Red ales range from light copper to light brown in color. They are characterized by variety hops used to produce high hop bitterness, flavor, and medium to high aroma. Amber ales have medium-high to high maltiness with medium to low caramel character. They should have medium to medium-high body. The style may have low levels of fruity ester flavor and aroma. Diacetyl can be either absent or barely perceived at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Slight yeast haze is acceptable for bottle conditioned products.
IBU and ABV vary depending on brewers choice and taste. Imperial Reds have similar characteristics but pack a more potent bitterness and hop factor.