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Irish Ale



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.

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Name Ratings  Score   
1Three Floyds Brian Boru  
Three Floyds Brewing Company
Munster, Indiana
 735  3.72 Find
2Marschall Amplify Ale 
armando_otchoa
Budapest, Hungary
 10  3.69 Find
3Cigar City Hornswoggled 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 55  3.56 Find
4Karben4 Lady Luck Imperial Red Ale 
Karben4 Brewing
Madison, Wisconsin
 41  3.53 Find
5HammerHeart Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid 
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
 19  3.52 Find
6Ise Kadoya Imperial Red Ale 
Ise Kadoya
Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan
 19  3.52 Find
7West Kerry/ Beoir Chorca Cúl Dorcha 
West Kerry Brewery/ Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne
Riasc, near Ballyferriter, Ireland
 21  3.49 Find
8Rubicon Irish Red Ale 
Rubicon Brewing Company
Sacramento, California
 49  3.47 Find
9Mad Anthony American Red 
Mad Anthony Brewing Co.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
 10  3.45 Find
10Mornington Peninsula Rust Bucket 
Mornington Peninsula Brewery
Mornington, VIC, Australia
 11  3.45 Find
11Lawson’s Finest Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale 
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Warren, Vermont
 24  3.44 Find
12Goose Island Celebration Red Ale 
Goose Island Beer Company (Brewpubs) AB-Inbev
Chicago, Illinois
 41  3.43 Find
13Maltida / Jameson O’Phelia 
Faustino Microcervejeira
Aveiro, Portugal
 12  3.41 Find
14Doppelleu Oak Wood Red Ale 
Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt
Winterthur, Switzerland
 41  3.4 Find
15Fanø Get Scrooged 
Fanø Bryghus
Nordby, Fanø, Denmark
 16  3.4 Find
16Alphabet / BrewDog Leicester King’s Blood 
Alphabet Brewing Co.
Manchester, England
 17  3.4 Find
17Funky Buddha Red Dawn  
Funky Buddha Brewery (Constellation)
Oakland Park, Florida
 38  3.39 Find
18Boulevard Irish Ale 
Boulevard Brewing Company (Duvel-Moortgat)
Kansas City, Missouri
 457  3.36 Find
19Beau’s Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale 
Beau’s Brewing Co.
Vankleek Hill, Ontario
 104  3.35 Find
20Northampton Redheaded Stepchild 
Northampton Brewery (MA)
Northampton, Massachusetts
 14  3.35 Find
21Barley’s Irish Rogue  
Barley’s Brewing Company
Columbus, Ohio
 23  3.35 Find
22Waszczukowe Dzielny Irek 
Waszczukowe
Radom, Poland
 17  3.34 Find
23Aviator Wide Open Red 
Aviator Brewing Company
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
 89  3.34 Find
24McFate McFate’s Irish Red Ale 
McFate Brewing Company
Scottsdale, Arizona
 23  3.34 Find
25Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale 
Great Lakes Brewing (Ohio)
Cleveland, Ohio
 580  3.33 Find



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