Parish Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #163
Ranked #4,892
4.06 | pDev: 10.84%
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Notes: Parish Envie is brewed with loads of citrusy American hops to create an assertive, yet balanced American Pale Ale. We've used sweet caramel malts to mesh harmoniously with a dominant hop taste and aroma. Take a sip, embrace the hops, and repeat.

42 IBU
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 382 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: my goodness, what a murky pour! Pale yellow (similar to lemonade) with a quickly receding, foamy white head.

Very fresh and prominent, fruity notes on the olfactory. Let's hope the flavor matches the inviting aroma.

It does. Immensely quaffable with an attractive, tropical, bittersweet hop profile that lingers on the palate. Extremely refreshing and crisp - ideal for an early spring, humid gulf coast evening.

Rather light-bodied with zesty carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick with lingering hop bitterness on the tongue.

Certainly pleased that I finally bought this one. The drinkability is off-the-wall, and the six-pack will not last long. Did I mention the hazy appearance and hue of this one? Wow!

jkrich from Florida, Mar 28, 2020
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4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on tap at Maria's Cantina in Southaven, Mississippi. Very unique looking beer, super hazy and cloudy. Was not expecting this on tap here.
Not a detailed review here, but trust me, this is very tasty and rich. Rare type of brew.

BuckKahuna from Tennessee, Feb 16, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 12/18/19 poured into Parish Teku.

Hazy juicy blonde with a tall fluffy head of 3 fingers, leaving tons of lacing on the glass, destroying it, as it recedes.

Incredible aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, orange pith, herbal hop, some slight herbal element and perhaps suggestions of cannabis, slight pine, and mango. Very juicy, very fruity.

Flavor opens with a heavy pine presence, following with tons of white grapefruit, grapefruit juice, grass, pineapple core, orange juice, and a finish of banana-y yeast esters and some orange julius flavors.

Flavor is juicy and resiny, good acidity, and good carbonation. Nice drying finish.

Overall, this beer just plain kicks ass and is simply incredible. I've found the fresher the better, but I've since found that this does seem to keep pretty well since I had a 4x ENVIE that was dated in September 2019 that tasted phenomenal. I'd say go 5 months and no longer on this beer, but you will get more of the orange julius-banana esters the closer it is to bottling. As others have said already, while they're great beers in their own right I'd take this a thousand times over Pseudo Sue and I'll go further and say even King Sue. And at its price point ($10/6? Really? Holy crap), it's just a no brainer. I'm gonna pick up tons more, likely a couple cases, pending I can find it fresh. I'll be on the hunt. Just an unbelievable beer and highly underappreciated/unknown. Cheers

Edit : Regular Envie fades pretty quickly, I'd say 6 weeks, max. I started noticing it around week 5, but week 6 it's significantly less and at week 7 it's completely wasted. Definitely do this up quick and buy as fresh as humanly possible. 2 months in and all the meat is gone, just the bones are left on this animal.

The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jan 15, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently had this Pale Ale at small cafe in Mississippi

Look: hazy yellow with an inch thick white head

Aroma: honey, caramel, tropical fruit

Taste: It is sweet, honey, caramel, and lots of tropical fruit. It is hard to pin down but I believe mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange.

Body/Overall: light to medium body. It is very juicy and quite good.

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/30/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; awesomely soft feel for the ABV. Feels like Centennial and Amarillo. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great wheat/malt backbone for the ABV. Mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Feels very close to a New England style.

superspak from Michigan, Oct 13, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was such a surprise of a beer. Getting Parish in WA was a treat, thanks to my friend who brought it. Such a good finish, loved the juice feel and the APA bitter came through strong with this one. Highly recommend.

Antifogmatic from Washington, Jun 03, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ the brewery.

"Dry hopped APA (Citra, Cascade, & Amarillo)." 5.5% ABV.

Turbid orange appearance.

Floral and citrusy with scintillae of cool yogurty flavour. Not finding any Amarillo resin and Cascade's full floral potential doesn't seem to be showcased well, so I guess the Citra dominates.

Very balanced and approachable. Has a nice soft mouthfeel that makes it very refreshing when coupled with its mellow smoothness/wetness and lack of any alcohol warmth.

A fine APA from Louisiana, though not quite top tier.

High B- / WORTHY

kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 22, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had this numerous times, at tastings and at least once when traveling through LA. Now Parish has finally hit Houston...

A: Pours a cloudy, almost opaque golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace left behind.
S: Kind of green and veggie like, then nondescript fruit/juicy hops round out the nose. Fairly enjoyable, if one noted.
T: Juicy hops, whenever I can't exactly pin down the fruit flavor, it always seems to remind me of overripe melons. maybe a bit citrus like. There is an odd sweetness that is either from caramel malts, or the "juicy" fruit like hops. Again, this feels a bit green and veggie like as well.
M/O: A medium body with moderate carbonation. A touch astringent and muddled. Though, overall, enjoyable for a pint.

Kind of a tweener of a NEIPA and hoppy Pale Ale. Not bad at all, the juiciness seems a bit nondescript with some green hop character. I can see myself getting a pint of this every once in a while when I am out and about.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a one finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, orange peel and grapefruit.

T - The taste is pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit and light piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a pretty solid pale ale. Nice mix of bright citrus and floral hops.

TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Nov 27, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 05/09/18, why do Alabama beer distributors not restock their labels?? Not sure if this will be prime.

It does pour a really nice deep golden yellow with that beautiful haze. Got a lot of frothy head on it, about three fingers that bubble away slowly and cling to the glass desperately.

Bright aromas, with a zesty citrus that comes forward quickly and balance a sweet maltiness that could only have pushed its way further to the forefront during its 3 and a half months in the store fridge. The nose tails out with a grassy, earthy aroma. Pretty nice actually, fairly complex and inviting.

Actually held up pretty well, I think the consistent refrigeration helped preserve it. Still a suspiciously present maltiness, but it’s more distracting on the nose than the flavors. Citrus comes through, hardly any bitterness (obviously a rarity for APAs). Sweet, subtle hints of honey and a floral backbone that compliments the full experience.

The body is a good light viscosity , with a subtle but present carb and a film that I usually notice that intensifies the longer it sits. Still a light, crisp Pale Ale that has held up well and gave me what I’ve come to expect from Parish, fresh or not.

WickedBeer from Alabama, Aug 15, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, light orange gold color, it really does look like orange juice, with small white cap.

Aroma of piney, citrusy hops that are very fresh and vibrant.

Taste is hop forward in abundance with very small bitterness. Hops are sharp but have some depth and come across as brightly citrusy with any overripe citrus aspects. Simple flavors but well balanced.

Light-medium texture with balancing carbonation.

For a Pale Ale this one has a surprisingly low malt presence, for me at least, but I don't think malt is the point here. Hops are showcased and they do a good job of it while keeping things in balance.

Squire from Mississippi, Aug 09, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy lighter golden color with a nice fluffy white head, bout one and a half fingers thick. Nice lacing and a soapy film across, great looking beer. Aroma of pineappley citrus and herbal hop notes, with a similar taste but with a lot more grapefruit which is welcomed. A bit of a bite in the back from the carbonation and a smooth bitterness that is making me grab another bottle. Good stuff.

Livyatan1996 from Missouri, Apr 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams “perfect pint” glass, hazy yellow-orange color with thick off white head which quickly fades to a moderate amount of clinging lace and a collar. Nose of distinct, sweet citrus like grapefruit. In the mouth it’s surprisingly bitter up front, a dry hops presence quickly replaced by a much more middle-of the road malt counter-note with a medium dose of the grapefruit-citrus hops promised on the nose. In the mouth it’s thin, crisp, and quenching with a moderate to slightly fizzy amount of carbonation which accentuates the hoppiness. Overall, a solid APA though a bit of a letdown after trying the citrus bomb that is the Parish Bloom IPA. I won’t reflect the comparison in my scoring, but let’s say I’m intrigued to try more from Parish.

jettjon from Florida, Apr 06, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had citrus peel and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink and had same notes as scent. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Cannot Rate a bottled beer....But that is all I got for the SUPER BOWL
Have been to the brewery many times and there is no comparison.
At brewery it is a 4.90

HeadHeadman from Louisiana, Feb 04, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Does have a nice juicy citrus aroma. Orange with a little bit of piney resin. Taste is not as juicy. It is actually more acidic like orange juice but a more bitter type of orange juice. Not sure if this is representative or due to bottle being over 2 months old. I hope it is the latter. It has a sprucy piney taste at the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poursa very hazy pale straw yellow with a dominate all white head that has superior retention and excellent side glass lace.
AROMA: Citrusy hops, grapefruit, spicy pepper and bread dough.
TASTE: A great balance of malts. Bread malts are creamy. Hops, citrus with a nice drying subtle bitter bite at the finish.

jadpsu from Georgia, Dec 23, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the style I don't think there is a better APA on the market. I haven't ran across one that could come close to the quality of this well balanced beer. If you are a lover of the craft and wanna get away from the dilly dilly crap at parties, this is a very sessional one that delivers the citrus bite of ripe orange rind with a light hop kick on the back end to balance off the sweet malty backbone. Big thumbs up to parish for this great little gem.

Tigerfan82 from Louisiana, Dec 22, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

despite the series of double dry hopped editions of this beer that exist, it is one that to me anyway, doesnt seem to need that treatment. its quite clearly already dry hopped to high heaven, and is already one of those east coast juice bombs, in need of anything but more hops. in fact, i like it a lot as it is, and think the hops are quite robust enough, especially in the nose, where fresh cut pineapple, canned mandarin orange, and grapefruit juice all come together. i get a light new zealand hop vibe too, teasing white wine fruitiness, and a not inconsequential day old biscuity character to the grain. the flavor carries most of that through pretty well, and i like that it has some bitterness, still decidedly in the pale ale realm, but its zippy in the finish, even intense for a moment. the swallow is cool because for that second its almost dry, but then the fruity hops come back in a wash of tangerine and mango and even pine, just awesome. not sure i liked this as much as their ghost in the machine, but it sure is a more drinkable beer, and seemingly much fresher in my experience. these guys seem to be doing some of the best hoppy beers around. i thought this was killer, even better than the double dry hopped variant i had!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Golden tan opaque, thick white frothy sticky head and lacing.

S - Grapefruit and tangerine, citrus.

T - Citrusy, grapefruit, hippy sweetness from start to finish.

M - Big medium body and frothy mouthfeel.

O - Outstanding.

jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Nov 11, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, to the point of making the gold color have a white haze. Small, lasting head. Excellent ring and blanketing lace.

Clean, hop dominant smell. The malt remains solid but clearly in the background.

A strong, flavorful beer with a solid pale malt start and an even stronger, black pepper-like hop finish. Moderate to elevated, rich body but the carbonation equals this. Long aftertaste that hints at being citrusy, but doesn’t quite make it.

smcolw from Massachusetts, Oct 30, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow, hazy with a small white head.
Aroma has tons of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, peach, hoppy.
Taste is really fruity, very well balanced with a great hoppy backbone, malt sweetness in the finish.

Nicolaiw from Denmark, Oct 17, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Doing a side by side with DDH Envie, regular Envie is a slightly less vibrant opaque maize, nearer to tan, with a very large, cream-colored froth that settles unevenly and convexly, leaving tons of coral, fuzzy lace.

Smell is spicy, crisp pine and cracker with lemon, grapefruit, biscuit and pink peppercorn.

Taste is cracker, biscuit, lemon, light green pine and orange.

Body is medium, crisp with a soft thin froth and a semi-dry finish.

Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 26, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a hazy burnt orange to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight lace ran here and there, somewhat messy.
The aroma had some sweet tropical fruits over top of some semi-herbal to earthy sort of low key hops. Low amount of bitterness with a little bit of dankiness.
The flavor was fairly danky sweet, onion to the tropical to the herbal/earthy sort of mellow quality sliding in for a balanced arrangement. Semi-smooth onion to tropical sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as appropriate.
Overall, as an APA it does pretty well. As an enjoyable all around beer, it was well worth my time and extremely grateful to be able to try.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to the hyper. It is hazy and crushable. Easily one of the best NE style pale ales I have had. I can't wait to try more of their hop varieties in the near future.

Nhens0016 from Louisiana, May 23, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 382 ratings