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

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 170
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of JoePat
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.

JoePat, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of MattBrooks
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.

MattBrooks, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of karst
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!

karst, Jun 24, 2005
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish brown with a light tan head and leaves a thick lace.

S: Strong hops aroma with a little bit of caramel & citrus malt sweetness.

T: The hops that hit you in the smell are certainly there in the taste along with the expected bitterness which gives way to a tea-like flavor and some malt sweetness. Then the hops come back in the finish and stick around in the after-taste.

M: Very crisp and smooth with medium body and medium carbonation. Excellently balanced with a clean finish.

D: The beer isn’t to filling and is extremely flavorful. I could certainly go with this one for a long time.

I had been waiting to try this beer for some time and it was certainly worth the wait (I know I said the same thing about the Dreadnaught, but it’s so true.) especially since I know I won’t be disappointed by Three Floyds.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 18, 2006
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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.