Hopnotist | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Parallel 49's first anniversary ale. Single hopped double IPA brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops.

86 IBU

Added by smekermann on 05-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
19
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of smekermann
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of Shaunmac16
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tpop1005
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of souvenirs
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ZachT
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +5.8%
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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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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 JasonLovesBeer
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Hopnotist from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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