About Irish Style Ale

About Irish Style Ale
Irish ales are reddish in color and range from 4.5-6.5% in alcohol. They feature rich malt accents, a slightly sweet palate and low hop bitterness. In addition to Irish style stouts, these beers represent a large portion of the Irish market and are easily recognized by their appearance and high drinkability. Noteworthy examples of this style include: O’Hara’s Irish Style Red Ale, Samuel Adams Irish Red and Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale.

Top Picks for Irish Style Ale

Samuel Adams Irish Red
90 points
Brilliant copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and dried fruits, buttered chocolate muffin, and delicate spice with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish revealing accents of chocolate citrus peels and bibb lettuce finish. A round and well-balanced Irish ale with fine sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Irish Style Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Conways Irish Ale
88 points
Bright copper color. Curious, earthy aromas of toasted bread with goat butter, ham and beans, and hint of hamster cage with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a stimulating, medium-length nutskin, cocoa-dusted wheat things, endive, and roasted root vegetables finish. A rustic, earthy Irish ale for the table.
Granite City Food & Brewery Burning Barn Irish Red
87 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of buttered toasted fruit pastry, roasted nuts, and carrot cake with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of light sprouts and greens, sliced potato, and dried stone fruit finish. A round, easy-drinking red ale.
Rochester Mills Brewery Rochester Irish Red Ale
84 points
Bright dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans and cereal, cola float, and oat cake with a supple, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium finish revealing accents of fruit cake, toasted corn bread, and pepper finish. A pleasant easy-drinking Irish ale with a nice chocolatey malt center.
O’Connor Brewing Company Red Nun Red Ale
83 points
Minutely hazy dark copper color. Curious aromas and flavors of stewed veggies, sourdough, nuts, and fur rug with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, weird, brisk finish displaying notes of watercress and caramel yogurt finish. A funky, rustic Irish ale.