Black Hops | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Black HopsBlack Hops
Very Good
51 Ratings
Black HopsBlack Hops

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of DaPan
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This pours a darker than average cola color and has a reasonably thick head that is just off white in color itself....this dissipates rather quickly into a film over the beer. Too hard to tell what the carbonation is like but the lacing is very impressive I have to say, with a filmy layer of foam that clings stickily to the glass side. Not too shabby overall!

S- Deep but light bodied at the same time....burnt malts that blend with a cola, even leaning towards root beer like sweetness, tuberish, hints of chocolate, blackstrap molasses and some hop bitterness about round this one out....well balanced smells!

T- Flavors follow the aromas fairly close. Primary tastes of burnt malts that give back some of the sweetness....this sweetness is a blend of dark toffee/molasses, Earthy licorice, cocoa and dry grains. The finish is unique in the fact that the hops not only provide a bitterness that helps to balance the overall flavor profile, but there is also a citrus fruit, that resembles grapefruit rind....very nice!

M/O- Hinges on medium/full body and the carbonation is outstanding....not overly powerful but really, just right for a lager! A generally well balanced brew with robust smells and flavors.....the alcohol is well real boozy aggressiveness. I think the aging that my bottle undertook did very well and it would be very nice if this was still brewed. I recommend and would get again in the future if available! Jolly good!

 1,468 characters

Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffo
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past October.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 41
Labeled as a Cascadian dark lager

APPEARANCE: A clear light brown pour produces a three finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with great retention. Clear mahogany brown with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains with lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good wisp and lots of lacing.

SMELL: Plenty of hops on the nose, with grapefruit and citrus notes as well. Caramel and lightly roasted aromas with hints of chocolate under the citrusy hop show. Pretty good.

TASTE: Lots of citrus hops with some chocolate and notes of sweet melon up front. Grapefruit, citrus flavors and some hop bitterness at the swallow. Caramel sweetness shows up to the show too. Bold and lingering finish of sweet melon, caramel, toffee, some lightly roasted notes, then lots of bitter hops, grapefruit and citrus flavors. Nice black ale with plenty of bitterness, hops and a well-measured stout base underneath. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Quality stuff. Enjoyable and well executed for sure. Perhaps a bit less bitterness and a touch more roast would really bring this up to elite level, but this is an enjoyable brew as it is. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. One of the better Parallel 49 brews I’ve had to date. Cheers!

 1,530 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear black color lager with a nice dark off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some bitter hops notes is OKish. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt notes with some bitter hops notes and some light citrus notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. A bit short on character in my opinion.

 383 characters

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a winner in my books. I particularly enjoy this style of beer, and Black Hops provides a pleasant alternative. Nice nose, persistent foamy head, toasty caramel malt presence with notes of espresso. This beer has a distinct, piney hop finish. I am surprised that BA has not added Cascadian Dark as a distinct beer style, because this is much more than a Schwarzbier.

 373 characters

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Wajohnst
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DamoTO700
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mjacquard
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%

Black Hops isn't really all that black; chestnut highlights can be appreciated far away from the light. Heck, even clarity is reasonably visible without any extra assistance - this is nowhere near as dark or daunting a beer as its name makes it out to be. But the thick-ringed bubbles and tan froth overlapping the glass forge a proper looking appearance regardless.

Smelling it, one might think this glass sat for a week full of stale coffee before being washed with a combination of citrus scented dish-soap and pine-sol, but such impressions would just be those of the malt and hops respectively. It's the perfect profile but still registers a relatively low magnitude on the aromatic Richter scale; Black IPAs often showcase a little more flex than this...

Of course, this is not a Cascadian Dark Ale but, rather, a Cascadian Dark *Lager*. This explains the more tempered and smooth presence on the palate. Hops remain the major part of the equation but aren't flamboyantly flavoured or piercingly bitter; the tastes of pine resin, spruce tips and tree bark are mitigated with nutty milk chocolate and creamed coffee maltiness.

Despite the smooth malt flavours the mouthfeel is marked, not by coffee-like roast or cocoa-like bitterness, but still by the candied peels and rinds of citrus and tropical fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) as well as a leafy herbalness (and slight astringency) like that of a strongly-steeped peppermint tea. (Chocolate and peppermint is a proven combination!)

Depending on your familiarity and affinity for dark, hoppy beers, Parallel 49 Black Hops will either blow the brain out of the back of your head or provoke a frown that droops down to your knees. I dig the concept of a 'Cascadian Dark Lager' and like what I tasted here, but it did leave a little something to be desired; what more it offers in quaffability it loses in character and depth.

 1,897 characters

Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- 3.75- Pretty good. Opens well and pours a brown foam that dissipates in 1min. Very dark.

T- 3.25- Not so good. Heavy malt. Not much hops at all even though it's an IPA. Pretty bland.

M- 3.25- Very dry. Not in a good way though, more in a dried up flavor kind of way!

O- 3.5- Not so good. Will not buy again. Have tried black IPA's in the past but this one is actually the worst

Food Pairing

This ok beer did alright with.... sweet and sour chicken wings


 568 characters

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: root beer brown, with a tinge of amber under light; clear; good head and retention, with sticky lace, sand coloured

Aroma: light, biscuit/cracker as in a typical lager, with a touch of sweetness

Taste & Mouthfeel: mild hop bitterness is blending with the dark roasted malts in an interesting way, enhancing the espresso flavours; burnt toast and chocolate too; sprightly carbonation and crisp, medium body make it highly drinkable; touch of vanilla; chocolate lingers most of all, pairing well with the hops which have played an admirably restrained supporting role throughout

Overall: delightfully, different, and great that it hasn't taken a grand gesture to do so, just a couple simple, clever twists that combine wonderfully - could drink a bunch!

 766 characters

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 51 ratings