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

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Added by FondueVoodoo on 07-30-2012

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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sid_Smith
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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 Ravens123
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bryanzk
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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