Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver)
Type: Red Ale
Thoughts: Pours just slightly thicker than a typical ale. Produces a nice white frothy, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves it’s mark on the glass which I love. The nicest foam i’ve seen since a beer poured from a wooden barrel on Mount Rigi in Switzerland. #thick
I would also like to note that it comes in a gorgeously slender bottle and a label that is a proper sticker that comes off clean in one piece and leaves the bottle gorgeous. Attention to detail and a lack of cheapness: noted!
It’s fascinating, this beer. It flips like a switch from the malt to the hops. And then they both settle into complete balance and harmony. I have never had such a pleasant beer drinking experience in my life: in terms of sensation. The hops are pristine: flavourful and embracing. The brewer says this is because of ‘late hop additions’ which brings all the flavour into play but less of the bitterness and harshness. I think I feel a subtle cherry tone to it- definitely some hidden berry notes. On another note: this is a strong beer at 6% alcohol which has no alcohol-ness to it. Adding points for degree of difficulty from the Dutch judge.
This is as close to a perfect beer as I have ever had. If I had more options this would be a 4.8/5 in case I ever have a better beer. Now I am so excited to be done this and just sit back and enjoy it, and several more!