Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPASnap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA
BA SCORE
71.6%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 95 ratings
Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPASnap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Rice IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand Motueka hops.

70 IBU

Added by smekermann on 08-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,989
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
95
Liked:
68
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
9.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of BCborn
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonCorbett
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A mostly clear bright orange like the colour of Jell-o. A weakly built white head, and you can see several trails of micro-marble carbonation bubbles floating to the top throughout the liquid.

Aromatics: Has a nice floral and grapefruit nose. Some mild green grass hoppiness, a mild lemon peel, and hint of honey dew melon.

Taste: Juicy! and remarkably complex, with a slight orange and grapefruit juice mixture, with thinned honey, and soft green grass that has a slightly dank farmhouse quality without the funk.

Mouth: A well built medium body, the carbonation not persistent enough to say it is active, but there is still a nice little froth for the palate. It is juicy and buttery, a little spritz from the carb does show up, and a clean and dry finish leaving behind a mild muting/numbing vacant hobo's cardboard house on the front of the tongue. The bitter is negligible as is any indication that this baby is over 9%.

Overall: Browsing the ratings, I'm wondering if their formulation has changed at all for this one. Because my recent review of The Alchemist's Heady Topper gave me many of the same impressions I get with this one. Maybe a quarter point off on a few of the judging elements but I think it deserves far more that what it has received in the past years. And it seems to be related to lack of a big hop aroma, which I can understand if you are a NW native and used to smelling the full grapefruit and pine orchard from an IPA, But this a DIPA, and in my experience once you go Imperial all kinds of things change in the chemistry of the aroma and flavour. This beer really excels in the flavour and feel departments, maybe needs a little something in head and aromas, but for flavour and feel alone, this is an excellent beer. I compare this to Hitachino's Red Rice PA - and Snap, Crackle, Hop is leagues better in flavour and the masking of an ABV that is 2.3% higher.

Pairing: Lol, I'm going to suggest something partly out of jest, but partly because I think it just be a great idea. Given the title of the brew I'm going to say "fresh" Rice Krispie squares (ie hot out of the pan while still gooey and warm)- but I'd want to introduce a little spice so have browse for "Rice Krispie Treats That Are Not for Kids" - and you will get the idea... a little bourbon, cinnamon, and cayenne in the mix would do amazing things I'm sure. This is a great "let's have some fun" type beer. The next time I get the urge to talk to a female at a social soiree, I'm gonna make sure I have one or two of these on hand.

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

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alew_os
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaunmac16
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crow
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buckyp
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Pours clouded medium amber, gauzy off white head leaves nice looking froth and lace on the glass.

Sniff reveals malt...hmmmm where are the hops?

More caramel malts on the palate with a back note of lightly citrused hops....smooth and pleasant enough...but I do like me a bit of hop crunch in a DIPA...decent but nothing to go crazy about....

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Photo of pstam87
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tanktizzo
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma sweet malt, pine, faint resin & floral notes, grapefruit, herbal. Taste sugary citrus hops, orange, sweet caramel malt, no bitterness. Ok!

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past October

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 70
New Zealand Motueka hop
Described as an imperial rice IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium-thick, creamy, cream white head with great retention. Hazy dark gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the glass as it settles. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dos of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel and toffee on the nose. Pale malts and light butterscotch. Not much hop here, though there are some floral qualities in there if you go looking. Lots of malt character for sure.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and some pale malt sweetness up front. Bold finish is initially sweet with butterscotch and toffee flavors, then some floral bitterness comes though underneath. Flavorful with a definite caramel-candy character. Not much of a hop show here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: This is an alright beer, but when it’s got the word “hop” in the name and it’s labeled as an IPA, one expects more hop character here. A decent drink, but less than decent IPA, unfortunately. At best this is an overly malty English style IPA, but even that’s a stretch. Not one to pick up when you’re in the mood for a hoppy treat. I got too involved in my game of Axis & Allies that I didn’t bother to finish this one. Pass.

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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