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Ruby Tears | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
parallel49brewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Added by FondueVoodoo on 07-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,334
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
216
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish amber pour. Aroma of citrusy hoppy caramel malt. Has a notable but not overpowering bitterness with floral hop on backbone of caramel malt flavour. Seemed a little thin and though not my favourite Parallel 49 offering, a decent enough brew.

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Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sharper and stronger than the average red ale. Dark Amber colour, pours without excessive foamage but produces an off-white respectable head on pouring. Has some difficulty keeping its head up. Nose is crisp and fresh with a touch of citrus and malt. Slightly dry, hoppy flavour with a pleasant blend of toasted malty bitterness. I don't feel or taste caramel in the beer although definitely there in the colour. As another reviewer mentioned there is something of a marriage here between an IPA and red ale, IPA buffs will love this beer for its IBU, strength, and citrus notes.

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Photo of StormAles
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacedaddy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The initial pour reveals a bronzed ruby red hue and a modest white head that swiftly fades away.

Smell: It appears to a very weak scent of floral hops, but a rather strong smell of toasty malt/sweet grains and perhaps a hint of spiciness hiding underneath it all.

Taste: Almost indiscernible to the smell in terms of description; a pleasantly bitter taste, balanced by hoppy fruitiness and malted barley.

Feel: Slightly carbonated, not overdone but a tad underwhelming.

Overall: A decent red ale. Maybe too simplistic for my taste but very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Lift in Vancouver, BC. A beautiful clear ruby amber with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is caramel, barley, a bit of hops bitterness, some tropical fruits, and a nice citrus thing going in the background. Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry and slightly hoppy. Very nicely done.

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Photo of binno
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swim
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 +11.8%
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 jkermitj
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sid_Smith
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -5.8%
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 bryanzk
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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 Boo-urns
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SithDarkLord11
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
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 Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portwood
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Shaunmac16
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lewnanny
2.04/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of FinnHawk
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ruby Tears from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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