Imperial or Double Red Ale


Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 7.9 - 10.5%
  • IBU: 55 - 85
  • Color:   10 -   15 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.080 - 1.100
  • Final Gravity: 1.020 - 1.028

Imperial or Double Red Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Alcohol content is also very high and of notable character. They range from deep amber to dark copper in color and may exhibit a small amount of chill haze at cold temperatures. The style may use any variety of hops. Though the hop character is intense it’s balanced with complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high caramel malt character. Imperial or Double Red Ales have a full body. Diacetyl should not be perceived.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.