Both Mike and I brewed an Irish red ale. That’s what you do when you buy an extract kit for the first time in many years and it’s the spring time. We sat side by side and tasted our brews. See us compare notes in this Irish Red Ale Showdown!

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Well, right off the bat, my “red” ale was darker. Mike’s had a copper color. I had a lot of roast barley in mine along with two different caramel malts.

We used the same yeast yet the aromas were different. The flavor in my ale was strong where Mike’s was a little lighter.

This style seems simple but it is difficult especially when it comes to getting the color right. Some tweaks for next time will help us get there.