Irish Red Ale

>> Friday, March 30, 2012

I brewed an Irish Red Ale on 3/19/2012.  I've never brewed this style before, but my wife had one on vacation a couple years back and really liked it.  My brew club is also doing the AHA Club Only Competitions, and for April the style is Scottish/Irish Ales.

11.25 # Crisp Maris Otter
6.0 oz Briess Crystal 40L
6.0 oz Briess Crystal 120L
6.0 oz Briess Roasted Barley 300L
1.25 oz EK Goldings 60 min
5.2 pH Stabilizer
1 Whirfloc

Mashed at 153F for 60 min
90 minute boil
Fermented at 66F

Update 4/25/2012: I put this one on tap about a week ago.  It turned out really well but it didn't clear quite as much as I had hoped.  It's a nice reddish brown.  Flavor profile is definitely malt focused so at first it seems a bit sweet, but finishes fairly dry.  There's also enough bitterness there from the hops to balance it out.  I think I like Ordinary/Special/Extra Special Bitters and American Pale Ales better, but this is still a good beer and seems like it would be a fairly easy drinking beer.