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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

biegaman, Wednesday at 11:23 PM
Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

From the first batch.

JonnyBeers, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Cycle69
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Cycle69, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Cramshawbar, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

spinrsx, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.9%

cfalovo97, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

WeissBoy, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +1.5%

CRObighit2, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

FadetoBock, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of derberts
4/5  rDev +1.5%

derberts, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

mjacquard, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

WillAndSarah, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bought from lcbo and served in a tulip glass, colour is a cloudy orange amber. Pretty good lacing as well and good film.

S- some of the tropical hop aspects really shine here, stone fruit, mango, bright citrus notes, along a subtle caramel base. Guava and passion fruit a lot, quite juicy and fresh but also a bit grainy/cereal.

T- passionfruit to start, more blood orange and then cherries come forward, pineapple, and some more nuanced tropical notes that blend nicely, has some sharp carbonation and a quite bracing finish. Enjoyable tropical hop flavour, especially the passionfruit, malts were a good support, a bit lightened from the rice, but also a biscuity caramel aspect.

M - here this beer was crisp and rather refreshing, overall a moderate body, it did come across a bit thinner but really the abv was balanced really nicely so that was worked out really well, finish is rather crisp with a lingering hop bitterness.

I can't say I've had many other rice dipa's, or any I'm aware of. This certainly came across quite different, rice really added a light and slight bite to the base, and the alcohol was allowed to play a bigger role but not overpower the beer. Needless to say the nz hops were a great compliment, a rather enjoyable beer and one I would recommend trying and seeking, but I'm not sure I would make it a regular occurrence.

mick303, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of scameron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

scameron, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

valianes, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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
Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

andy1701, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

yancot, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bf_89, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Ericbeech_87, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

4ster, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

jrempel, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.