It's one of the richest and most satisfying drinks you can get, whether from a tap or a bottle – and while red ale isn't for everyone, those who appreciate its dark, toasty notes will want to explore the ale to its full extent.
Here are ten brews you can try in Dublin – and, while some of these drinks are available in multiple locations across the city, we've given you a suggestion for where you might like to try them.
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Five Lamps Honour Bright Red Ale
With an appealing, rich copper colour and a velvety bitter taste, this is a lighter bodied red ale and best suited as a refreshing drink on a warm day.
White Gypsy Ruby Red
Various locations (off-sales)
On the sweet side of bitter, a sweet caramel taste with a toffee-roast aftertaste. This Tipperary outfit have been growing in renown due their delicate blends.
Galway Bay Bay Ale
Refreshing malty taste, goes down very well with a bite to eat.
Franciscan Well Rebel Red
A subtle, malty tasting ale brewed in the centre of Cork City. Southerners have been drinking this for years, but it’s only recently catching on in Dublin.
J.W. Sweetman Irish Red Ale
This sweet red ale, with rich flavours from its munich and pale malts really hits the spot.
O’ Hara’s Irish Red
Nice try tasting brew, fast becoming a staple Irish red. Subtle shades of caramel, milk chocolate and dried red berries make for a very satisfying taste.
Fruity, but not overwhelmingly so; well complimented by a very nice creamy texture meaning this one goes down really smooth.
Wicklow Wolf Amber
We're venturing outside the pale slightly here – in a number of senses of the word – but this brew from the Bray-based newcomers delivers a caramel nose and a citrussy taste with just the right amount of bitterness. Yum.
Flying Dog Red Ale
Fantastic both in terms of style and presentation. Dry, medium bodied with a dark ruby red colour and creamy head. Faint apricot and toffee flavours give this one an edge.
Rascal’s Big Hop Red
Zesty with a pine-infused aroma. Big Hope Red blends a taste of West Coast America with classic red ale.