Aroma and Appearance: It pours a clear amber colour with lots of bubbles in the middle and a bit of foam that quickly disperses. The aroma is herbs and tangerine, grassy hay and some muted mango.
Flavour: This starts with a bit of sweet malt and a very hop forward mango and tangerine fruitiness that eventually turns into a crisp bitter pine finish.
Overall Impression: I am impressed, I have had this one a few times before and never really sat down to appreciate it.
Rating: I give it an excellent rating, 8/10 simply because they capture the hop notes perfectly and balance out the sweet lager malts to make a basic lager that doesn’t suck.
Food Pairing: I think this would be wonderful with some spicy beef taco’s.
Parallel 49 has a lot of great offerings, I am looking forward to continuing to explore their line up of Vancouver Craft Beers. I have some Russian Imperial Stout and From East Van with Love Maple Stout in my cellar waiting for another year or so before opening that will be hard to stay away from. Which one of their beers is your favourite?