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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13
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 19
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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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 Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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 papat444
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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 bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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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Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -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 LampertLand
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49 Brewing's 1rst Anniversary ale 'Hopnotist Imperial IPA' @8.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.50

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber in the glass with a big off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the stein .... huge amount of floaters on the second pour .... unpleasant sight

S-big pine & citrus smelling PNW IPA

T-sweet 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-I know this beer has sat on the jar store shelf too long , could have been a good beer , butt way too many floaters for me to consume in a beer , another lesson learned

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Corson
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 BCborn
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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