Irish Red Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

Irish Red Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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  • One of our best-selling kits of all time, Irish Red Ale is decidedly malt-forward with a distinct caramel flavor
  • Includes Northern Brewer and Willamette hops
  • Estimated ABV: 4.8%
  • Estimated IBUs: 39-46
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

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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It's a really good Irish red
Victor B on Mar 2, 2023
Who doesn't love a good Irish Red! Brewing for a friend.
Tommy U on Mar 1, 2023
It's a really good Irish red
Victor B on Mar 2, 2023
Kirk M on Mar 1, 2023
Who doesn't love a good Irish Red! Brewing for a friend.
Tommy U on Mar 1, 2023
Love Irish Red
Sean S on Feb 16, 2023
Abc deal and irish
Cody Lee W on Feb 16, 2023
Request to brew a Red Ale
David on Feb 7, 2023
Sounds good!
Brad on Jan 27, 2023
luck o the irish
Ken M on Jan 24, 2023
Brewed it this before and liked it enough to brew again. It was a crowd pleaser
Joseph E on Jan 21, 2023
Love Iris Red Ale
Sean S on Jan 10, 2023
Why not?
Michael J L on Jan 6, 2023
Love the taste
Art M on Jan 4, 2023
St. Pats trial
Nick P on Dec 27, 2022
Club competition coming up/good price
John S on Dec 16, 2022
will be my first All grain brew. I love Red ales and it sounded good and not to difficult to brew.
Joseph E on Dec 7, 2022
My son wanted an Irish ale.
Carl R on Dec 6, 2022
This is one of the best reds I have found - usually too malty for me but this one is right on!
Tony D on Nov 30, 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 Harper 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 Westerberg 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.
Trevor Ward 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
Kirk M on Mar 1, 2023
Love Irish Red
Sean S on Feb 16, 2023
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.
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.
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.
Would Voss Kveik yeast be a good yeast for this beer?
Mark Trahan on Aug 10, 2023
BEST ANSWER: yes.Its all i use

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Rated 4 out of 5
Irish Red Ale
Irish Red Ale
1 First time brewer. I have been collecting beer making equipment for the last 2 years so seeing everything come
together was really great.
2 I picked Irish Red Ale and Oatmeal Stout as my first 2 beers to do. I went with The Irish Red Ale as my first. Oatmeal Stout very soon.
3 The easy to follow directions made it simple to follow. On that note I thought it would have been cool to have both sets directions. not a big deal but their customer service helped me out downloading the All Grain directions.
4 Just to let everyone know that if you every need help their
customer service is great. I had other questions about sparge water later on that i gave them what i figured and they plugged it they plugged it in to double check me.
5 all in all i was extremely happy with my beer kit and more beer has a new customer!
June 1, 2024
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice Irish Red
ABV came out higher than expected at 5.6% Brew is a bit hoppy but not bad. Not quite an exact match to Killians Irish Red however the color was a nice shade of red unlike some previous reviews claiming it was brown. Overall, I would brew this one again.
April 16, 2024
Rated 3 out of 5
A bit hoppy for me, but still enjoyable.
Not my favorite Irish Red, a little to hoppy for me, but has some great flavors. If I brew it again I will probably cut the hops down from 1.5 and 2oz to 1 and 1.25
July 14, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
Great beer!
First all grain brew. Ive done extract brew. I like this beer alot. This will be one i brew more often. I did 10 gallon batch and couldnt be happier. Fermented in conical fermenter for three weeks. Pressure Transferred to kegs and put on CO2. Two weeks later carbonation is good. Very easy drinking beer.
January 13, 2023
1 year ago
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
over 2 years 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
over 3 years 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.
Not sure why my picture is sideways.
Not sure why my picture is sideways.
November 17, 2021
over 2 years 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
over 3 years 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
over 3 years 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 3 years ago