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Brian Boru Old Irish Red - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ireland’s first and last Ard Ri (high king) of the whole Gaelic race, Brian Boru was born in Munster, Ireland around 940. Brian Boru’s mother was killed by Vikings when he was a child. He spent his life uniting the Irish tribes to become the first king of Ireland only to be killed at Clontarf on Good Friday 1014 putting down a rebellion by the king of the province of Leinster. This one’s for him.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 03-14-2004)
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Brian Boru is an Irish Red Ale with a 5.5% ABV and 40 IBU's~ Pours rich and translucent Copper red, Caramel tints when light up~ Nose is full bodied with Tobacco, Bubble Gum, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Caramel, Chocolate and Toffee~ The feel is Medium, Creamy, Rich and well balanced, delightful~ Tons of tiny Bubbles, Big white head with tons of lacing~ Taste is Strawberry, Caramel, Toffee, Bread, Cream, Toast, Citrus, Honey, Brown Sugar and some Pine and Oat~ Honestly really nothing jumps out... Expect the fact that its extremely well balanced~ I would say a nice even balance of Hops and Malt~ Really just a perfect brew for session drinking~ Such a great take on what is traditionally a rather boring and dull style~ I can't believe I'm tasting 'Strawberry' in a NON sugary processed adjunct ale, Its naturally sweet and delicious~ Overall: 92

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:33:11 | More by BrewUSA
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark reddish orange with a tan fluffy head.

S: Caramel and toffee dominate the first sniff. A little pine and earthy hop with some citrus at the edges. A little roast and smoke. Malt dominated for sure.

T: Caramel and burnt, roasted orange. Dry earthy hops with a big citrus kick. Grapefruit and dark fruit finish this out. Burnt bread is at the heart of this beer.

M: light, smooth, silky.

O Sessionable for sure! delicious with a good mix of earth and juicy fruit with a strong malt presence. smells completely different than how it tastes. /89

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 05:49:16 | More by schwemjw
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass, thanks Josh (thebigredone)!

A- Pours a reddish brown, slightly hazy with some translucency around the edges, about a half finger of foamy head that has about average retention receding to a thin layer, about average carbonation with a decent consistency.

S- Fairly overpowering caramel maltiness with some subtle underlying slightly earthy pineapple hops. A bit too malty for my liking, about average aroma strength. Not a bad overall aroma but not too much going on.

T- Sweet Caramel malts, light honey, and some very lightly bitter underlying pineapple and mango presence. Finishes with more malts and light lingering fruity presence. More balanced then the aroma, but still a tiny bit on the malty side.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, about average carbonation to a little bit on the low side.

O- This was a decent Irish Red Ale that was definitely better then your average Irish Red, however there wasn't anything that really made this beer stand out. There was a nice underlying fruity presence and a nice sweetness but the beer still remained a little bit one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:38:14 | More by jaasen64
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AnotherBeerGeek

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 ounce bomber into a weizen glass (for size, not style). Color is a cloudy deep copper, with an inch-deep ivory head, well-structured but not persistent. Citrus hops scream on the nose, with more subtle caramel notes hiding beneath. More hops on the palate, but of the piney variety and more than a little tart, giving way gradually to undertones of toasted malt. The body is a bit flabby with little carbonation and a non-descript finish. Generally enjoyable and refreshing but I would have expected a bit better focus from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:08:14 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most incredible beers that nobody ever talks about. Pours a deep red color with minimal white head. Minimal lacing.
A: Citrus hops, caramel malt, bready grains. Very aromatic and hoppy. Irish Red - FFF Style!

T: Taste matches the aroma. Lots of citrus hops and caramel malt. Very well balanced, yet plenty for a hophead like myself to really enjoy. Excellent!

M: Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation.

O: As previously mentioned, this is how FFF does an Irish Red - and it's awesome. FFF makes a lot of great beers, and this one is near the top for me. Fantastic beer that hop heads and malt heads can all enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:48:32 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Served on tap in a pint glass.

The trademark Three Floyds signature creamy cap sits on top of the fuzzy amber beer. Tightly wound sheets of lace leave a beer level history down the side of the glass.

The aroma is not outrageously hoppy per se, but it does have a much hoppier nose than the Irish Red style it supposedly is. Toasted bread and caramel bring in some spice, juicy grapefruit, and a bit of tropical fruit.

The flavors really pack a punch, especially considering the comparatively low ABV. Toaste grain and bread really control the flavor, with some caramel and toffee notes adding a touch of sweetness. Next the hops really begin to take off. There is a nice grapefruit citrus kick with a strong pineapple and general tropical fruit presence. The hops are bitter, but they never entirely take over, leaving a strongly flavored, hop-centric but balanced Irish Red in the end.

Compared to the style, the body feels on the fuller, creamier side. The carbonation is smooth and gently scrubs the remaining hop oils off the tongue after each sip.

This does not get the name recognition as some of the other Three Floyds beers do, but it is definitely a solid Irish Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 03:41:04 | More by KickInTheChalice
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, Spring 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, slight pine, and light yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with all around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with moderate hop presence and good strength. Taste of caramel, apple, golden raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, citrus, floral, grass, toast, toffee, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Irish Red style! All around great complexity and balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:31:00 | More by superspak
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very slightly cloudy with a nice amber color and a decent amount of off white head.

Smell: Smells like a mild IPA with an earthy hop scent.

Taste: Starts off with a hoppy bitterness that fades into a sweeter maltiness that I would expect more from a red.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 21:25:26 | More by ruckus232
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KFBR392

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light to medium bodied texture. Deep burnt blood red color. About a finger of head on the pour and has above average lacing on the glass. Above average carbonation throughout drinking.

Smell: A front of leafy greens and chewy malts. Tones of alcohol,earthy tones, caramel, and molasses stand out. The hops create a sharply pungent aroma which takes away from many of the other aspects in this brew. Comes off slightly funky and does not seem to fit the rest of this brew.

Taste: This seems to get lost. A very chalky malt flavor hits right away. After that, you get some of the accents felt in the aroma but they seem to be oddly mixed together. There is a shallow feeling felt on the palette, some smokey malt lingers. The usually hoppy spice that seems to run across FFF beers is conflicting here. Just not use about this one.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, I could really use more malty stickiness here.

Overall: I love me some FFF, but this one is a miss. I do not really get what the goal for this brew was. Flavor seem to get lost and are overall forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:13:05 | More by KFBR392
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: None, bottle purchased 3/29/13
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Brian Boru is a malt-forward red ale that still packs a somewhat prominent hop palette. Focusing the signature Three Floyds flavors on caramel and lightly toasted malt sweetness with a pleasant background of fruity, herbal, and dirt/mulch hop characters, the beer is satisfying in its complex nature, yet easy drinkability. Probably goes along with Pride and Joy as one of the most sessionable, non-palate-destroying beers that Three Floyds makes.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige foam that is made up of medium-sized bubbles, and vanishes fairly quickly in about a minute, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a thin, small island isolated atop the body. Lacing is present, but not particularly noteworthy, a small cluttering of dots and thin lines remaining haphazardly along the insides of the glass. Body is a dark, cool, ruby red; light brings out brighter amber red hues with even a hint of orange. Carbonation is visible through the semi-transparent (20-30% opacity) colors, somewhat minimal and not particularly active.

Aroma of caramel and pale malts, wet wood, pale guava, slightly floral, herbal, and dirt/mulch tones.

The flavor is predominantly malty, but well-anchored by fruity, herbal, and woodsy/dirty/mulchy hops. Tasting opens with sweet caramel and pale malts and notes of mild citrus and guava. Mid-palate continues with rich caramel flavors, mild citrus and guava, herbal and dirt/mulch characters. Back of palate continues with rich malt flavors, some caramelized, along with a noticeable, but not over-the-top bitterness. Pleasant bready close with modest citrus and tropical hops hanging around in the background along with mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation intensity, leading to a smooth, somewhat crisp, slightly foamy beer that's easy upon the palate. Closes fairly dry, with fairly substantial stickiness remaining across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:57:11 | More by falloutsnow
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep copper color with prominent red shades. Bigger, frothy head that retains ok, but laces pretty well. High clarity, with the ability to see right through it. Head is slightly tan and off white.

S- Moderate hop presence provides an initial floral scent. Moves quickly into malt notes of semisweet caramel and toffee, along with biscuit and bready qualities.

T- Just like the smell, except more complex. Starts with the same moderate hop presence, but is immediately mixed with the complex malts. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness meld with the hops to form a unique blend of bite and sweetness. Bread and biscuit like flavors come out in the malt amid all of the hops and other malts to provide a unique, somewhat dry finish.

M- Drinks thick and creamy with moderate levels of carbonation. Great feel for the style; as heavy as a lighter stout to support the malt flavors, but still light and drinkable with a healthy dose of hops. Right in between heavy and light; a very quaffable beer.

Overall, it's a shame this doesn't come in 6-packs. I normally shy away from Irish style beers, but this is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:09:46 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this by saying it's pretty much exactly what I'd expect from FFF. It's a tough call between style guidelines and what these guys do it, but I suppose I'd just call it an amplification of sorts. If Nugget Nectar can be an "imperial" red, why not?

From the tap, this High King is a ruddy, sturdy, beastly-looking beer. It's got a red-orange color with some deep hues to it. The head, just off-white, reaches a finger and doesn't drop far, holding steady at about half a finger for the duration. It leaves sturdy lacing in thick patches as well.
This is a big, malty beer as expected and of course is countered by a strong hops presence, as expected. The bitterness offers lots of citrus fruits and bitter rind with a slightly leafy edge and some floral notes as well. It counters a big, bready backbone that gives off lots of caramel and toffee sweetness for quite a balance in such a big red. Underneath it's got a hint of spicy hops and some crust/dry biscuit. All of this ends up pulling through into a nicely lingering finish. Deep and complex? As much as I'd expect from FFF by now. This one's got power but isn't afraid to show its sweeter side; an iron fist in a velvet glove, if you will.
There's enough bulk to this beer to support the strength and depth of flavors, but it doesn't drop off under the weight. It actually has a nice creaminess to it right up front along with the crispness that remains strong to the end.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 21:06:06 | More by Brenden
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weonfire

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden brown/red carmel, 2inches cream colored head, minimal amount of lacing. head dies after a few minutes.

S - Love the Amarillo hops - sweet bubble gum, citrus and carmel

T - I felt the beer was almost split in two pieces. initially: moderately sweet carmel, pineapple, citrus. finish was semi bitter hops (6.5/10 bitter) with a bit of oat

M - low viscosity, froth is med/low, woodiness/carmel lingers a bit

O- Love the Amarillo hops twist on the Irish style. Only downside may be it seemed a bit too divided from the carmel/pineapple vs hops - there seemed almost a clear division. And, wish it was a bit thicker and frothier. That said, all great flavors, dank nose was really nice. This may be one of the best Irish style beers I've had. Three Floyds continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:04:29 | More by weonfire
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby red. Not much carbonation, one finger off white head with lacing.

S-Caramel roasted malts, grass and earthy tones.

T-Caramel, molasses, sweet and malty, earthy and grass notes in nice balance. Mild bitterness, some toasted malt as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Never thought I'd have an Irish Red this well made. The best of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 21:51:58 | More by rlee1390
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an appropriately semi-hazy rust red with a thick, fluffy two fingers of beige foam.

Smell: Juicy pineapple, pine resin, and toasted amber and caramel malts.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. No pineapple or fruitiness though. Mainly pine, sweet caramel, and toasted malts. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Nicely crisp but certainly not over carbonated. Smooth, quick finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this take on an Irish red ale. I'm not usually a huge fan of this style but Three Floyds adds their signature hop twist which results in a unique and perfectly balanced beer. I loved the atypical tropical fruit notes in the aroma. The rest of the beer is very true to style and pretty tasty. It's a really nice, easy drinker. I honestly couldn't imagine a better interpretation of an Irish red.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 21:27:54 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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screamking

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In honor of st Patrick's day an American Irish red.
22 oz bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours clear red-amber with a 1" off white head, good lacing around glass. 4.25

Aroma-very earthy and hoppy, I'm getting lots of grass and pine. Lemon is there as well. Also pineapple and a hint of peat moss. As it warms I'm getting more apricot. 3.5

Taste-much like the aroma you can taste the earthiness in this. Some bitter hops here for an Irish red but I was honestly expecting more from a three floyds brew. Hints of citrus are teased throughout but nothing worth while comes through. 3.25

Feel-light to medium bodied, coats palate and leaves you dry, could have a better feel with a higher abv, but it is very drinkable. 3.75

Overall-I would have to say that this is a miss for three floyds. Or it could be that their other brews are so good you expect that from them every single time. Their is quality here, you can taste it in the hops put forward. It's not bad by any means but it just doesn't do it for me. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:48:58 | More by screamking
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brian Boru Irish Style Red Ale. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded Three Floyds pressure cap served into a generic highball glass in a hotel in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served straight from a ice bath. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, fair thickness and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a semitranslucent nontransparent rich amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks standard for the style; no overt flaws here.

Sm: Irish style toasted amber malts, light biscuity hops (amarillo), caramel, and biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma. Appealing for the style. They're right on the money with this one. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Let's hope the taste is as good as the aroma...

T: Toasted amber malts, clean oats, clean malts, light biscuity floral hops (amarillo, my favourite hop), and light American biscuit malt. A balanced flavour profile, if a disappointingly simple one. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it, but the flavours aren't horribly deep. Some caramel. Solid for an Irish Red, but there's room for improvement here. I quite like it.

Mf: The smoothness lent by the oats is balanced nicely by a coarseness that coaxes out the flavours. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable for an Irish Red. A solid effort from Three Floyds that's up thereon my list of Irish Reds, but it fails to beat the Irish at their own game; Irish brewed beers in the style are definitely superior. I'd get this again, and it's very sessionable, but it's not mind-blowing. A good offering from Three Floyds and one worth trying once or twice. I'll happily murder this bomber by meself.

B-

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:08:44 | More by kojevergas
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Shumania

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fiance picked up a bottle while traveling and extremely excited to try another FFF beer. Bomber poured into a chalice glass

a: dark hazy amber, good lacing and good carbonation.

s: caramel malts with tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) in the background

t: Toffee is on the front then mixed with the hops and citrus flavors. Sweet malt in there. Not exactly what I expected from this beer, but not bad either.

m: extremely easy to drink. Will be a very easy bomber to drink.

Very interesting beer. Not sure if it is supposed to highlight the hops or the malts, but an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:29:18 | More by Shumania
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sbxx

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep red amber. Two fingers of foamy head leave behind thin, spotty lacing.

Smell - Citrus, hops, slight bit of caramel malt.

Taste - A nice citrusy hop presence with a solid & smooth caramel malt body. Minimal aftertaste. Pretty smooth drinker. Sessionable.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Clean, wet finish.

Overall - An easy-drinking Irish red. If you like Gumballhead, I think you'll like this too. Since it's a seasonal, it's probably just a once-a-year purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 08:08:32 | More by sbxx
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RickS95

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The style doesn't usually appeal to me, but the appearance has my attention with it's reddish, copper orange color. Farily dark, opaque liquid sitting under a very fluffy, meringue like head. Lots of retention and nice lacing.

Early on, the smell is IPA like with it's pineappley citrus scent. After the initial citrus burst, the malt takes over for a relatively neutral smell.

It's kind of a strange combination of caramelly malt and pineapple flavors, but the sweetness of both works well together. Very earthy with a lingering hop presence in the finish.

It's sweet, but not overly so. The pineapple helps provide both sweetness and the acid to curb too much sweetness. Lots of citrus, a good bit of sweetness and a little bitterness in the finish to keep everything in check. Almost light bodied, very easy to drink because everything works well with each other.

As usual, another stellar beer from 3 Floyds. I wanted to not like it because it's a style I don't care for but this is really good and goes down readily. The alcohol is relatively low so you can have at it and not worry about jail time.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:22:57 | More by RickS95
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barczar

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been in the cellar since 2010. Oops.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a foamy inch and a half cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick lacing.

Citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and toasted breadcrust form the initial aroma. Toffee and caramel sweetness emerge.

Flavor is still pretty hoppy at this age, with a cardboard-like oat taste at the finish. There's an initial punch of sour grapefruit and tangerine, followed by deeply toasted malt, leading to a slightly piney, citrus pith bitter finish. Sweet toffee is evident in the aftertaste, along with floral hops.

Body is fairly full, with relatively high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

As with all things 3f, a hoppy example of the style. Good malt character, though, to carry it through.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 23:25:37 | More by barczar
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brewtus

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a red fan, but I am a FFF fan so take that for what it is. Poured from 22oz bomber into dogfish tulip glass.

A- pours hazy copper/Red with a a dense 2 finger head
S- Carmel, dark fruits, bread... Has a little of that old ale smell
T/M- dark fruit, Carmel, bread, very mild hoppiness, cherries, and a very nice sweetness. Isn't overly thick like most reds and doesn't finish dry.
O- so this was a great red, and I'm glad I chose to pick it up. Most reds I've had punish you with malt but this had a great balance with the hops without it being a hoppy beer. Three Floyd's always brings great beers and this is not different.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:23:08 | More by brewtus
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KajII

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy reddish amber with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored frothy head that had great retention, eventually reducing to a thick puddled film with an extra large collar thus producing excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet caramel malt, herbal hops and a light earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), toffee and a light tropical fruity ester (pineapple and mango).

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a nice toffee sweetness early on, and then became mildly hoppy with a bold grapefruit presence and had a nice mild tropical fruitiness towards the end. The flavor hung around for a good long while after the swallow which allowed the hoppy fruity taste to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just past the middle of light to medium in body and was rather dry in texture with a almost ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty fantastic Red Ale, but then again I would expect nothing less from this brewer...

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Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 19:07:13 | More by KajII
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this FFF offering into my FFF Teku glass

Appearance: Boru is copper color with a dark orange tint as well. Red color would be stretching it but I can see some hints of red at the edges. Off white khaki head of three fingers with tight bubbles forms and stays around for a long time leaving a ton of sticky lacing. Carbonation bubbles rise along the edge of the glass.

Smell: The hop presence hits my nose first in the form of grapefruit, orange and some pine notes. There is also some sweet caramel and a bit of toasted bready notes.

Taste: Mild hops like in the nose of a citrus variety. Grapefruit, orange peel and some lemon show themselves. Some sweet biscuity, bready caramel takes hold next mid palate but bitter notes again hit at the end. I get more of the piney, almost floral hops at the back end.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth, medium feeling beer with a nice mild carbonation. Sweet but not sticky and not too thick or thin. Just right

Overall: Not my favorite style but why the hell does FFF almost always do it right and to the point where a non favorite style of mine becomes a win in my books. Once again they just continue to wow me and this one too has wowed me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:02:24 | More by sleuthdog
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly hazed orange-tinted amber with two and a half fingers of off-white craggy foam that lasts for a few minutes, leaving some decent lacing behind. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Initial scent of cereal grains, toasted breads, and a dab of marmalade spread on top. Flavor is more toffee-centered, but still has toasted bread with bitter orange peel marmalade used as balancing material against the malts. There is a very light roasted coffee and chocolate malt nuance that doesn't really appear until the glass warms up for a while. Overall, very well done!

Serving type: bottle

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