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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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-16-2013 15:38:46 | More by DaftCaskBC
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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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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-10-2013 04:26:32 | More by Erik-P
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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

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British Columbia (Canada)

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scaliasux

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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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dalehihn

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-20-2013 16:37:53 | More by dalehihn
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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ECBS

Ontario (Canada)

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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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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08-14-2013 04:19:52 | More by jrempel
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British Columbia (Canada)

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Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.