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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88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar is offset by some floral citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of residual sugar with some citrusy hoppy notes. Boyd is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation. Too much residual sugar for my own taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head and a lace ring down glass.
Citric, piney hop aroma but also there are touches of grapefruit, sweet malts and the rice gives off a yeast like aroma.
Smooth body, the citric hops are dry but this beer passes easily thanks to rice and yeast combonation (which add touches of sweetness) as well as some grapefruit and malt sweetness.
For a higher ABV DIPA the alcohol is well-hidden and this is not a hop bomb/west coast (well, American west coast) IPA and an interesting beer worth trying.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Purchased 2 weeks ago from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy peach color with a foamy, long lasting head. Citrus, melon and tropical fruit hops, caramel and biscuit in the nose and taste. A moderate bitterness lasts a while in the finish. Booze is pretty prominent for a 9% DIPA. The rice perhaps does lighten the body,

Worth a try, not a standout though.

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.