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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pour this medium-bodied Imperial IPA for a bit of snap and crackle - and plenty of hop. Brewed with Motueka hops from New Zealand, it starts dry and finishes crisp.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Muddy orange-blond color with persistent creamy head. The aroma is powerful, fruity; tropical fruits, litchi, papaya. Smooth mouthfeel, round; a bit too sweet, the rice probably contributes to the lack of character; but the hopping seems well done, with the correct bitterness and a very strong fruit component.
Some elements are good, but altogether they don’t blend well. Cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Cloudy tan, bubbly head, aroma is orangey, tangerine with subtle malts and yeast in the background. Earthy and somewhat dull citrus - muted by the large amount of yeast in the glass I suspect. Unsurprisingly, I don’t get much rice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
Enjoyed on tap at Bar Volo.Very smooth, tasty and interesting balanced hoppy ale. Rice sugars make it a little saki-like. One of the brewery’s better creations.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Pale orange cloudy/murky pour. The nose is bright and fruity. Orange and mango with a seam of sweet pale malt running through it. A bit of soft resinousness and a touch of pepper. It’s got a little bit of light fruit. There is a good balance of malt and hops with the sweetness balancing the fairly light bitterness. A touch of alcohol detectable on the finish but it helps lighten the body a bit as well. Pretty nice brew, really.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Oranges, flowers and resins ride alcohol and hefty sugars in this oily Imperial IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy head of foam tops the murky orange.
-Alcohol is a bit too prominent for my tastes in the style.
-Even though they used a lot of rice in here to dry the body out, it seems they’ve also thrown in a healthy dose of caramel malts... In any case, the body is not close to feeling dry, sadly...
-Drinkability is understandably low.
-Hops could be brighter in the flavor profile. But this bottle may not be the freshest too... No way to tell since there is no date on the bottle...
-The finish is rather limp for any kind of IPA.
-Execution and clarity-wise, this is far from the quality of Flying Fish’s own Rice Imperial IPA.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
2013-10-23. Hazy dark orange amber small off white head. 3+ Flavour has tons of lovely orange citrus character, light alcohol in the finish. Aroma is interesting with sort of lightly grainy character, fairly alcoholic overtones, mild hops. Smooth average plus palate. 3+ Pretty nice! On tap at Volo, Toronto

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7230) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
650mL bottle, pours an opaque cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is super dank, with loads of pot, earthy hops, and biscuity malt. Flavour is quite odd, with loads of super dank, earthy hops, pot, and herbal notes. The rice probably contributes to some of the weirdness. It’s the dank, herbally, almost skunky notes of the hops that shine here. Very enjoyable stuff - too bad it’s a one-off.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Pale lemony yellow, very hazy, pillowy white head that retains beautifully. Aroma is pungent green hops, slightly earthy, a little cat-pissy. Light crackery malts showcase the lovely hop bouquet, a mixture of grassy green and ripe gooseberry, some starfruit, a little dank pot. Very drinkable, aromatic hop showcase here! So much better than I expected-- seriously, who’d of thought a "rice IPA" with a cartoony label could possibly be so good! Wow, nice one P-49!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
[6001-20131023] Tap. Caramel orange aroma has a strange herbal note to it. Hazy, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Hoppy sweetened leaves and citrus lychee notes in the flavour. Medium body. Lovely, great balance of fruit and hops and bitterness. (9/4/9/4/17) 4.3
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6551) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of sweet caramel, butter, dill and some fruitiness. Flavour of herbal bitterness, caramel, dried fruitiness, grass and some mild yeastiness. Medium bodied and dry mouthfeel. Probably not as fresh as it should be.


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