I changed this beer only slightly, due to my lower efficiency, and used a few more hops, about 22 IBU's. Falls within all parameter for Irish Red Ale Classification. Brewed 12/30/08. Came out very close to gravities stated in original recipe, the measured gravities were: OG 1.048 FG 1.014
This beer has developed nicely - I seem to like it more with every bottle I try. It has a dark red almost brown color. Very smooth flavor, malty, creamy with just enough hop backbone. Easy drinking. No heavy or sharp flavors to be found. Actually lighter in flavor than I expected. Somewhat comparable to Smithwicks in color and body.
Don't ruin your palette with a heavily hopped beer before this one! I made the mistake of grabing one of these Irish Ales after drinking the last IPA in a case I was drinking. The subtle flavors here are best enjoyed with a clean palette.
Should please even a slightly adventurous BMC lover, who isn't scared by its darker color (which belies its smoothness and lighter body) A great choice for St. Patty's Day!
I would really like to try this one on nitrogen. I expect it would be excellent. (Ahhhh.....another brewery gadget for the wish list....
Overall, a good recipe! Thanks, Jezter6!