Hoparazzi | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
parallel49brewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wordemupg on 07-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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1
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14
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An uninspiring bottle, for which I'd had higher hopes, but which may act as a decent "transition beer" or even a "session beer" for many. I would definitely buy a pint over any macro I've yet tried.

Pours an attractive, clear golden-copper colour, albeit with a very low carbonation level so the limited white head disappears within seconds. Bland aroma of "malted barley" has no indication of any hop tones. Although the taste is not powerful, it does have some tropical fruit elements before a hop inspired bitterness. It is thin and lacking the balance of better beers but still a brewery I give marks for trying and from whom I'd buy again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO, pulled from their Unparalleled sampler pack. No packaging date given - there's a spot for this information provided on the six-pack box, but it was left blank. This is the second 'India pale lager' I've had in the last month, and while this particular fusion of styles doesn't strike me as terribly original, I'm still a hophead who also tends to enjoy pale lagers, so this should be right up my alley. Served well chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, with a bright, clear complexion. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of foamy, soapy white head that wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving behind an impressive coat of sticky lacing. The colour is attractive, but the beer itself is completely lifeless, with nary a bubble to be seen within the liquid. The aroma is disappointingly subdued and rather non-descript - light lemon citrus, cereal grains, lager yeast and bready malts are all I can really identify. At least it smells pretty clean.

The flavour profile, rather unfortunately, adheres to the same tenets as the aroma - clean-tasting, straightforward, and not all that intense or interesting. Grainy, bready malts are dominant initially, with a mild hint of caramel sweetness. This is followed by a firm hop presence - grassy, citrusy, and somewhat floral, offering a modest, pleasantly bitter finish. The aftertaste is floral, with hints of lemon and malt sweetness. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth feel on the palate. Not too difficult to toss back, and potentially sessionable - but at 6%, I probably wouldn't recommend it for that purpose.

Parallel 49's Hoparazzi isn't a bad lager, but it's not exactly a very memorable one, either. It is absolutely hoppier than your typical pale lagers, but not to the point where it is likely to turn off the uninitiated. Not bad, but not the most drinkable thing I've ever had - the Hops & Bolts IPL I tried a few weeks ago struck me as a better example of this pseudo-style. An enjoyable, if unremarkable hopped lager that makes for a decent inclusion in this sampler pack.

[Updated Aug 3 2015]

Another bottle pulled from the current LCBO shipment of mixed-sixers. It's more hop-forward than I remember - a fresher sample, perhaps? Hoparazzi still does not especially impress me, but it's a reasonably well-made lager, and has an approachable flavour that should sit well with most hopheads. I'm bumping the score a tad this time around to reflect my softening feelings. This is the sort of beer that works fine for filling space in a sampler pack, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to buy it specifically.

Final Grade: 3.58, a B.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus/lemon, floral and grassy hops, some breadiness and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, a touch of lemon, grassy hops with some floral notes, slight breadiness and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoparazzi pours with a fair amount of flash, its golden complexion embracing the light like a prima donna. But dammit if those tinsel-y highlights aren't attractive and its tone not immaculately (almost artificially) clean. Its head, however, could use some implants - it's pathetically flat.

Beer is most commonly divided in terms of ales or lagers which is a silly distinction if you ask me. Hoparazzi, though it is lagered, strongly resembles a pale ale. This is attributed to the citrusy, flowery Pacific Coast hops that are used for dry-hopping and make their mark in the aroma.

Lagering can indeed create exceptional refreshment. In this case, however, it may have mellowed the beer a little too much - not much character is left in the mouthfeel. What marketers would spin as "smooth", I'd consider banal. That said, while the beer has shed most all its esters, just a minor hint of the 6% alcohol starts to show as the beer warms.

It may have "hops" in the name, but Hoparazzi is not a beer for those who feel that pale lagers are too bland for their tastes. The flavour offers as much plain, bready malt as it does herbal, flowery hops (and is very cautious to offer much of either). It's fine, but very commonplace...

Which is not surprising considering that 'American Pale Lager' is not a distinct style anyhow. Granted, what constitutes a new style from being considered a variant of an existing category is often arbitrary and always subjective. But this beer certainly doesn't have the hop profile or bitterness to even warrant a discussion on the topic. This is lager - which is fine - but that's all.

Hoparazzi has a description that might appeal to beer geeks but a profile that will likely disappoint them. As for everybody else (i.e., those people who don't require enough hops to strip the enamel from their teeth and burn their tongue), they'll probably enjoy it and aren't apt to find it too different from the lagers they're used to.

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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Considering all of the glitz and glam one might associate with the name, this beer is pretty tame...not a lot of flash bulbs going off in my mind. None the less, a decent brew that shouldn't be avoided. Amber in colour, subtle flavour of hops, which is nice if you plan on having 2 or 3.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden in color leaning toward amber. Almost no head to speak of, but a thin film sticks around.

S: hops, malts, caramel, some sweet.

T: again, hops which provides bitterness and malts which provide some sweet.

M: medium body and carbonation

O: a nice hopped lager. It is easy drinking, which seems the norm for the beers I have tried from Parallel 49. After having all three beers in the taster pack, I think I will try to pick a couple up before hitting the cottage in a few weeks.

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Photo of Simon38
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, from the brewery

Nice bright golden body - big frothy white head - classic looking lager. Aromas of grassy hops, a touch of lemon and citrus. Flavor profile follows suit - crackery malt, lemon, grass, citrus. Dig a nice lager - this is pretty solid.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber. Finger of head settles pretty quickly to a nice film.

This might be a tad cold, but I only get a vague sweetness on the nose, a bit of honey and a hint of floral hops.

Great flavours though. Bittering hops up front, nice blend of citrus and restrained pine, overlaid on biscuity malt. Sulphur and nice floral notes in the finish, really satisfying.

A great session lager, would like to see it general list at the LCBO, though I always wonder about the size of the market for well hopped lagers.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Hoparazzi from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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