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


on tap

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15651) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of white sugar cone, sugared rice, orange peel, baked bread and tropical fruit - Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14406) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12741) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle - Skunky hops with a bit of grapefruit. Hazy gold with a nice head. Tastes exactly as it smells with the spicy, earthy hop notes. Unfortunately that is it, a one trick pony with very little body as well. A decent drink but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
650ml bottle. Might be slightly old in the tooth but not more than a month or 2. Hazed golden pour into my ipa buttplug glass, large foamy white head that sticks for awhile leaving nice lacing. Sadly the aroma is quite malty, almost barleywine territory, like caramel rice cereal. If it is all mouteka that is quite a fragile hop variety imo. Flavor is again malty, there is a decent lemon limey hop characteristic and a bit of finishing bitterness but the caramel note dominates. I also have a lugged nose so everything is against this beer on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11178) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9849) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9542) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - 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.


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