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

Irish Red Ale


This is very lightly hopped; it was contrived to match my wife's tastes (she does not like bitter or hoppy beers). Fermentation time will be about one week; bottle aging time minimum of one month. I've got some left over from last August which I intend to check out this weekend.


  • 6 lb amber syrup (I use Stome Brewery)
  • 1 lb crystal malt
  • 2 oz roasted barley
  • 1 1/2 - 2 oz Cascade hops for bittering (depending on taste)
  • 1/4 oz Cascade hops for flavor
  • 1/4 oz Cascade hops for aroma
  • 115 g dry ale yeast

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Steep the speciality malts in 1 1/2 gal water, remove grains, add syrup to liquor, and boil 60 minutes with bittering hops Add flavor hops 10 min before end of boil, add aroma hops end of boil and steep for 5 min Add 3 1/2 gal cold water and pitch at suitable temperature.


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review rating
 Reviewed by pete on Fri Dec 4 2015

Highly recommended for a beer any red ale drinker would be happy with. I like my beer easy to drink, no overpowering flavors, modest body and maltiness.

Used this as a base for an Irish Red (duh) since the description was right down my alley.
Previously used a recipe for a Smithwick's clone (my initial goal), which was nearly identical to this.

Made a couple minor changes based on preferences and availability. Also some of the directions and materials were not explicit (such as type of roasted barley, or type of yeast.
No big deal;

Results were excellent!
lighlty hopped, nice pleasant flavor, plenty of body. Better than I can buy, at half the price!

My mods
- no roasted barley
- 1.0 oz bittering hops

Extra specs
- 40L crystal malt

I will continue to tinker with this, but its pretty damn good just as it is.