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

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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
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Jeffo
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
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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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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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Photo of jrempel
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Tanktizzo
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of stomioka
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of peensteen
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Latarnik
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar is offset by some floral citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of residual sugar with some citrusy hoppy notes. Boyd is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation. Too much residual sugar for my own taste.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

I wasn't exppecting much but I enjoyed this beer. Floral notes in the nose and smooth citrus taste. Relatively light.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ffshore545
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

650ml bottle. The creepiest version of a Kellogg's trope that I've ever seen.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of restrained puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent drooping sudsy storm front lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of grainy toasted pale malt, tempered by a certain hard to identify character, one which had I had not known of as rice beforehand, would be hard put to identify correctly, a heady raw scallion astringency, white pepper, a certain tropical fruitiness - guava, lime, and kiwi - and a slight alcohol warming. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, a further savoury fresh-cut green onion essence, musty indistinct citrus pith, pine resin, herbal leafiness, a further lingering, subdued tropical fruit sweetness, and tame, but hard to dismiss rice pudding.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, just adept at their general support role, the body a sturdy medium weight, mostly smooth, and kind of pithy for any sort of creamy credentials. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale malt and weird-ass rice graininess holding tight, with some persistent musty citrus notes, and a bit of burgeoning alcohol, especially as things warm up.

While the rice is a 'neat' change-up here, it's the NZ hops that take the cake, what with their acrid, chef's table umami, um, goodness. A whole lot of stuff going on here that delves way away from yer typical DIPA, so much so, that Imma gonna have call bullshit, sadly, on the whole deal. Sorry, onions and rice patties aren't my idea of any sort of IPA.

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber tone with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hop aroma, some tropical fruit, puffed rice.

Taste - Citrus hops, tropical fruit and a light touch of puffed rice flavour. A very bold passionfruit flavour rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - I admire Parallel 49's effort to experiment with rice in an Imperial IPA; however, I find that it strays a little too far away from the true style. I get more tropical fruit (especially passionfruit and guava) than I do of the hops, which is delicious but makes me a little sad.

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Photo of alew_os
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a nice orangey-gold with a finger of white head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Citrusy hops and definitely some toasted rice (though I probably wouldn't have specificaly picked that out if I hadn't known), spicy and almost peppery hops along with the citrus, and just a touch of green onion.

Taste. Sugary sweet light malts, lightly spicy and citrusy hops again, tropical fruits, fairly sweet and smooth. The rice gives the malt bill a definite sweet smoothness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Unique, but a little sugary sweet for me. Interesting hops for sure.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I didn't think that thick layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle would have such an immediate impact - even the first pour has the visibility of the inside of a tornado. (Rice is starchy, after all.) It's thick enough to look like a glass full of wet bread and its murky orange-y colour reminds me of the inside of a pumpkin. On a more positive note, the lacing sticks!

Snap, Crackle, Hop smells as full of yeast sediment as it looks. To be sure, part of the blame can be attributed to the fact that cases in these parts didn't hit shelves until approximately four months after bottling (far from ideal for even a Double IPA), but it also seems to me that bottle-conditioning didn't go quite as planned. Doughy bread notes kind of dominate...

But Motueka hops are appreciated too, especially those flavours of festering pineapple and moldy oranges. The tropical citrus qualities haven't faded and are combined with a uniquely piny, vinous earthiness. Were it not for all those bright exotic fruit notes it might almost pass for a Native herbal tea remedy (again, very weedy and has plenty of tree bark and pine needle notes).

Brewing an Imperial IPA with rice in order to fully showcase hops is a clever idea and, in the few examples I've tried (Kuhnhenn DRIPA comes to mind) proves a very successful endeavor. This recipe, however, retains lots of fresh-baked bread flavour, the overarching marmalade and rank pineapple notes notwithstanding. It also really shows its strength (9.3%).

Snap, Crackle, Hop is a great name but, let's be honest, not a great beer. It's entirely possible those in Vancouver will disagree, but the few bottles I bought here tell the story of a beer that's been either brewed, bottled, or handled incorrectly. I loved the pulpy, over-ripe citrus and tropical hop elements but the contents of this bottle were truthfully as smooth as rough hewn wood.

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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