Type
Origin
Glass
Serving Temperature

10°-13°

Description

The use of American hops in the American imperial red ale lends to the perception of medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Coupled with a solid malt profile, this should be a beer with balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Some breweries will choose to bottle-condition this style, leading to possible fruity esters and some haze in their appearance. This is another example of modern American brewers taking an established style and boosting the flavor. California brewers are credited with creating this innovative style.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    10 - 11
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    55 - 85
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    8.0% - 10.6%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Mild to Noticeable
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma, flavor and bitterness are high but balanced, arising from any variety of hops
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Medium to high caramel malt character is present
  • Yeast Esters
    Medium
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Mouth-Coating
  • Carbonation
    Medium
  • Finish Length
    Medium to Long
  • Attenuation
    72 - 75
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Varies
  • Malt
    Varies
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Mozzarella
  • Entrée
    Corned Beef Hash
  • Dessert
    Toffee Pudding
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Clear to Hazy
  • Color
    Deep Amber to Dark Copper or Reddish Brown
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