Parallel 49 Trash Panda IPA – American IPA at 5.5% ABV

Parallel 49 Trash Panda IPA American IPA at 5.5% ABV (C$2.67 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 355 ml, packaged on 22-Nov-2017, acquired 5-Jan-2018, reviewed 9-Jan-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with one finger of fluffy off-white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: orange peel & flesh, pale malt, pineapple, mild dank pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium finish. (4/5)

This has two hops I’ve never heard of: Cashmere and Loral, in addition to Simcoe and Citra. Cashmere comes from Cascade and Northern Brewer, but with higher alpha acids, while Loral is more noble-like. There’s certainly a lot of hop-derived citrus character in there, as well as a little tropical fruit coming across as sweet pineapple. I’ve called the sweetness “moderate”, but the fruit character makes it hint at sweeter than that, particularly in the finish. Still, tasty and easy to drink. Stupid name, though. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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