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
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)
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)
3.69/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
09-20-2013 04:53:41 | More by DaftCaskBC
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)
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
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
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-20-2013 04:01:26 | More by CalgaryFMC
Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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