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- Like Irish stouts, Irish ales are sociable session beers with a low alcohol content but substantial body. This beer pours with a deep red color and tan head over a caramel-like malt character with roasty and fruity notes. As a bow to Ireland's meadmaking past, honey lightens the body and boosts the gravity of this recipe, while a small dose of oats adds creaminess to the mouthfeel and a hint of grain to the flavor.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Irish Draught Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1045 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.7 / 5.037 ReviewsOctober 6, 2016I am getting back into home-brewing.After an absence from home-brewing, it is nice to get back into it with Irish draught. It is simple to do and I can't wait for it to be drawing a brew from my kegerator.November 4, 2015I wouldn't compare this to Smithwick'sFor the record, Smithwick's is my go to session brew. When I read the reviews and saw this was comparable I jumped on it to see if I could make my favorite at home.Overall, I don't think this is a bad brew but I was disappointed. The major issue I have is the hoppy boldness. There's definitely a lot more bite here than I'd expect for something that finishes with honey and I didn't think was over hopped in the brewing process.Overall, I'll enjoy the 5 gallons, but I'm going to check out the other Irish Red for my next try at this type of brew.April 5, 2015Not quite as mellow and malty as I'd hoped...I seemed to have a different experience than other reviewers. I think the one pound of honey at the end of the boil kicked up the alcohol content, and the specialty grains gave it a dark reddish brown color (vs brownish red). So this Irish Draught Ale has more bite and backbone than malt and mellowness. Even so, it's still a good brew and goes down well. But next time I'll try the regular Irish Red.February 27, 2015GreatFavorite extract kit I've done so far. OG 1.045 FG 1.011. Used Windsor yeast fermented at 66-68. After two weeks primary and two weeks bottle tasted great. Would definitely brew again great sessionable beer to have around the house.November 13, 2014Better/Different than SmithwicksBig fan of Smithwicks. Wanted to brew something similar. Brew day was straightforward. Went with 3 weeks in primary as opposed to any secondary.One issue was that the beer finished higher (1.014) than I would have liked. Combine that with the low OG and this resulted in 4% abv. I usually like my beers closer to 5% but Smithwicks is 4.5% so we're close enoughHad about 4.5 gallons of useable beer at bottling. NB recipe called for 5 oz of priming sugar but that is usually way too much. I went with 3.25 oz which is what NB says for 4.5 gallons of irish ale. Left at 70 degrees for 2 weeks, tested with no carb, tested at 3 weeks no carb, tested at a month perfect.Ran out and got a 6-pack of Smithwicks for a side by side. Served at 45 degrees. Head was about equal height but where Smithwicks was white and bubbly, ID was denser and had a tan color. Smithwicks nose was fruity whereas ID's was not noticeable. Taste-wise, ID won big time. More complex and pleasant but similar to Smithwicks which had an odd aftertaste in comparison. Smithwicks also had more carbonationWarmer serving temps may reveal flaws in my brew but straight out the fridge ID is the clear winnerMarch 10, 2014Wonderful kit, hope the beer is the same.Second home brew I have done. This kit was complete, and easy to work with. The grains were nicely crushed. My only complaint is trying to add the DME outside with just a little bit of a breeze. Had to stay low and close to the wort to prevent scattering DME everywhere. Once cooled and before I pitched the yeast, I took a sample. Smelled and tasted wonderful. Adding this one to the 'Will Brew Again' list.January 12, 2014Early tasteBrewing went flawlessly due to well written directions. Into primary two weeks. Then to secondary for four weeks. Bottle day was today and snuck a couple sips and am very pleased. Smooth, balanced flavors. Looking forward to the finished brew!December 22, 2013Great session aleI brew all grain and extract on occasion. Both methods work well for me - extract takes less time. This Irish Ale is an excellent session ale. Good for guys to come over and watch the Oregon Ducks football team and not get too buzzed. But, it is also satisfying and not too thin. Great addition to any stable of brewed beers to serve.October 22, 2013My friends favoriteI brewed several differ types and styles of beer over the last year and this is the one that all of my friends and family like the best. This is the second time brewing this one and I anticipate it tasting just as good as the last batch. This will definitely be one that I keep on hand. I always add more priming sugar so I get good carbonation.July 24, 2013
- Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 2 answersWhat would the differences be between the Irish Red kit and this Irish Draught? Thanks for any insight.BEST ANSWER: I've not had the Irish Red but I don't think it comes with honey. The draft ale comes with a pound of honey which adds a flavor I would expect the red not to have. I legged the draft ale last week and am waiting for it to gain carbonation. I had some last night and it was pretty good in spite of being a little green (early).