Ruby Tears | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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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:
Formerly Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Added by FondueVoodoo on 07-30-2012

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sid_Smith
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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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3.24/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of mattguterres
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of cletetron
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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Ruby Tears from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 219 ratings
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