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Parallel 49 Hopnotist Imperial IPA

Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zaakistan (11) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
4 oz draft. Light amber. Quite a sweet aftertaste - almost too sweet. Gentle hops - almost too gentle. Too strong to want a full pint of this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1740) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle 650ml. Pours hazy orange with medium off-white head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of caramel, fruits, pine. Taste is of caramel, bitterness, fruits (tropical). Palate: Medium body. Soft carbonation. Overall: Good. Decent balance, just a tad sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2700) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle (650 ml). 2014 release. From Damon, thanks! Hazy orange/caramel color with a small persistent white head and some lacing. Aroma is of caramel, citrus (I wasn’t able to recognize Mosaic hops though) - quite fruit forward-, light sweetness and piney notes. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, lots of fruits/citrus, hints of alcohol and moderate bitterness. Merdium body. Moderate carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Not too caramel forward despite the color of the beer. Very fruity. Decent drinkability. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Clear golden amber with a pale head. Aroma is passionfruit, hint of mango. Medium bodied, fruity and sweet on the palate, balance seems a little too skewed towards the malty sweet side. Flavours are passionfruit, caramel, candied orange peel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stantheman (634) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
On tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. A medium amber beer with a bit of blond head. Assertive citrus resinous hop forward, with plenty of malt in the background. Nice. 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alanthebeerguy (146) - - JUL 13, 2014
From the bomber. This is a great IPA that is rich with fruit inspired hops but with a sweeter finish. Nice balance and refreshing. Pours cloudy amber, nice head and abundant lacing. Smells of pine, tropical fruit and some underlying malt. Taste is a pop of fruity hops wrapped around a caramel Center. The hops taste fresh, much like a fresh hop IPA. Enjoy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Draught at the brewery
Bright light amber color with compact head. Classic Mosaic aroma, well expressed: fruity, tropical, musky. Lean body, with moderate residual sweetness, malty and a bit caramelly, not overusing the darker malts, an therefore allowing the clear hop presence, which is enough fruity and resiny. Maybe a bit chewy in the final.
I would love to try a version with paler malts, but it’s already very good as is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
In short: A sugary and boozy amber Double IPA with a fun fruity-piney hop profile. The good outweighs the bad.
How: Bottle 650ml, consumed relatively fresh not long after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: A persistent small white head over a cloudy amber-orange body with lots of small particles.
In long: The hoppy nose is both piney and fruity and it is a fruity character that stands out from the usual citrus/tropical fruits. Here it is mostly exotic fruits, passion fruits, kiwis, papaya, gooseberries, and others as well as more standard mangos and grapefruits. In mouth the beer feels thick juicy with tickling carbonation. Taste has the same fun fruity flavors as the aroma along with pine needles, grapefruits and bitter orange peels. That’s a fun hop profile but there a few things I didn’t like so much. The malt backbone is elusive. The sweetness is too much residual sugars and not enough richer sweetness flavors of caramel and honey. The alcohol bite is too strong for an 8.5% beer. I liked the hop bill a lot but not the rest. This beer came with 3D glasses attached to the bottle with a 3D label, some crazy gimmick here, however this brewery turned down my idea of a beer bottle that can also be used as a rectal thermometer and I don’t know if they didn’t like the concept or my demo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
Thanks Dennis for the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent amount of white head that dissipates slowly and some visible carbonation. Smell is fantastic, tons of pine, a bit of fruitiness, and something sweet, maybe caramel? Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste is quite a bit sweeter than expected, the bitter hop kick is nice and not overstated, and the aftertaste is both sweet and bitter. Very nice, and the 3d glasses are a nice gimmick, but I feel like it could be more bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
650ml bottle from the brewery, served in a tulip. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma: Super hoppy. Mostly hops. Slight hints of orange peel and cloves. Palate: Thick, foamy, full bodied, long long finish. Taste: Fluctuating bitterness throughout. Starts subtle, gets strong quickly and then tapers off. Nice long finish. Flavour is good, but not as complex as I’d hoped.

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