Brian Boru Old Irish Red - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 974
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.16%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a fine malt scent that is full of caramel and toffee aroma. It also has a tremendous hop aroma that is citrusy and highly bitter. The taste is good. It has a smooth caramel flavor with a bitter hop edge. It goes down easy and finishes dry, yet sweet with loads of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a great red ale. It has awesome aroma and taste; a real treat. (556 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/02/05- Received via a mail order with Archers Liquors.

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating to be found.

Appearance- Larger 1 inch head forms. Decent lacing with a nice auburn colored body.

Smell- Citrus and pine scented hops with maybe the wee bit of toasted malt way in the back.

Taste- Gets hoppier as you go through the bottle. At first there are tastes of both hops and roasted malt. Then the hops take over. They aren't super intense hops though. A more calmer red ale as compared to the hop bombs Red Rocket Ale and Imperial Red from Bear Republic and Lagunitas respectively.

Mouthfeel- A bit more than average carbonation, just the tinyest bit watery.

Drinkability- Seems like the in thig to do is to make a Red Ale taste like an IPA. Oh well, it was pretty good whatever it is. (834 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was like a lopsided battle, like none ever seen before. On one side was a host of purported Irish paragons; Killians, Caffreys, & Finnegans. Standing alone, wind whipping through his hair, was Brian Boru. He was brashly-hoppily American, yet grounded as only a grounded malty Irishman could be. A legendary warrior with a holy hop scepter rumored to be blessed by the American Hop-Goddess herself.

Unexpectedly Boru sprung forth at his red Irish opponents. He was bitter, where they were mellow. He had a backbone strengthened by pure malt, where they were barely supported by misappropriated adjuncts. Bruno’s scepter swept forth like a clean lemon acidity separating & curdling milk. They fled before Bruno, the beast that was suckled at the teat of the hop nectar goddess.

Before friends Boru was sweet, but, quiver all ye foes for he shall unleash his bitter wrath upon all who displease him.

The women loved him, for when he passed lusty remembrances of rolling in the hay, with scents of pine needles, citrus, roses, and fruit waft through their minds.

In the end it is the unique dichotomy between the Irish & American that makes Boru so likeable, hoppily brash, yet smoothly malty, what is not to like.

So far only availible at the brewery, go out and get some if you have the chance. (1,311 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy amber color with a healthy 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some soft pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: big caramels, fresh cracked pepper, grapefruit, and a pretty strong bitterness. A pretty hearty red ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied. Caramel candy and malts linger briefly on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this brew. Several pints can be consumed in a session. Worth a look. (536 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone Imperial pint glass. Poured a nice deep and dark red color with a one finger frothy white head taking up the rest of the glass. It had some excellent head retention and left big thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The first thing that hits you in the aroma is the floral and citrusy hoppy flavors. It has a some of the tropical, mango and pineapple flavors as well as the grapefruit coming through. A bit of the toasty and caramel malt comes through in the nose but the hops are definitely at the forefront of the aroma.

The taste shows a lot more of the toasty and caramel malts then the nose did. The hoppiness the nose showed is there but it is more subdued then in the aroma. The caramel and toasted malts really come through in the finish. It's pretty nicely balanced, the sweetness of the malt and bitterness of the hops work pretty nicely in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit of a smooth creamy feel to it. After reading the label I'm guessing that is from the Irish oats. Drinkability is very good, it was a very good and interesting beer. I liked their take on the style with a higher amount of hops and the addition of Irish oats. probably one of my favorites of this style overall. (1,263 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice orange amber, getting into red just a hair there for the body color, slightly opaque with some real nice slow rising carbonation coming up the glass. Head is a nice caramel faint yellow with sticky retention, clumpy action, and a good three fingers. Settles real slowly going nowhere, very sexy looking beer.

Nose is a good hit of citrus hop, but that grassy malt action and dryness comes through when pulling away. Wow very impressed so far, with a great dry cracker sense, and ripping barley it seems, just dry and cracking.

Taste on first sip is a light noticeable faint brown sugar. Swallow brings a nice hop juicy citrus orange and some tropical notes. Palate is a hint of playful carbonation, but not fizzy, fairly solid but nothing real velvety or thick.

A real fun beer, not sure if I would highly desire this in the style, I'd look towards a meaty more malt backbone but it is quite unique and tastes real good. Another win for the Floyd here glad to have tried it. Would have again anytime. (1,064 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky caramel toned amber with some yeasties swimming in the bottom of the glass. Heavy streams of carbonation quickly rise to the top. The small, light tan head fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, herbs, toffee, vanilla, and and a touch of orange cream.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel and citrus dueling it out to a wonderful blend and balance. A bit of poached pear and pinepple juice make their way into the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet, chewy, with spritzy carbonation leading to a smooth finish. (600 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is a little sweet with a tea and hops aroma. There is an herbal note to the hops used that also ads a hint of metal to the scent.

Taste is slightly sweet and very full flavored with a certain herb tea quality. Good full flavors here, good malt level and multiple layers of hop flavors. Herb tea in the best sense of the word tasty and not at all harsh.

Mouthfeel is good, full but not uncharacteristically thick.

This is one very easy to drink beer. The beer that proves that Irish ale isn't just a marketing gimmick to sell Killian's red. Tasty ale that will appeal to a regular beer drinker with lots of extra flavor that a real beer fan can love. (735 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 650 mL bottle of Brian Boru served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is cool (has been out of the fridge for almost an hour).

Appearance: The ale is a deep ruby red with orange hints that emerge from time to time. There is a small ring of head but no lace.

Smell: This ale has a big strong aroma. The citrusy hops jump out and grab a hold of you. There is no hint of any malt aromas.

Taste: Big strong grapefruit flavors highlight the taste. Those hops are big and bold and dominate the taste. There is a slight caramel malt flavor that provides just a hint of balance. But enough of the malts, the hops are the big story here (as I've seen in Dreadnaught too). FFF is not afraid to use a big bold hop to add a ton of flavor. And surprising, the hops don't strip your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: The strong citrus flavors from the hops are quite nice and leave a lively feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: The ale's strong hop character does not impair the drinkability. I would like to see a bit more malts, but overall I have little to complain about. (1,078 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel malt with hints of cocoa and a trace smokiness.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet honey and caramel with a nice fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a clean finish.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking red ale. Nice malt subtleties and an attractive ABV. (434 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, getting some cherries, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, cherries/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew. (350 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +19%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just arrived yesterday.

It pours a light bodied pure copper in color with a nice shine and good clarity. It reveals only a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is nice and fresh. It gives off aromas of citrus alongwith pine and a touch of onion. Not really typical for the style. The flavors are very light and crisp. It features light pine, light onion, and fades into some light toffee and amber malts. Probably as complex as it can be but most importantly, drinks very hoppy for the style. It's light and drinks pretty light in body. It's very refreshing. Overall this is a really nice Irish Red, probably the best around. (645 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a coppery-amber color that was medium-dark in nature and was topped off with a slight white layering that quickly collapsed.

S: The nose was malty and sweet with rich, deep caramel highlights and a light floral and citrus hopping.

T: The initial flavor was malty and sweet to begin with just as the nose dictated. A spicy citrusy bite is present upfront which is soon followed by a crisp, dry toasted malting. Fresh flowery hops and lingering dried pine and grapefruit rounds things out finishing dry. Overall the flavor was very smooth, malty and delicious.

M: incredibly smooth, hoppy with a medium fullness that appeared bigger due to the very soft carbonation factor.

D: A great big interpretation of style and definitely worthy of a re-visit. You wont be disappointed here. (796 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lexx bought this at Sam's in Chicago, been waiting for a while for this one (good thing I have a couple more.)

Pours a cloudy red/brown, rusty looking, thick tan head, settles down to a thin layer, nice lacing. Smell is caramel and grapefruit, super malty with 3F hop twist, lots of pine, pineapple, more malt, nice balance. Taste is very malty as well, thick toffee and a bit of roast, chocolate, some floral, pine, very rich, long finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, smooth drink, tons of flavour. I really liked! (539 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fierry scarlet red. Good clarity. Thin dirty white head. Lacing is better than average. For the aroma, take 2 parts toffee, 1 part caramel, a bunch of pineapple chunks and some bong residue and blend it together. You'll come up with a nice concoction. Taste wise it's not exactly what I think of when I think of Irish Reds, but so it is with FFF. Nothing wrong with that. But this certain blend doesn't work as nicely as some of their others. It's good, but not great. The toffee and caramel backbone could use a little bolstering. The rilos add their signature stamp of pineapple, canabis and pine resin. But the hops are held in check. This is a good enough beer but it just doesn't really wow me though.

Thanks go out to the Ard Ri of reviews...cokes. (758 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a perfectly clear copper with close to a 1 finger head of foam and looks to have some nice lacing. Looking at it in my glass, there are very few bubbles, heck, every once in a while, I see one rising from the bottom and that's it. Kind of cool.

The smell is completely dominated by the Amarillo hops. I can sense nothing else; that in itself isn't a bad thing just a curious thing for an Irish Red but I'll say, I hope there's more to this brew in the taste.

First sip in and the hops start things off, as expected, with loads of bitterness but the road to flavourfville diversifies with a very nice toffee presence(it says so on the label and it's no lie;^). Some roasted notes here as well and, another mention on the label, a quite distinct flavour of Rye.

Yeah, the flavours are all coming together now even though I started this sitting off with Brian Boru at room temp. Call it a palate adjustment if you will.

On the light side of medium bodied with the carbonation near medium levels as well. Weird how I didn't see a lot of bubble action but the carbo turns out to be just right.

Drinkability? The taste and relatively low abv makes this a very good quaffer indeed so I'm super pleased to have had 22oz at my "command". A delicious Irish Red Ale. (1,319 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a reddish orange with a very thin tan head that quickly forms a ring around the edges. Mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, barley, and a touch of sweetness, maybe molasses.

T - Again sweet malts, slight citrus and carmel.

D - Nice carbonation and fells good in the mouth.

O - A good example of an Irish Red. Enjoyed! (382 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- The beer looks almost like grenadine syrup. The head is only a finger's width. Constant lacing throughout drinking session. Color is a very deep amber, like a darker amber than my Irish next door neighbors hair color.

Smell- A mix of freshly baking bread and musty hops.

Taste- Reminds me of rye bread without the seeds. A great balance of toasted malts and earthy/musty hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation, and being just shy of 6% abv, a great session beer. The balance of hops and malts makes this beer so very appealing and easy to drink. (602 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large 3F bottle into a tumbler. My overall impression is that Three Floyds can't approach a style without adding their house brand of hops to the flavor. In this case it works pretty well...

The color was burnt pumpkin with a creamy head. The aroma was mostly hops over a slightly caramel background. The flavor was a little roasty, a littel caramel, and definite hops. I put the mouthfeel at a 3.5 because the body seemed a little thin. But I'd still get it again. (482 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/red color with a small white head. It smells like citrus hops (grapefruit), some sweet malt and floral hops. It tastes more like floral hops than citrus hops, but I can taste both along with some sweet malt as well. There's a pretty good balance with this beer. The mouthfeel is medium, but a bit watery. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth. Not my favorite of the FFF beers, but it's still better than most. (462 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark red that is pretty clear. The head is light tan rising about 2 fingers but is quickly gone with watery lacing.

The aroma is sweet with some citrus notes of pineapple and surprising amount of hops.

The taste starts off a little hoppy has some nice caramel and citrus sweetness in the middle and a hoppy finish.

The feel is a little watery for me and has a nice dry finish.

Overall, I don't really think of this as a typical Irish red, which maybe made me like it a lot. It just seemed like a red ipa. Whatever, I liked it no matter what you call it. Good little beer here. (660 characters)

Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.