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Posted May 28, 2013 by Crafted Pours in
 
 

Top Rated Red Ales

lagunitas lucky 13
lagunitas lucky 13

The Best American Red Ales, Imperial Red Ales, and India Red Ales

Red Ales – they look great and can taste great as well. With notes of caramel and toasted malts and hopping levels ranging from moderate to intense, Red Ales are a fun category to explore. Styles range from balanced Red Ales, to hoppy India Red Ales, and intense Imperial Red Ales. The look and taste of these styles make them favorites of many craft beer drinkers.

The list below highlight some of the best Red Ales produced by American craft brewers. Many of these beers are produced on the West Coast, with the Portland, Oregon area being very popular for this style.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 (8.7%, 77 IBUs)

An Imperial Red Ale with intense grapefruit and citrus hop aromas and flavors. A solid backbone of caramel and toasted malts provides balance. View Ratings

The Bruery Loakal Red – Oak Aged American Red Ale (6.9%, 35 IBUs)

A strong, hoppy Red Ale, aged in oak barrels. Very limited release available in Orange County, CA near the brewery, on draft.  Complex notes of caramel, vanilla, and wood. Dry-hopped for extra hop aromas. View Ratings

Sasquatch Brewing Red Electric IRA (6.7%, 70 IBUs)

An India Red Ale with notes of floral and citrus hops, and toasted caramel malts. High in hop bitterness. View Ratings

GoodLife Brewing Redside India Red Ale (6.7%, 70 IBUs)

A flavorful and balanced India Red Ale with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and caramel malts. Moderate hop bitterness. View Ratings

Peticolas Brewing Velvet Hammer (9.0%, 85 IBUs)

An Imperial Red Ale with piney and floral hops. Balanced with a big backbone of caramel malts. High hop bitterness. View Ratings

Cigar City Brewing Tocobaga Red Ale (7.2%, 75 IBUs)

A bold American Red Ale with strong hoppy flavors, high bitterness, and a big malty backbone of caramel and biscuity malts. View Ratings

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve (5.2%)

A flavorful American Red Ale with notes of piney hops and caramel malts. View Ratings

Odell Brewing Red Ale (6.6%, 50 IBUs)

A balanced American Red Ale with citrusy hop and toasted malt flavors. View Ratings

Hopworks Organic Galactic Imperial Red Ale (9.5%, 100 IBUs)

An intense Imperial Red Ale with resinous hop flavors and a very high bitterness level. A big malty backbone of caramel malts adds balance. View Ratings

10 Barrel Brewing Northwest Red (6.7%, 66 IBUs)

An American Red Ale with notes of toasted malt caramel malt, and citrusy hops. View Ratings

Boneyard Diablo Rojo (7.0%, 40 IBUs)

An American Red Ale with a malt forward profile of caramel and toasted malts. Moderate hop bitterness. View Ratings

Brew Werks Rabble-Rouser Red (8.1%, 60 IBUs)

A ruby red Imperial Red Ale with flavors of caramel malts and earthy hops. Moderately high hop bitterness. View Ratings

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster (9.1%, 75 IBUs)

An Oak-Aged Imperial Red Ale. Notes of tropical fruit, oak, vanilla, and caramel malts. High hop bitterness. View Ratings