What I'm drinking tonight: Parallel 49's "187 on an Undercover Hop" Imperial IPA!
I had to buy two of these to review it properly, because after I finished the first one, I was in no state to type! 187 packs a 10.0%abv wallop, and I didn't prepare for that. So a week later, I got another one, took a few sips, and then sat down to write.
187 is a very strong, very hoppy brew with a strong citrus nose, bitter hoppy mouthfeel (that delivers very little of the citrus the nose promises) and a slightly bitter aftertaste that dissipates quickly. Pours golden with a generous white head.
A lot of IPAs that incorporate the word "hop" in the name don't quite live up to the hyperbole, but in this case, the use of the word actually understates the hop avalanche that 187 delivers. This is definitely an IPA lover's IPA, not an introduction to the style. And I'm an IPA lover, so I found it quite enjoyable, but your mileage may vary.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was the price point: despite being a super-high-test aimed at a small segment of enthusiasts, my local death dispensary priced this 650ml bomber at $5.99 - I've had far worse beers that cost more!
My rating: 8.75/10 - really, really good even if it's not for everyone.
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