Brian Boru Old Irish Red - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served in a pint glass.
This beer is a lot less red than I was expecting. It actually looks more like a pale ale or amber ale than a red ale. When first poured, the head was HUGE - it took up more than half of the glass. There was pretty awesome lacing throughout, and the head stuck around until the bitter end. A nice looking beer - but definitely no Irish Red.
The first thing I get with this beer is the Amarillo hops. They bring a lot of grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus fruits. It almost smells like an IPA as far as intense hop aroma goes. There is a little bit of maltiness in the nose as well, bringing some slight bread and caramel notes. Overall, the biggest thing is the hops - this is definitely a Three Floyds beer!
Again, right off the bat I notice the hops. They bring all the familiar favorites - citrus, grapefruit, orange pith, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. There is a nice malt layer to this beer. The malt has a bit of bread, caramel, and toffee. There was a pretty sharp bitterness that I was not expecting, almost like an IPA. The beer has a slight astringency that I don't really like - it kind of reminds me of sucking on a teabag. Overall, though, this beer has some really nice flavors going on.
This brew has got some nice body to it. The carbonation is medium, which sort of cuts down the otherwise creamy mouthfeel. Combine that with the crisp, fresh hop flavor and you've got a beer with a complex mouthfeel. It's very drinkable and satisfying.
Honestly, this beer bears no resemblance to an Irish Red in my book. But that's not a bad thing. This beer is pretty much an IPA with all the hop character, albeit a slightly maltier one. Three Floyds tends to throw a ton of hops into a beer that doesn't normally get that kind of treatment - usually with good results. This beer is no different. Don't expect a malt-bomb with this one, and you'll be rewarded with another delicious FFF beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2012 00:34:40 | More by MaxSpang
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