Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “not the cleanest of flavours, but delivers sweet dark roasted chocolatey cherry malt”


Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter (limited release) – Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 8.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“The wagon didn’t want you on it anyhow. Grab ahold of something that’s worth breaking your resolution for, you filthy animal.”

Ingredients: pils, munich, crystal, chocolate, midnight wheat, magnum, mittlefrueh, saccharomyces, tart cherry puree.


  • Style: (flavoured – cherry) Baltic Porter
  • Taste: sweet dark roasted chocolatey muddled cherry mild sour-tart unclean
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: hidden ABV

Visual: Pours dark beer bottle brown with a bit of dissipating head, ringed retention w/ a small island, tight and steady singular streams along the perimeter.

Nose: sweet dark roasted malt, chocolate-cherry overtones – very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency.

Attack: soft crisp, incoming dark-fruity malt

Mid-palate: roasted dark chocolatey malt, slight burnt, (lvl-6-sweetness), subtle tangy-tart, light dissipating astringent sour, non-descript cherry background

Finish: cocoa, slight metallic, lingering dark roasted malt, slight woody bitter roast

Summary: Well-masked alcohol, very sippable. A good depth of aromatic roasted malt paired with a decent tangy-tart cherry backdrop. Above average, it delivers in advertised flavour, bit it comes across as brash and somewhat unclean.

Gettin It Farmhouse of the North – Parallel 49 & 49th State Collaboration (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Gettin It Farmhouse of the North – Parallel 49 Brewing & 49th State Brewing Collaboration (Brews Brothers 2017), 7.0% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


-Finally done with this “slightly above average” P49 bomber pack. Lesson learned – collabs with big name breweries don’t always equal big tasting beers. Check ratings first at Ratebeer/BeerAdvocate. Damn you impulse buying.


on the 4-pack bomber box:

“Get it going like a 49er with this Farmhouse of the North. This ale has a light earthy spiciness and a hint of tartness. Unique aromas of orange peel and juniper are complimented by a balanced amount of Northwest hops.”

(on the box)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Light toasty farty tangy grainy-yeasty barley malt soft lengthy bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $28.75 CAD / 4-pack of 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth buying the 4-pack

Visual: In a mixed 2017 4-pack of bombers. Pours clear bright orange with very small dissipating head, a 1mm layer of retention, tight clusters of active streams.

Nose: medium-lvl funk, slight citrus, mainly tangy barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-fine crisp mouthfeel, farty funk sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), light toasted grainy-yeasty barley malt, background tangy dull citrus, fizzy-full mouthfeel

Finish: slight orange peel exhale, lengthy soft bitter hops

Summary: There’s a bit of orange peel notes but claiming juniper is a bit of stretch. The overall drinking experience is rather dull for a saison, but at least the fullness of CO2 and burpiness are there. I’m not particularly liking the heavy sweet malt-farty combo.

Blazing Arrow Tawny IPA – Parallel 49 & Gigantic Collaboration (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Blazing Arrow Tawny IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing & Scuttlebutt Brewing Collaboration, 6.0% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the 4-pack bomber box:

“Blaze one down as you sip on this tawny IPA that has enough malt character to balance out the massive amount of hops in this beer. You down with H.O.P? Ya, you know me.”

(on the box)


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: 60/40-malt-citrusy bready barley malt soft bitter hopped finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $28.75 CAD / 4-pack of 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth buying the 4-pack

Visual: In a mixed 2017 4-pack of bombers. Pours clear copper orange without much of a lasting head, ringed retention, countable clustered fast streams.

Nose: tangerine peel, sweet citrusy bready malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, sweet malt/soft hop impression

Mid-palate: slight creamier/thick, (lvl-4-sweetness), big orange-citrusy-malt presence, mild dry grassed out hop

Finish: soft tart, soft bitter citrus hop

Summary: A good 60/40-malt-citrus hop balance with a decently smooth and fullish mouthfeel.

Baby Got Back Hoppy Hefe – Parallel 49 / Scuttlebutt Collaboration (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Baby Got Back Hoppy Hefe – Parallel 49 Brewing & Scuttlebutt Brewing Collaboration, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the 4-pack bomber box:

“This Bavarian style hip hop n’weizen boasts traditional flavours of clove and banana. This Hef is backed by badonkadonk aromas of melon imparted by the hops.”

(on the box)


  • Style: German Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Big banana wheat malt mild wheat malt roughness
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $28.75 CAD / 4-pack of 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth buying the 4-pack

Visual: In a mixed 2017 4-pack of bombers. Pours clear pale orange with a very small head, a thin half-layer of micro retention, a good spread of clustered steady streams.

Nose: banana wheat malt, a bit of bubblegum. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, slightly thicker mouthfeel, fruity banana malt impression

Mid-palate: banana wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), tangy-very mild bitterness

Finish: major clove/mild melon exhale, slight wheat malt palate rough, subtle stealth

Summary: Easy drinkability, mostly banana wheat malt with some minor clove and melon nuances. Fairly clean but some noticeable wheat malt roughness at the finish. Decent, but not noteworthy.

What’s Golden East Meets West IPA – Parallel 49 / Green Flash Collaboration (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

What’s Golden East Meets West IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing & Green Flash Brewing Collaboration, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the 4-pack bomber box:

“We’ve matched a West Coast style IPA with techniques common to the newly popular New England IPA. Hop aromas of citrusy tropical fruit combine with a smooth and creamy mouth feel for a winning East-meets-West collab.”

(on the box)


-Incidentally, what is a New England IPA (sometimes known as Vermont IPA)?

here’s a short read, but compared to West Coast IPAs:

  • smooth, creamy, fluffy mouthfeel (possible addition of flaked oats)
  • tropical (mango/pineapple/passionfruit)
  • NON-bitter hopped finish (not lingering at least)

  • Style: (New England style) IPA
  • Taste: Creamy mango soft bitter medium citrus barley malt hops dry non-bitter finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $28.75 CAD / 4-pack of 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth buying the 4-pack

Visual: In a mixed 4-pack of bombers. Pours clear pale golden orange with a smallish head, a micro layer of retention, steady loose streams.

Nose: fragrant mango-pineapple hop oils, musky dank hops. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: fluffy creamy mouthfeel, soft crisp, dryish 50/50-fruity/malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), mango, peach, slight tangy soft bitter hops, medium body citrusy barley malt, soft metallic

Finish: cuts dry, short and dull non-lingering tangerine bitter hops,

Summary: This being my first try of a New England IPA, I must say I really dig the CREAMY mouthfeel. There’s a good burst of tropical citrus malt flavour up front, but I find the late-mids to finish cutting short rather abruptly, leaving the palate wanting more length. Nose and impression are there, but the body isn’t.

187 on an Undercover Hop – Parallel 49 Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

187 on an Undercover Hop – Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 10.0% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Another P49 joint, and we be rollin’ hard with  this hop bomb. An imperial IPA with a grip of westcoast hop flavours so real that there ain’t no keepin’ nothing under deep cover. Other fools be trying to hide they colours, but we don’t stop cuz 1-8-7 on an undercover hop.”

Ingredients: pale and pilsner malts, chinook, simcoe, citra & mosaic hops, water & yeast.


  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Heavy alcoholic mandarin orange toffee barley malt brown sugar resiny bitter hops
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.30 (after 15% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, good body

Visual: Pours clear luminescent orange without a significant lasting head, light sticky lacing, thick ringed retention with a large island, suspended sediment, singular micro streams.

Nose: bright citrusy hop oils, very inviting. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thicker-half slick, smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic heavy, toffee’d barley malt, mandarin orange, brown sugar

Finish: light nutty, bitter resiny hops.

Summary: Lots of weight and body in this one, the heavy alcohol is quite apparent and compounds with every sip. Good quality of brew.

Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-Another cellar dweller, this one has also been stashed away for a little over 3 years, although it is still in production.

on the front-left label:

“All treat, no trick: this rich, robust Chocolate Pumpkin Porter is so good, even the living dead will indulge.”


  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, not particularly memorable

Visual: Pours jet back without almost no head, very thin ringed retention, clusters of steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: soy sauce, roasted caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half slick-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, cola, caramel barley malt, pumpkin, vanilla,  cinnamon.

Finish: background light sour-tangy, light burpy, residual malty, light roasty exhale finish.

Summary: Mainly tastes of chocolate and caramel malty with some pumpkin and very subtle spiced flavourings. Pretty clean overall but somewhat lacking in creamy mouthfeel and the mid-palate lacks length, good finish however.