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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tap Handle #502: Parallel 49 - Hoparazzi IPL

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This slick fellow represents another offering from Parallel 49 Brewing. It's not hard to imagine him stalking "Ruby" (the Gypsy Tears tap), waiting for that perfect shot to sell to the tabloids. The tap manages to capture all the creepiness that goes along with the paparazzi profession, although the hop prints on the fellow's shirt are a really humorous touch that lightens the mood. Since Hoparazzi is listed on the Parallel 49 site as part of their "Rarity" series, it may even be more scarce than the Gypsy Tears tap, although the Gypsy Tears has so far commanded a higher price on the secondary market.

For more about Parallel 49 Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Parallel 49's Hoparazzi IPL and to see more photos of this flashy tap...

Hoparazzi is a west coast lager, a style which has also been called an imperial pils, that blends two different style of beer to create a unique hybrid of an west coast IPA and light tasting lager. It is brewed like an IPA and fermented like a lager to keep the beer light and refreshing. The beer is dry-hopped before the lagering process to give a bouquet of tropical fruit and floral hop aroma and flavor.

Ratebeer weighted average:  3.15 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  83 out of 100 (good)

1 comment:

  1. From a distance the hop prints look like shamrocks.