Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
10-06-2013 03:32:32 | More by biboergosum
4.14/5 rDev +4.8%
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
01-03-2014 03:10:18 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
O: Well, I would definitely buy this again if I could. Maybe next year they'll brew it again?
11-13-2013 02:36:39 | More by souvenirs
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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- 3.5- WOW what a let down. So much going for this beer but there is an amature edge that shines through
M- 3.5- Very good considering the high alcohol
O- 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
This pretty good beer went well with....... Sweet and sour chicken wings
08-27-2014 23:22:19 | More by DaveBar
British Columbia (Canada)
4.76/5 rDev +20.5%
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!
08-25-2013 01:54:28 | More by Boozecamel
British Columbia (Canada)
3.66/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
09-01-2013 21:57:15 | More by Rutager
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
08-25-2013 03:36:46 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
08-24-2014 00:33:37 | More by ludachris
British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
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'
10-14-2013 21:59:27 | More by LampertLand
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-20-2013 21:09:39 | More by jrenihan
3.64/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
10-19-2013 03:50:48 | More by leaddog
British Columbia (Canada)
4.9/5 rDev +24.1%
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.
08-23-2013 06:35:25 | More by smekermann
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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
10-10-2013 03:59:21 | More by wordemupg
Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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