Irish Red Ale

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Irish Red Ale is an ale originating in Ireland that has a reddish hue from the inclusion of a small amount of roasted barley. In America, some darker amber ales and ales with artificial coloring are also labeled as red ales.

History

Irish red ales are red variations on typical English and Irish ales. Surprisingly, Irish Red Ale has not had a huge impact in Ireland's current beer market where Stouts, Porters and Lagers are more popular.

Description

Medium light to medium body. Low to moderate malt aroma. May have slight roasted grain flavor. Low hop aroma. No hop flavor. Amber to deep-reddish color. Clean finish. No esters. Easy drinking ale with a reddish hue. Clean flavor with a caramel malt flavor and a hint of roasted grain. Smooth with moderate carbonation.

Characteristics

  • Color Range: 9.0-18.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.044-1.060 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.010-1.014 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 17.0-28.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 4.0-6.0 %
  • Carbonation Range: 2.1-2.6 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 9 D

Ingredients

  • English malt
  • A touch of roasted barley to provide red color and dry roasted flavor
  • English hops and yeast
  • May contain rice, corn, sugar adjuncts, but should not be detectable
  • Occasionally lager yeast

Examples

  • Moling's Irish Red
  • Kilkenny Irish Beer
  • Beamish Red Ale
  • Caffrey's Irish Ale
  • Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale
  • Harpoon Hibernian Ale
  • Boulevard Irish Ale
  • Murphy's Irish Red.

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