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Brian Boru Old Irish Red - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 188
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

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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Ratings: 971 | Reviews: 459
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

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1.38/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Tastes and smells like a cab driver after an 18 hour shift. Absolutely disgusting. Neither me or my companion could take more than a few sips.

I am not kidding about this. It smelled and tasted like body odor. I would rather drink Bud Light than this.

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1.61/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Got a 22 from 3Floyds Brew Pub last night and it was just awful. May have been a bad bottle based upon the descriptions of other reviews.

Smell was very harsh and kinda like BO. Taste was similar. Very harsh bitterness, some astringency, skunky (like Heineken), and a pleasant aftertaste was not left. No sweetness was detected.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.29/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid $4.99 for a bomber.

Pours a pretty red amber color with a healthy head on it, about one finger tall. Not much aroma here. Flavor is all english hops, no carmel backbone. Piney, citric, acidy. I need some carmel notes here to make it an Irish Red ale, instead of an english IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin for an Irish red as well. I would expect a bit more body from the makers of Dark Lord, but I was let down. Not one to seek out again, at least, not in my book.

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2.36/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm pretty amazed at how high this Floydian has been rated by other BAs. I really didn't care for it.

Looked real perty-- a nice, deep mahogany red with great clarity.

Nothing to complain about on the nose, though it wasn't impressive.

But the taste and mouthfeel...in one word: harsh. Dominant soap characteristic (and this bar's glasses are usually spotless) with the rough bite of super-high carbonation that fades into a grapefruit-like citrus twang with a 3-second finish that wasn't quite clean...Mr. Clean, maybe. It's a red that hopheads might enjoy, but for fans of say...Leinie Red, you're going to miss the smooth malt profile.

The best thing I can say about this beer is that it got smoother with every sip...but I definitely wouldn't get it again. Sorry Floyds.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange-amber body, lasting beige ring. Rather dull aroma, this seems so simple and feels like déjà vu as much as anything else. Ample grapefruity/tangerine like hops dominate (while being fairly fragile) the leafy and rocky aroma. Mineral palate, thin-medium bodied, highly carbonated. Very dry palate boasting more astringent hops than is recommendable. Very earthy, herbal (lichen, algae).. Those hops feels raw and attaches to the palate, this is not aggressive, it’s just dull in the same sense than a fly you want to push away. I do like dreadnaught and alpha king, but I don’t recognize 3 floyds here…

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2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly dominant. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt caramel and some overpowering hops. Seems to me this another one of those 3F recipe where they take a traditional style (Pride & Joy, Robert the Bruce) and drop some major hops on top of it. A bit too one-dimensional for my own taste.

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2.91/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this 22 oz bomber during a small cabin getaway earlier last week. Here's my take -

A: The beer has a nice rufous hue (reddish-brown/oxidized iron). Nice beige head that remains for almost the entirety of the beer, good cascading lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S: After reading the description of this beers build the Amarillo hops become even more evident, another hop forward beer from the 3F boys, especially considering the style. The nose is tropical hops, caramel toffee, and brown-sugared honey.

T: There is a striking similarity to 3F Alpha Klaus' hop profile, which isn't to my liking. Hopheads unite! Sure? Perhaps it's the Amarillo hops and combination of honey that sets me off, gives it a sweetness entirely disagreeable to my palate. I am fond of Dreadnaught, but the hops used in combination with the particular malt yield difference results apparently. I could taste underneath the unpleasant sweetness toffee and caramel.

M: The mouthfeel cannot suffer just from the taste...medium bodied beer, above average carbonation, but at times a bit thin.

D: Great looking brew with a nose that I find likable, just when it hits the tongue it's a different story. I'll be weary of the Amarillo/Honey forward beers from 3F from now on.

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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