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Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Gypsy Tears Ruby AleGypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%


Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FondueVoodoo on 07-30-2012)
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is reddish-amber in colour, with a small off-white head. Head fades quickly.

Nose suggests a beer well balanced between malt and hops. Notes of grass and light citrus fruits couple with toasted malt and caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose. Tilted slightly towards the malt, a nice toasted caramel flavour imparting some sweetness. Hops provide some light citrus fruits and a grassy flavour. Finish is slightly bitter.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Chewy.

Overall, pretty nice, though not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 18:01:49 | More by jrenihan
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The present review is based on a bottle from a Parallel 49 mixed pack of "hoppy" beers, but I have had this beer on a few other occasions on tap. Although many macro-brewed red/amber ales can look more rusty brown than anything, this one has a legit orange-to-red clear and sparkly appearance with around four fingers of off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma is a fairly big blast of West Coast grapefruit hops and very lush caramel/crystal malts, the latter component makes me think raisin bread. Taste follows the nose, with a fruity, chewy malt backbone that evokes cherries and toffee. Very sweet malts but the hops aren't shy either, there's a decent hit of menthol resins and orange citrus, some leafy green notes, and a classic hoppy dankness that is often apparent in BC craft brews. Fairly thick body but not overly syrupy. Finish combines sweet lingering and bitter elements as you might expect, although the bitter perhaps edges out the sweet. I don't get any obvious faults here, which is rare in an American red ale ... As I've mentioned in a few previous reviews, I am not a huge fan of the style and even some craft examples have a stale cardboard character, are underhopped, and lack much malt character beyond a bland generic sweetness. This brew, however, is quite excellent and perhaps the best domestic exemplar of a red ale in Canada. Sweet but hopped well, cherry cough candy character. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:19:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
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StJamesGate

New York

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Chill Winston, Vancouver.

Gleaming ruby with white film.
Berry, flowers and toffee on the nose.
Cherry cough drop with apple and toast then light pine resin and ruby grapefruit hops.
Strawberry finish and clean bitter linger.
Medium, round, chewy.

Big, sweet amber with lots of fruit. Malt forward, but stays bright without being overhopped. 5 AM Saint comparisons wouldn't be misplaced. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 12:00:20 | More by StJamesGate
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Medium dark reddish-brown. More or less opaque. Thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a film.

Smell - Sweet toasted malts. Toffee and molasses. Might be a hint of citrus.

Taste - Slightly watery sweet caramel and dark toast. Light lemony-orange in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium and crisp.

Overall - Flavor's a bit harsh, but also seems thin. Not nearly as rich in caramel flavors as the color implied.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:18:23 | More by scaliasux
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO, pulled from their Unparalleled sampler pack. No packaging date given. I ruined my first bottle of this stuff by putting it in the freezer and then forgetting about it for a few hours - a total rookie mistake, I know, but at least the bottle didn't explode. So let's try this again, shall we? Served well chilled.

Pours an attractive copper-amber colour, fairly deep in hue with a somewhat foggy complexion. I managed to get nearly two fingers of frothy, pillowy, light beige-coloured head out of my pour, but it seeps away to a more manageable size over the next few minutes, eventually settling into a dense, half-centimetre cap with a creamy consistency. Lots of nice, sticky clumps of lacing left behind, too. A fine-looking red ale - and it sure doesn't smell half bad, either. The aroma offers an enticing blend of toffee and butterscotch sweetness, citrusy grapefruit and earthy hop notes. Not terribly creative, but apropos for the style.

One sip confirms it - this is a solid amber ale, with a superb balance between malty sweetness and West Coast-style hoppiness. Bready malts, caramel and toffee start us off, followed by a mixture of stone fruit and grapefruit pith. The finish becomes increasingly leafy, piney and resinous, with a pleasant mixture of bitterness and fruity esters. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but fades from the palate quickly - so although this is a well-hopped amber, it won't tire your palate out after one or two bottles. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gives this beer a soft, spritzy feel in the mouth. Very drinkable for a 6% hopped ale; something that I would consider a valid session option if it were readily available locally.

Final Grade: 4.03, just barely managing an A-. Parallel 49's Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale is easily the best of the three beers in this sampler pack, and probably the only one I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again. This is a fabulous, well-balanced amber ale that should please most hopheads without totally alienating everyone else. This sample is at least a few months old, and while it's still drinking nicely, I have to imagine that this would be considerably better when sampled fresh from the source. Recommended, and well worth picking up if you happen to spot it in your neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:16:02 | More by thehyperduck
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramelly malts, some piney/grassy hops, a touch of grapefruit and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel, some pine, slight earthy/grassy note, citrus/grapefruit and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 19:24:41 | More by SebD
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gypsy Tears looked thick coming out the bottle and indeed appears like maple syrup in the glass. Its viscous complexion is enhanced by a cola-brown (or to the light, amber) colour which allows clarity but filters everything through a shady, caramel-coated tone. Not enough foam (or any lacing) sticks around to justify mention of any head.

The beer offers a quintessential blend of sappy, pine-like hops and sticky, toffee-like malts. In both flavour and aroma (though it is tasted more boldly than smelled) biscuity wafers and butterscotch pudding are infused with pine needles, spruce syrup, and forest-y resins of all kinds. As in the appearance, maple syrup draws to mind.

Pine serum, candied grapefruit and herbal tea rep the hops whilst toast, toffee, caramel and a hint of raisin sum-up the malts. In yet another nod to the appearance, there's a Dr.Pepper-like characteristic in the taste: it has a mysteriously delicious blend of cola, cherry, licorice, almond, vanilla, caramel, sarsaparilla, molasses, lemon, plum, orange, all spice and birch.

The maple syrup-like sweetness of the malts and the pine/spruce qualities of the hops create a flavour as decadent and innately flattering as honey and cheese or white chocolate and macadamia nut. So nice is it, in fact, that I wish it were more drawn out. The aftertaste turns stale as week old bread; the hops dry up like a neglected house plant.

It appears to be a Pavlonian twitch of all west coast brewers (Canadian and American) to add hops to any and everything. In the case of amber ales this is unequivocally a good thing; Gypsy Tears earned its marks less from its own merit than from the inherently enticing combination of piny hops and caramelly malt. It is a great beer merely adequately executed.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:08:56 | More by biegaman
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: amber to the red end, a one finger head with decent retention was present.

S: sweet floral notes and hops are present. Also some malts.

T: nice bitterness, malt comes in too and there is a sweetness that sneaks up.

M: medium body, middling carbonation.

O: a nice easy to drink beer. I enjoyed this beer and I think it could make a good easy drinking beer. I would pick up a dozen or so for the cottage if the opportunity arises.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:51:53 | More by polloenfuego
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad red, fresh from LCBO. Lasting head, reddish colour. Some hops ( the IBU I'm guessing at almost IPA level) that give it a grapefruit-orange finish to a malty English style ale. Slightly above average mouthfeel. A good transition beer as good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:18:46 | More by Sammy
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated C2613 (March 26, 2013?)
Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee aromas are dominant with some floral and grassy hop notes.

T - A good bitterness up front with floral notes. The malt bill takes over mid-palate, adding caramel and toffee flavours.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Slightly oily.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:58:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $13 part of a mixed 6 pack

Appearance - Clear copper/red colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing an there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, caramel, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops, and grapefruit. There is also some cherry/candied sugar and caramel. It ends with a sweet yet hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – The best of the 3 beers that were part of my mix pack. I imagine this would be better really fresh or on tap. An above average beer that has a nice well rounded taste.. maybe just a touch too sweet, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:21:09 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper. Bright. Decent carbonation coming up. One finger beige head. Mild spotty lace and a half finger retention.

S - Citrussy, bready, lemon, some tofee. Dark fruit, earthy.

T - Strong malt character. Citrus to balance. Bready, toffee, citrus. Salty? Great balance. Sweet with a nice hop character.

M - Decent bitterness. Good carbonation, great body of medium or medium-full.

O/D - A nice hoppy amber. Well balanced and no real flaws with some great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:57:02 | More by tbeckett
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Nice vibrant ruby-brown color, 2-3 fingers worth of head that forms a nice seal around the glass. Lazily tales its time receding.

Smell: Grainy, minerals, chunks of grapefruit, salty seeds, caramel malt intertwined.

Taste: Generous helping of malt, mixed nuts with skin, tinges of grapefruit, light dried fruits (plums), distinct mineral finish.

Mouthfeel: Very cream, moderate bitterness restrained by strong malt.

Overall: A balanced, flavorful amber ale. Enough punch to make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:20:23 | More by papat444
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Loads of earthy hops and buttery caramel, bready notes and a hint of black licorice.

T - The bready caramel comes through alongside the earthy hop notes, nice citrus bitterness lingers with a touch of grassy notes and burnt sugar.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A fantastic example of the style with a perfect balance between hops and caramel malts. Super easy drinking yet full of flavour. Well worth seeking out and I'm super pumped I had the privilege of trying it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:31:01 | More by andrenaline
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to review this beer, after many, many growlers. I think, at this point, I've seen this beer through it all: old kegs, infected kegs, fresh kegs, having it before an actual IPA, having it after, with food, without, etc. And I think, overall, this beer holds up surprisingly well. I'll do a quick run-through of its features first, I guess.

A: Pours a deep-red, ruby color with moderate off-white head (maybe it's the way I pour it, I dunno) and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: It smells of slightly roasted malts first of all, with an undertone of citrus hidden away.

T: Ok, so prior to drinking this I'd had a growler of P49's Humphrey Biere de Garde, which is a really malt-forward, kinda sweet ale. I think the first sip of Gypsy Tears is what led me to review this, because it tasted amazing: really aromatic and flowery and citrusy, and really well balanced (seemingly -- compared to Humphrey which is mainly malts, anyway). It was then that it struck me that this is a fairly subtle beer. I probably would've noticed it was kinda hoppy if I was just sessioning the beer, but I wouldn't have picked up on its aromas. This is also the case if you have an even moderately old bottle (or keg): all the hop aromas pretty much disappear and you're left with a fairly enjoyable but ultimately bland amber/red ale.

MF: So initial taste is mainly hoppy citrus and grapefruit, but mouthfeel is mostly creamy, biscuity malts. It ends up being really well balanced, and insanely drinkable.

Overall, this is probably my go-to beer from Parallel 49. Obviously, something like this will never compare to a Fat Tug or a Hopnotist or whatever random beer you deem worthy of your special gold star, but I find that, when I want to solo a growler of beer, Gypsy Tears has little competition.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2013 08:06:05 | More by smekermann
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pretty excited to see Parallel 49 on tap at Cardero's on my latest trip to Vancouver.
Good looking pint, yes it is ruby red (especially when held to the light), eggshell colored foam, head lasted nicely and left strings of thin lace.
The beer had a great hoppiness in the first smell, with some malt present.
The taste was very well balanced, good solid malt base flavor, and a nice kick of hops. A well hopped red ale, but without being over done with the bitterness.
The body was solid, mouthfeel was thin but overly watery, and therefore easy to drink. Not overly carbonated and smooth.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer from Parallel 49, and I am looking forward to more of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:01:56 | More by BigBry
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 355ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish brown. The smell of this beer is really its finest attribute (though it also tastes great!). It has a big hop nose of marmalade and citrus--tart, spicy and a little sweet. There's a nice roundness on the palate--a good punch of sweet malt notes --that balances the hoppy spice and bitterness on the finish. Drinks and smells like an India Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 19:11:08 | More by CookstLiquor
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml single bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some nice hoodoo profile lace around the glass as it evenly seeps away.

It smells of mild citrus pith, a stronger perfumed floral note, a bit of bready caramel, further fleshy tropical fruit, and some earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a nice, big ol' bowlful of biscuity, crackery, crisp grainy malt, with just a teaspoon of caramel sweetness, some citrus and drupe fruitiness, and softer floral, fruity hops. A soft warming of the booze and my proverbial cockles (my first semi-successful sylleptic attempt - yay me!) accompanies elapsed time spent with this offering.

The bubbles are average, in a pleasant enough manner, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, to no ill effect, and workaday smooth. It finishes off-dry, the soft sweetness and various drying elements doing well to play nicely together.

As the aroma initially kind of threw me, I was quite delighted by the almost ESB-esque malt character here. The cascade hops lend a decently restrained citrus/floral bitterness, and all that is left for me to muse about, is why didn't I get more than the one bottle. Still time to rectify that, I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:43:08 | More by biboergosum
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark copper red with a finger width of off-white head.

Smell - Piney earthy hops, caramel, malts, slight tropical fruit.

Taste - Caramalt flavour followed by deep piney/earthy hops, followed by a bit of light tropical fruit. Nicely balanced bitter to sweet ratio. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice tingly bubbles.

Overall - A well-crafted red ale by Parallel 49. Well balanced flavours make this brew one of the better ones out of the mix pack thus far.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:17:36 | More by leaddog
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me look through your treasures gypsy ... give me your tears or I will take them
A - clear brown with light ruby notes, solid head retained nicely with mostly consistent lacing around the glass
S - floral and perfume as if the temptress on the label was calling you, orange citrus and candied fruit, all very rich aromas
T - fresh grass and sweet fruity malt, cola, perfume and tropical fruit hoppiness
M - medium to light body with crisp floral and hop notes and a sweet stickiness
O - this is so good, just so good, part of a 12-mixer that was so worth the purchase

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:23:19 | More by joemcgrath27
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 1/11/12

A reddish amber liquid with just a few bubbles and a finger of tan foam that hangs around long enough to leave a single partial ting of lace

S very well balanced nose, heavy hops with some floral citrus and faint pine with a little orange sherbert, it has a malt backbone with some hard toffee with some nuttiness and very faint coco. pretty sexy nose with a little of everything I'd hope for from the style

T not quite as intense as the nose but still quite nice, the hops are still there but not as strong as the nose, the malt has a little more to say in the mouth, very good but the nose was great

M medium-light with enough carbonation to give it some life, a nice rind, nut, caramel aftertaste has more complexity then intensity

O well rounded and balanced, I could swig a few of these without trying, I'm already deep into my second bottle at this point of the review and I haven't been typing for long. Great Red Ale that would make a nice session

great mix of the hops and malt, this breweries off top a great start in my books , keep em coming

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 05:51:15 | More by wordemupg
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale pours a deep red amber with a nice dense offwhite head. The aroma is a great balance of nutty, slightly chocolatey malt and citrusy, herbal hops. Delicious sweet and bready toasted malt pop upfront in the flavor, with some caramel. Some nice fruity esters meld well with citrusy hops as well as some light tropical fruit flavors. Overall this is a great beer, tons of flavor while maintaining balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 06:39:35 | More by ericj551
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Dolemike

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour left a formidable lace, which was a feat as they were experiencing some equipment issues on their tap equipment keeping the correct pressure. The pour had a rich mahogony color, with a very light tan lace.

The brew had a solid hops essence. While boasting a Ruby name, the hops were clearly evident, the maltiness was a bit subtle, but still present.

The taste was very well balanced between a solid t rich malt flavour and and firm hopiness. As a red, it was very hoppy which I totaly enjoyed.

The mouthfeel was slightly thin, but not too watery.

Overall, I thought this was a solid effort for Parallel 49. I am not a red fan, but with the added hoppiness, I could repeatedly indulge with with a regret that would not be felt until the following afternoon on a flight back to the states.

I hope to see this available in the states soon. The Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, along with the Parallel's India Pale Lager and Seedspitter Watermelon Wit clearly show that these are brews that should be sought out and robustly devoured. The Vancouver area is very fortunate to be able to consume these on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 06:24:09 | More by Dolemike
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the mixed 12 pack. This is a lovely looking red ale that shines in the light. The nose is quite hoppy and the head sits high on the glass. This is a great red ale with a nice interplay between hops and malt and quite a bit of complexity in the finish. I would say I like this even better than Tasman Red from Lighthouse. Great new brewery with this beer probably their best .

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:48:45 | More by canucklehead
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Six Acres in Vancouver, BC.

Pours a very pleasant truly red, almost deep ruby hue with a fine, slightly bubbly white head. Decent lace. Body looks pretty fluid but supports some fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose has a pleasant generic malt character to it, that cushions a big, slightly biting hop character that melds into the earthier base notes. There are hints of crushed vegetation, and some deep earthiness to the hops, making it a lovely match to the malty characters in the base beer. Nice stuff.

Taste is also great. Here, you realise the hops are really quite strong, providing a strong bitterness that just latches on and intermingles with the deep grainy, slightly nutty malt characters. There's a piquancy to the hops which makes me think American varieties, but the flavour profile is actually similar to an overdose of EKG. Whatever it is, it works well.

Feel is smooth and soft.

Another great beer from Parallel 49, who I believe were my favourite brewery I tried on my short visit to Vancouver. I tried three of their beers, all of which were worthy, and all of which were interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 11:15:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.