Parallel 49 Seedspitter

Reviewed by on July 31, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 31, 2014

  • Best Before: December 17, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Seedspitter is a summertime offering from Parallel 49, a brewery in Vancouver’s downtown east side.  It is a Belgian-style witbier, with a ‘blast of refreshing watermelon’, though using that particular fruit in beer seems much like chasing ghosts with a pitchfork to me.

This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of loosely foamy, bubbly, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of sweet, candied wheat malt, vegetal watermelon rind, a further unusual flinty graininess, and faint leafy, earthy hops. The taste is actually dominated by watermelon – huh, who knew – as that familiar (in summer, at least) fleshy fruitiness joins the initial rind essence in overshadowing the meek wheaty, grainy malt, and quite subtle attendant witbier usual suspect spices. Again, there’s a strange flinty mineral character that is easy enough to ignore, as are the ethereal, as best, weedy, leafy hops.  The bubbles are definitely quite sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, those edgy mineral notes biting back a bit at this juncture. It finishes still fruity, a wee bit grainy, and yet a bit flinty, all under a nicely moderated off-dryness.

Well, I’ve tried a few watermelon flavoured beers before, and it was all I could do to discern even the faintest echo of said fruit. Not here, nosirreee Bob! This is big on the fleshy, rindy (!), seedy (?) goodness that is one of my favourite seasonal fruit indulgences, which also seems somehow to marry well enough with a somewhat bewildered witbier. Interesting, and rendered well enough, though I don’t know how many of these I’d want to put back, back to back.

Brady White

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