Irish Red - BJCP Style Guidelines
IRISH RED ALE
Aroma: Low to moderate malt aroma, generally caramel-like but occasionally toasty or toffee-like in nature. May have a light buttery character (although this is not required). Hop aroma is low to none (usually not present). Quite clean.
Appearance: Amber to deep reddish copper color (most examples have a deep reddish hue). Clear. Low off-white to tan colored head.
Flavor: Moderate caramel malt flavor and sweetness, occasionally with a buttered toast or toffee-like quality. Finishes with a light taste of roasted grain, which lends a characteristic dryness to the finish. Generally no flavor hops, although some examples may have a light English hop flavor. Medium-low hop bitterness, although light use of roasted grains may increase the perception of bitterness to the medium range. Medium-dry to dry finish. Clean and smooth (lager versions can be very smooth). No esters.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body, although examples containing low levels of diacetyl may have a slightly slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Moderately attenuated (more so than Scottish ales). May have a slight alcohol warmth in stronger versions.
Overall Impression: An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish.
Comments: Sometimes brewed as a lager (if so, generally will not exhibit a diacetyl character). When served too cold, the roasted character and bitterness may seem more elevated.
Ingredients: May contain some adjuncts (corn, rice or sugar), although excessive adjunct use will harm the character of the beer. Generally has a bit of roasted barley to provide reddish hue and dry roasted finish. UK/Irish malts, hops, yeast.
OG: 1.044 1.060
FG: 1.010 1.014
ABV: 4.0 6.0%
SRM: 9 18
Commerical examples: Molings Irish Red Ale, Smithwicks Irish Ale, Kilkenny Irish Beer, Beamish Red Ale, Caffreys Irish Ale, Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale, Murphys Irish Red (lager), Boulevard Irish Ale, Harpoon Hibernian Ale.