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Top o' the mornin' to ya! With St. Paddy's Day approaching, this Irish red ale from Amal Turczyn's book, A Year of Beer, is sure to be a perfect session beer for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

This low- to medium-strength beer, has a buttery character, with a well-balanced maltiness and a round, fruity finish. Joe Gillian's Red will surely make St. Patrick proud, so make sure to brew a few kegs! Sláinte! Check out the AHA Store for more great books and resources on homebrewing!

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Joe Gillian’s Red

If you’re looking for a traditional Irish beer for your St. Patrick's Day party that is sessionable and less intimidating than the rich, dark aura of a dry Irish stout, then a red ale is just the thing. With low hop character and sweet, caramel malt flavors that shine through in the forefront, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser with your friends who fear “the black stuff." This recipe comes from author Mark Pasquinelli’s article on Irish Red Ales in the March/April 2009 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Mark describes it as “the ultimate session beer: not to dark, alcoholic, malty or bitter—a metaphor in moderation”, even capable of bridging gaps between stout snobs and light lager lovers. Pasquinelli notes that this recipe, even with additional fermentation time to ward off diacytel, is ready in about a month. Brew some today and have it ready for your St. Paddy’s Day celebration . Sláinte!Read More

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Better Red Than Dead

This Irish red ale, featured in Brewing Classic Styles, is malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish. The deep-reddish-copper color comes from a small dose of highly kilned malt that also adds to the dry finish. There is a well balanced bitterness to the maltiness, coming from both the hops and the dark malt addition.

The steps for brewing this recipe are covered in the brew in a bag tutorial in the Advanced section.

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Ruabeoir Red Ale

Featured in Amal Turczyn's book A Year of Beer, this gold medal-winning recipe from Rob Schutte is sure to satisfy all homebrewers, Irish or not. The classic dry-style stout is usually opaque black, with a medium body and medium to high hop bitterness. Enjoy the dark notes, complemented by the dry fruit, coffee and chocolate flavors. A Year of Beer and other great resources for homebrewing is available in the AHA Store, and also don't forget to visit our Beer Recipe Blog for more homebrew recipes!Read More

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Deck-Head Stout

Red ales are known for their malty taste and aroma, this lends to a nice medium body despite the beer's lower gravity. Bitterness is balanced to express the malt over the hop characteristics, and usually finishes off with a nice round finish. Brew this Irish ale in the middle of February and have this easy drinker ready for St Patty’s day! Photo © Christer Edvartsen via Flickr CCRead More

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Irish Red Ale