As we move to the month of the Irish we might as well start reviewing some Irish beer styles. This week we discuss Irish Red Ales. This is a style that has a very distinctive malt flavor that showcases both notes of toffee and caramel. While the true Irish Red Ales are lower in alcohol, American versions often come in a t much higher payloads. Style examples: 

  • Guinness – Smithwick’s Red Ale
  • Sam Adam’s - Irish Red
  • Thirsty Dog – Irish Red Setter

  • ABV: 3.8 – 5.0%
  • IBUs: 18-28
  • Color: 9-14

 Our sample beer for the week: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Conway’s Irish Ale 6.3% and 25 IBU.   Beer as described by brewer: A pint for Pa Conway! Our co-owners’ grandfather and policeman who’d likely uphold that an Irish Ale with full-bodied caramel malt flavors is just the ticket. 

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