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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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:
Imperial Rice IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand Motueka hops.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: smekermann on 08-23-2013)
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2013 06:35:25 | More by smekermann
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.76/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:54:28 | More by Boozecamel
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-21-2013 00:07:41 | More by cam477
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:32:59 | More by canucklehead
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-02-2013 01:04:24 | More by bumchilly25
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-14-2013 03:44:57 | More by Derek
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-05-2013 20:16:12 | More by andrenaline
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-29-2013 15:41:16 | More by 604growler
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-03-2013 01:47:44 | More by cbnz
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-22-2013 00:02:25 | More by ZachT
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:36:46 | More by FondueVoodoo
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:36:39 | More by souvenirs
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 21:09:39 | More by jrenihan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:10:18 | More by joemcgrath27
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

05-22-2014 20:20:52 | More by mdaschaf
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

10-29-2013 19:34:50 | More by Sammy
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

01-29-2014 05:23:49 | More by Kurmaraja
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

01-10-2014 23:46:48 | More by goalie35
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

03-25-2014 04:57:23 | More by Erik-P
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

10-19-2013 00:55:42 | More by IanSpindler
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crewfan1952

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

10-24-2013 00:35:46 | More by crewfan1952
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phys1028

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

03-05-2014 04:17:30 | More by phys1028
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

09-11-2013 09:19:51 | More by schopenhauerale
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:01:26 | More by CalgaryFMC
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:59:21 | More by wordemupg
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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.