Sahti Claws | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Boozecamel on 12-02-2013

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, day 17 of the Parallel 49/Central City Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown. Is 'Sahti Claws' a play on Santa Claus? Hard to tell here.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky engorged raincloud lace around the glass as things genially subside.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, orange and white grapefruit citrus pith, pine and spruce needles, a soft gin-like fruity bitterness that I'm gonna have to proclaim as the juniper berries, and a touch of metallic alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, muddled citrus rind, forest floor flora, one that includes a bit of native Scandinavian greenery, a rather tame acrid berry fruitiness, subtle black pepper, and further leafy, piney, and well-perfumed hops.

The carbonation is solid in its supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a slight creaminess wending and weaving amongst the pine and citrus interlopers. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready caramel malt persisting well, alongside a juniper (I suppose) tinged pine, spruce, and generically leafy bitterness.

If juniper infusion (be it berry, twig, or leaf) is what it takes to be a veritable Sahti, then a veritable Sahti this is. More west-coast IPA or ESB (I know) in its overall bearing, the extra ingredient is like the pea to the storybook princess - not all that detectable at first, but somehow you just can't help noticing it after a strangely short amount of time. Worthy of checking out, if you're into what native Suomi are all about.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Day 21 of the Parallel 49/Central City advent calendar. 341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a dark red-brown with nearly two fingers of fluffy beige head that leaves insect colony cross-section lace as it recedes

Smells of flowery, sprucey hops, caramel malt and juniper.

Tastes of orange rind, mildly sweet caramel malt and juniper tea. Pine and spruce needles.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes off-dry, coniferous bitterness outstripping the malt, but not by a whole lot.

Verdict: Recommended. Feels more like a hoppy red ale with juniper berries, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 Brewing 'Sahti Claws' @ 7.7% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is a dark gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber in the glass with a medium size beige head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-rye & hints of juniper berries
T-ok tasting , hints of pine
MF-decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-had my first Finnish beer , will probally be my last
prost LampertLand

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pine was immediately apparent, but melded nicely. Looks great,smells great, tastes great. I don't think I'd call it a Finnish Sahti though...West Coast?

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 30/11/14

A brownish copper until held to the light where it has a ruby red glow, a short lived finger of tan foam doesn't last that long but leaves a few partial rings of lace

S kinda smells like an old pale ale, lots of caramel, some citrus, spruce but has a little juniper

T a fair amount of caramel, more pine and citrus, a little spice, not to far off the smell

M fairly thick, soft carbonation, a little sticky on the lips, gritty almost like tannins, caramel and spruce linger

O not sure how close this ones to style but its easy enough to drink and no mention of booze anywhere

Sahti was the last style I tried on BA and it took me over 5 years to find my first and only a couple months to find a second, both were from western Canada strangely enough, I'm keeping my eyes out for a classic Finnish version

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a typical Sahti , this is a hopped up PNW version of the Finnish style. The higher ABV and the big hops make this taste more like a DIPA. The juniper comes up in the nose and the finish but mostly this a tasty IPA that has some darker undercurrents from the Sahti profile.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Edit. 2014 bottling. This year's version is delicious. The juniper provides dark berry deliciousness over piney hops, and combined with the rye this makes for a tasty ale.

I'm sure it is not to style. But, the original style is normally infected and brewed with juniper branches. So, given that, I say this is a well-done beer.

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Photo of ZachT
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown/copper with a fair amount of carbonation, lots of lacing on the glass
S: Piney hop, slightly floral (juniper), a bit alcoholic and some sweetness
T: Quite hoppy and bitter, slight hint of juniper, alcohol is in the background, slight rye notes
M: Medium-light mouthfeel, well carbonated, slight alcohol warming
O: Good beer, well-balanced, the juniper really works well with the hop flavor. Not much malt flavor in there which is fine, it seemed a little light for having 7.7% alc.

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Sahti Claws from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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