Style of the Season
Irish - Style Red Ale
The origins of Red ales can be traced back almost 5000 years. In the middle ages, 'Red' referred to the brown beers of the time versus wheat (white) beers. Irish - Style Reds are derived from traditional English and Irish ales. They are characterized by a moderate caramel malt sweetness and are copper to reddish brown in color. It is still all about the malts with red ales. Hops should not dominate in taste or aroma. There usually will be well rounded, balanced flavors with a toasty maltiness. The finish is medium to dry. These are easy drinking brews; many breweries make one at this time of the year. There are several imported and national brands of Irish Reds that are available year 'round. However, anything imported won't be as fresh as something brewed locally. So, check your local breweries for a fresher, tastier brew.