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Beer Styles

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Irish-Style Red

This is a balanced beer that uses a moderate amount of kilned malts and roasted barley to give the color for which it’s named. With a medium hop characteristic on the palate, this typically amber-colored beer is brewed as a lager or ale and can have a medium candy-like caramel malt sweetness. This style may contain adjuncts such as corn, rice and sugar, which help dry out the finish and lessen the body. It also often contains roasted barley, lending low roasted notes, darker color and possibly creating a tan collar of foam. With notes of caramel, toffee and sometimes low-level diacetyl (butter), think of this beer style as a cousin to lightly-toasted and buttered bread.

Category: Hybrid Beers

Food Pairings

  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Cheddar
  • Poached Pears

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
45-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Copper-Red to Reddish Brown

Clarity

Clear to Hazy

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma is not perceived or low. Hop flavor and bitterness are medium

Malt

Low to medium candy-like caramel malt sweetness is present. May have a subtle degree of roasted barley or roasted malt character and complexity

Esters

Low levels of fruity-ester flavor are acceptable

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl should be absent or at very low levels

Sensations

Body

Soft to Moderate

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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