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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Rice IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand Motueka hops.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: smekermann on 08-23-2013)
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JonnyBeers, Oct 20, 2014
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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.

biboergosum, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mdaschaf, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sammy, Oct 29, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Jan 03, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

souvenirs, Nov 13, 2013
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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!

DaveBar, Aug 28, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

Boozecamel, Aug 25, 2013
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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.

Rutager, Sep 01, 2013
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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.

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WillAndSarah, Sep 06, 2014
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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.

ssmack, Oct 10, 2014
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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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!

ludachris, Aug 24, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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

LampertLand, Oct 14, 2013
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RetepM, Sunday at 05:01 AM
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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.