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
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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPASnap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head and a lace ring down glass.
Citric, piney hop aroma but also there are touches of grapefruit, sweet malts and the rice gives off a yeast like aroma.
Smooth body, the citric hops are dry but this beer passes easily thanks to rice and yeast combonation (which add touches of sweetness) as well as some grapefruit and malt sweetness.
For a higher ABV DIPA the alcohol is well-hidden and this is not a hop bomb/west coast (well, American west coast) IPA and an interesting beer worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Purchased 2 weeks ago from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy peach color with a foamy, long lasting head. Citrus, melon and tropical fruit hops, caramel and biscuit in the nose and taste. A moderate bitterness lasts a while in the finish. Booze is pretty prominent for a 9% DIPA. The rice perhaps does lighten the body,

Worth a try, not a standout though.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

From the first batch.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Totally opaque apricot orange colour. One inch off-white head of mixed sized bubbles. Can just see fine carbonation bubbles at the top. Good lacing and great retention. Lots of suspended yeast bits.

The aroma is unique for me. Definitely citrus but strong with mango and passion fruit and some grapefruit mixed with some caramel. The aroma of rice came out as the ale warmed.

Interesting taste. Slightly sweet mango with a strange piney- citrus bitterness at the top of the palette. Then to an embittered sweet bread. then the rice flavour comes out with Belgian yeast. There is an alcohol taste throughout. You are left with a steely herby bitterness.

The feel is on the heavy side of medium. Feels like pudding n the mouth.

This is made an interesting and unique brew by the New Zealand Motueka hops and rice. Seems closer to a Belgian IPA than American.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bought from lcbo and served in a tulip glass, colour is a cloudy orange amber. Pretty good lacing as well and good film.

S- some of the tropical hop aspects really shine here, stone fruit, mango, bright citrus notes, along a subtle caramel base. Guava and passion fruit a lot, quite juicy and fresh but also a bit grainy/cereal.

T- passionfruit to start, more blood orange and then cherries come forward, pineapple, and some more nuanced tropical notes that blend nicely, has some sharp carbonation and a quite bracing finish. Enjoyable tropical hop flavour, especially the passionfruit, malts were a good support, a bit lightened from the rice, but also a biscuity caramel aspect.

M - here this beer was crisp and rather refreshing, overall a moderate body, it did come across a bit thinner but really the abv was balanced really nicely so that was worked out really well, finish is rather crisp with a lingering hop bitterness.

I can't say I've had many other rice dipa's, or any I'm aware of. This certainly came across quite different, rice really added a light and slight bite to the base, and the alcohol was allowed to play a bigger role but not overpower the beer. Needless to say the nz hops were a great compliment, a rather enjoyable beer and one I would recommend trying and seeking, but I'm not sure I would make it a regular occurrence.

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Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 95 ratings