Parallel 49 Brewing Co. – Lord of the Hop IPA Review
Parallel 49 Brewery seems to always fly their own flag. Taking traditional ideas and turning them on their side seems to be regular occurrence so seeing a fairly traditional IPA come out of this East Vancouver brewery was an exciting proposition. Brewed with five unique hops and three different malts this is about as traditional as Parallel 49 beer can get and is a great addition to the year-round BC IPA roster. Given the the infiltration of Parallel 49 beer in BC retailers you will undoubtedly see it at your local craft beer location now. The beer poured with two fingers of head and was a lightly opaque golden-caramel colour. The smell foreshadowed with a creamy northwest style hop and a combination of floral and citrus notes. The flavour is relatively floral with citrus notes and a fairly intense pine-hop bitterness; this is paired with a fairly intense carbonation. The finish is bittered with hop but mellows quicker than expected leaving a neutral-bitter palate. This is a great tasting IPA. Hoppier than average it is not an easy drinking beer but if you like some jump in you hop give this beer a try!
Alcohol – 7.2%
Size – 650ml
IBU – 70
Price – $5.95 (BCL)
This is a seasonal beer (February 2013 Release)
parallel49brewing.com (not on website)