Robo Ruby | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Robo RubyRobo Ruby

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Boozecamel on 02-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. A ruddy orange-red color with ample rich beige foam on top, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was a standout for me, hop-forward and tropical, immediately evoking dried mangoes and orange rind, with hints of caramel and pears and a pleasant floral perfume. Taste is similarly fruity and sweet but the hops are refined and gentle (yet still flavorsome), with some medicinal pine showing up late but mostly a melange of fruit leather, tobacco, and spiced orange peel against a raisin, toffee and honeyed breakfast cereal backbone. Faint whiff of chocolate brownie? Fairly fizzy and just over medium bodied, the overall effect is on the light side rather than syrupy or cloying although considerably sweeter than its little brother Gypsy's Tears, with less menthol cough candy flavor. Also less spicy and tangy than some other "imperial reds" of late but I'll take the bright hop flavors and sweet malts here.

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Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, a self-identified Imperial Red IPA. More mildly creepy cartoon 'sex sells' label imagery from this brewery. I'm more interested in the geekery on the side label - namely: "best served at 279K-283K' (~6 to 10 degrees Celsius), and a large chunk of raw binary (a number of zeroes get truncated when I tried to post it, so fuck it).

It translates to (surely they could have made the type for that just a bit bigger): "All your beers are belong to us." Heh - reviving an over 10 year old internet meme for current beer marketing needs, how droll. Glad I flexed my old CompSci muscles for this, instead of, y'know, just Googling it.

Anyhoo, this beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with four SysAdm-fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and frothy beige head, which leaves some rather pervasive jungle canopy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs and eddies away.

It renders the olfactory impression of sharp grapefruit, orange, and lime rind bitterness, pine resin, beefy and bready caramel malt, and further leafy, floral, and perfumed hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt - most large and duly in charge - muddled, and somewhat downplayed fleshy citrus notes, an ascendent forest floor pine cone astringency, a minor mineral flintiness, and more wet leafy, and kind of sozzled florals.

The bubbles are present and accounted for, in a playfully fizzy manner, the body a stolid medium weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy, in a mostly aerosol sense. It finishes well off-dry, the bready, toffee-flecked caramel malt keepin' 'er between the painted lines, while the gritty citrus and pine essences swerve and meander like they've had a few servings of this already.

A tasty, and hoppy red ale, in the same vein as the Gypsy Tears, just amped up a step or so, the alcohol noticeable at the slim cracks and seams, sure, but not really noteworthy, flavour-wise, overall. Other than the marketing, there is nothing metallic, soulless, or stiff about this offering - it's all genuinely crafted, and worthy of the love of a real beer-drinkin' man. Yeah.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I missed this one until now, despite that P49 is one of my favourite breweries. That's what I get for doing my beer shopping mainly at the BC Liquor Store. I picked this up at Brewery Creek for $7.45 + deposit.

650 ml bottle with an unappealing sexy robot cartoon on the label. She's got a flower in her hair and a tear on her cheek, suggesting that this is a modified version of Parallel 49's Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale. Given that that's one of my favourite beers, I'm not sure I see the need for any modification, but we'll see what I think once I've tried it... Perhaps I should be sampling them back to back for a true comparison.

A: Clear dark amber with head that doesn't quit.

S: Citrus, pine, toffee sweetness.

T: Grassy hops, mixed with toffee/caramel sweetness. This one's definitely sweeter than Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.

F: Smooth and medium bodied with a bitter finish.

O: I think I'd prefer Gypsy Tears, but this is good too.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Good - but Gypsy Tears is a better balanced beer.

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Photo of findango
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Too strong & hoppy for me. I much prefer tears the Gypsy Tears.

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Photo of Aggro
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of nlethbridge
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep copper hue with two fingers of foamy beige head. Nice lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell - Caramel malts, citrus hops, pine resin, grapefruit.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts with mild citrus hop bitterness and hints of grapefruit and pine. Malts are the real star in this brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An imperial red IPA with a solid caramel malt base. Hops could be more pronounced. In comparison to the Gypsy Tears, I find this to be a little sweet and heavier on the malts than expected.

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Photo of smekermann
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 15/4/14

A clear dark amber, just a few visible bubbles but there's enough to pump out a big cream colored foam that lasts for a few minuets and leaves random lace deep down the glass

S iced tea powder, brown sugar, leafy and herbal hops, grapefruit, pine, a little nutty, red ju-jubes, and some booze

T a little sweet, not as much citrus, lots of malt, bread, caramels, nutty, not far from the nose, earthy with pine and booze

M lighter then expected for a 9%er, bitter, boozy on the way down, bubbles stop short of foam

O a little boozy and I like it less as it warms, I thought Gypsy Tears was great but this ones just good

not a bad beer but I thought it would be better, booze keeps popping up and its far from hard to drink but takes a little longer then to sip back then many

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Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amped up version of the Gypsy Tears Red ale this is almost great but let down by the too thick mouthfeel and the sweetish finish. At times I loved the interplay with the big malt backbone and the hops but I really found the beer a little tough going after a glass. Not my fave beer from these guys.

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Photo of RedSunRising
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Purchased for ~$8 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC. I love the label, They've listed the ibu in scientific notation, the best served at temperature in degrees kelvin, and an RGB code for the color. There's also a string of binary, which translates to "all your beers are belong to us." Nice.

Appearance - Dark Red/Orange, almost clear. Big ol' creamy head. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Sweet, but not overly so. Grassy hops, citrus and pine, but also large malt presence with caramel/toffee and roasted grain.

Taste - Palate is dominated by malt flavors - bready caramel, toffee. The hops manifest as grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, resinous pine and floral notes throughout. Wonderful. Mildly bitter, not excessive.

Mouthfeel - a bit boozey. Medium carbonation and body, a bit creamy and quite quaffable.

Overall - Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Its a shame it won't be sticking around. Really good stuff. I would recommend picking up a bottle of this if you can find one.

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Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Robo Ruby from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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