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Dana's Smilin' Irish Eyes Red Ale

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Dana's Smilin' Irish Eyes Red Ale

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Beer Style: Irish Red Ale  (9D)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Irish Red Ale


The two best commercial examples of this (non?)style IMHO are Boulevard Brewing Co. (of Kansas City MO.) "Irish Ale" and Birmingham Brewing Co. "Red Mountain Red Ale". I know the guy who started the Birmingham Brewing Co. and he gave me the details of his recipe. It has 2-row pale malt, Carapils, and Belgian Special B with "18-20" IBU of hops (he didn't tell me what type but I believe Cascades are used) and Irish Ale yeast. After trying either of these, you will realize just how pale a reflection Killian's is of this all but forgotten style. Another victim of the American Mass Brewing monster.


  • 6 pounds Alexander's Pale Malt Extract Syrup
  • 1 pound Orange Blossom Honey
  • 1 pound ( 4 cups ) Belgian Special B ( 200 L )
  • 3 ounces Cascade Hop Pellets
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss
  • 1 pack Wyeast #1084 Irish Ale

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Place cracked grains in 2 quarts cold water and bring temperature up to 170 degrees. Steep for 15 minutes and sparge into brewpot. Add malt extract and 1 oz. hops and boil for 45 minutes. Add Irish moss, 1 oz. hops, and honey & boil for 15 more minutes. Remove from heat & add remaining 1 oz. hops. Cool quickly, add to 3 gallons cold water in primary fermenter, and pitch yeast. Rack to secondary after vigorous fermentation subsides. Bottle when fermentation completes.




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 Reviewed by Eric on Wed Mar 30 2022

Voted best beer so far by my family, and I’ve been extract brewing for 40 years. Fairly dark brown with a red tinge. Good flavor. Not too hoppy so it has a wide appeal.

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 Reviewed by Paul on Tue Aug 16 2016

Great beer recipe. Make sure you don't use buckwheat honey, it is not nearly as good. I will sometimes use a pint of maple syrup instead of the honey. It is amazing. PS not the fake syrup :)