Parallel 49 Brewing Co. – Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA Review
Parallel 49 Brewing has been stepping out of it’s already beer-curious shell with some unique and very interesting beer concoctions. The latest is the Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA brewed with rice and New Zealand Motueka Hops. This beer pours a cloudy golden colour with two fingers of head that is left coating the entire surface of exposed glass. The smell is strong and hoppy with an added kick of booze. At 9.3% and 70IBU the strength of the nose is by no means unexpected but still makes you contemplate before taking that first sip. The flavour is surprisingly smooth and mild given the aroma and ABV rating. An alcohol warmth hits the tongue right off the bat but then a smoothness comes into play from both the imperial nature of the beer and the rice content. As the flavour progresses a formidable hop builds along side an alcohol-ness. This is a strong beer that may be a little much for some but given the 9.3% rating and 70 IBU it is surprisingly smooth, delicious and quite drinkable.
Alcohol – 9.3%
Size – 650ml
IBU – 70
Price – $6.40 (Parallel 49 Brewery)
This is a seasonal beer (August 2013 Release)
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