The folks at East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company have pulled together the Sun of Hop, a Belgian Summer Ale just in time for the last legs of summer. Released in August 2014 this seasonal brew pours from the bottle a light, golden colour topped with a finger and a half of head which settles without a trace. The Sun of Hop smells light with notes of Belgian yeast, wheat and light hop. The Sorachi Ace hops give the beer a citrus-lemon scent along with a slight bitterness from the three hops together at play. The flavour is quite light and sessionable with the Belgian yeast flavours out front before a lemon-citrus flavour picks up. The hop bitterness is rather mild but the citrus does have a touch of a bitterness at its back. The finish is rather neutral with a slight citrus flavour lingering and the remnants of the wheat and Belgian yeast tones. This is a light and sessionable beer which is perfect for a hot, summer day. Don’t be fooled though but the name as this is not a hop-forward beer like you may expect; rather this is a fairly mellow Witbier with a nice, mellow hop profile.
Alcohol – 5.1%
Size – 650ml
IBU – 26
Price – $6.75 (Craft Retailers)
parallel49brewing.com (not on website)
Hops – Willamette, Styrian Goldings, Sorachi Ace