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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

941 Ratings
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a 2-finger cream-colored head sits atop an iced-tea colored brew. Sticky lacework down the side. Very inviting.

Aroma - huge orangey, piny nose, bursting with citrusy freshness.

Taste - a malty sweet start with orange, pineapple and pine bits in there. The hoppiness is exceedingly intense and low-key at the same time. Flavorful yet restrained.

Mouthfeel - a blanket of smoothness in the mouth, lower level of carbonation has this practically sliding down my throat.

Drinkability - perfect balance of big beer flavor and approachability. A top-notch beer for 'crossover crowd' tasting parties. One of the most sessionable beers in bomber format I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 02:26:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber- it produced a 1/2 inch head that subsided into just surface skim, and left decent lacing on the way down. The ale was deep reddish brown, like tea. Powerfull and pleasant citrus aroma - citrus, grapefuit, some pine, pretty much all hops, no hint of malt-. Taste was similar- grapefuit, and orange hop dominating this ale. Doughy, pleasant, bready malt hanging way in the back, quietly providing backbone, not at all sweet, and without any roasted acridness, there was even a slight aftertaste of tea. And all the time grapefruit, oranges, lemon, hops, and hops, and very dry - hey!! : This is really an IPA in disguise! Mouthfeel was smooth and full, very satisfying, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability- This goes down easy ! This is an excellent ale and I will certainly enjoy it from time to time.

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Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just to start, this is easily the best red ale I've ever had.
Pours deep mahogany, red, with a dollop of amber red foam.
Smell is just fantastic. A bright, amarillo grapefruit nose, supported by roasty goodness.
Nice roasty maltiness on the tongue, with a presence of strong amarillo hops. Borderline pale ale, but still exceptional.
Medium bodied, but flows over the tongue nicely. Would have liked a bit more support of the massive flavor, though.
Exceptionally drinkable. That is all there is to say about this one.

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Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly hazy (yet still clear) coppery amber brew. Head dims but stands tall at half height, with delicate, if somewhat sparse, lacing. Aroma is malty to style, yet the piney hops are an integral part here as well. Taste is almost perfectly balanced, with ample grains and hops complementing each other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb for the style, going down creamily and with ease. Best red I've had at least in a long time, if not best period.

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Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow, I just drank this one tonight and I am so impressed by this beer... I nearly gave it 5 stars across the board! The only thing I can say about this beer that isn't positive is the beer is just hard to drink by yourself... you just want to keep having everyone take a taste of how magnificent this beer is! I loved this Irish Red, I usually get me a Smithwicks when I go out and eat but damn it do I wish they would have this on tap when I went out to eat... everywhere I go out to eat!

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Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A hazy, thick red hue topped by two fingers of off-white head that displayed good retention. This thing looks pretty delicious.

S: Smells like it has a great balance; nice bready malt aroma with a hop character that seems it could be too bold for the style.

T: Damn. Judging from the scent, I was definitely wrong. This strikes a perfect balance between hops and malts, an unholy union of the two. Just enough malt character and hop bitterness to make for a fantastic brew. A very refreshing finish, goes down quite smoothly and leaves a faint hop residue in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is on point, perfect. Somewhat silky texture, which is also quite a balance between being over-carbonated or too weak.

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Serving type: bottle

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indyGold

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber purchased at 3 Floyds.

Pours clear with a full white head. Aroma has complex hops and malt. Hops are piney and citrus. Malt is dark caramel and munich/ vienna (?). The flavor combines the complexity of the hop/malt aroma and finishes smooth and dry. The drinkability is off the charts.

It's called Irish Red style by 3 Floyds, but this is really an exceptional Amber American Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 01:41:52 | More by indyGold
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beer pours a dark copper coler with a very light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing behind as it disipates.
It smells like Amarillo hops very floral on the nose.
The flavor is sweet malt very smooth with amazing hop flavor.
This beer is very drinkable and the mouthfeel is smooth and clean.
This has to be the best red ale made if not the only good red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:01:19 | More by JoePat
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Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. This beer pours reddish brown with an unholy darkness to an Irish Red Ale that was truly awesome! The smell is classic Floyds in that it had a fresh, flowered hoppiness to it not found in any other Irish Red Ales. The hoppiness transfers over in the taste as well, mixing with orange and herbs on the tremendously long finish. The mouthfell was just right. Not too heavy or too thin, but perfectly balanced. I ended up having 4 or 5 throughout the evening, and at 5.9% alc (which suprised me when I found out) it was easy to drive the hour and a half home. It's a shame this beer isn't around longer, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

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karst

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Who is this Brian Boru on my undated 22 oz. bomber from Munster's Liquor Stop near Three Floyds brewery.

Brian Boru, youngest son born to head of one of the royal free tribes of Munster in 940. He would ultimately be come "ARD-RI" of the entire island of Ireland. There has never been another High King of Ireland - before or since.

This Old Irish Red pours into a Stone Barleywine glass filling it with crimson mahogany topped with a tall beige sticky head that endures and coats the rastal's walls with patchy lace.

Floyds, skilled tatticians with hops, have packed this red ale with fresh juicy citrus (Amarillo) aromas that fill the nose and ultimately the room. The pineapple fading to become more grapefruit and orange with warming. I am having flashbacks of all the well hopped Munster brothers (Alpha King, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead and Pride and Joy).

Also like its kinsmen ( Robert the Bruce, Thulza Doom, and Dark Lord) Brian Boru is backed by a quality tasting malt profile. Caramel flavors support the hop flavors of this medium bodied Irish Red. So quafable it is sure to conquor you.

Thanks, Joe, for luring us to this well stocked Indiana packy. Its been 2 days since I have had a brew from the masters at 3F and I am feeling the hop NEED!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 00:00:37 | More by karst
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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.