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Best Irish Red Ales - Top Ten Ranked by the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship

This Top Ten Irish Red Ales list is from America's Best and from the results of the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship.   
1. Red Mountain Ale – Silverton Brewing, Colorado
2. Cameron’s Auburn Ale – Cameron’s Brewing, Canada
3. Samuel Adams Red Ale – Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts
4. River Falls Red Ale, Thomas Creek Brewing - South Carolina
5. Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing - Missouri
6. Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery - Massachusetts
7. RipTide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing - Maine
8. Thomas Hooker Irish Style Red Ale - Thomas Hooker - Connecticut
9. O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing - Ireland
10. Kilgubbin Red Ale - Goose Island - Illinois

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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