Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale is perhaps not the world's most culturally sensitive beer name. Similarly, its label, adorned with a buxom woman weeping a blood red tear, isn't exactly politically correct. Frankly, I found the branding objectionable. I wouldn't complain if Vancouver, British Columbia's Parallel 49 Brewing Company, the makers of this brew, opted for a re-brand.

As for the beer itself, it contains 6% alcohol and checks in at a burly 40 IBUs. It is sold in 341mL bottles (I had two as part of a variety pack). It pours a hazy amber colour, topped with an off-white head. Its rich malt aroma has sweet notes of brown sugar and a slight bitter twist. It is a very flavourful nectar. It begins with a heavy bill of malt before giving way to a hoppier-than-expected finish. There are caramel notes which round out the malty body into an appealing shape. The finish nicely compliments the malt, rather than trying to compete with it. And at 6%, there is enough oomph to keep my liver happy.

This is a really tasty brew. It's not totally memorable, but it is definitely well-executed. If it weren't for the disagreeable branding, I wouldn't have much to complain about at all.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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