Irish-Style Red Ale
BJCP Comparable Category: 15A - Irish Red Ale
This is the description of how the Irish-Style Red Ale style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the Irish-Style Red Ale beer style.
- Body: Medium
- Malt Flavors & Aromas: Low to medium candy-like caramel malt sweetness should be present in ﬂavor. A toasted malt character should be present and there may be a slight roast barley or roast malt presence.
- Hop Flavors & Aromas: Not present to medium
- Fermentation Characteristics: Low level fruity esters are acceptable. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels.
- Common Ingredients: Generally has a bit of roasted barley or black malt to provide reddish color and dry roasted finish. Pale base malt. Caramel malts were historically imported and more expensive, so not all brewers would use them.
- Commercial Examples: Caffrey’s Irish Ale, Franciscan Well Rebel Red, Kilkenny Irish Beer, O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale, Porterhouse Red Ale, Samuel Adams Irish Red, Smithwick’s Irish Ale
Brewing Properties of Irish-Style Red Ale
The functional properties of brewing Irish-Style Red Ale beers as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, historical significance, authenticity or a high profile in the current commercial beer market.
The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
|4.0 - 4.8%|
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
|20 - 28 IBUs||SRM
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
–11 - 18 SRM
(22 - 35 EBC)
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
|1.040 - 1.048|
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
|1.010 - 1.014|
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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.