Parallel 49 Eyes of a Stranger

Reviewed by on April 12, 2018 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 12, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Eyes of a Stranger is part of this year’s (Vol. 4) Brews Brothers mixed 12 pack, the theme being ‘New Wave’.  A collaboration with fellow Vancouver operation R&B Brewing, and I presume the song reference is from The Payolas, and not Queensrÿche.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random streaky lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some free-range toasty character, subtle dark orchard fruit, and plain earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, generic bar-top nuts, a muted black stone fruitiness, faint estery char, and some earthy, weedy, and gently lit-up floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite coy in its laid-back frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of alcohol ingress causing a minor stir here.  It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt seems to have few lingering aspirations.

Overall – well, I gotta say that I’m impressed with this one, as they’ve taken the typical sweetness and dialed it down, rendering a balanced and tasty offering.  And given the more or less well-integrated, north of 16-proof booze quotient, I’m going to paraphrase the titular song, so forgive me: ‘In my lips I sense a danger’.

Brady White

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