Brian Boru Old Irish Red - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 191
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 03-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the usual tulip, this beer is red, duh. It leaves some nice sticky lacing. I could tell you that this beer is from Three Floyd's with one whiff. Pineappley, citrusy hops abound. Some toasty, bready, sweet malt sticks out too.

The taste is somewhat mild for Three Floyd's. The hops aren't as plentiful as the smell would lead me to believe. They are the driving force behind this beer, however. The sweet malt doesn't get totally left behind. This is a very refreshing beer.

The mouthfeel is light, yet somewhat syrupy, from the hops most likely. The carbonation is mid-level. The drinkability is fantastic, due to the low ABV and clean finish. Other than the hoppiness, which seems to increase as the beer warms, this might be a good introduction to craft beer for the nonbeliever.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's.poured from the tap a deep bronze with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head,mixed aromas of sweet caramel and spicey/leafy hop made it very appetizing.A big lightly sweet toffee presence really showed itself along with a hint of caramel melding into a big spicey hop finish with notes of of leafy mint lingering.A solid and somewaht complex red ale a good combination of malt and hops,another winner from FFF.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This came out a beautiful bright brown in color and very clear with a nice, pitting head.

Smell – The huge, complex hops show good promise for this effort at the difficult IRA style. I especially enjoyed the piney notes that reminded me of home.

Taste – Where did the hops go? This turned into a rather dull malty Red with some annoying tanginess. The hops were all bark and no bite.

Mouthfeel – This is short of medium-bodied and lacks any sort of bitter or dry notes.

Drinkability – This one started off looking and smelling good but in the end disappointed.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just outstanding on tap, way better than I remember it being in the bottle. Wow! Brian Boru blends biting pine and orange zest hop flavors with robust caramel and brown sugar malts. It’s full of body and spunk. It looks good with a red amber body and thick tan cream head. The malts and hops are balanced beautifully in the aromas of mandarin, pineapple, toffee, and caramel. Carbonation is minimal. MF is creamy initially, becomes dry and biting halfway through, and then goes back to the malts. I can’t say that it really fits the style, but it obviously isn’t meant too. It’s a great beer that just happens to cost way too much in the bottle these days. All the more reason to seek it out on tap.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited to see that Three Floyd's bottled this one this year. Pours from the bomber a nice bright red with caramel tones along with a creamy, bubbly khaki head. Aromas start with big, fresh grapefruity citric Amarillo hops. There's a sweet caramel underneath with hints of candy toffee. Mangos, pineapples, wonderful and vibrant I could sniff it all day long.

First sip brings a nice, smooth creamy caramel maltiness that soon gets overtaken by the huge hop presence. A cornucopia of fruity hop notes that leave a nice bitterness on the way down. There's a bit of nutiness in there as well. So damn good...Three Floyds has taken an Irish Red, kicked it in the ass and made it their own.

Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth, creamy body that is rather full. This goes down so easily I could drink it all night. I must say..this is the Irish Red I want to be drinking on St. Patty's Day. Three Floyd's has done it yet again. Highly recommended.

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear amber with one finger of creamy off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing behind.

S - smell is citrus, floral and sweet caramel malt. Smells like an amber-ipa hybrid. Nice.

T - nice floral hop bite up front, followed by considerable caramel malt sweetness. I think the hop presence is a nice compliment. This bottle is several months old. Would love to try a fresh bottle to see how assertive the hops are.

M - medium mouthfeel. Slightly sticky with a dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

O - For me, the hop presence is a big improvement on a traditional amber. I would like to see more Irish red ales around. Would definitely like to try a fresh bottle.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only FFF brew you can find in RI still, because of it straggling on the shelves. I havent tried this one yet, so I decided to pick it up despite it probably being ever so slightly out of code.

Pours an extremely murky reddish amber with a half-inch head that dwindles down to a small froth afloat the beer. Decent lacing. Very attractive beer.

Smells of sweet malts, some hoppiness, biscuity, caramel/toffee, cherries, yeast.

Tastes very sweet as well. It is very malty sweet and I sense that this beer must have been a little hoppier when fresh. I can still taste the hops but they lack any punch. Very bready and caramel malty, not much of a finish though. Which is where the hops seem to have fizzled out a bit.

Mouthfeel is semi-watery, not very carbonated.

This beer is good, but obviously better when fresh.

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd, that I live in a state bordering Indiana, but have to drive to Blacksburg, Virginia, to find Three Floyds.
Appearance: 22 ox bottle pours a clear, copper mahogany body with ruby highlights. Very radiant as it beckons in the imperial pint glass. The head is two fingers tall, beige and sticky. Nice head retention and gobs of patchy lace adhere to the sides of the glass.
Aroma: Pungent ruby red grapefruit and orangezest immediately greet the nose. The citrus hoppiness is soft and easy, but assertive. Restrained malty notes of caramel and toffee are in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and some hop oiliness.
Taste: Very much like the bouquet, taste is ruled by a soft, but assertive, citrusy hops profile. Pink grapefruit, with orange and pineapple accents. Toffee and caramel are underneath, but become slightly more apparent as it warms. The hops soften even more near the finish, taking on more of a pineapple flavor. A very interesting take on an Irish Red. Think of a "Smithwicks on Steroids" with a cask of fruity citrus hops.
Drinkability: Nothing like any Irish Red Ale that I've sampled before, but not a big surprise coming from Three Floyds. This one seems to be some kind of Irish Red hybrid, but succeeds on its overall quality and fine construction. Excellent drinkability. The Amarillo hops really work well here. Very tasty!

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Track 84 in warwick, R.I., poured clear almond Amber, with a standard tan head, and leaving minimal to minor lacing, bland malty nose. This a pretty tame, malty Red Ale, notes of vanilla and honey picked up amoungst the decent malty crest of this brew.Very minor hop character. Looks like this beer in bottles is quite hoppy....interesting cuz the tap version pint that had, was malt and more malt. Nothing special, but a decent sessioner, if your thing is middle of the road malty brew.

Photo of badbeer
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice ruby red color with a tan head that disappeared almost as fast as it developed, quite disappointing. Smell was awesome, pineapple and resiny hops greet you, probably not very true to style, but it's smells so good. Taste reminds me of red Kool-Aid for some reason, piney hops kick in to help out and a slightly roasted finish. I just didn't care for the Kool-Aid taste, maybe I'm missing something. Lower carbonation and light to medium bodied. It was a decent beer and loved the smell, but I can't say I'd search this out. This is the first FFF's that I didn't find to be awesome, but then again, maybe I'm missing something. I'll probably try it again to double check.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a brown glass bomber, pours ruddy amber color, with a frothy 2 finger head, with fair retention and ample lacing.

The aroma consists of spicy hops, sweet malt, yeast, and some citrus. The flavor is comprised of caramel malt, a subtle nip of hops, and some candy and cherry, and generally fruity overtones.

The mouth is light on the front, smooth and bittersweet on the finish, as the hops and sugar both assert themselves, leaving a sticky residue upon the lips. A little sugary on the back to be highly drinkable. Has a solid overall balanced, but seems slighly off balance. Not one of the best from FFF.

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Cloudy copper in color with a large khaki colored head that sticks around nicely, eventually leaving messy webs and walls of stick down the glass. Gorgeous.

Some bright hop character initially, eventually overpowered by sweet, caramel malts and simple grains and breads. Appropriate for the style, while being hoppier than anticipated--always a good thing!

Some sweet malts and bread flavors are complemented nicely by bright, citrus and light pine flavors. Very low bitterness, and incredibly drinkable. A very nice, tasty version of a style I usually pass up.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A hopped-up, super tasty version of an otherwise pretty lame style. Well done, FFF!

Photo of boatshoes
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from TonyBrew in a recent trade. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent, dark copper red out of the bottle with a smallish half finger or so of slightly copper-tinged white head that dies back pretty quickly to a very small ring around the edges. No real lacing or beading to speak of.

Smell- Wow, surprisingly hoppy. Starts off with a combo punch of resiny hops and a big, bready whiff of caramel malt. An interesting combo that almost reminded me of a maltier Nugget Nectar in some ways. Very solid smelling however and made me curious about the palate.

Taste- The interesting combo follows through into the palate as well. Up front, I get a surprising punch of resiny hops. The hops die back fairly quickly in the face of a strong bready maltiness, highlighted with flavors of caramel and toffee. Finishes off on a slightly sweet note. Really enjoyed the flavors mixing together here as I thought was an interesting and delicious take on the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just a hair on the thin side but adequately carbonated. Great flavor profile though and my glass went down very easily.

Overall, a very interesting take on the style and I enjoyed the blend of flavors quite a bit. Give it a try if you get the chance and look for a fresh bottle so you get the unique hops.

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

Update: 3/3/12

I love the label, the story of Brian Boru, and drinking a hoppy Irish red ale. Old Irish Red Ale at that.

Pours beautifully into my 3 Floyds pint, head forms thick and rises well above the rim of the glass. The body is a deep copper color with some chill haze casting over it.

Aroma has killer hops with a citrus/pine/tropical fruit medley pretty amazing nose to this beer. Underlying malt profile is well hidden by hops but it's there with a nice softness and hints of caramelized notes.

First time I had this is was a bit aged, which this beer shouldn't make it out of the Spring to be honest it should be gone by St Paddy's. Ohio supposedly didn't get much so I'm fortunate that my local got a case. This beer fucks George Killian's horse in the arse with hops, it has what every Irish Red is lacking...hop character.

I'm surprised that this beer has a honey addition, finishes extremely dry and well balanced no overt sweetness left behind, it had to have been fermented out. A nice upfront bitterness that gives of some pine/earthiness and citrus pith on the palate, with a soft oat addition giving the body a bit more girth.

Mouthfeel has bone dry finish which appeals to us hop heads who simply can't get enough, the body is pretty light for how much is going on in this beer no thickness no cloying aspects simply pleasurable experience thus far.

Drinkability amazing I could literally drain bottles of this stuff, I'm happy to say I have a pilgramage planned for late April. I may see some of you folks there. Salute, to 3F's for being amazing and for fuckin' George Killian's horse in the arse with hops of course.

Appears a deep caramel copper body, with a light tan beige head dwindles slowly I'm salivating just thinking about this one. Hop aroma flowing strong with no one else in mind. Herbal alcoholic flow again on I can't believe it let's do some more damage to our brain cells. What a great flow of aged hop aromas that come our way flowing oh so nicely. Flavors flow well so easily the malts blend nicely with the hops I'm burping up the combo of the two. Flavors contain caramelized biscuit malts with strong herbal slightly piney hop flavors really goes well together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy but no overplayed flows really easily. Drinkability twenty two ounces is effortless enjoy this one and raise your glass to Brian Boru I'm about to Google his ass sounds pretty badass.

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

Poured from a bomber into my Sam Smith Nonic Pint Glass

A - a deep, red color with hues of gold,orange, and rust.There are small trails of carbonation that float up through this one. There was a small head that poured white before fading away into a small layer.

S - The smell is at first rather smoky and if I had to say so, it almost smells a bit like a peat that is rising out of this one. There is also a big hit of caramel malt sweetness that comes up in this one as well. There is also a sweet citrus fruit smell that wafts up there that I would almost say is a mango or pineapple that really seems to pop out. This is a hop dominated nose that comes through which really is not surprising at all given FFF.

T - At first, there is a slight bitter hops taste that comes through and gives the beer a bit of the light before a heavier caramel malt flavor comes through. This is the sweetness that helps to balance out the later smokiness that comes through in this one. There is also a sweet fruit aspect that comes through as the fruit really seems to be a pineapple aspect to me as there is even bit of the sharp aftertaste I sometimes get after eating said fruit. Also taste a bit like a candied orange peel that adds some sweet citrus flavors to this one. The smokiness is the aftertaste that seems to sit in the mouth after drinking this one.

MF - a nice body to this one as it has a bit of a stickiness in there as well that makes this one nice and thick. There is a light carbonation that comes through later that goes with the fruit flavors but it can not even come close to cutting through the thick body of this one. This is the kinda thing that you would expect from a heavily malt dominated beer. The after feeling is a light tingly feeling that sits on the mouth.

D - Overall, another great FFF beer that is super easy to drink. Found the fruit flavors to be a bit of a surprise that I would not have guessed to find in this one. The caramel malt and smokiness really do dominate this one and almost make it seem like a meal in itself. It would be good to session but it is a bit thick for that.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Deep amber color with good carbonation and a crystal clear body. Nice medium size head with a tan rocky surface.

S- Fresh hops burst out of the aroma. a faint background of malt is somewhere back there.

T- A taste a big grapefruit hopiness with a bit of a light caramel roasted malt to support the big hop taste. a somewhat grassy hop finish but a very clean finish. Nothing but the aroma of hops is left on your breath.

M- Kind of a slippery mouthfeel but no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D-This is not your father's Irish red. It is an Irish red that 3F's made their own. It does have a big burst of hops and a great flavor. However I don't feel the malt is there to support the hops in this delicious monster, at least enough to call it an "Irish Red Ale". The hops are all grapefruit in punch and I would like to see more dimensions to the hop characteristics. This is another good solid beer from 3F's but not a great beer yet. I will be buying more to age.

Photo of Reino
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tattorso for including this in a trade. My first FFF offering.

Appearance- An inch and a half of off-white head that lingers awhile, but not an eternity. The color of this beer is where it shines. It is fantastic. A rich, deep red-brown that is very sexy. This beer looks a hell of lot bigger than its low abv would have you think. The color is what I want from this style.

Smell- Sweet, roasted grain and dark caramel with hints of chocolate followed by citrus hops, pungent lemon, and some floral hops, as well. A pleasant mix of malt and hops.

Taste- Like the smell, malts and hops are very well balanced. Roasted malt and a mix of dark caramel, chocolate and plums hit beginning to middle before being greeted by some lemon citrus hops. As I drink, the sweetness of the malts and the twang from the hops meld into a flavor that reminds me of a berry cake frosting, maybe marionberry or raspberry. The finish is dominated by lemon rind and dark caramel/toffee malt sweetness that lingers on the tongue. I like how the citrus makes itself known without being too astringent.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a rich texture enhanced by its lower than medium carbonation. I find the lack of carbonation perfect for delivering this balanced brews malty sweet and hoppy citrus flavors. Drinks very smoothly.

Drinkability- This beer has a ton of flavor, low abv, and a great mouthfeel, making it a great beer to have quite a few of. I could easily sit down and enjoy a few bombers of these Irish bastards. My first FFF beer and I'm not disappointed. This beer has me extremely excited to try their other two offerings in my fridge.

Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at The Root Cellar, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a nice mahogany, ruby red grapefruit tint that's nearly opaque. 1ish fingers of lightly tinted head forms and falls to a fat skim withing a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Clean hops, fruity and lightly floral. A bit of dried peppery spices that way in the back. Malts are sugary sticky sweet and remind me of heavily sweetened Scottish malts.

T/M: Mild to light bitterness with an earthy, grassy hop profile. Touches of citrus here and there but nothing profound. A light spiciness similar to cinnamon. Malts come in with a bread and herb combo. Just after the malt intro, it switches up to pretty potent Earl Grey(Gray? lol) tea that has very little sweetness. Body is moderate and it finishes a touch on the dry side.

D: Decent tasting brew with plenty of session potential(unless you look at the FFF pricetag....). Freshness does make me wonder... hops seemed a touch muted and the strong tea flavor toward the end doesn't feel like it was normally there. Nevertheless tasty and I'll be getting some in about a month that I know is no more than 2 old.

2nd review:

I know this bottle is fresh(maybe not extremely) since it was bought at the brewery. Hops are much more present in the nose. Light citrus and some pepper. Also, much stronger in the taste as well. The tea is still strong but seems liikes it's mroe in place this time. Overall, a more enjoyable brew.

Photo of Brenden
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.

Photo of Pete0714
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this one before at the bottle shop before I knew much about FFF, didn't try it until now.
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, a hazy reddish orange, with some sediment noticible.
Smell a slight roasted note, but nothing is too overpowering here. Pretty mild.
I taste some sweet caramel as the main flavor, though to be honest nothing seems too strongly coming forward.
The mouthfeel is very nice, silky smooth overall.

Overall, a nice Irish red, but for some reason seems milder in flavor to me than I may have anticipated.

Photo of weonfire
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of zjungleist
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark amber color, yet perfectly clear, and a very nice off white head. The smell is mainly hops, not overly malty. This is odd, it says on the bottle there are pineapple aromas, and I can actualy detect a hint of it in the citrus aftertaste. Other than that, which in truth is a fairly minor note, this is pretty hoppy for a red, but well balanced with the complex malts. The mouthfeel is slighly sticky, but again, well balanced. Overall, this is easily the most enjoyable red I've had. I don't usualy go for red ales, but I am a pretty big fan of the Three Floyds brews. As far as I'm concerned, this redefines the style.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Funhog for this one.

A: Pours a nice peach/ruby color with a one finger foamy head, very tight on top. It held pretty firm for most of the time drinking, leaving behind little bits of lacing.

S: Quite hoppy, more so than others in the style that I have had before. Some nice orange zest and a bit of grapefruit with a solid malt backbone comprising of caramel and a little bit of toffee.

T: Unfortunately, the hop characteristics from the nose do not translate to the flavor profile. There is a little bit of hop presence coming through as some orange zest. There is a little bit of spice and a good dose of malt with some caramel and toffee as well some toasted bread. I can certainly taste the "tea-like" quality in this beer.

M: Medium bodied, rather crisp and smooth drinking with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry finish.

O: Very easy drinking, had no problem with drinking it and would gladly do so again. Liked that this was a hopped up Irish Red, as it falls more in line with my natural taste. Another solid beer from FFF.

Photo of soper2000
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely loved this brew on-tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago so I had a friend pick me up a bottle from Kahn's on his way to Lafayette. It appears to pour just a shade darker than from tap, a nice ruby tinged with a light brown supporting a 1 finger pale tan head. Citrusy notes of Amarillo are strong in the nose as well as a nice carmel malt-ish sweetness. A little bit of chocalate rounds out the aroma. Very impressive for an Irish red. Taste is very crisp. Although one could easily say that Three Floyd's over uses Amarillos, I love the edge that they give to their brews. The intial citrus punch soon fades into a sea of sweet malt finishing with notes of caramel. Superbly drinkable. I'm not usually a fan of ambers/irish reds but I absolutely love this beer. I'll surely miss Three Floyd's after moving away in a few months.

Photo of asabreed
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass. This bottle was around $8, and I was hesitant, so I really hope this is worth it.

Appearance: A beautiful and slightly hazy dark amber color. One of the best body colors I think I've ever seen. Almost looks more like a Belgian Strong Dark to me, only maybe a tad lighter. Unfortunately there's not much head, even with some recharging, and there's not much lacing either. Maybe it was my pour? Either way, the body's saving this because the color's friggin gorgeous.

Smell: This is quality stuff here. Some toasted husk, toasted malt, fragrant but not overpowering hops. Also a but of chocolate and a bit of ripe cherry when I take deep sips and inhale. You can tell this is great stuff as soon as you put your nose in it. More perfume and flower-like aromas--from the hops?--come through as it gets warm. Great stuff.

Taste: From the aroma, much comes through with flying colors. A fantastic combination of both ripe fruit malt and toasted malt, and I have no idea how they're doing it. The hops are strong to the point of making their presence known, but they're working harmoniously, balancing the hell out of this brew. There's also some woodiness, smokiness, and earthiness that only adds to the brew. Also the hops and citrus backbone come out more and more as it warms too. There's also some of the ripe cherry and chocolate lingering at the tongue at the end. Another homerun from Three Floyds.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy without the hint of a cloying or sugary body or anything even near that. The carbonation's perfect too, silky as hell when you're close to the swallow.

Drinkability: Yeah, this is extremely delicious, insanely complex, and, well, very expensive, at least as far as I'm concerned. Do you get what you pay for in this instance, though? Yes. Would I buy another one? Yes. A fantastic brew all around.

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.