Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Gypsy Tears Ruby AleGypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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very good

172 Ratings

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: FondueVoodoo on 07-30-2012

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 the 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 I didn't get more than the one bottle. Still time to rectify that, I think.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Purchased at the LCBO for $14.00 6pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 3.5- Opens well and pours a good head that does not last at all. Rather dark but red no.

S- 3.5- Good malt but not much else.

T- 4.0- Not bad. Good malt backbone with hops Not very complex and very medium of the line in taste

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Dry but refreshing

O- 4- Rating this girl a bit high but that's ok

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... BBQ pork ribs


Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of scaliasux
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I over his beer. Full body with the hops cutting through. I almost always have some in my fridge.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted and caramel malts and slight bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty, but isn't that sweet. I'm not sure if the hops were past their prime.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Iluvipas
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice color, smooth. Best right from the tap at the brewery in east Vancouver.

Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear rudy brown with a tight 1 finger of white head. Minimal retention leaving only a thin ring around the glass & a small island of lacing.

S: Sweet malts with molasses and corn syrup with just a hint of pine sap hops.

T: The taste is a tug of war between hops and malt - when hops manage to get some ground, malts fight their way back. Tastes of hoppy pine sap mingling with sweet malts. Hints of toasted sweet bread and citrus rind. The tug of war winner is hops - leaving a smooth aftertaste of citrus rind - but not overly bitter.

M: Mild carbonation pricks at the first sip, seems like a light to medium brew, admission - I'm not the best judge in this department.

O: I'm enjoying this interplay between hops and sweet malts, neither being over whelming and complimenting as opposites tend to in food pairings. Not having had many red ales in the past, I can't say if this is a good example of the style. However overall it's a tasty complex drink with plenty to offer a patient sipper.

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Dolemike
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of smekermann
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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