The red ales of Ireland have a gentle maltiness, caramelly, earthy notes, and a generally restrained hop character. They are session ales, so alcohol is generally at 5% abv or less, though you will find the occasion stronger example. The major macrobrewed Irish ales are ascribed to be in this style, but the majority of examples are from New World microbreweries working with Michael Jackson’s description of Irish ale.
Top Beers of the Style
Three Floyds Brian Boru (3.716772)
Central City Red Racer India Style Red Ale (ESB) (3.610975)
Pinta Call Me Simon 6.9% (3.600691)
Cigar City Hornswoggled (3.570338)
HammerHeart Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid (3.519736)