Ale or Lager whats the deal? Yeast. Yeast is the deal. Yeast is what changes sugar to alcohol or rather as a living thing it eats it and produces (poops? no, lets not extend the metaphor that far) alcohol. Yeast is the magic. So who is ale yeast different from lager yeast? The simple answer is the yeast does its work. Lager yeast ferments from the bottom whilst Ale yeast ferments from the top. Another extension of the yeast difference is at what temperature the yeasts ferment. Whereas ales ferment at temperatures near room temperature, which makes them great for home brewers, lagers ferment at temperatures near 7-13 degrees celcius. This makes lagers harder and more expensive to brew, as they need to be cooled. Had you ever wonder why craft brewer seem to brew more ales by a long shot, this is a major reason why. How does this effect taste? The cooler fermenting seems to give off less yeast tastes, such as fruity or even spicy flavours (as well as off flavours when done poorly). SO the flavour given off is much cleaner. Hopparazi is a style that is done is a India Pale LAGER (NOT ALE). So how might this change the taste? I would hypothesize that the hops in this beer, given the cleaner fermentation, would be easier to identify; thus giving you a less complexed (although that doesn’t mean less good) tasting beer. So here we go! No this not taste like a regular lager, no this not taste like an IPL (although i note that it now reads west coast lager on the bottle). The beer pours a pale with hints of citrus aroma. It tastes very clean with a kick of taste and aroma hops that are floral and citrusy. Its quite good if not amazing, and i’d love to see other brewers give a similar beer a go. It comes in at 43 IBU’s but its still entirely drinkable and once again watch out as the ABV is 6%. Nice beer!
MYSTERY GIFT DAY 9- Parallel 49 Hoparazzi- 3/5
I will be reviewing each and everyone of the daily Parallel 49 & Central City Brewing Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown. So jump on board, follow along and even contribute your thoughts!