Irish Red Ale - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Irish Red Ale - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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Our Irish Red Ale recipe is hard to nail down as any specific style—similar to a big Amber Ale, but it's so unusual it does not really fit within any category. Malt character utterly dominates this beer's flavor profile, containing dark Crystal malts, including Special B, and a pinch of Roasted Barley for a deep, red color and a very distinctive caramel flavor. Irish Red Ale has been one of our most popular ingredient kits for many years, and continues to receive a lot of positive feedback from satisfied customers to this day. If you're going to be venturing into new realms of taste discovery, this is a winning ticket we can solidly recommend!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.046-53
  • SRM (Color Range): 20-22
  • IBUs: 39-46
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.5-5.0%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
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Made once before and was a hit
Lorenz J Baumann J on Nov 21, 2022
I like Irish Reds
Jon S on Oct 24, 2022
Made once before and was a hit
Lorenz J Baumann J on Nov 21, 2022
My favorite kind of beer.
paul m on Nov 16, 2022
I like Irish Reds
Jon S on Oct 24, 2022
Wife said so
Matthew C on Oct 17, 2022
What I like
Larry on Oct 14, 2022
Had it before it was great!
Jeff H on Oct 12, 2022
Like a red ale
Ian G on Oct 4, 2022
very good, classic red ale. highly recommend.
Ken F on Sep 21, 2022
because I need a red on tap
Derrick M on Aug 23, 2022
I've brewed it before
Michael Cooling on Aug 12, 2022
It's a kit I've bought in the past
Travis B on Jun 30, 2022
pretty color
A J L on Jun 24, 2022
I really like red ale beers
Vincent L on May 30, 2022
To get my order up above the free shipping threshhold.
ROY W. on May 25, 2022
I'm jumping back into homebrewing after a 10 year pause and this was always a favorite.
Dad on Apr 23, 2022
I wanted to do an Irish Red style
Lorenz J Baumann J on Apr 22, 2022
I want to do an Irish red and add smoked apples. Trying something new.
Yep on Mar 31, 2022
I ordered this in the past and was very pleased.
Kenneth V on Mar 30, 2022
I like red beer
Valued C on Mar 21, 2022
All Grain Baby!!!
Donald A on Mar 7, 2022
this is a goodie
Ken M on Mar 1, 2022
I picked it because it is AWESOME!! been brewing this version since I first bought me 1550 system in 2003
Chad Rau on Feb 17, 2022
Beer club monthly brew
Nicolas Proctor on Feb 16, 2022
Trying this for the first time
Brian on Jan 22, 2022
I had another red ale kit which was very good.
Greg H on Jan 22, 2022
St. Patrick's Day of course
Mark A. W on Jan 7, 2022
Charles F on Jan 6, 2022
I like red's
Thomas C on Dec 22, 2021
I need a good beer to serve over the Holidays
Kelly C on Nov 17, 2021
I like Irish ales. Saw the kit; thought I would try it.
Robert S on Nov 4, 2021
xmas ale will add spices
rory T on Oct 30, 2021
I like red ale
Thomas M T on Oct 22, 2021
Wanted to do a red.
Bruce A L on Jun 16, 2021
First try at red ale
Stephen Hirschmugl on May 31, 2021
This is a very good tasting Irish red
Michael S on May 21, 2021
Purchased previously
Valued C on May 18, 2021
I need to brew a red
Daniel F on May 15, 2021
Trying something new
Michael E B on Apr 21, 2021
Like it
Michael M on Apr 19, 2021
Getting tired of pale ales, ipa's and session beers.
Joel S on Apr 12, 2021
Something new.
Craig Robb on Mar 20, 2021
like reds
john p on Mar 10, 2021
I currently really like red ale so thought I'd try this one.
M P on Mar 10, 2021
My friend likes it
Jayson n on Mar 2, 2021
Getting ready for St.Patrick’s Day
John S on Feb 25, 2021
Looks good for St. Patrick's Day!
Dallas R on Feb 19, 2021
Looking for a true amber ale(not hopped up)
Adam Peppas on Feb 6, 2021
Good reviews
Ekimyar on Feb 5, 2021
It's good beer.
Frank F on Jan 19, 2021
We're part Irish,sounded good
Jane K on Dec 23, 2020
My favorite kind of beer.
paul m on Nov 16, 2022
Wife said so
Matthew C on Oct 17, 2022
What yeast is included in this kit?
conshyhonky on Mar 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Their kits don’t come with yeast, you have to order it separate They recommend white labs Irish ale yeast.
Is one packet of yeast enough, or should I order two?
Michael Jeffrey on Mar 3, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you are using dry yeast, one package is sufficient. Personally when I use liquid yeast, I always use a yeast calculator to make a yeast starter of a size to match the gravity of the wort. You might consider using Imperial Yeast, which has 200 billion cells instead of the typical 100 billion. AO1 House would work well.
Should I order the pre milled version for a digiboil with mash basket or is it too fine?
Stephen Hirschmugl on Jan 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Because I have a grain mill and use a fine mesh bag for BIAB,I prefer to mill my own grain. I mill my grain much finer than what I get from pre-milled grain. If you have the ability to mill your own grain, I would pursue that so that you get the level of grain crush you prefer. Bear in mind that the unmilled grain will only apply to the base malt since MoreBeer always pre-mills the specialty malts in their kits. All that being said, pre-milled grain is more likely to err on the side of too coarse than too fine.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Delicious, a favorite
At a party recently, several friends and I drank samples of several of my homebrews, and this was the favorite. Only problem is, it get used up too fast. My one minor complaint is that it is a little too dark to be able to see the lovely reddish color.
August 20, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great kit for traditional Red. Not overpowering with hops like a lot of newer gen reds are.
February 9, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Dark but good
This kit as it comes is pretty far off style guidelines. I reduced the Caramel 120 and the black malt each by half and that brought it a little closer. Pretty tasty beer, will likely brew again.
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Not sure why my picture is sideways.
November 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great beer
I haven't kegged it yet but if it tastes as good after carbonation as it is before, it's wonderful.
May 3, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Yummy dark toasted malt flavors
This is my first brew in 20 years and it came out great. If you don't like the toasted (almost burnt) flavor, add less of the toasted malt.
April 21, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Irish Brown Ale
I ordered this before loading all of the ingredients into BeerSmith, when I should have done prior. I just brewed today, and the wort turned brown very quickly. I thought I had made a mistake, but later loaded the grain bill into BeerSmith to try to troubleshoot where I went wrong, only to discover that the preview color is identical to what went into my fermenter. I'm giving it 4 stars because it smelled great going in and I'm sure it'll be a delicious beer, but was really wanting a red, not a red-brown.
November 1, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
brewed up great
was as expected all done now and just waiting on new lid to carbonate beer
October 20, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I'm very pleased with the flavor of this Irish Red Ale, which is good news because I made 10 gallons of it.
June 9, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great taste after two weeks of fermentation and one one in keg
April 3, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A good Irish Red recipe!
September 12, 2019
over 3 years ago