Irish Red 9D beer Style

GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP.COM.  Well you might not know it but this is my personal favorite style of beer.  I love the stuff and well am super critical of beers that claim to fall into this classification.  Official Beer styles who, what are you talking about Jack?  Yes there are official classifications of beer out there.  They are used for judging competitions and well so what people know what they are getting when they order a beer. I am going to give you a quick run down on the 9D – Irish Red style as dictated by  There is no one body that dedicates beer styles but the BJCP does a great job of hitting the mark every time and has become a standard of judging Beer world wide.

9D – Irish Red Ale (from the

Aroma: Low to moderate malt aroma, generally caramel-like but occasionally toasty or toffee-like in nature. May have a light buttery character (although this is not required). Hop aroma is low to none (usually not present). Quite clean.

Appearance: Amber to deep reddish copper color (most examples have a deep reddish hue). Clear. Low off-white to tan colored head.

Flavor: Moderate caramel malt flavor and sweetness, occasionally with a buttered toast or toffee-like quality. Finishes with a light taste of roasted grain, which lends a characteristic dryness to the finish. Generally no flavor hops, although some examples may have a light English hop flavor. Medium-low hop bitterness, although light use of roasted grains may increase the perception of bitterness to the medium range. Medium-dry to dry finish. Clean and smooth (lager versions can be very smooth). No esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body, although examples containing low levels of diacetyl may have a slightly slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Moderately attenuated (more so than Scottish ales). May have a slight alcohol warmth in stronger versions.

Overall Impression: An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish.

Comments: Sometimes brewed as a lager (if so, generally will not exhibit a diacetyl character). When served too cold, the roasted character and bitterness may seem more elevated.

Ingredients: May contain some adjuncts (corn, rice, or sugar), although excessive adjunct use will harm the character of the beer. Generally has a bit of roasted barley to provide reddish color and dry roasted finish. UK/Irish malts, hops, yeast.

Vital Statistics: OG: 1.044 – 1.060
IBUs: 17 – 28 FG: 1.010 – 1.014
SRM: 9 – 18 ABV: 4.0 – 6.0%

Commercial Examples: Three Floyds Brian Boru Old Irish Ale, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale (a bit strong at 6.5%), Kilkenny Irish Beer, O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale, Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Beamish Red Ale, Caffrey’s Irish Ale, Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale, Murphy’s Irish Red (lager), Boulevard Irish Ale, Harpoon Hibernian Ale

Style Review:

Like I said above this is my favorite style of beer in the most general terms.  It makes for a great afternoon of relaxing with your fellow Nerds in discussion of the finer points of Nerdology.  Not to heavy and/or over powering to the point that it will compliment nicely many a meals and snacks.  Drink responsibility this St. Patty’s and remember it is about your fellows not the beer!  OK well maybe it is about the beer too.

Other Beer Styles for St. Patty’s?

The stout springs to mind to me when you ask this question.  Maybe one my fine fellow masters of Nerdology would care to provide us all with some information on this style of libation or maybe someone will comment below with their thoughts and feelings on not only my selection of the 9D but on the stout classes.

Jack Malice, Contributor and founder

Malice-Corp reminds you to drink responsibly this Saint Patrick’s day.  Never drink and drive and only people of legal age should consume alcohol of any kind!



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