Black Hops | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaftCaskBC on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
6.96%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a cola-coloured brown. This is listed here as a schwarzbier, which it is...with a ton of hops. They call it a Cascadian Dark Lager. The nose is an interesting mix of chocolate and hop notes, some of which don't mesh so nicely with the dark malts. The finish is hugely hoppy. Uncomfortably hoppy for this style. Upright's version of the same thing--their Bad Brains beer--does this much better. It's a bold attempt from Parallel 49, but it falls short.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Enjoy!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of souvenirs
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To quote my friend Julie, "this is a sexy beer."

A: Cola coloured, with two fingers of head that dissipates leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
S: Hoppy, like an IPA. Tropical fruits.
T: Piney, as hoppy as an IPA, but with a different aftertaste.
F: A little thin? But it's a lager, so I guess it's what it should be.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Awesome metaphor for hopcone as grenade depicted on the label, which bills this as a 'Cascadian Dark Lager'. Not sure how long it will be until this seeps into the BA style listings.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, gently foamy off-white head, which leaves a nicely muddled array of Simpsons-esque clouded lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of moderately roasted pale malt, acrid pine sprigs, dank tropical fruit, faint mocha coffee, mild perfumed florals, and a hint of musty yeast. The taste is musty, indistinct citrus rind, dry, slightly ashy toasted pilsner malt - still biscuity all the same - persistent brewer's yeast, a subtly weird chalky medicinal pithiness, and ever so timid noble dead grassy hops.

The bubbles are active, and moderately spritzy, the body medium-light in weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt still sort of running the table, with the those hops doing a bang-up job of emulating the titular ethos.

A pretty decent black lager, gussied up to appear somewhat like a Cascadian Dark Ale, though a fair bit hoppier than most I've yet encountered for that style. The mustiness kind of limits this to a certain degree, however, as straight-up crispness is always an asset in my book. And yes, this particular offering is pretty well priced in these parts.

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Black Hops from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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