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.”

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-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.

Central City / Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #23 – Vow of Silence

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #23

Vow of Silence Belgian Strong Ale 2014– Parallel 49 Brewing, 9.8% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Here’s a link to their 2015 whiskey barrel-aged edition if you’re interested.

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee malt hint of caramel apple
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, only decent

Visual: Pours orangish-brown with lots of suspended sediment, barely any head, very thin layer of retention, several varied speed streams.

Nose: candy sugar maltiness (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro-tingly, underlying sweet malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel apple, alcohol bitter-tangy, toffee barley malt, hint of nutmeg

Finish: residual toffee malt sweetness – clean.

Summary: Much cleaner in flavour and roundness than their whiskey barrel aged edition. Not particularly complex but solid. Very well-hidden ABV.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #23 – Vow of Silence Whiskey Barrel Aged

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #23

Vow of Silence Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Strong – Parallel 49 Brewing Co., 10% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-The home stretch! 2nd last beer until I’m finally done with the 2015 calendar. And then back in time to finish the 2014 one.

on the front-left label:

“This Belgian strong ale is rich in history as well as flavour. Traditionally brewed by trappist monks far from the influence of the modern world, this complex ale starts with malty sweetness and finishes medium dry, with a touch of piety.”

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  • Style: (whiskey barrel aged) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Escalating sour tangy acidic fig whiskey toffee malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent light copper brown without a significant head, very thin layer of micro retention, lots of steady streams.

Nose: whisky’d caramel malts, sourness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-half crisp/slick

Mid-palate: micro-fizzy, building sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fig, toffee malt, alcoholic-tangy

Finish: acidic tangy, mildly pukey, off-dry woody sour finish.

Summary: Quite an odd flavour profile for a Belgian Strong – it kinda works, but the sourness is somewhat overbearing. ABV is well-hidden but I’m not sold on the flavour and acidity.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #21 – Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti (skipped)

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #21

Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti– Parallel 49 Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

This one is slightly lower ABV at 7.5% compared to the 7.7% I had initially in December 2013. Unique brew, I quite liked it.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #19 – Please Sir S’more Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #19

Please Sir S’more Stout – Parallel 49 Brewing Co., 10.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows go together like gold, frankincense and myrrh. This smooth stout is over-flowing with all the s’mores flavours you know and love. You’re definitely going to want seconds of this one.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Heavy thick sweet MALT
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: skip it

Visual: Pours super dark brown with virtual no head, micro bubbles around the perimeter, some slow yet steady micro streams also around the perimeter.

Nose: thick sweet caramel malts. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: heavy-slick-oily, mild carbonation, subdued alcohol

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-heavy sweetness, (MAIN) bitter alcohol detection, thick caramel barley malts, molasses

Finish: malty sweet finish.

Summary: Not really s’more-tasting by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe having a s’more at the same time might help, heck skip the beer. All I taste is thick heavy sweet malt, maybe hints of chocolate – no graham cracker or marshmallow. Too heavy without any real CO2 creaminess or vanilla to back it up.