So i'm making an irish red ale for my brother in law and need some feedback.
Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks!
You say you are using "LME" and "DME." I would, of course, recommend that you get british extract. Personally, I use 100% DME, but if you like trying to scrape the cans of LME out, that's pretty much user preference, as long as the LME is fresh.
I would consider Pale chocolate, instead of chocolate. This is pretty close to what I remember the BCS version of Irish red is, and while that's a great beer, it's very dark. And it uses pale chocolate (200L), not the full-up 400-500L stuff. Be prepared for a dark beer.
Also, I would consider swapping in some British crystal. I have recently used some simpsons crystal, and it's great stuff. The downside is they are all a range of degL, but that really shouldn't batter too much. The Medium is 60-70L, which should fit well.
I don't have the style guidelines in front of me, but I believe this is supposed to be a hop-restrained beer (I might be wrong, so check!). Your flavor/aroma hop additions may drown out some of the malty character that is what I, personally, really love about this style.