Brian Boru Old Irish Red - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by psuKinger:
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bomber picked up at VIntage Estate, poured into my Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.
A: The cap released without much of a *pop*, which concerned me from the start. But my fears were immediately alleviated upon the pour. Pours a golden amber hue with a huge bone-white head on top, 3 fingers worth. Plenty of carbonation.
S: Big nose of pine and lemon slices, with a touch of herbal/medicinal notes. But mostly pine.
T: Taste follows the nose. The lemon is not quite as present on the palate as it appeared above, and the herbal/medicinal flavors are perhaps a touch more pronounced, but there are few surprises here. Just lots and lots of hops.
It's a tastey and enjoyable brew, but I have to ask: Is this really a "Red Ale"? Whatever caramel malt backbone there is to be found here lies way in the background, overwhelmed by a myriad of hop flavors. If I were simply reviewing "a beer", without regard for style, this would certainly garner high marks. But I'm not sure how to proceed with such a tasty brew that seems to deviate so drastically from style.
As good as it is, I can't bring myself to score it below a 4.0 here. However, with it being so far from the Red Ale that the label so boldly claims, I can't in good conscience score it a 4.5.
M: Light and lively, with plenty of *tingle* all over the tongue. It then finishes quite dry, with lots of sticky hop flavors at the end.
D/O: A delicious, highly drinkable, enjoyable, repeatable hoppy treat. Just not much of a "Red Ale", for those that are considering purchasing for that purpose. This is closer to 3F's Arctic Panzer IPA than it is what other breweries refer to as "Red Ale", IMO.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2012 21:33:08 | More by psuKinger
More User Reviews:
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
Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.