With the success of my first brew (Amber Ale), I am gathering some ideas for my next batch. I'm looking into making an Irish Red Ale, and I'm curious to what sort of recipe would make a good Irish Ale. I have looked at the recipe on p. 173-174 of the Complete Joy of Homebrewing (3rd ed), which seems similar to the one on Homebrewopedia, and have also found this one that uses Orange Blossom honey.
6 lbs Pale Malt extract syrup
1.0 lb orange blossom honey
1.0 lb Belgian Special B
3 oz cascade hop pellets (total, added at 45 and 10 and 1 min I believe, the procedure is on my laptop)
1 tsp Irish Moss
Wyeast #1084 Irish Ale
Northern Brewer has all the ingredients, except the honey which is out of stock. Any thoughts on using regular vs. orange blossom? Northern brewer also has the kit, but I looked at it and it's totally different than these recipes. I think I would like to do this without the kit. I'm shooting for something not too bitter. As this one is 20-25 IBU and the one in the book is 30 IBU.
Any thoughts on the appropriate hops for an irish ale?