Parallel 49 Brews Brothers People Are Strange

Reviewed by on May 12, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another part of the Brews Brothers Vol. Two mixed pack, and a collaboration with Strange Fellows Brewing, the brew in question is an iteration of a current trend, i.e. a hoppy Saison, and attaches itself to the Doors’ classic ‘People Are Strange’ song.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some decent mountain range profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, a touch of spicy rye graininess, mildly edgy Belgian yeast, prominent, if indistinct stone fruit, a subtle white pepper and coriander spiciness, some estery alcohol, and plain earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a fading rye zinginess, peppy light orchard fruit, muted table-top ground pepper and musty coriander spice, and more sedated earthy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are adequate in their merely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, just a wee yeasty intransigence providing a fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt making a day of it, while the fruity, yeasty, and peppery essences flit and frolic about.

Overall, a decent version of the style, to be sure, but instead of the purported hops kicking things up a notch, it’s that spicy character (from the yeast, presumably) that grabs one’s attention. Well-made, but it’s not only the people who are strange around these parts of late, eh?

Brady White

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