Ruby's Tears
Marz Community Brewing

Ruby's TearsRuby's Tears
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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #222
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,285
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
112
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Marz Community Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
Ruby's TearsRuby's Tears
Notes: A classic Gose with hibiscus petals, coriander seeds, and lime salt. Tart and refreshing.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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the_hoppy_life from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful ruby red color. It tastes just as good as it looks and makes you feel the same. Its a light Gose, good effervescence, and tart. Makes a great beer cocktail margarita.

May 05, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on July 20, 2018. A classic Gose with hibiscus petals, coriander seeds and lime salt. Tart and refreshing.

Oct 02, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a half inch of creamy bright white. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of sea salt an lactobacilius. The flavor mirrors the aroma with plenty of sea salt and light grains. The mouth is very salinic, dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Jun 27, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, looks like 2/10/18 is stamped on the bottom of the can but it's smudged so I can't tell for sure. Can says 5.1% ABV. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a reddish/orange color with a huge light orange/pink head. Had to let this one settle a while before I could drink it. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but somewhat light, the brew smells like hibiscus, coriander, salt, and some tropical fruitiness. Luckily the taste has a lot more kick to it. There's hibiscus, blood orange, coriander, salt, lime, tropical fruit and bready malt flavors all noticeable. Good amount of tartness in this one. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth and easy to drink with a lot of soft carbonation. Definitely worth a try, I know I'd drink this again given the chance! $4.04 for a single can.

May 27, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks out to Joe for this beaut.
Batch 366 from a 500mL bottle.

Ruby's Tears pours a bold grapefruit juice orange, and a volcano of bubbly white foam erupts up the glasses entirety. Once relieved, it settles as a nice little cap with spotty patches left behind.

Once again, the color might imply where this beer is headed. Grapefruit and blood orange juices dominate, with a salty ocean breeze and damp earth to support it. A pleasant barn house funk about it peaks out from the depths.

This one is not for the salt or sour timid. A wonderful blend really, and the flavor and feel are expressed together as one. There is a salty buoyancy about it, with very tart lemon, lime, and pink grapefruit flavors that burst and make every inch of the mouth and cheeks pucker. It ends sharp, and dry, with bubbles foaming all around.

Ruby's Tears is an experience more than just a beer. It's wonderfully refreshing, pleasantly unique, yet simple and satisfying in the best of ways. I would welcome this any time the unquenchable craving for an easy drinking tart and salty beer arises, which is surprisingly pretty often.

Thanks again Joe! Cheers.

Feb 17, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a weizen glass. Had an amber / pink color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a two inch, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, though.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of citrus fruit, a floral element, salt, and malt.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of salt (less than in normal goses), a bit of malt (particularly in the finish), the aforementioned floral quality - advertised hibiscus, a hint of coriander, and some citrus (lemon and lime). In general, this is a decent flavor, though it may be too subtle for its own good. Not bad, though.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Ruby's Tears is a solidly, easy to drink beer. Not fantastic, but drinkable nonetheless.

May 16, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pink/orange color. 3/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of salt, pale malt, citrus hops, floral, and a hint of spruce. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of salt, pale malt, citrus hops, floral, slight wheat, and a hint of spruce. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

May 16, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Good till Jan 26th 2018?

Pale pink like amber with a good solid orange body color. Slightly frothy head off pink, to light white in color, and fine bubbled with a good tall three fingers. Pretty aggressive even for a gose but in control.

Slight hints of floral notes on the nose, but a sort of spicy/sweet caramel seems to really pop out. Some hints of brine like quality too which seems to mix in quite a bit strangely. Decent if a bit odd with this noticeable sweetness.

Fairly tasty palate. A grapefruit light tone in the mid palate with a touch of chewy malt and salt. Finishes with excellent bready depth and dough like qualities with a nice tang of brine and faint sourness. Excellent body and depth with classic refreshing quality. Finishes slightly tropical as well it seems and much of the hinted sweetness is luckily left the premises.

A bit out there on the nose, but added ingredients seemed to have driven well, with a superb feeling palate. Nice brew.

Apr 14, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2017-03-28 in Louisville, KY from a 16 oz can fresh at Against the Grain, which brewed it for Maerz.

Hazy pink. Appropriately sour, citrus, hibiscus, light salt, coriander. I also get a yogurt tang flavor. It's an OK Gose.

Mar 29, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware, duh). This has some packaging information printed in black ink on the underside of the can, but it’s not clear to me whether it indicates a January 18, 2017 or January 26, 2017 packaging date (“26.01.18 FL #193”). Either way, it should be a bit over or under two months old at this point. Refrigerated for several days prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Fruit punch. That’s what this looks like, with a fizzy component. It pours out with a solid two fingers of faded lavender foam, fairly crisp and fizzy, which dies down at an average pace for the style, leaving just a bit of fizzy film on the surface of the body. Which, for what it’s worth, is an insanely gorgeous reddish-fuschia color and lightly hazy. Hachi machi, this thing is pretty.

Smell (4.25): The nose is mostly dominated by clean, crisp, slightly citrusy acidic notes, along with sweet, floral, beautiful hibiscus. (I really love hibiscus.) Light earth, floury crackers, and a bit of straw add a bit of depth, while bright lemon tones pop up a bit more as the beer opens up. Still, the hibiscus, earth, and lemon zest definitely characterize the different parts of the aroma.

Taste (4.0): Ooh, the hibiscus here actually balances out the flavor more than your average gose. It leads with a touch of generic lacto tartness, kind of a clean, plain Greek yogurt twang, followed by sweet, floral, rounded hibiscus flavor that’s not as concentrated as, say, hibiscus tea, but more like hibiscus soda. A nice, not-too-sour but pleasantly tart lemon flavor comes in right near the front and hangs on through the remaineder of the drink. It’s like lightly sweetened lemonade, contributing a very nice, somewhat restrained acidic component. It’s got a set of earthy, slightly bready flavors that become more clear toward the back end of the palate, with generic earth and a touch of floury crackers, along with a very light mixture of light brown sugar and lemon zest. I think the coriander is creating an earthy, citrusy bridge between the malt and the hibiscus, and it’s working very well. If there’s any salt here, it’s contributing to the earthy flavors and drying it out a bit more than it would otherwise.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Really, really smooth, but a bit off-style, I think. Maybe for the better, though. The body is light and smooth, with a dry feel from the start, but with just enough slickness attached to the hibiscus that it’s still somewhat, very pleasantly, soft. Carbonation is surprisingly restrained, but the result is that it’s more fine-grained and blends with the aforementioned slickness nicely. Meanwhile, the acid and understated salt dry out the body nicely. In the end it’s a little slicker than “crushable,” but it’s extremely satisfying to drink.

Overall (4.0): Honestly? I really dig this beer. A lot. It feels a bit off-style in a couple of ways, I think, but the result is a handful of characteristics that I dig more than the corresponding characteristics in an average gose. Also, the interplay between the hibiscus and coriander caught me by surprise: it works very, very well, and I love it. This may not be the most authentic gose, but goddamnit is it good. Highly recommended.

Mar 25, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is a little hazy yellowish purple in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: Light aromas of hibiscus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has notes of sour limes and hints of salt that go along with the hibiscus.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a creamy feel that coats your mouth. No tartness is perceptible.
O: This beer has some refreshing properties to it with the sour citrus.

Serving type: can

Mar 19, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium pinkish burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + reddish pink colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy pale pink head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts with moderate aromas of coriander and hibiscus. Light aromas of lime citrus and briny salt.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sour wheat malts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of hibiscus and coriander with a light to moderate flavor of tart lime citrus. There is a light amount of briny saltiness towards the finish with a light lingering tartness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol (though a touch high in ABV for a Gose) and refreshing. Enjoyable and reminds me of a hibiscus tea they server at a local Middle Eastern restaurant.

Mar 14, 2017
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hiphops from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful rose pink pale pink medium head.
smells lactic coriander and strawberry lots of berry. it's kind of crazy how the hibiscus comes across as strawberry.
tastes follows the same. nice and tart with some sweetness creeping in. peppy in the front but full and creamy. only the slightest hint of salinity lingering strawberry and coriander.
taste like a tart blush spritzer. this beer all summer please

Feb 27, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a vibrant ruby red with a nice, fluffy white head on top. There's a little bit of light coming through the glass, but the beer is pretty cloudy otherwise.

S: Salt, sweet molasses, hints of acidity, fresh strawberries. There's a thin layer of fresh herbal aromas possibly from the hibiscus.

T: It's nice and sweet at the start and then it evens out from the salt. Mild acidity from the yeast strain can be found throughout the entire sip. The salt lingers at the end with a strong finish.

F: Good carbonation at the front of the beer. The body is very nice - definitely not light, falling somewhere in the middle leaning on the heavy side. Some slight acidity on the tongue but not overpowering.

O: This beer is very refreshing. The body is on point. It would go well on a spring/summer day, although it does not lean on the light side. It is fresh and vibrant.

Feb 27, 2017
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ChipChaight from New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Lightly hazy ruby red with thin lingering white head, smell is hibiscus, elder flower, salty soda, tastes is tart up front that transitioning into sweet hibiscus tea, finishes with a nice saltiness, light and creamy. Salted hibiscus hard candy in a glass.

Feb 20, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

Incredible citrus and juiciness exudes the taste from Marz decorative gose. Their take on the northern German salt and spice sour ale uses a flowery scent and a tart lime taste for added interest and intrigue.

Ruby's Tears pour just like that- ruby in color with a wheaten associated haze. Its firm pinkish cap leads with tart lime, berry, apple, wine and cider. Its candied sour taste is something of sweetheart and warhead candy as its medium malts capture a saltwater taffy taste with hints of rose and orange blossom in tow.

The middle sharpens considerably- yielding a hightly citric gin-and-tonic status. Dried lemen, lime, crabapple, under-ripened berry, gooseberry, raspberry and tart cherry all pull from the natural sourness but with that added lime nuance standing slightly taller than the rest. A satisfying salinity offers a rounded fruitiness along with a brisk taste of sea water in all its briny, earthen and rustic charm.

Medium-light and refreshingly tart, the beer's tactile performance is equally as thirst-stripping as it is culinary art delivering. Bright, musty and winey, the beer's finish is one of salted lime, flower pedals and a bitter orange echo. It's ideally suited for summer salads, fruited goat cheese and rhubarb pie.

Oct 03, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berries. Maybe raspberry, cherry or a combo of red red berries. Jammy, slightly sour, lemon, tart and balanced sourness. Short, slick finish. Super bright and delicious. Solid brew.

Jan 14, 2016
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours tawny with a short-lived bubbly head. Tart, syrupy apple is most prominent in the scent. Some caramel adds a bit of sweetness and the salt gives it a slight pungent kick helping to balance the scent. Flavors of fresh grain, tart yeast, sour apple, light sugar and some salt on the finish.

Oct 02, 2015
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Lacto sour aromas, Apple and cranberry fruity aromas. Taste has an interesting combination of sweet husky malt upfront with sour lacto slightly funky fruity flavors on the backend.

Jul 26, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018:
Draft was way better than the bottled version. Clean with no vinegar notes, pink hibiscus color, taste, and aroma.

2015: 3.57
Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange with a finger of frothy white foam that fades to a broken skim after a few sips. Random spotty lace around the edges.

Aroma smells fruity, somewhat sweet. Not really to style but it doesn't smell bad.

Taste is vaguely briny and somewhat vinegary with a firm tartness that dries out quickly in the finish. Puckering apple cider vinegar, fruity but a little one dimensional. Medium bodied, not all that quenching. Not real sure about this one, doesn't seem anything like a Gose really, but it's not bad.

Mar 21, 2015
Ruby's Tears from Marz Community Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 112 ratings