Parallel 49 Schadenfreude

Reviewed by on October 7, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 6, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Parallel 49 has snubbed its cheeky nose (swuh?) at the two dominating styles of the season, by blending pumpkin (and the spices that love it) into a sturdy Oktoberfest lager.  Sufficiently spooky label imagery, I gotta say.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low rocky shoreline of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells very much like my mom’s gingerbread cookies – which of course were replete with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a whack of brown sugar, here well represented by a sturdy sweet bready malt, and the attendant zingy spices, with a slight earthy hoppiness striving to bring things back into the realm of normal amber lager beerdom. The taste is maltier than anything so far, with bready, pastry-esque leanings, and the usual suspect spice components and gourd goodness more timid as well, but still adequately prevalent, with a noble hop bitterness closing the loop. The bubbles are fairly placid, the body on the north side (barely) of medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes trending sweet – pumpkin flesh, bready malt, and that very particular blend of spices showing their fall colours.

A deft, nicely rendered blend of seasonal pumpkin spices and an Oktoberfest lager, killing two birds with one stone at this time of year, as it were. It’s pleasant to see that the former holds sway throughout the vast majority of this affair, ensuring that this is tasty enough that soon I will pine for another.

Brady White

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