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Irish Beer - Irish Red Ale


An easy-drinking pint, often with subtle flavors. Slightly malty in the balance sometimes with an initial soft toffee/caramel sweetness, a slightly grainy-biscuity palate, and a touch of roasted dryness in the finish. Some versions can emphasize the caram

Flavor Profile: Moderate to very little caramel malt flavor and sweetness, rarely with a light buttered toast or toffee-like quality. The palate often is fairly neutral and grainy, or can take on a lightly toasty or biscuity note as it finishes with a light taste of roas

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.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Irish Red Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
They Stole Our Fleg - Irish Red
21 L 4.98% 26.17 1.046 1.008
All Grain 10086
Red Irish Oops
6 gal 5.76% 36.91 1.060 1.016
extract 8063
Red Rage Red Ale (RA)
23 L 5.8% 43.04 1.057 1.013
BIAB 7522
Irish Red Ale 2 Gallon
2 gal 4.66% 20.78 1.049 1.014
All Grain 7278
Irish Red Ale
5.5 gal 5.3% 26.23 1.055 1.014
Partial Mash 6221
Nenna Irish Red Ale
18 L 4.77% 22.62 1.048 1.012
All Grain 5862
Hoppy Irish Red
6 gal 4.94% 48.18 1.052 1.015
All Grain 5370
Velvet Hammer clone (Imperial Irish Red) v3.5
10.5 gal 9.5% 101.77 1.087 1.020
All Grain 4048
Cerva Irish Red
125 L 3.98% 21.82 1.038 1.007
All Grain 3740
Screaming Magpie Red Ale
5.5 gal 5.57% 20.81 1.061 1.019
BIAB 3683

Newest Irish Red Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Murphy's Irish Red Ale
5.5 gal 4.81% 26.59 1.049 1.012
BIAB 16
IRISH RED
5650 L 4.57% 0 1.046 1.012
All Grain 11
Battle Axe Red Ale
30 gal 3.29% 0 1.033 1.008
All Grain 10
Lucky Charm
3 gal 5.41% 0 1.056 1.015
All Grain 26
Irish Red Ale (BIAB)
5.5 gal 4.54% 22.22 1.043 1.008
BIAB 21
Blake's red beard ale
5.5 gal 6.72% 19.01 1.068 1.017
extract 91
Awesome Recipe
5.5 gal 9.79% 42.26 1.100 1.026
BIAB 12
luck of the irish red
20 L 6.12% 22.42 1.062 1.016
BIAB 18
Irish Red
24 L 4.65% 22.93 1.046 1.011
All Grain 26
Red Ale
182.5 L 6.09% 23.67 1.057 1.010
All Grain 20

Fermentables Used In Irish Red Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 642 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 72% 2% - 100%
American - Roasted Barley 525 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 2% 0% - 13%
US - Pale 2-Row 443 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 70% 9% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 419 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 5% 0% - 100%
German - CaraRed 324 German Grain crystal malt 20°L
34 10% 1% - 71%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 310 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 5% 0% - 44%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 285 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 2% 0% - 43%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 280 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 7% 1% - 41%
German - Melanoidin 224 German Grain roasted malt 25°L
37 7% 1% - 75%
Munich - Light 10L 161 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 20% 1% - 100%

Hops Used In Irish Red Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 816 5 52% 4% - 100%
Fuggles 571 4.5 46% 1% - 100%
Cascade 333 7 39% 1% - 100%
Willamette 248 4.5 47% 6% - 100%
Northern Brewer 136 7.8 44% 13% - 100%
Challenger 124 8.5 46% 7% - 100%
Magnum 123 15 44% 2% - 100%
Kent Goldings 122 5 58% 10% - 100%
Goldings 97 4.5 47% 13% - 100%
Centennial 96 10 29% 0% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Irish Red Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Roasted Barley 48 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 21% 4% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 33 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 43% 12% - 100%
Belgian - Biscuit 28 Belgian Grain roasted malt 23°L
35 13% 6% - 28%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 26 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 40% 10% - 100%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 24 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 12% 5% - 33%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 21 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 53% 20% - 100%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 19 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 33% 10% - 100%
German - CaraRed 16 German Grain crystal malt 20°L
34 46% 10% - 80%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 14 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 20% 7% - 33%
American - Special Roast 14 American Grain roasted malt 50°L
33 25% 17% - 50%

Yeasts Used In Irish Red Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 479 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 381 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
White Labs - Irish Ale Yeast WLP004 322 White Labs Ale Med-High Med-High 71.5% 65°F 68°F
Wyeast - Irish Ale 1084 306 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Medium 73% 62°F 72°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 173 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Lallemand - LALBREW┬« NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 50 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 31 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Irish Ale OYL-005 31 Omega Yeast Labs British Ales 0.12 Medium 72% 62°F 72°F
Wyeast - American Ale 1056 28 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Med-Low 75% 60°F 72°F
Mangrove Jack - Liberty Bell Ale M36 27 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a Med-High 76% 62°F 74°F

Other Ingredients Used In Irish Red Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 292 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 219 Water Agt Boil 67% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 200 Fining Boil 78% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 148 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 99%
Epsom Salt 124 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 60%
Lactic acid 97 Water Agt Mash 68% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 77 Water Agt Mash 11% 0% - 100%
Chalk 63 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 77%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 55 Water Agt Mash 23% 0% - 100%
Yeast Nutrient 45 Other Boil 38% 0% - 100%

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