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India Red Ale

Craft Brewed India Red Ales

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India Red Ale



India Red Ales (IRAs) are ruby-red colored ales with vibrant hop flavors and high levels of hop bitterness. Similar to an IPA but darker, with more caramel and toasted malt flavors.

India Red Ales are brewed with crystal and caramel malts, which give them moderate sweetness to balance the high hopping levels. Malt bills will sometimes include a very small portion of Roasted Barley to get a deep red color.

India Red Ales are a popular style on the West Coast, with the Pacific Northwest having the most breweries offering this style.

Rated A, Fantastic, The Best India Red Ales

Cigar City Tocobaga Red Ale (7.2%, 75 IBUs) | Smooth and hoppy. Available year round. | Tampa, FL 

Rated A-, Great

Cascade Lakes IRA (6.8%, 78 IBUs) | Brewed with Warrior, Willamette, Cascade, and Tettnanger hops. | Redmond, OR


Drake’s EXXpedition Ale (8%, 70 IBUs) | Flavors of grapefruit, pine, and caramel malts. Dry-hopped. | San Leandro, CA 


Double Mountain India Red Ale (6.5%, 65 IBUs) | Brewed with Brewers Gold and Simcoe hops. | Hood River, OR 


Elysian Brewing Valhalla Red IPA (7.5%, 70 IBUs) | Brewed with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops. | Seattle, WA 


Georgetown Superchopp Red Ale (7.2%, 80 IBUs) | Brewed with 100% Columbus hops. | Seattle, WA 


Ithaca Cascazilla (7%) | Brewed with Chinook, Cascade, and Amarillo hops. Dry-hopped with Cascade and Amarillo. | Ithaca, NY 


Naked City Screening Room Red (7%) | Brewed with Zeus, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. | Seattle, WA 


Sasquatch Brewing Red Electric IRA (6.7%, 70 IBUs) | Deep red and hoppy. | Portland, OR

Rated B+, Very Good

Alameda Rose City Red (6.4%, 60 IBUs) | Brewed with Nugget and Crystal hops. Seasonal release. | Portland, OR


Breakside India Wild Ale | India Red Ale fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. | Portland, OR 


GoodLife Redside India Red Ale (6%, 50 IBUs) | Brewed with Crystal, Meridian, Cascade, and Nugget hops. | Bend, OR 


Odell Brewing Red Ale (6.6%, 50 IBUs) | Smooth and flavorful seasonal release. | Fort Collins, CO 


Rogue Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale (5.8%, 80 IBUs) | Brewed with Cascade, Perle, and Amarillo hops. | Newport, OR 


Wicked Weed Tyrant Hoppy Red Ale (6.7%, 60 IBUs) | Ruby red with citrusy and piney hop flavors. | Asheville, NC 

Rated B, Good

Boneyard Skunkape IRA (6%, 40 IBUs) | Moderately hopped India Red Ale. | Bend, OR 


India Red Ale Recipe