Like vampires (most
especially, the notorious German vampire from the 1920s film era), this ale has a bit of a reputation as “the Beer with the Bite”.
American red ale has its origin
in the earliest days of the American craft revolution. Faced with a dearth of traditional English ingredients, brewers had to use American ingredients. Imperial or double red ales grew out
of this medium-bodied style and emerged with intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma.