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2012 Top Ten Irish Red Ales in the United States

This Top Ten List of  Irish Red Ale is from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Epicenter Amber - San Tan Brewing, Chandler, AZ
2. Red Banshee - Fort Collins Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
3. Kentucky Ale - Alltech Lexington Brewing, Lexington, KY
4. Metolius Amber Ale - World Brews
5. Red Trolley Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
6. Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK
7. McLovin, Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI
8. O’Rion Irish Red, Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
9. Copperhead Red, Ghost River Brewing, Memphis, TN
10. Colorado Boy Irish Ale, Colorado Boy Brewing Co., Ridgway, CO 

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Irish Red Ale

Irish red ale ranges from light red-amber-copper to light brown in color. These ales have a medium hop bitterness and flavor. They often don’t have hop arom Irish red ales have low to medium candy-like caramel sweetness and a medium body. The style may have low levels of fruity-ester flavor and arom Diacetyl should be absent or at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Slight yeast haze is acceptable for bottle-conditioned products.
OG: 1.040-1.048
FG: 1.010-1.014
Alcohol by Weight: 3.2-3.6%
IBU: 20-28
Color SRM: 11-18

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