Hopnotist | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Tmappin
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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 ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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 LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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 hotmailmsn
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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 BCborn
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopSavant
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of papat444
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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 CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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 csmrx7
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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 dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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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4.24/5  rDev +1%

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