Irish Beer

BJCP 2021:


Irish Beers, as a category, encapsulate a range of styles that are deeply rooted in Ireland's brewing traditions. This includes several distinct varieties such as Irish Red Ale, Irish Stout, and Irish Extra Stout. These styles are renowned for their rich history and characteristic flavors that have been shaped by the local ingredients and the preferences of brewers across generations.

The Irish Red Ale is notable for its smooth, moderate malty sweetness often accompanied by a hint of buttery diacetyl or slight graininess. The color palette is derived from the use of roasted barley or malt creating an amber to deep reddish copper appearance. Meanwhile, the iconic Irish Stout stands out with its dark, roasted profile featuring coffee-like bitterness and a dry finish. A lighter body pairs with the darkness of the flavor makes it highly drinkable. The Irish Extra Stout amplifies these characteristics, presenting bolder flavors with an increased body and alcoholic strength compared to its standard counterpart but retaining the signature dryness.

These beers are distinguishable from other categories by their specific balance of malt and hops, coloration due to roasting methods unique to Irish tradition, sessionability in terms of alcohol content (except for higher strength variants like the extra stout), and at times their distinctive use of native ingredients like flaked barley.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
3.7 < 4.7 < 5.6 %


In Database
17 < 30 < 50 IBU


In Database
18 < 57 < 111 EBC
9 < 29 < 56 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
9.4 < 11.6 < 14.9 °P
1.038 < 1.047 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.7 < 3.0 < 4.8 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.019 FG

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