Despite modern red ales only being around since the early twentieth century there is some reference of these malty, reddish hued ales being popular in the Middle Ages. More popular in the US than in Ireland they filled a need of bar keep wanting to serve an Irish beer that wasn’t a porter or stout.
Flavour– caramel, toffee, toast, light roasted
Mouthfeel– dry, soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation
ABV– 3.8-5.0 %
Food Pairings– pork, salmon, roasted vegetables, shepherds pie, grilled chicken
Cheese Pairings– washed rind cheeses, cheddar, gruyere
Dessert Pairings– poached pears, creme brulee, caramel desserts