Parallel 49 Rock The Bells

Reviewed by on December 3, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 3, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wild Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rock the Bells arrives as day 1 of the Craft Crossing Calendar, a ‘collaborative’ effort once again between Parallel 49 and Central City brewing. It is billed as a ‘Cranberry Sour Ale’, which is a nice seasonal touch.

This 341ml bottle pours a rather hazy, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some layered stringy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of canned cranberry sauce, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, a soft earthy funkiness, lemon and mandarin orange rinds, subtly edgy yeast, and some faint weedy and leafy hop bitterness. The taste is tart lemon and cranberry fruitiness, kind of cheesy and musty Brettanomyces funk notes, gritty pale malt, ephemeral Belgian yeast, free-range berry sugar, and a still mild and hard to pin down earthy, leafy hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its quotidian support duties, with maybe a twinge of additional frothy spectacle, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the funk not particularly egregious in messing things up here. It finishes trending dry, the cranberries and relatively benevolent lingering funk keeping the malt in a heads-down position.

Well, I gotta say that P49 has nailed this one, from both a beer geek and marketing standpoint – they take the brewing fad du jour, add in some fruity seasonal affectations, and it just all works out, especially if you’re new to the funk thing, or are merely getting tired of it (I’m not apologizing). A fantastic start to this particular (non) Advent calendar.

Brady White

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