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

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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:
Imperial Rice IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand Motueka hops.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: smekermann on 08-23-2013)
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cfalovo97, Sep 23, 2014
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tom10101, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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
Photo of leaddog
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

leaddog, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 20, 2013
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 dominate but Motueka hops prevail...

Especially those flavours of festering pineapple and moldy oranges; the tropical citrus qualities haven't faded but 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 tell the story of a beer that's been either brewed, bottled, or handled incorrectly; I love the pulpy, over-ripe citrus and tropical hop elements but this ale is truthfully as smooth as rough hewn wood.

biegaman, Yesterday at 11:23 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

YamagamiTravis, May 18, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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
Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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

wordemupg, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

mjacquard, Sep 09, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Cycle69, Oct 16, 2014
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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.