Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #711
Ranked #4,422
4.19 | pDev: 7.88%
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Notes: Parallel 49's first anniversary ale. Single hopped double IPA brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops.

86 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle split two ways. Cool label. A slightly hazy golden orange with small head. Aroma mainly pine with sweet caramel malt. The taste is more sweet - caramel malt with following piney bitterness on the finish which is not overpowering - than bitter with a gentle bozziness. Pleasantly carbonated with smooth mouthfeel. Very nice - slightly less hoppy than expected/desired but very drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.5% abv, 86 ibu, 341ml bottle.
A - cloudy orange (like julius) with one finger white head.
S - sour sweet tangerine, pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, rice-y, malty, hint of funky sourness at the back as well. caramel honey malt.
T - welly carbonated. sweet, grapefruit, lemon peel, hoppiness comes front, lingering, all over the mouth.piney. juicy as fruit juice! bitter an DIPA should have, yet all balanced of maty, sweetness, alcohol well hidden.
O - its a great DIPA, representative hop characteristic of mosaic, juicy as punch bowl! never taste any DIPA like this, really new flavor for me. big punch of hop attack! bitter- sweet i would say, yet enough pine, earthy, biscuit which u wanna have from an IIPA. well done P49, will def get it again!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasted 9 May 2015. Reviewed from notes. BA says this is retired, and that this bottle must have been old. Given the hop presence, I find that hard to believe. Part of a mixed 6-pack of Parallel 49 beers.

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange. Barely any head, decent lacing.

Smell is really nice, full of those mosaic hops. Juicy, oranges and tropical fruits. Really nice.

Taste is quite good. It has some of that juiciness, but not as much as I'd like it to. Dank and earthy, slightly bitter hops in the back. Front-end does have some nice fruit, I just want more of it!

Feel is oily and heavy; not bad, but not ideal.

A quite good, juicy, fruity, earthy IPA.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into a mason jar style mug. A cloudy dark reddish orange with a finger or so of creamy off-white head that breaks down slowly into some rich lacing. Robust fruity/floral aroma of mango, guava, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, peaches, lychee. Tropical and citrus in approximately equal measure. Mosaic is always a wonderful choice for a single hop ale. Dank, rank (but not overly so), bitter yet clean. I get some added lime on the palate in addition to the fruit bowl mentioned above. Some taste blueberry with Mosaic hops, which is perhaps shorthand for an amalgam of tropical/citrus notes. I am indeed getting this here as well ... Almost a sour flavor but unlike the more expected citrus. I can taste the ABV as well although not unpleasantly so. The tropical and citrus flavors are so big that it is difficult to discern the malt, which many consider appropriate for this style. No character malts in here, in any case. Rather medium bodied, not overly thick or heavy. Fizzier than expected but if anything this just potentiates the fruitiness. Some pine resin and green leaf emerge over time but the finish is strikingly clean. As the beer warms, pepper and coriander spice notes emerge (rather like a spicy orange creamsickle!). Nice approach to a high calibre no frills single hop DIPA, with the complex hop aromas and flavors left naked to shine.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle: Poured an orange amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with some sweet undertones is enticing enough. Taste is dominated by citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone and some light tropical fruits notes are also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. A bit short on hops complexity but still very drinkable. Maybe a tad too sweet for my taste as well.

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, and some tropical fruits (mango).

Taste - Very similar to the aromas. Starts off with the bready caramel malts then goes into the pleasant bitter mosaic hop tones of pineapple, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, and the tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the mosaic hops.

Overall - A well crafted single hop DIPA. The flavours that shine from the mosaic hop variety are excellent and make this brew that much more exciting while the bready caramel malts balance out the brew a little bit. As well, the ABV is nicely hidden in this one. Grab this one while it lasts.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - the last P49 review of mine semi-joked about how many different IPAs they put out - time to shut my fool mouth, as it isn't doing any good, especially for me! Oh - one other thing - I reckon that I've never seen a more unseemly truth on a side label's opening rumination for such a style - 'look into my eyes - you are getting sleepy, very sleepy.'

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and rocky tan head, which leaves a stellar array of layered chain cog lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dank (natch!) wet forest petrichor, musty orange and grapefruit citrus flesh, hints of mint-tinged wintergreen, bready caramel malt, white chalk, lesser generic tropical fruit notes, and further leafy, floral, and certainly perfumed hops. The taste is a redux of that green forest floor essence, one somewhat reduced in funky dankness, and given over to an increase in fleshy south-seas fruitiness - pineapple, guava, and mango, for starters - some unheralded grainy, bready, and fairly sturdy caramel/toffee malt sweetness, and a cadre of pedestrian lemon/lime notes that seem a bit underdressed for this shindig - maybe they're here to coddle and chaperone the still well-behaved 17-proof booze.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its meek frothiness, but generally supportive all the same, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and way more smooth than I would have opined at initial hop contact. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt calling time, yet sort of futilely, as those hovering Mosaic hop esters just won't go the fuck to sleep.

Another immensely enjoyable and well-rendered single-hop IPA (oh, right, a DIPA), all from the good graces of a single hop strain. These sorts of affairs are getting more and more rounded and drinkable since one of those (in)famous Danish twins carried out their broad IPA experiment a few years back. So, we now lay in the afterglow of that, and, I gotta say, the layin' is certainly swell.

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tree brewing tulip glass. Warmed slightly on the counter for about 15 minutes.

Appearance: Poured a brilliant medium to deep amber with plenty of orange in the mix. I'd give an SRM value of about 14 to it. Quite opaque with plenty of suspended particles (yeast and perhaps hops) when held to the light. Beautiful off white head with quite fine bubbles that linger nicely. The head diminishes down to a nice little film across the top of the beer. Plenty of lacing left on the glass. Superb.

Aroma: Incredibly refreshing notes of tropical fruit. The mosaic hops really have a distinctive aroma. Notes of mango and peaches, that dominate. Slight notes of citrus with orange and grapefruit pulling through. Light pine notes poking through as well. A tinge of alcohol but certainly not overpowering. Just the right amount of alcohol to add nicely to the character. Little to no malt in the nose present.

Taste: Incredibly fruity. The bitterness takes somewhat of a backseat compared to the the enormous mango taste. Nevertheless, the bitterness certainly shines through gorgeously towards the end without being crushingly bitter. A nice amount of bitterness despite the high end of 86 IBU's. No yeast taste present but the malts kick in with a slight sweetness to the beer. A slight amount of alcohol on the dry finish. This alcohol adds immensely to the character profile of the beer.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant, medium bodied beer. It falls right in the middle and doesn't overwhelm the taster with thickness. Light enough to want to drink plenty but heavy enough to give substance to the beer. Wonderful carbonation that doesn't dominate the mouthfeel that I find most Belgian beers do. Not too much; just the way I like it. A nice dry, finish.

Overall: A fabulous beer from Parallel 49. Certainly one of their best along with their Russian Imperial Stout, Vow of Silence and Gypsy Tears (still haven't tried From East Van with Love yet, but soon enough). Beautiful tropical fruit aroma with an amazing taste and mouthfeel. I highly recommend this beer to any beer lover especially a hop head. Cheers.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/7/14

A pale copper saturated with sediment, looks like a snow globe, two fingers of dense beige foam quickly falls to a fingers width and stays there, random lace deep down the glass

S peaches, mango, lychee, guava, pineapple, and tangerine, big tropical nose on this one, a little dry cereal, juicy fruit gum, faint pine and caramel, smells massive and sexy

T not quite the tropical bomb on the nose but still very tasty, a little lemon and lime rind, slightly more pine and caramel then the nose

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a little gritty, bitter bites there, the booze is well hidden, lemon peel on the finish

O great single hop from start too finish, the nose was kicking ass and not much to complain about elsewhere, my bottles nearly empty at this point so that says something

I didn't think I'd be drinking this today, one of the two brews I need for the Canadian Top 50 and my Mom just shows up with a box of BC goodies with this in it? I love my Mom!!!

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Photo of souvenirs
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fucking awesome IPA that I wish Parallel 49 made all the time! Crystal clear light copper with off-white head. Very fruity aroma and taste - peach, mango, citrus.

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Photo of papat444
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for keeping this in his fridge for me :)

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (no #freshbeer info) & enjoyed with 3D glasses.

Appearance: Dark honey-amber body, massive pillowing head that grips the sides with actual draping.

Smell: Grassy a bit, sweet fruit, very aromatic, peaches.

Taste: Less sweet in taste, bit of pine, lots of peaches, has an earthy touch, ripe oranges (unsweetened).

Mouthfeel: Sticky a bit, fills out well but tail end could be a bit better as it tappers. Solid nonetheless.

Overall: Well done. More of an juiced up IPA than a DIPA. Very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Note: posting old tasting notes, this was drank on June 11th 2013]

This is one of the coolest bottle labels I've come across, and the bottle is sold with 3D glasses to go with the 3D labeling - pretty darn cool and it works!

Nose: Big citrus and pine, really open. A total pleasure to soak in.

Taste: Lots of pine, citrus, tree bark. Some apricot, tangerine. There is a lot of hops in here! 86 IBU, which is probably a threshold number for a lot of people - I almost think you need to either have dulled your tastebuds or be in it for the novelty to go for a 120 IBU beer. 86 is about as high an IBU value as I see myself wanting (though of course not all beers are equal in this regard!)

Overall: Mosaic hops are just fantastic and are showcased really well in this IPA. I am very glad that P49 chose to release a single hopped beer with mosaic. The complexity of the hops character is quite great and it goes to show you don't need a complex hop ingredient list to get such complexity of flavour.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 Brewing's 'Hopnotist Imperial IPA' @ 8.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.50 in 2013
& $6.20 in 2017
A-pour is a dark gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber/gold in the glass with a medium off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-big pine & citrus smelling PNW IIPA
T-sweet malt start gives way to Mosaic hop bitterness ,
MF-mild carbonation , full bodied , not as bitter on the palate as expected , even for an Imperial IPA
Ov-glad I tried this beer again (first time it was a shelf turd) be warned
prost LampertLand

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a light copper orange., bright and clear. The smell is all about pine and a hint of funk. Similar flavours with pine and grapefruit dominating in the hops dept, but getting overshadowed a bit by a lot of sweet malty notes. This actually could have used a bump up in terms of hops as it drinks a bit sweet. Good hearty body and nice for sipping.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, St. Augustines in Vancouver

Single-hop DIPA exclusively with Mosaic. Murky peach body, nice nose of tropical fruit, guava, grass. Very good hop profile - passionfruit, guava, citrus, grass and light pine. Not heavy or boozy but rather light, clean and layered with nice flavour.

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, this label is pretty fucking cool. Printed in old-school 3d complete with 3d glasses. I would have bought this for the packaging alone.

Appearance. Pours a murky orange-amber with close to two finger of off-white head that leaves some thick bands.

Smell. Papaya, cedar and pine, pineapple, grapefruit rinds.

Taste. Papaya, cedar, lime and grapefruit rinds with some sweet grainy caramel malt coming through.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ bodied with medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice to compare this with Red on Red. These mosaic hops are great stuff and suit the ipa very well.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly murky amber with a foamy white head that settles to a thin layer with terrific lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Initial scent of fresh cut pine tree followed by tropical fruits, passion fruit, guava, musk melon and pineapple. The sweetness of the fruits is balanced by the freshness of the pine. Slight notes of alcohol esters present in the finish.

T: The taste mirrors the scent with sweetness of caramelized pineapple, passion fruit and guava balanced by fresh cut pine. The pine notes are not of resin, but rather the scent of trimmed pine trees. Starts off sweet and then finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Is expertly balanced and smooth.

M: Very creamy and syrupy feel which coats the entirety of your mouth with low amounts of carbonation.

O: The interplay of malts and tropical hops foster complex smells and taste that is very balanced despite the high IBU's. Pine resin forward IPA's tend not to be my favourites - Hopnotist takes that pine smell and flavour but does it more in a "fresh cut" way and add amazing flavours of passion fruit and guava. One of the best DIPA's I've had and that says something given the amazing selection we have here in BC.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best DIPAs in BC along with Powell St. and Central City's version . It has a big mouthfeel and plenty of hops to make it work. Like the Lord of the Hops it has that great unfiltered feel that combines with the big mouthfeel . I hope this becomes a year round beer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head with excellent retention over very murky orange/amber liquid.

S: Lime, mango, peach, passionfruit, tangerine.

T: Lime, mango, peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: It doesn't seem like 86 IBUs, as this beer is incredibly smooth. I have to get my hands on this Mosaic hop, as it is like a more powerful version of Citra combined with Galaxy but without the earthiness. Very punchy tropical and citrus fruit flavours in this one. Well done Graham.

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Photo of smekermann
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is Parallel 49's first anniversary ale, a double IPA utilizing a single hop: Mosaic. The packaging is pretty sweet, it comes with free 3D (cyan/magenta) glasses so that you can fully admire (and be mesmerized by) the label, which claims that the beer has 86 IBUs and weighs in at a respectable 8.5% ABV.

Pour is a cloudy amber with an ample off-white head and moderate lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty goddamn delicious, reminding me of Lagunitas Sucks: ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit rind.

Taste is almost exactly like the smell: ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit rind, although I'm also detecting some overripe apricot and peach flavors in there. It's initially sweeter than I'd expect, but it manages to hold its balance quite nicely: it doesn't end up being cloying or even malty in the aftertaste. Also, don't get me wrong, this beer is HOPPY. The flavors I just described, that's just what the hops tasted like. Anyway, it's amazingly well balanced. It ends up being insanely drinkable for an ABV of 8.5%.

Overall, this is one of the finest offerings of the style in BC. I seriously hope Parallel 49 brewed a gigantic batch of this, because everyone needs to try it. It's a pretty amazing beer, and I'm really glad to see Parallel 49 stepping up its game in terms of hoppy ales. This feels like BC's answer to Lagunitas Sucks.

Stock up on this while you can, it'll probably be gone in a month.

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Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 61 ratings