Irish Red Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1010

Irish ales are malty, smooth, and many, like our kit, are a rich copper-red color. Great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Irish Red Ale Extract Kit with Specialty Grains

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Irish ales are malty, smooth, medium-bodied, and most, like our kit, are a deep copper-red color that is created by a blend of specialty malts. Our malt blend also gives this recipe its signature toasty and sweet aroma and flavor. Another defining characteristic of Irish Red Ales are their immense drinkability - definitely a crowd-pleaser beer. Its great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style Amber Ale, Irish and Scottish Ales
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1044
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Would make this again as a lager Review by Charles
Used 1272 yeast for this one, and it does taste like an Irish Red but came out on the bitter side for my tastes. Didn't compare well to other Irish Reds in that department.

If I make this one again, I'd make it as a lager to get a clean flavor out in the end, maybe a touch more malt. (Posted on 4/23/15)
Perfect first Brew! Review by bhagg
I selected this kit for my first brew. It seemed like it took forever and you never really know how it's going to taste until that first sip 5 weeks later. It was awesome and is very smooth. No disappointment here. (Posted on 4/7/15)
OH NO, something went wrong! Review by Jesse
I brewed this batch on 2/28/2015. I had it in the primary for 2 weeks, then I transfered it to a secondary for 3 weeks. The original gravity was 1.045 (right where it was supposed to be). The gravity when I racked it into a secondary was 1.030. Final gravity on bottling day (4/5/2015) was only 1.024!

I gave this brew 3 stars because the NB Brewmasters quickly responded to an on-line complaint I filed about this failed batch. They were friendly and apologetic.

I did bottle the beer, and it is tasty with good color. The ingredients are spot on, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you don't mess it up like I did. (Posted on 4/6/15)
A very good beer Review by Joshua
I really feel this is a good beer (4 star) and would order it again. However, if I were to rate my first beer of the batch, it would been around a low 3. However, my most recent bottle (which would be about 6 weeks of conditioning), the beer tasted much better; a more balanced taste and much smoother. (Posted on 3/24/15)
Awesome beer Review by Nat
I honestly like this beer a lot, and received very good feedback from friends and other people. Will definitely continue to buy this kit. (Posted on 3/20/15)
Great Beer! Review by Nick
This one turned out pretty well, not any super strong flavors but just a solid tasting beer which I think will be great for winter or summer. 10 days in the primary, ended up moving to secondary for another week to let it clear up a bit.

I tried my first one after a week in the bottle, the carbonation wasn't there yet. I waited again at about 12 days and it was great. Some of the sweetness went away that I was worried about, has a great caramel red color and is nice and smooth.
(Posted on 3/20/15)
Best beer I've ever brewed Review by Philip
I tend to brew in spurts. Usually, I brew based on what's going on in my life and how much free time I have on my hands. Sadly, there have been times over the past couple of decades where years have passed between brews. I've brewed NB's Irish Red kit several times in the past with good results and decided it was time to try it again after another hiatus from brewing. I don't know if NB made any changes to this kit, if my tastes for beers have changed over the years, or if I've finally figured out this brewing thing, but this latest batch was the best of any that I have brewed. I brew mainly for the pride of making something myself that most people are content to buy from the store. But until now, I've never brewed something that so clearly exceeded every commercial beer I've ever sampled. This Irish Red was crisp, malty, and so well-balanced that it only lasted a few weeks in the keg. I will definitely be brewing this again and suggest you do the same!! (Posted on 3/16/15)
Very good beer Review by Scott
Brewed this beer about a month ago. Tried one after a week in the bottle, good but not quite carbed up. Gave it another week and really impressed. Wife who is not a beer drinker even liked it. (Posted on 3/8/15)
Great Beer, took 3 weeks to age in the bottle. Review by David WS
My neighbor calls this beer to be one of the top five he's ever had- it has sufficient complexity and a sweet finish. Very easy to make, my batch spent one week in the primary and two weeks in the secondary. Bottling took longer than expected. At 2 weeks into bottling I thought I had a dud batch, the beer was flat and not too tasty. I took the bottles one by one and swirled them upside down to mixing the yeast back into the solution. (Not sure if this was needed, but it worked.) And then relocated the beer from a room at 67F to a room at 73F. It worked (although I'm not sure which or both, just time) the beer at three weeks in the bottle was and is Excellent! (Posted on 2/28/15)
Easy drinking Red Review by Warren
This was my third brew after returning to home brewing. A good red, flavor was excellent - very drinkable. I had it in primary for 2 weeks and secondary for 3. Bottled now for 6 weeks and there seems to be some variation in carbonation in the bottles - but this is more likely me not mixing the priming sugar in well enough. Some geysers, and some a bit flat, but all in all, VERY drinkable and my friends liked it too. (Posted on 2/21/15)
Great for starters Review by Kaleb
My first home brew. 1 week in the primary; 2 weeks in the secondary; 3 weeks bottle conditioning. It was a little on the hoppy side for an irish red. I suggest boiling the goldings for the last 10 - 15 minutes rather than for a full 30. Otherwise, great tasting. Everyone loved it! (Posted on 2/16/15)
Great beer and great kit Review by Clint
I've ordered my second kit already, this is a great tasting beer from the start and gets even better with age. (Posted on 2/10/15)
Good Beer Review by LWhit
This is a delicious session beer and has good flavor. A little bit darker than pictured, but the malty hop mix is nice! (Posted on 1/31/15)
Guest favorite Review by Daniel
I brewed this for St Patrick's day in Feb, however my guests tried it over the holidays and really liked it. Many preferred this over expensive German beer purchased, so not much left to make it to February. (Posted on 1/24/15)
Love this beer! Review by Timothy
I brewed this beer twice already. Left it in primary for 3 weeks, then bottle conditioned for 4 weeks, chilled in the fridge for a few days and wow!! All of my friends love this beer and always go back for a second or third. It is a balanced beer but a little more on the malty side. Nice toasty flavor with subtly notes of caramel. The hop flavor is still there though. The first time I brewed it with spring water, the second time with distilled. My friends and I agree that the batch with distilled water is smoother. Use fermentation temp control if you can, rehydrate your yeast, and sanitation sanitation sanitation!!! Cheers (Posted on 1/19/15)
Really good! Review by christopher
Very easy to make, this was the first beer I've ever made, and it came out great. I have re-ordered it too. (Posted on 1/1/15)
I got this with the starter kit for my birthday and finally got around to brewing it. I have gotten alot of compliments on it. My wife (who is usually very picky with beer) said, "I really like this!" I will deffinetly do this one again. (Posted on 11/26/14)
Great first beer! Review by Jason
Very first time I've ever brewed and I got this one. Excellent beer, turned out better than expected. A couple of these and it'll warm you up! It seems to get better with age and if chilled for 24-48 hours before drinking. (Posted on 10/30/14)
This Irish Red is Awesome Review by Richard
Easy to make and tastes really great. I dry hopped it with some Goldings and tried a trick that a fellow brewer told me about. I took some oak chips, put them in a muslin bag and soaked the whole thing in some whiskey for about 4 days. Plopped it in with my hops during secondary fermentation and all my friends went wild over the taste. So simple but adds to the complexity of the flavor. (Posted on 8/15/14)
Great Beer Review by JakeyJ
Easy boil, not long of a fermentation time, packed with flavor! (Posted on 8/1/14)
One of my Go-to Brews Review by Wade
I've brewed this many times. When I want to brew something everyone will like, this is one of my go-to recipes. I use filtered water, add a little gypsum, do a full-boil, and use a secondary fermentation. It turns out perfect every time. (Posted on 7/16/14)
UPDATE!! Review by Albert
Two days after bottling I wanted to celebrate with a little fruit of my effort. I wasn't expecting any Carb. since I bottled in 22oz. I heard a loud fizz and when I poured the first glass there was a nice head and red underneath. It tastes even better before and I am very pleased with this kit. Do not hesitate on this kit, it is awesome. (Posted on 7/4/14)
Great Starter Beer Review by Michael
Use good hygiene, follow the directions and have patience, grasshopper. Yes, it is "ready" two weeks after bottling but the fruits of waiting three months, even six months, are immeasurable as he sweet gods of fermentation bless your brew and mellow its taste. Trust me, this is a Zen thing! (Posted on 7/3/14)
Holy Hoppin' Leprechauns Review by Albert
For a first time extract kit this one is awesome. Even my mom who drinks Bud thought that it was very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the all grain version. Also, the Danstar yeast is awesome and want to explore more of their strains. (Posted on 7/1/14)
Very good Brewsky! Review by Garth
I am about finished drinking this ale and every bottle was very good! (Posted on 6/9/14)
Great Starter Brew Review by Nick
This was my first brew ever and I was surprising by the simplicity and quality of the finished product. following the directions I was easily able to make a good beer. OG 1.043 FG 1.011 so a little low on ABV but still a good brew. I hopped a few minutes early in hopes of a hoppy red ale but I am not sure if it worked. great starter brew and will brew again! (Posted on 5/16/14)
awesome brew!! Review by David
The Irish red ale is my go to beer, great flavor, easy drinking, 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3-4 weeks in bottle and WOW!! this one goes fast, after the first kit, I ordered 2 more of these, I want to try some of the other red ales. sure hope they are as good as this!! cheers!! (Posted on 5/11/14)
Better than expected Review by Dustin
This was my first 5-gallon batch, so I was a little nervous about it. I opened the first one Friday and was really pleased. This had a similar flavor to some local Reds I've had in Ireland. I gave one to my neighbor and he asked if it was Killian's. If you're looking for something hoppy, this probably isn't for you. If you're looking for a more traditional Irish Red, you will probably be very pleased with this beer. (Posted on 4/28/14)
Loved it!!!!!! Review by James
This was my first brew. While everything didn't go perfect, I absolutely love this beer! All my friends love it as well and want me to brew it again and I will definitely oblige them!!!!! (Posted on 4/23/14)
Irish eyes are a smiling Review by Chuck
2 weeks 1st ferment 2 bad a half for the second, I then kegged at 20 PSI. Took a few sips after 5 sips was nice but not ready but a week later...Oh Yeah, passed a few bottles out to my friends and they are all impressed too. It's one of those hockey game beers, gets better with every glass. Thanks NB (Posted on 4/9/14)
Very Pleased Review by Jose
This was my first batch, and I just tasted the final product. I am very pleased with the results. Being my first brew, I was anxious through the whole process but it was well worth it. Brewing the beer itself was quite easy, thanks to the NB instructions. After one week fermentation appeared to get stuck & I had a higher then expected gravity. NB's staff was very helpful when I called about my concerns, racked to secondary, and sure enough, after two weeks hit the final gravity. I am pleased with my first brew, as are my buddies.. I would like to thank NB and their staff for their help. (Posted on 3/28/14)
A Crowd Pleaser Review by Hunington
Easy to brew, and everybody at my office likes this Irish Red as a style (we serve it in our Client Lounge). I highly recommend if you're trying to introduce others to your homebrewing skills. (Posted on 3/21/14)
great Irish red Review by Robert
I made this for St. Patty's day and it was a success. I decided to brew this as a full volume boil and didn't estimate the evaporation rags properly. My O.G. was a but low, again my fault, but the final taste was great. To account for the hop utilization differences from a partial to a full volume boil, I followed the hop weights on the all grain kit. Cheers! (Posted on 3/19/14)
excellent starter brew Review by Rockpappa
This was my first brew. instructions were very easy to follow and beer tastes great particularly after it's had some time to age. I agree with a lot of the reviews that you need to give this some time to carbonate. I would brew this again. (Posted on 3/16/14)
Great beer Review by Joe
This is what I chose for my first time brewing. Primary 10 days, then bottled. Conditioned for another 10 days and cracked open the 1st one. I was not disappointed. Perfect head. Very flavorful. I was able to bottle about 48. After drinking the 1st one, another week passed and I had a nice little army of Irish Red in my fridge, ready to consume. Highly recommended (Posted on 3/16/14)
Easy brewing Review by Chuck
The red ale was our first extract kit to brew. Great tasting and a great kit to brew for a new home brewer. (Posted on 3/16/14)
Good Beer Review by Vin
Good, crowd-pleasing beer. Easy to make - 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks to bottle carb, then ready to enjoy. (Posted on 2/25/14)
Great 1st brew Review by William
This was first brew in 12 years, just got back into the hobby. Was easy to make... 1 week in primary - 2 weeks in secondary - 2 weeks in bottles. The color was as expected with a clear smooth taste. Will do this again. (Posted on 2/23/14)
solid beer for a first time Review by DC
This was my first homebrew. 1 week in the primary (pitches the yeast at the high end of the range, beginners mistake), 4 weeks in secondary (I needed the primary for another homebrew, duh). Carbonation started coming around in the 2nd week of bottling, but had a weird aftertaste. That aftertaste cleared up after 3 weeks in the bottle, and now I'm impressed I made a tasty beer on my own! Can't wait for the next brew! (Posted on 2/22/14)
Great Irish Red! Review by Anders
I'm drinking one of these as I write this review. Some age in the cellar (about 3 months) has served this beer well. Very nice biscuity malt flavor that fades into a bit of hoppy bitterness. It was still really great when fresh but even better after sitting a few months. I suggest saving some (hint - brew lots and lots and lots so you can afford to age stuff) (Posted on 2/18/14)
Good for my first kit Review by Jesse
This is the first batch of beer that I brewed. It appears slightly darker in color, but tastes great. It seems to be a beer that everyone can drink. (Posted on 2/16/14)
Great first home-brew Review by Grant
If you like Killian's, this is even better. Nice full mouth feel with a nice tinge of spice. Easy instructions from NB. You can't beat it. Ordered it again with a large brew kettle and "up your game" stuff to clear the beer in the fermenter now to see how it turns out with improved brewing conditions. Looking forward to it a second time! (Posted on 2/11/14)
Great Review by Lindsey
Easy to brew, about to start bottling!! (Posted on 1/30/14)
Excellent beer Review by Chester
I am a newbie in the homebrew scene and I brewed a one gallon kit of this red ale after brewing five gallon batches of a few others. This was my favorite kit so far and it was the kit most widely accepted by friends. Easy to brew and very drinkable. I am going to order a five gallon kit in the near future. Would highly reccomend this kit to those who are just getting started in hombrewing. (Posted on 1/25/14)
Patience Review by brian
It's an easy beer to brew. Just don't rush into drinking it. I opened a bottle to test it and the carbonation was low. This was with two weeks in secondary and two weeks in the bottle. Flavor was a decent but needs more time to fully carbonate. Crisp taste not too malty and very drinkable. Alcohol came out at 5.2abv. (Posted on 1/15/14)
One of the best Review by scott
Awesome beer-this was my first one but will set a bar pretty high for others to live up to! (Posted on 1/13/14)
Great beer, will be a standard for me Review by Robert
This was the first beer I brewed 2 years ago when it came with the kit that my kids gave to me for my birthday. One of my favorite beers over the counter is Killian's Red. It is an easy brew and I thought it tasted better than Killian's. It was at that point that I learned it was easy to brew good beer. I just brewed a second batch of this Irish Red so it will be ready for Super Bowl Sunday. I brewed about 12 beers in between but I expect to be coming back to this Irish Red for years to come. (Posted on 1/7/14)
Great kit Review by BEN
This has been my third kit so far. Have learned a lot, but still have a lot more to come. These are great practice to help understand what the processes are. All in all great beer (Posted on 12/14/13)
Very good Review by Dallas
I have brewed this ale about 6 times and always had great results. I found out I get a better taste if I use the liquid yeast instead of the dry. All my friends that like ales loves this one. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Great mix of malt and hops Review by Mike
This was the first beer I ever brewed. It turned out so well that my friends who love IPAs loved it for it's hoppy notes. My wife loved it so much that she told me I had to get another kit before I brewed any of the other recipes I have. Excellent beer. (Posted on 12/11/13)
Very good Irish Red. Review by Brad
Easy to brew. Very good Irish Red ale. I will definitely brew this one again! (Posted on 12/11/13)
Easy brew Review by blayne
This is our first red. Easy enough, standard extract recipe and process. Looking forward to the tasting (Posted on 12/10/13)
Good, but would add hops Review by Matthew
WORD OF CAUTION: I generally prefer hoppy beers over malty, and I could have brewed this a little better. I hadn't brewed in months, so was out of practice and think I scorched the syrup a bit on the bottom of my brew pot. However, that's all my own thing so I'll try not to let that affect my review too much.

PROS: Super simple to brew. Tastes good. Looks good. Mine looks a little closer to brown than red, but may be due to above-mentioned scorching. Still good color and ended up clear and good flocculation (I used the suggested Wyeast).

CONS: Although I do believe it tastes good, I think it could have been a little better. Or rather, that I could enjoy it a little more. This was very sweet to me, though not sickeningly. I'd add a touch more hops for bittering and/or flavor. However, since this is a personal preference, I'd suggest putting in whatever your particular preference is.

OVERALL: I would buy this again. I might tweak it by adding hops, but the base recipe and ingredients is good. (Posted on 12/8/13)
Good Review by Gordon
I made this for my daughter's wedding rehearsal. It was a real crowd pleaser although my IPA loving friends and family wanted a hoppier flavor. (Posted on 12/3/13)
Better over time Review by Erik
This beer is very good. I made the mistake of drinking it a bit green, and wasn't initially impressed, but a week or so later it tasted great. don't rush it. (Posted on 11/20/13)
Great Beer. And soo easy to brew Review by Alan
This is an easy beer to Brew, It comes with everything you need except the people to do the work. It has great flavor. Easy to blend with any meal or just an anytime brew. All my friends and neighbors enjoy this one. Its not too hoppy some of the people who don't care for that, but it has just the flavors of an Irish Red that most people enjoy, so I make it a staple of my keezer. I HAVE to keep it stocked. (Posted on 11/19/13)
Nothing to write home about Review by Gabriel
I brewed this as my first batch and it was just ok. (Posted on 11/19/13)
Good Classic Irish Red Review by Steven
This beer has a little more hop then I thought an Irish beer would have but overall it is a good beer. The kit was very easy to use like all Northern Brewer Kits. (Posted on 11/17/13)
Excellent Recipe Review by Brian
Excellent recipe and will definitely brew this again. I brewed the extract recipe and it was extremely easy and very tasty recipe. I left in the primary for 3 weeks. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Good beer Review by Asier
This kit probides all the elements for a good beer. My first time for this recipe. Still in secondary fermerter, cant wait for the result. (Posted on 11/9/13)
Can't wait to drink! Review by Josh
Easy batch to make. 2 weeks in primary, going on 3rd week in secondary. Color looks great so far! I can't wait to get into bottles and into my belly! (Posted on 11/8/13)
Pretty good! Review by Andrew
This ale is a great starting brew. It's an easy starting beer. I got positive reviews from other homebrewers; everyone seemed to enjoy it. It's a little sweet, very malty and ages quick. I left it in the primary 2 weeks, straight to bottle for 2 weeks. After about 2 more weeks in the bottle, the carbonation and flavor was perfect. Not my favorite kind of beer, but it turned out great! (Posted on 11/1/13)
Great first brewing experience Review by Gary
Got this recipe kit with my Deluxe Brewing Kit. Easy to make and got quite positive feedback from buddies I gave it to. I did find that 2 weeks in the bottle was not optimum. 3 weeks in and I had much better carbonation and better flavor. Thinking that maybe I should have kept it in secondary longer than 2 weeks. I'll plan on 4 next time. I just couldn't wait! (Posted on 11/1/13)
Best Beer So Far! Review by Jose
I've only made three types of beers, but this Irish Red is by far the best. Not too light and not heavy either, this would be Goldilocks' favorite beer. All my family and friends loved it. We finished the five gallons in one weekend! I have another batch of this Irish Red fermenting now. One of my uncles called me the next day saying that he hadn't stopped thinking about how great the beer was and even dreamed about it.
I'm almost done building my four tap keezer and will surely keep this one on tap all the time.

Thanks Northern Brewer for your great quality products, service, and easy to follow instructions! (Posted on 10/25/13)
Give it time Review by Dustin
I'm brewing my third batch of the Irish Red now, and I've just bottled the second batch. The beer is great and gets even better when you allow it to condition properly, so don't jump the gun. With the first batch, I did a 3-week primary fermentation, and staggered the bottle conditioning every couple of days--wait at least a week (it will be well worth it). Looking forward to the results of the secondary fermentation with the third batch now that I have two Bubbler carboys to test. And people keep asking for more Irish Reds. (Posted on 10/16/13)
Can't go wrong! Review by G-man
Four weeks in primary, two weeks in the bottle and you have a fantastic beer. I received many compliments on this beer. From reading other reviews, it appears it will get even better with age. I'll have to put some aside and try to stay away. (Posted on 10/16/13)
Very Happy, will brew this one again. Review by Beeropolis
I bought 2 of these kits on reccomendation of a friend, and just tapped the first of 2 kegs. It is indeed a classic Irish red, but still (after 2 weeks conditioning in the kegs) not quite there.

I look forward to trying it in another week.

(Posted on 10/1/13)
Love it! Review by Dyan
This beer goes down like candy! Why aren't the ingredients the same as the starter kit for the same ale? (Posted on 9/29/13)
Great brew! Review by Roger
One of the best brews I've done! Impressed with the quick shipment and quality of the ingredients! Would purchase again! (Posted on 9/28/13)
First of my new passion Review by Thomas
Easy and awesome! (Posted on 9/24/13)
Good beer Review by william
Easy to make and taste good to (Posted on 9/22/13)
Great Beer with a Twist Review by Dustin
This was the first beer I brewed, and I've already had plenty of requests to brew it again. The Irish Red tastes great and is a good beer at any time of year--it is rich and flavorful but not too heavy, so I enjoyed it in the Louisiana summer heat and imagine it will be great for this fall as well. I put a little twist on mine, though, and divided the batch at bottling time by adding a Serrano pepper or a red chili pepper to a few. The Serrano overpowers, but the red chili is nice for people who like chili beers because you still taste the Irish Red but also get a hint of the spice and a subtle whiskey burn on the throat--a great effect. Cheers. (Posted on 9/18/13)
Great tasting Red Review by Edwin
I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. The brewing process was easy and the beer tasted great. A nice malty taste avoiding the floral tastes that I dislike in other reds. (Posted on 9/12/13)
Long time bottle conditioning Review by Matt
If this beer tasted the way it did after 6mo. immediately I would have given this beer a 5. The flavors evolved quite a bit in the bottle and if you make this, I would cellar it for a while. I had a few leftovers I found in the back of the fridge about 6mo. after bottling and they were awesome. (Posted on 9/9/13)
good beer Review by Erik
An affordable option that tastes great and is pretty simple to brew (Posted on 9/7/13)
great beer ! Review by Edward
Really easy beer to brew. In only my first attempt, friends were giving my complements. It does take the full six weeks in my experience. I found the YouTube videos very helpful. (Posted on 9/3/13)
Great Session Brew Review by Robert J
Light enough to be a great session beer but certainly not a "girly beer"! After kegging I let the beer cold condition for three weeks at 8 psi. It really adds to the flavor and the carbonation is spot on. (Posted on 8/31/13)
My first and my 5th brew Review by Garry
I received this kit with my NB Deluxe Starter Kit. For my first try I was super happy with this beer, it tastes a bit like Fat Tire.

My wife likes the taste but found it a bit bitter for her taste so on my second batch of this same beer, I reduced the amount of Willamette Hops to 1/2 oz. and I changed the addition of the Golding hops from 30 min to 10 min. I am hoping this will reduce the bitterness and increase the hop-flavor. According to this should bring the IBUs from 29 to 15. I also added 1 tbs of Irish Moss for clarity and 8.5 oz of brown sugar to bring the ABV up to approximately 5%

I racked this after 2 weeks to the secondary and will bottle/keg after 2 weeks (still have a week to go) It smells wonderful and I have great expectations for this brew.

This is an easy beer to brew and a great choice for a first beer. I find the fun in home brewing is experimenting, everyone has different tastes and home brewing lets you play around until you find what is perfect for you. (Posted on 8/25/13)
Great Tasting Red Ale Review by Kurtis
This beer has great flavor for anyone who likes a red ale. You will not be disappointed by how this one tastes. (Posted on 8/19/13)
This is going to be a good beer Review by Ryan
So I just bottled this a few days ago, but I always taste a sample when I can't fill an entire bottle at the end. This beer has a nice bready taste and if you're someone that doesn't like really hoppy beers, this is probably a good choice for you. I was sent the White Labs British Ale yeast with this one, and boy oh boy is that stuff active. (Posted on 8/3/13)
My favorite home brewed beer. Review by Connelly
I have brewed this kit from Northern Brewer 5 times. The first being started in 2/20/2008. The beer is always liked by anyone who has a bottle. Great malty taste, deep brown color, and has overall general appeal to most beer drinkers. I have a batch (sixth batch) brewing as I type this, and I am sure that it will be just great. This is my go to beer. I have brewed home beer since 1971. (Posted on 7/27/13)
Sweet Review by David
This beer is very sweet and malty and taste like barbecue baked beans. I would not but it again given choice (Posted on 7/25/13)
Great, almost as good as the Caribou Slobber Review by bill
This is an easy beer to make and its only fault is being very slightly less good than the Caribou Slobber but somewhat easier to make. (Posted on 7/15/13)
If you are a red ale fan, this is a must brew Review by Brendon
I will say it right off the bat: I am not a big Irish red fan, but I got this kit with the brewer's essential kit. Followed the recipe to a tee, fermented at 70 degrees for 3 weeks(skipped secondary) and bottled. Popped one open 4 days after bottling and WOW! This came out incredibly well, much better than I had ever imagined. Even after just 4 days in bottle, beer was excellently carbed and super clear-looks damn near professional! Good, rich malty red ale, almost 0 hop presence(I'm an APA and IPA guy, so this took a little getting used to) and a beautiful deep copper hue. Even if you are not an Irish red fan please try this recipe! Truly excellent! Only gave it 4 stars because of my bias towards hoppier brews. (Posted on 6/12/13)
Northern Brewer's directions got me hooked Review by Michael
As a noob I was nervous, but northern brewer provided easy directions so followed them to a T. What a great brew can't believe it turned out this well. Beautiful dark amber color, drinkable, nice light drinkable hop taste, and drinkable, and lastly drinkable!!! Enough said I'm hooked. (Posted on 5/30/13)
Exactly what I expected Review by Alexander
I let this sit for 2 weeks in primary and 4 weeks in secondary. Used liquid yeast and the results were great. I added 3/4 cup of priming sugar and the carbonation was spot on for commercial examples. The beer did need to age a bit in secondary, and keeps getting better in my fridge. For the price I won't be buying any more red ales at the liquor store. (Posted on 5/7/13)
Easy drinking......... Review by Brad
This one came with my kit, and it doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend giving this one a couple weeks to cold condition - it makes a large difference. Very good beer. (Posted on 4/15/13)
Awesome Brew Review by Brian
Bought the one gallon kit, brewed per instructions, turned out great after a month in the fridge. Read the reviews and did a 5 gallon kit for st patty's and added a lb of gold dme. 2weeks primary, 4 secondary, 2weeks bottle, fridge for 4 more weeks. Perfect St Patty's brew!!! 3 months of worth it! (Posted on 4/9/13)
Not bad for my first brew experience Review by Mitch
Well this turned out surprisingly well with the fiasco that was my first brew. The pot I used I cleaned for nearly 2 days since it was my fathers brew pot from 10 years ago and neglected to clean it in that time span. About 30 min into the brew I started to hear a sizzling sound and realized there was a hole in the bottom of a pot. Spent the next 3 hours tracking down a suitable replacement even though I live literally two blocks from NB in Greenfield... they were closed for remodeling. Two weeks in Primary, two weeks in secondary. I recommend letting these bottle condition for at least a month, was a bit too bitter for my tastes until then. (could have been the terrible brew day...). (Posted on 3/30/13)
Easy to drink Review by Pan
So got this kit with my deluxe starter. Turned out pretty good. Not much up front but a nice finish. The wives/GFs loved this beer! They kept trying to bogart the bottles. Will brew this kit again. (Posted on 3/27/13)
Great! Review by Travis
It was a joy to brew, and it went way to fast! (Posted on 2/27/13)
Very good all aroung beer and easy to brew as well! Review by Tommy K
One week primary, two weeks secondary, two weeks bottle conditioning. This was my second brew, first with Northern brewer. Nice deep copper color exactly like the picture and video. Very drinkable very mild. Nice lacing on the glass. Nice caramel flavor. Comparing it to the American amber, I would say it's a lighter version of that. American amber was heavier on the caramel, alcohol and hops. I hope my next three Northern kits that I've brewed since turn out the good! Cheers!! (Posted on 2/19/13)
Very drinkable beer Review by Erik
Nice and smooth taste and very drinkable beer...I will buy again in the future. (Posted on 2/13/13)
excellent red ale Review by Greg
This is an excellent mild red ale with great color and a mild yet very pleasant hop finish. I did a secondary fermentation and bottled after 3 weeks. I allowed another 3 weeks in the bottle and was very pleased. All who have tried it so far agree. (Posted on 2/9/13)
Very Easy and would recomend! Review by Ryan
This was my first 5gal attempt at home brewing. My wife got me a Mr.XXXX kit and I got her to let me get a NB deluxe starter. I chose this as my first brew. I brewed a full 6gal of wort, that came out to about 5.5gal. Other than that followed instructions exactly. O.G. was 1.044. Created a 1.8L yeast starter 36 hours prior with WL California V as that was the only yeast my local supplier had.

Fermentation was complete 4 days later, let sit in primary for another 2 and re checked F.G. 1.010 both days so off to the secondary it went.

Been in the secondary for almost two weeks and i pulled another sample to check clarity last night and color and clarity look great (tasted good too). Bottled this morning and now just waiting for the carbonation to be done. If yesterdays tasting is any indication then this is going to be an awesome beer!!!

Super easy and would recommend to others. (Posted on 2/7/13)
Despite all my mistakes, this one turned out great! Review by Tyler
This was my first home brew on my own, and I made a few mistakes, but it turned out to be a great tasting beer anyways!
I followed the instructions to a tee on brew day, but half-way through realized my meat thermometer I was counting on only went down to 130 degrees. So I did a little guess-work on the temperature when cooling and pitching my yeast, which I pitched dry. I think both those factors cause minimal activity in my airlock, plus I live in Colorado and heat with wood, so keeping a constant temperature was a challenge. It did ferment, though not extremely actively. I transfered to secondary at 12 days, and bottled after two more weeks. I tried my first one after 6 days in the bottle, and was very hesitant, but extremely surprised with the outcome. It was well carbonated, crisp and slightly sweet, with just enough hops bitterness on the finish to make it a pretty well-rounded beer. I think my alcohol content is really low, but I'm not looking to get buzzed, just to enjoy a good beer, and have a couple at a time. I'm gonna share this one at our super bowl party on Sunday! I think I will do this one again at some point and hydrate my yeast before pitching, and attempt to keep a more constant temperature to give it a slight bit more might, but overall, very pleased with my first one! (Posted on 1/31/13)
Great first brew Review by Justin
This brew was my starter. I followed the directions and did the partial boil, with dry yest.

I did three weeks in the primary and skipped the secondary. 2 weeks in the bottle and ready to drink. Didn't measure OG or FG.

I had some chill haze but maybe that's because of the partial boil from what I've read. Nice sweet malty nose and up front taste with a just a the right amount of bitterness on the finish. (Posted on 1/26/13)
Update to my previous review Review by Pellis007
Give this brew enough time to bottle condition. Another week and a half of aging turned this beer into a whole new brew! Beautifully carbed, slightly darker color than the picture, the taste of this beer is fantastic! I was pretty disappointed after 3 weeks conditioning, but with a bit more age, this beer really came to life. The wife loves it too! (Posted on 12/19/12)
Not a Bad Starter Beer Review by James
My second beer, and it's not bad...but it's not great. I'm not sure if I got the steep right, but it didn't have much body and the malt characteristics weren't as strong as I would have liked. My batch has an almost soda-like carbonation (bottled with 5oz of corn sugar). (Posted on 12/18/12)
Not a bad beer Review by Pellis007
This was my 2nd 5 gal batch. Followed instructions completely except I added 1/2 LME at beginning and the balance at 30 mins. Used the Nottingham yeast and fermented at 61 degrees. Fermented in primary 3 weeks and bottled. OG was 1.046 and FG was 1.014. Just tried my first sample at 2 weeks bottle conditioning. Nice head, good lacing, nice malty aroma, color was a little dark. The taste was a little bland, but overall not bad. Nothing to rave about. I expect that with a little more aging it will improve. (Posted on 12/5/12)
Not my favorite Review by Joe
If you like malty beers, you may like this one. Also, this is not one of my favorites. Has a chocolate nose, and a licorice-like flavor. Very easy to brew, though. (Posted on 10/22/12)
great starter beer Review by Thomas
this was great to make for first time brewing!!! nothing to fancy just a great all around beer!!! (Posted on 10/4/12)
excellent ale Review by frank
This is my 3rd beer. I was very happy how well it came out. It is a rich red ale...not normally my type of beer, but I love its taste. One learning for me : I was freaking out as I saw no signs of bubbles in the air lock. I went to the local supplier for advice...I pitched another package of yeast. Again no apparent fermenting...but the gravity reading indicated that it had fermented. I wasn't planning to do a secondary...but I'm really glad I did...there was a lot of sludge removed. Also I added the extra DME as I saw that many reccomended it. Overall a good experience and it turned out a surprisingly good beer. (Posted on 10/2/12)
Great Starter Kit Review by Peter
I brewed this as my first batch (as this, Caribou Slobber and American Wheat were recommended with the Basic Starter Kit), and it was a HUGE SUCCESS. I was a bit worried, as my fermenting temperature was on the high end of the spectrum, and, as a beginner, I know there are a lot of ways to improve beer quality; that being said, this kit is fantastic, and tastes great too- distinctly malty, but with a nice aroma, it made for a perfect first brew. (Posted on 9/19/12)
amazing beer. Review by matt
This was my first home brew. I followed the recipe. I did a 2 week primary and a 2 week secondary. Tried one after 1 week in the bottle and it was really good. Nice head, nice color and great taste. It only improved after 3 or 4 weeks in the bottle. Everyone I shared this with loved it, and could not believe it was a home brew. A friend even offered to buy a case, but with 5 gallon batches, I'd NEVER sell half of's just too good. Can't wait to make this again. Even my wife likes it and she's not much of a beer drinker. It's easy and I highly recomend brewing this beer. My FG got all the way to 1007 using dry yeast. (Posted on 7/5/12)
A good basic beer Review by wolfie
First brewing attempt. Very happy. This is a fairly tasty basic beer. (Posted on 6/29/12)
Great brew that the wife loves Review by scott in Michigan
This one fermented at 64 degrees then I gave it a two day rest at 74degrees then dropped it back down to 64 for a couple more days 2 weeks in primary 1.010 then I kegged and and 2 days later it taste fantastic. This is going to be donated to my best friends wedding along with 2 other brews. Cant think of anything bad to say about this beer. (Posted on 6/15/12)
Good ole' fashioned Red Ale Review by BrandonH
This beer turned out great. I've been brewing for about 8 months, and had no problems at all. Very simple to brew, great taste. Everyone I gave a bottle to loved it. I'll definitely be ordering this again when I'm in the mood for something a little light again. (Posted on 6/14/12)
Excellent! (But try with hop-bag) Review by Mark E
Overall, a delicious beer! This is my sixth batch of homebrew and first time making this style.

Very tasty, though mine ended up being a little over-hopped. I didn't use a hop bag -- just dumped them in and left them -- which I think is the culprit. I'll definitely brew this again, but will try using one of those nifty hop bags! (Posted on 5/7/12)
Great 1st batch Review by Phaedrus
This was my first time out with home brewing. Just because I can't leave anything as is, I added 1 cup brown sugar to amp up the alcohol level. It turned out great but the last bottles sitting around 4-5 weeks in the bottle had a much thicker head. (Posted on 5/5/12)
Exactly what I expected. Review by Funky Disco
This kit tastes like a regular old fashioned red beer. It's good for what it is, nice and safe. Enjoy! (Posted on 4/27/12)
Great beer Review by William
This is a great extract kit. My results were just like the description. The beer had an amber read color, a sweet malty aroma, and a great toasted malt taste with minimal bitterness. I used the recommended Wyeast, primary fermentation for 2 weeks, secondary for 4. After a week in the bottle it was well carbonated and tasted great. (Posted on 4/22/12)
got lucky Review by BD
This was the first NB kit I brewed, and my second extract kit ever. After the first i was a little disappointed with the ABV so wanted to kick it up a little bit so i added a pound of brown sugar and 1/2 pound honey at start of boil. Obviously not knowing what I was I doing. After 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and 2 weeks in bottle, thought i wasted my time and money. It was over powering at 10% abv. But after 4 weeks in bottle it gets better and better. True test came when my son and his buddies came home for a wedding, and they love it. Brewed a second batch but followed the instructions this time, can't wait to see how it compares to this one. (Posted on 4/14/12)
Quick and Easy. Good Irish Red. Review by Kirk
I've been brewing for many years but I've had limited time to brew lately and just wanted something quick and easy to brew that my friends would enjoy. This was it. Not my favorite beer, but good quality and true to the style. I like it and my friends love it so I guess it is a success. (Posted on 4/13/12)
Home Brewing Initiator Review by Robbyboatz
This beer was so good it only lasted one party and two people that drank it will be home brewing now because they were amazed that such a good beer could be made at home. Perfect balance in flavor, color and all around beer. (Posted on 4/5/12)
first time brew Review by John
my very first home brew and it came out perfect! Instructions were simple and easy. the batch came out a bit bitter at first but as time passed they get better and better!! definitely gonna order this kit several more times.

addicted now cant stop! on my third brew this weekend!!!! (Posted on 3/31/12)
simply awesome Review by k.bus
First brew w/ new kit and it turned out great! (Posted on 3/27/12)
Great beer Review by Benjamin
It has been bottled for just over three weeks and keeps getting better! My timing wasn't as the recipe indicated, ( didnt rack beer at time when recipe called for) but it still turned out awesome. Will definitely brew again! (Posted on 3/19/12)
so so at best Review by Jack Torse
Just isn't a very good beer. I used the wyeast and the fermentation fizzled fast. I had a higher than expected fg. It's been 6 weeks in the bottle and carbonation is lacking. The only two NB kits I haven't been thrilled with are Irish, red and stout, among their most popular. I strongly suspect the viability of the yeast and probably will give this another try down the road but for now it's pretty much a wasted batch. (Posted on 3/17/12)
First brew in 5+ years Review by Chief 1973
Got back into brewing after a 5+ year layoff (kids etc etc) Turned out quite well, very smooth and easy drinking (4 weeks primary, 3 weeks +- bottle). Was expecting a little more flavor, but I did cut back on some of the hops do to a full boil, next time I would include all. Overall though a very tasty brew and one I would do again. Cheers! (Posted on 3/7/12)
Awesome Review by WillyT
This kit fully converted me from winemaking to BEER. What a great Irish Red. Good color and great taste! (Posted on 2/27/12)
Decent Red Ale. Good for 1st Brew. Review by Steve
This was my first brew. It was very easy to make, but only made 48 bottles rather than the 60 it said it could make. I primed mine with table sugar.
It reminded me of a Killian's Irish Red, but better. It was a little less bitter, with a little more hops flavor.
This beer is best served cold. A cold beer goes down smooth and easy, while a slightly cool beer leaves a bit of an aftertaste.
Little to no residue left in bottles (but that is up to the brewer's quality control).
My family and friends thought it was great!

I'm going to try brewing other red ales before trying this one again. (Posted on 2/20/12)
Agree with the fellows Review by Hyderometer
Like most of these reviews this was my first kit ever. I wanted an Irish red to celebrate the cardinals winning the world series. Very fun experience, my advice to any first time brewer is to sanatize a fine wire strainer, I tried as slow pouring as I could into first fermenter bucket but still had a lot of sludge. Great beer though, will impress anyone who tries it. (Posted on 2/9/12)
Great way to start Review by Brady
This was my first homebrew ever, and am very happy with it. Very easy to do for beginners. It was a little cloudy after 2 weeks in the bottle, but less than 2 weeks later it's already clearing up. And it tasted great despite the initial cloudiness. Better than Killians! (Posted on 12/27/11)
Great Beginnings! Review by Jim
This was my first brew, and it turned out better than expected. Officially unveilled the Irish Red for the family Christmas party. Although the beer was unanimously popular, I wish I would have kept it bottled up longer as the carbination was a wee bit light. Other than that, I was extremely pleased with the results, and got lots of compliments. (Posted on 12/27/11)
Great Starter Beer Review by Billy
This was my first brew ever. It couldnt have been easier and the results were fantastic! Started out bitter but drinkable. A few months bottle conditioning and its at the top of the heap as far as successful beers go. (Posted on 11/1/11)
followup... Review by MattN
As a followup to my post below, I took this to my beerclub meeting last week. The response was embarassingly positive. "Better than mine in the keg" someone told me. In the last few weeks, the flavor has gone from "very good" to "boarderline outstanding". This will go into my regular rotation... (Posted on 10/16/11)
Great for a first timer Review by Ken
This was my first kit and a hot day raised the temp in my basement. It fermented a day and a half too warm. The initial tastes were "sour?". I used the chat and was advised to age to the long end. At bottling the taste was better, after 2 weeks, better yet, 3 weeks very good. So if I can - do it wrong - and still get a very good beer it has to be a pretty good kit. (Posted on 10/12/11)
Well worth brewing Review by MattN
Only 1 week in primary and after only 5 days in the bottle it was very drinkable. After a few more days the flavors developed a bit more and this is a nice red ale. Nothing terribly complex. Smooth, malty, nice hop finish. Very nice. Absolutely worth brewing if you like red ales. (Posted on 10/2/11)
Worth your time Review by Jeffery
I do primarily extract brewing and have done two batches of this now. I cannot keep it once my friends and other homebrewers know it is done. It is very popular. I have had to reduce the priming sugar just a bit as it was getting over carbonated but other than that it is a smooth, easily drinkable beer. I leave it two weeks in the fermenter and 3 weeks in the bottle for conditioning which does just fine for me.

Recommend this kit. (Posted on 9/26/11)
Highly recommended session beer for beer snobs. Review by Scott
Second best beer I have brewed in 2 years. Cream Ale was number one and is now my house beer. It had a fabulous tase and it is young and not even fully carbonated yet. I will be brewing this on a regular basis if my brother-in-laws agree with my impression on this brew. I have the innkeeper kit next which is supposed to be good too. The Irish Red though, has far exceeded my expectations. (Posted on 9/1/11)
awesome Review by Randmo
This was my first brew. It turned out as good as I could have hoped for. I just followed the recipe, 1 week in the primery, 2 in the secondary, 3 in the bottle. It is so mellow, with a rich but not heavy maltiness. Needs a little more sugar in the primary next time. This was a home run for my first time at bat. The only thing I didn't like about thisrecipe was that it only made 2 cases. (Posted on 7/3/11)
I botched this beer Review by Melody
I'm giving the kit 5 pints because I think it is a good solid Irish Red Extract Kit. This is the only beer to date that I can only assume I botched by missing something in the sanitation process.I can't bring myself to throw this batch out yet, but I have been opening and tasting a bottle every 4 weeks and the unmistakable twang of "clove" is there.
Thankfully I've never had a problem before or after . Again, this had nothing to do with the kit. The fault was brewer error. (Posted on 6/14/11)
great brew, very tasty Review by Jeffrey
This was only my 4th brew, and my 1st shot at using a secondary fermentation. It came out great. Several folks I kayak with really liked it too and that crowd is fussy about the post-whitewater beverage.

(Posted on 5/30/11)
God bless the Irish Review by flytyer
9th brew in 2011. I really like this Ale. Brewed as per the instructions using the wyeast recommended. I think I will be dialing down the priming sugar from 3/4 to 2/3 as my initial concerns with the carbonation of my first batch have disappeared with subsaquent batches,(I really mix prior to bottling). Conditioned at 62 degrees for two weeks. Nice creamy head, light aroma, color is a deep copper. Very drinkable and not overly hopped. (Posted on 5/5/11)
No carbonation Review by Bulldog Brewer
been in bottles for 8 weeks and no carbonation. I am 0 for 2 with the danstar dry yeast. (Posted on 4/26/11)
Irish Red Ale Review by snowwis
This was my first home brew and had a blast with it. Primary 2 weeks - secondary 2 weeks and bottle 2 weeks. Good malty flavor and carbonation but am holding back for 1 more week to see what 3 weeks bottle conditioning will bring. Number two is in the fermentor (Sierra Madre) and hoping for another great brew experience. (Posted on 4/25/11)
Great Beer Review by Dixie
This was the first kit I ordered from NB and I couldn't be any happier. I brewed this in time for St Patty's day and my family and friends loved it. I've already got requests to brew it again. (Posted on 4/16/11)
benefits from extra conditioning Review by Austin
This was my first time brewing by myself. I added a 1/4 cup of brown sugar because I spilled a little of the lme and the gravity of the recipe was already on the low side. the brown sugar definitely results in a more fruity beer, but with the small amount I used, it is well balanced by the malt.

It spent a week in the primary, 3 weeks in the secondary, then 2 weeks bottle conditioning before I tried the first bottle. at that first tasting I was a little disappointed. I felt it was under-carbonated, it did not have much of any head to speak of, and the flavor was still too fruity/unconditioned (like wort with alcohol rather than beer--it smelled great though!). I was upset but decided to give it more time.

After another week of bottle conditioning I tried it again (7 weeks in now, 3 weeks from bottling) and was pleased that it tasted MUCH better. there was more carbonation, a decent head, and the flavor was much more malty and settled. I still would like a tiny bit more of a hops profile to balance the malts, although I realize this might be less true to style. Also, I think I make have delayed the 30 minute addition several minutes which could have had an effect. I've had two more since then (at 7.5 weeks now) and I'm pleased with it enough that I've given it to friends who also like it.

I think that the extra week in the secondary must have let more yeast settle out so that less were in the beer at bottling; and thus, priming took longer. Regardless, my biggest recommendation would be to not rush the aging and give the recipe another week or two of bottle conditioning for an optimal brew! (Posted on 4/14/11)
Best I've Made So Far Review by Clifford
This was my 10th batch of homebrew, and my first review. By far the best that I have made, and there have been some good ones!

I added half a packet of Grains Of Paradise at flameout, 2 week fermentation, and aged in a keg for four weeks at room temperature. Fantastic! I will definitely order this one again. (Posted on 4/10/11)
Great Red! Review by Tom
I decided to branch out a little bit from the comments I was reading on this kit and went ahead and added 2 lbs of Golden Light DME just as some others have been doing. I ended up with and OG just under 1.060. A little over a month later and now I just had my first pint from the keg. Great maltiness with just the right amount of hop character to stay out of the way in the forefront but still support that great Irish Red flavor! (Posted on 4/7/11)
Awesome! Review by NoobBrewer
This beer is fantastic...and I cheated! I fermented in my primary fermenter for only 2 weeks, and then bottled. The beer tastes great and with such little work! Cheers. (Posted on 4/4/11)
My very first attempt at homebrewing Review by Milwaukee Jim
I picked this kit totally at random when I bought my homebrew equipment a few months ago. I was very careful at keeping everything very clean and it paid off. I gave out some bottles to friends and co-workers of mine and they were all very impressed. I'll be brewing this type of beer again in the near future, I'm sure. (Posted on 3/28/11)
Great beer Review by David
this was the first kit i got with my starter and it is great! (Posted on 3/1/11)
Best Kit Review by Thomas
Surprised best Kit! As with all of the Kits from NB, easy to make. This was in the fermentor for 4 weeks and then straight into a Keg. I have tried many methods of force carbonating, the easiest by far is to cool the Keg to Kegerator temp and connect CO2 line at 10psi and let sit for 4 days. (Posted on 2/26/11)
Outstanding Review by Ando
I made this one in July and added an extra 2 pounds of Golden Light DME. This added more "horsepower" to the batch (O.G. was 1.060) and it turned out great. I still have about 12 left and will be making another batch in the next week or so. Got many more "friends" since I started brewing my own beer. (Posted on 2/23/11)
Killian's is my favorite Beer Review by Banana Pants
I just started home brewing this year and this was my 1st batch. I moved my batch into the keg and saved a glass. I finished off the Killian's I was drinking and grabbed the glass of young Red, and it ,in my opinion, is better. I just finished the keg and I am going to be making more of this, very soon, but this time I will bottle it so I don't have to share it with friends, they can have the other beers I will be making. (Posted on 2/12/11)
pump it up! Review by Hawk Diesel
Great beer! I pumped up the og with dme to 1.056 and bottled with kreamyx...UM OUTSTANDING!!!! (Posted on 2/6/11)
Pump it up Review by Hawk Diesel
Good kit. I pumped it up with some extra dme, kreamyx and you're in business. OG came in at 1.056. Hoppy, drinkable and tasty. NB extract kits are great. However they need to find a different container than the half gallon milk cartons for the lme. (Posted on 2/5/11)
Great crowd-pleaser Review by Tom_EB
Robust enough to please the beer snob, approachable enough to snare the "lite beer" crowd, and good enough to keep them both asking for more. I always try to keep some on hand. (Posted on 2/3/11)
Finally....Beer! Review by Franzie
This was my first brew. I made rookie mistakes that made the waiting process a bit longer. Left the bottles in the garage after fill day for 2 weeks and it didn't carbonate enough. Left bottles inside at 65-70degrees and forgot about them for a month. It got better with age, the later the open the more refined the flavor. Next batch of red will be tweaked to add a twist. (Posted on 2/1/11)
Weak Review by Brewdawg
This kit definitely needs help. Although it is drinkable, that's as much praise as I can muster. Nothing wrong with the flavor, but it's just too weak. I brewed the kit as-is, and it came out tasting like a "lite" version of an Irish Red. The balance of hop/malt is okay, but a lot of work to go through to get a product that isn't as good as its store-bought bretheren. If I did brew it again, I'd have to make it a 4 gal. batch, or add more malt. (Posted on 12/28/10)
Recomended Review by hefe300
Very easy extract kit that produces a solid, respectable brew very representative of the style. Nice nose, good taste. The kit is good as is, but I may try some minor tweaks next time. It's easy enough that I'd recomend it for a first timer and good enough that you'll probably want to brew it again. (Posted on 12/15/10)
On par with Killians or Sam Adams Irish Red's Review by Ryan Hanson
I used this kit for my very first home brew. It was easy and turned out even better than expected. Being a fan of amber and darker beers this beer was perfect. Great taste, great head on the beer at pour. This one will be a definite keeper in the future to brew again. (Posted on 12/8/10)
Great Beer! Review by Beginner Brewer
This was my second batch of home brew and it turned out as expected, it is a great beer! I was impatient and drank most of it right away. However, this beer gets better with time so let it age a few more weeks in the bottle and the over all taste will be well worth the wait. I will buy it again and perhaps add 1 lb. of DME to boost the gravity a bit. (Posted on 11/29/10)
Taste's just like Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale Review by Bill S.
This was one of three different kits I ordered, and it came out amazing, especially for one of my first few batches. With some help, the two cases of this beer was gone in under 2 weeks. I just bought a bottle of the Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale and I SWEAR it tasted 99% like it. The only difference is they use columbus hops instead of U.S Goldings. Definately going to buy again because it's one of the cheapest kits, it's easy as hell to make, and it tastes great. Also if you're a fan of dogfish head 60 minute IPA, then get The Innkeeper. It tastes very similar. (Posted on 11/24/10)
Great recipie with tweak Review by stedtale
This kit is excellent, I can't say enough good things about it. The only thing I did was to switch the order of the hops and make the aroma hop addition later (5min). Great kit, real crown pleaser. Smooth, rich, nice body, great beer. (Posted on 11/10/10)
Awesome taste, great color Review by Rich
Outstanding. came out slightly darker than the picture. Great taste. Slightly sweet really great with a sandwich, or just as a session beer. Nobody can drink just one.
Everyone wants more. (Posted on 10/8/10)
Best Irish Red I have ever had! Review by Tim
This was my first batch and even though I was very meticulous at all times I kept my expectations low. I was just hoping for something that was drinkable. Man was I shocked when it turned out to be fantastic. I must admit that it is the best Irish Red I have ever had. It has a little more bitterness than I was expecting in a red but I think that's one thing which makes it stand out for me. It's not a lot of bitterness, just more than any Red I have ever had. The instructions call for a 3gal boil but since I had a large enough kettle I did a full 5gal boil. I believe that this allowed a slightly higher hop utilization which accounts for the extra bitterness. Every one who has tried this loves it. Several people have said, "I would definitely buy that!" I will definitely make this again and it just may become my new session beer. Thanks NB for your help. This was great! (Posted on 9/29/10)
tis' good laddie Review by clayshooter
She's a beaut, Clark. Brilliant red color. I modified the recipe a bit by adding another 2.5-3lbs of extract to the brew at the end to give it a little boost in the gravity department, doesn't seem to have hurt it one bit. (Posted on 8/20/10)
great kit Review by st anky
This was my first kit and introduction into home brewing. I did have some brews I made with a friend that gave me the bug to try it on my own. I buoght this Irish Red kit so it could be ready for St. Paddy's Day. The brew came out prefect, the color was great and it tasted great to. The only issue I had was with the coopers tablets for priming. They did work but they took longer to carbonate the beer than if I had used regular priming sugar. All in all it was really worth it I will buy and brew this beer again. (Posted on 8/14/10)
Good beer, but too mainstream for me Review by gr8tefloyd
Please dont shoot me...I know and like good beer. This is a good beer. It is not a great beer. This ale is good for all who drink, nothing too hidden, not too bitter, not too strong...just plain old good beer. Would i rave about it, not really, would i drink it and recommend it, yes.

I do say this is a good starter beer because it would impress anyone who does not believe you can brew in your basement.

(Posted on 5/4/10)
This is one good Red Review by Gabe
I made 5 gallons of this and bottled 1/3. the remaining beer was gobbled up by all members of my family with in 2 days. My only regret was not making a larger batch. I have now ordered more and will be making this ASAP. This one will go on the permanent rotation list. Asp in the fall and winter. (Posted on 4/20/10)
Even though I screwed it up it was good Review by Abrewham Drinkin
I tried this as my first home brew and despite all my rookie mistakes it turned out pretty good. Though it did taste more like a Sam Adams knock off than I expected it to. (Posted on 4/12/10)
Exception to Murphys law Review by Shea
This was my second homebrew ever. I screwed up on 9 different occasions in all 3 stages. It still came out, tasty as if nothing had gone wrong. (Posted on 3/30/10)
Least favorite Review by The Gentle Cricket
I've attempted this Red Ale twice, with equally disappointing results. The base flavor of the brew is pretty good--malty and warm, like a red ale should be--but there is a strange sweetness to it, and it is pretty bitter and tart up front. The tartness can be a bit much. Both batches have had the same shortcomings.

I double fermented the second batch, and used less priming sugar, which slightly improved the outcome. (Posted on 8/21/09)