amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-pine & citrus , some spice

T-piney & citrus , must be the NZ hops ! or rice ? , big IPA taste with a dry finish

MF-good carbonation , full bodied , dryness on the palate lingers

Ov-ok beer , better than 'Snap Crackle Burp'

prost LampertLand

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
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 jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Volo.

Beer is opaque orange with a small white head.

Nose contains grapefruit and citrus. Some caramel.

Taste is very nice. Juicy, grapefruit and passionfruit flavours are very strong. Quite tropical, with citrus alongside. A bit of pone. Bitter but not insanely so. Some caramel malt.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, quite tasty. Not sure what the rice does, but I like the beer.

Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber tone with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hop aroma, some tropical fruit, puffed rice.

Taste - Citrus hops, tropical fruit and a light touch of puffed rice flavour. A very bold passionfruit flavour rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - I admire Parallel 49's effort to experiment with rice in an Imperial IPA; however, I find that it strays a little too far away from the true style. I get more tropical fruit (especially passionfruit and guava) than I do of the hops, which is delicious but makes me a little sad.

Photo of smekermann
4.89/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Parallel 49 announced that they had released beer earlier this week on their Facebook page. By the time I strolled into their tasting room a couple of days later, they had ran out of bottles so I settled for a nice growler of it (priced at a reasonable $17 CAD)

Appearance is an attractive hazy amber with a smooth, off-white head standing about 1" tall. The aroma is positively entrancing, with nuances of ripe tropical fruit and citrus aromas that assault your nostrils.

Initial taste is basically the smell amplified by a factor of ten. It has an absolutely gorgeous hop profile: again, overwhelming ripe tropical fruit, followed by some citrus zest, followed by a weed-y, piney aftertaste that is really quite pungent and delicious. This beer is pretty much all hops, due to its use of rice: it has a tremendously light body, with almost no malt interference whatsoever. It also happens to be bone-dry which, combined with almost non-existent embittering beta acids, makes for an absolutely lethal drinking experience. I positively inhaled the first pint of my grower before even realizing what was going on and deciding to slow down.

My only complaint, which undoubtedly has a lot to do with the format I chose to experience the beer in, is that carbonation is a bit on the light side. I didn't really ding its rating based on that, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if I'd had it in a bottle I would've given it a 5/5. Maybe I'll update this review accordingly once I taste it in a bottled format.

All in all, Parallel 49 once again blows my mind (and, more importantly, taste buds) with another amazing Imperial IPA. I was even a bit skeptical of this beer, seeing as it had rice and I'd never had a rice IPA before. All sorts of assumptions were made. Those assumptions were completely discarded upon the first sip of this. I think I may like this even better than I liked Hopnotist.

edit: this is a review of the first batch, when it came out. I've had later batches of this and they haven't even come close to the glory of the first batch. If I were to rate this beer again, it'd be around the 3.5-3.75 range. Still no body to speak of but the hop profile is anemic as hell nowadays. Underwhelming as hell, especially knowing how good the first batch was. Leaving this review up for historical purposes, though.

Photo of wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 9/10/13

A murky orange amber, lots of bubbles feeding a well sustained finger of foam that leaves lots of random lace

S guava, lime, candied pineapple and grapefruit, work well, a little booze, pine, and caramel, I may sound crazy but I get a faint hint of electrical tape that I just can't shake, I want to love it but it has a strange adhesive thing hiding in the background

T everything I liked on the nose is still there but the strange adhesive notes are gone, more pine and rind with the booze I was smelling still there but a little better concealed

M medium bodied, almost creamy, a nice bitter snap to it, a little grit in the mouth and sticky on the lips, guava and lime rind lingers hard on the finish

O this ones just off of greatness, lots of great aspects but I just couldn't shake some strange things on the nose

not really sure what role rice played in this one because I don't get much of it, I wanted to love this one but I merely liked it

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of Jeffo
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
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 canucklehead
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Totally original beer from one of the leaders in BC brewing. The use of rice and a interesting NZ hops creates both a different nose and flavour. The hops are citrus but also piney. There is a tartness to the beer which works with the sweetness of the fruit notes. I also noticed the big mouthfeel really works with the bigness of the ABV and the way the hops open up as it warms up. One of my BC beers of the year.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber liquid with slight foamy white head.

S: Pepper, onions, lime and guava.

T: Green pepper, guava, lime, and some black pepper. Very syrupy sweet malt backbone.

M: Very thick viscosity for an IPA and low carbonation.

O: I'm glad that P49 made a beer showcasing Motueka hops, but for my personal batches I think I would use them in combination with other hops.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from 650 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Fairly pale yellow for a DIPA, just barely grading into orange with a considerable amount of white froth. VERY unique tropical fruit aroma and flavor. I got tons of rank guava and passion fruit on the nose, extremely sweet tropical perfume almost to the exclusion of other components. Ditto on the palate, massive guava, passion fruit, and lychee flavors with some lemon/lime citrus as well, in the understory of the rain forest ... There is also some green onion and what malt you can taste is grainy and astringent. Perhaps this is where the rice exerts its effect although this adjunct is typically quite subtle and is going to be overshadowed by any aggressive hopping, which this certainly has in spades. Some sources say that Motueka hops yield a blueberry flavor although I don't really get that here ... This ain't no Mosaic. Maybe a little strawberry and gooseberry-type funk. Whole package is tangy, almost a bit sour, evokes white wine in the combination of fruit and booze. The booze flavors make me think of some Belgian tripels but the fruit chew sweetness reigns supreme until the (not that) bitter end. Somehow a dry astringency co-exists with sweet fruit top notes to yield a pleasing complexity. I like it but do not expect classic DIPA levels of bitter piney assault.

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