Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Gypsy Tears Ruby AleGypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of swim
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Translucent medium brown with some redness. No visible particulate. A small amount of beige head remained after pouring.

S: Hints of sweet malt and floral grapefruit hop aroma. Very slightly spicy.

T: Prominent initial slightly bitter dank toffee malt flavor. Some spicy resiny hop notes. Finishes somewhat clean with some bitter dry roasty maltiness.

F: Nice medium level of carbonation.

O: Flavourful but a bit too dry and bitter for my tastes especially as I drank on.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Veiled ruby copper color with very faint activity. Creamy and slightly frothy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of caramel, barley, lemon, light grapefruits, apples, nutmeg, ginger, dry floral and leafy hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, ends with sharp zesty yeast, lingering dry hops, with traditional red ale spices, and a butterscotch feel. It's bready and biscuity. Nice maillard effect, a good swirl brings a fresh buttery soapy caramel scent. Kind of like a cross between a red ale and IPA. Very tasty and pleasant to drink, the freshness is good. Well intensified, a bit Irish dry in strength, still accessible. Overall excellent quality craft, nicely executed.

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Photo of Sid_Smith
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really solid beer at a good price. Nice and hoppy the way I like it, tastes more like an ISA than a red ale which I really like. I reccomend it as a solid cheaper end craft beer. Try other 49th parallel brews as well, it's a great brewery.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, served in a 20 oz glass. Clear, deep reddish amber with fleeting white head and scarce lace. Caramel malts, citrus rind and earthy, leafy hops on the nose. Flavor shifts more towards tart and bitter grapefruit as well some some malty notes. Mouthfeel is well carbonated over a medium body. Drinkable red ale with a few rough edges.

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Photo of peensteen
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale red colour, one finger of off white head and some lace. Smell is of sweet malt and fruity hops, sugar dusted grapefruit and orange and a bit of a sweet caramel malt. Taste is in line with the nose, moderate bitterness with lingering fruit in the aftertaste. Light carbonation, medium body. Jut OK, nothing is wrong with this beer but simply not worth revisiting.

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Photo of Rukeli76
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Poured from a 473ml can with racist-as-hell graphics.

Dark ruby red colour. Two full inches of billowing head.

Not much hop aroma. Meh.

Caramel malt is the dominant flavour. Some piny hop flavour and bitterness provide a bit of balance. Not as cloyingly sweet as this style can sometimes be.

Creamy mouthfeel.

This isn't nearly good enough to make me ignore the disgraceful racism of the label design.

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Photo of portwood
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smell: sweet grains, raisin bread, caramel, light citrus.
Taste: slightly prickly mouth feel, toasted malt.
Finish: light molasses, caramel, dry grassy bitterness.
(can code: 14 11B2216, whatever the F that means)

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Photo of Lewnanny
2.04/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Another beer with an IBU of 40.

This one is a bit better than other beer with a high IBU.

I'm not a fan of these high IBU beer. This one is surprisingly strong.

With its 6.0 % ABV, an a SRM of 24. The 341 ml retail for 2.99 $ (cad).

I will have a hard time to drink two of them in the same day. You have to try it something in your life.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Beautiful Red Amber with a 1/2 finger white head. Excellent retention. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S- Grainy sweetness followed by Citrus hoppiness. Slight caramel.

T- Same as aroma with Sweetness more pronounced.

M- Medium Body and Moderate Carbonation. Slightly prickly

O- The epitome of what an American Red Ale should be. The perfect amount of caramel/malty sweetness paired with a good amount of hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of ZacCary
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You cannot say that this beer doesn't deliver a solid look, smell and taste. A true American Red Ale. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Room for improvement, of course, but without most complaints. Cheers!

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

6% abv, 40 ibu, 341ml bottle.
A - ruby red clear, with one finger head. sticky foam.
S - grainy, malty, bread sweetness, mellow, caramel, some hoppy spices (pepper?). bit stout aroma, great. almond, nutty.
T - good carbonated. sour sweet, followed by massive maltiness, hoppiness but not overpowering. cascade character is there, dry hopping & late hop addiction, grassy & sharp.
O - really good ruby ale, where u can get the caramel, toffee flavor, the maltiness is the most enjoyable from this beer, and yes, bitterness is acceptable for everybody (hophead & normal drinker).

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO as part of a summer sampler pack, so about $2.30 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Dark ruby colored beer, with just a bit of a haze and topped by an unrelenting finger of white head. Good visible carbonation that invokes images of a prickly carbonation once this will be consumed.

Smell - Some graininess, with a decent dose of grapefruit followed up by some caramel.

Taste - Starts a bit malty, then turns bitter with some earthy flavors and grapefruit. Clean and crisp with a long last flavor that lingers on the aftertaste. Caramel and sweetness only shine through after a couple seconds and the grain and then bitter grapefruit flavors pass by.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and medium bodied, with prickly carbonation as expected by the look. Finishes a bit dry, but that works with these flavors.

Overall - A fine amber ale that was worth the price and would certainly enjoy again. If I could get a six pack with just this beer I gladly would.

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Photo of NordicIslander
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tad watery as far as mouthfeel. Minimal head on the pour. Some nice lacing as I tip the glass. I liked the colour when held up to the light; deep red with a slight caramel hue. I get a touch of hops that's quickly replaced by citrus, namely grapefruit. Finishes clean and not bitter at all. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can't say that I know one ethnic Roma with blue eyes, and the taste here lacks similar authenticity. It's prettied up and will appeal to those who are looking to claim at trying craft beer, without much knowledge of IPAs and red ales.
I will not have this again.

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Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid malt backbone suggesting wheat and caramel. Assertive leafy, herbal, pine-like hop balances the malt well. Medium body with a coarse texture. Pretty standard red ale with a little more hop flavor than normal. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an extremely well done beer. It looks great - deep ruby color with a nice lingering tuft of head. The nose is West Coast hops that extend into the flavor profile. There is lots of toasted malt balanced with dark fruit and signature grapefruit essence. There are many layers to this beer and it is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Dogfish IPA glass. Quite a dark ruby brown, very nice cap of off-white head, leaving a decorative curtain lacing and good retention.

S - an assertive start of rich aromas; toasty caramel malt, a bit bready, with a lot of NW hop notes, grapefruit, citrus zest, florals, with some earthy aspects from the malt, some juicy red fruits and berries, raspberry notes, butterscotch. Quite nice, if slightly muddled.

T - similar lines here, assertively hoped, notes of grapefruit as well as a coating resiny undertone, piney for sure, underneath there is some caramel notes and an underlying breadiness to counter the pronounced bitterness. Some spice, chilis, earthy cumin, and the orange fruitiness. Finish is lingering, some red fruits and the lingering herbal hop notes.

M - satisfying, as well as refreshing. Good balance while also delivering a decent hop kick. Moderate body and I find quite well carbonated. Has some sharpness.

A nice hoppy Red IPA, I could maybe nit-pick some things but realistically it tastes pretty good, delivers well on both the malt and hop notes, and is also crisp on the end and easy to drink down. I might not search it out for awhile but would certainly have it again, a nice hop character and balance, and a good beer all around.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.26/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour brown sugar, citrus zest, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is obviously showing signs of infection, but there are a few aromas and flavors that I can get other than sour and funk.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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


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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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