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Parish Canebrake

Rating: 2.35

Another American beer I received as a gift my parents on their return from the States over the summer, this one being the only beer from the Louisiana based Parish Brewing Company that I was given and it’s not one I was aware of before getting the bottle. Labelled as a pale wheat ale, this one was apparently the first commercial beer in the world to use local sugarcane syrup during the brewing process so I’m thinking this might be quite a sweet beer going in; some honey, spice and citrus is used too though which might help balance things out. As I’ve already mentioned, this one wasn’t a beer that I’d heard of previously and to be honest Parish isn’t a brewery that I even knew existed before the summer so this one is definitely something new and I’m quite looking forward to cracking it open; it’s certainly something different anyway and it should prove quite interesting at least; this being despite the fact that it’s an American pale wheat ale and not really a style that I’m a huge fan of.

Parish Canebrake

Appearance (3/5): Quite a bright amber coloured body to this one and there was some haze in the glass as well, the head was a fine and bubbly one that was white in colour and faded quickly to leave a patchy lacing that covered about a quarter of the surface in the end. There was the odd fine bubble rising to the surface as well but overall it could have been a little better really.
Aroma (5/10): Somewhat subdued on the nose and almost seeming like a lager in the early going, there was some corn and pale malts alongside a touch of sugar and what I’d presume to be the sugarcane syrup used in the brewing process. There was a faint hint of hay and background grassy hops as well with a few fruity esters sneaking in but it definitely wasn’t overly strong on the nose. Towards the end there was a light bitterness coming through with some faint wheat and cereal aromas but nothing really grabbed my attention at any point I’m afraid.
Taste (4/10): Continuing where the nose left off but adding a little more sweetness to the mix, the taste was again quite subdued with a grassy hop start that was complimented by some sugars and background fruits. Some of the promised spice and citrus start to feature around the middle and there was a few pale malts too. I did manage to detect some wheat flavours in there too but there wasn’t quite as many as I’d thought before the light bitterness of the finish began to come through alongside some earthy hops and cereal; very disappointing stuff.
Palate (2/5): This one was quite a plain and very one-dimensional beer that lacked depth or that one flavour that sticks out and grabs your attention. There was some early sweetness at the start but not quite as much as I’d expected, the beer was definitely on the light side of things and quite bland as well. It was a clean, light bodied beer but with nothing much of interest happening, it still proved a difficult one to work my way through and as such it’s not one I’d recommend.

Overall (9/20): This one was a really disappointing offering if I’m honest, easily the worst of the recent beers I’ve tried from the states and one that was just too plain and unexciting. There was an early sweetness to open things up but it wasn’t anywhere near as strong as I’d expected going in, what followed was some basic malts and corn with a touch of hay and wheat but nothing substantial to grab your attention. The palate was also a poor one with the beer seeming quite bland and perhaps even a touch thin as well; this is definitely one to avoid in my opinion, there’s just so much better out there to try first.

Brewed In: Broussard, Louisiana, United States of America
Brewery: Parish Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2010
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Price: Gift

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