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

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

949 Ratings
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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 164
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 MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while ago, but finally got around to drinking it.

A - One finger of dirty white foam with surprisingly excellent retention and a bit of lacing. Brown-red hazed look to the brew, with a bit of a glow to it.

S - Very malt forward, lots of caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, but also a hint of tomato and earth. The hops have faded a fair bit since I had this on-tap in early April, but there's still a bit of tropical & floral hoppiness still kicking. It's a little too sweet in general.

T - The taste is a lot of toffee and honeyed bread, with a touch of floral hoppiness and ripe fruit (apple, strawberry). There's a mildly grainy aftertaste that is a little bit unpleasant. I actually like the taste a little bit more than the smell, but not enough to bump it up to a four.

M - Medium bodied, and the carbonation is mild, but it's still a little gritty (much like its namesake I suppose). Finish is pretty dry, with some residual stickiness on the top of the mouth (that sustains the unpleasant aftertaste unfortunately).

D - The low ABV and mild carbonation make it easily drinkable, but I'm just not into the taste all that much. I have no idea how this compares to other Irish Reds, but I'm assuming it isn't all that representative of the style (being a Three Floyds brew). Still, if this was among the better options on-tap somewhere I'd have no problems having a pint.

MasterSki, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a cold Sunday afternoon, I'm in the mood for a nice malty fall like ale. Thanks to AndrewNations for providing me with another awesome 3F beer.

A nice 1.5 finger fluffy head rises up and fades at a medium pace. The beer is semi clear loaded with bubbles a ruby reddish brown leather color.

Nose of fruits actually, a juicy like ripe fruit aroma, not anything in particular, like a fruit punch. WIth that is some light orange peel and some pineapple. Also some malts, not the maltiness I expected, light crystal malts. Also some honey, and apple cider.

Taste starts with a nice fresh wort taste, some light sweetness and fresh malts. A bit of crystal, and plenty of oats as well here giving it some creamy flavors and feel. Also some fruits, a bit of apple cider again, hint of citrus and orange peel. A bit of honey. Some light bitter hops, fresh grassy and herbal hops, a bit of citrus and spicy hops too. Again not as malty as I expected. As it warms some light whisky and very light oak flavors start to come through. Not sure where they're coming from, but it's there. Finishes a little more bitter, some light spicy and herbal hops and slightly dry. Slight caramel and touch of syrupy molasses finishing it, as well as a bit of the fruits.

Mouth is medium bodied with lighter but decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad, with some very light syrupy flavors on the finish, a nice bitterness that comes on in the finish but nothing heavy. Low abv and the nice combined flavors bring a decent drinkability.

jlindros, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Three Floyds imperial pint glass because I am able to.

Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, head breaks leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. More hoppy than expected but still awesome. Earthy and piny. I like the aroma.

Drinkability is high, I'll say that first. Medium body, heavy on the finish, chewy bitterness, some nice mild sweetness at lead off, almost a fruity beginning with a 65 IBU finish. Overall a great great beer from Three Floyds.

This beer is part of my #1 beer per style project, best Irish Red Ale currently on beeradvocate.com, and I agree.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

oline73, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

WesWes, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #3 from TMoney2591. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip. This was one of the beers whose cap got exposed, so I saw a little of that familiar FFF multicolor cap, but the label was completely covered so I still don't know which FFF beer it is.

a - Pours a deep reddish amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two minutes or so, with one inch staying throughout drinking. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Lots of hops up front in the nose. Smells of wonderful citrus hops, tropical fruits, honey, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Lots of grapefruit, I'm loving the smell. Smells like it could be a pretty hoppy IPA.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very nice taste, though a lot more malts coming out than hops in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer. Lots of hops in the nose, followed by lots of malts in the taste. Very easy to drink as well. Judging by the taste and the appearance, I am going to guess this one is Brian Boru Old Irish Red.

The reveal is...Brian Boru Irish Red! Big Want of mine; thanks Kyle! I was hoping they would have this at the brewery when I went to DLD last month, but they didn't, so very glad to try this now. This is one of the FFF beers I hadn't had before tonight but I really enjoyed; the nose is amazing and makes this one of the better Irish Red ales I've had. Thanks again Kyle!

mdfb79, May 20, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tattorso for this one!

Pours dark red with a thin bubbly off-white head that becomes a thin disappearing patch. Little to no lacing sticks.

The smell is of the FFF house character along with caramel, some brown sugar and pineapple.

The taste is of toffee, sweet citrus and pineapple. Sweet with a sour fruitt touch. A FFF spin on the style makes it different.

The carbonation is understated, though some swirling in the mouth gives it some life. It is medium-bodied.

It is malty, with a definate house character (that happens to be a nice one). A bit too much on the pineapple for me, though the maltiness has a nice taste - just overpowered by house taste and a bit too much hops for the style. A different, unique, spin on the style.

jwc215, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brian Boru Irish Style Red Ale. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded Three Floyds pressure cap served into a generic highball glass in a hotel in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served straight from a ice bath. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, fair thickness and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a semitranslucent nontransparent rich amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks standard for the style; no overt flaws here.

Sm: Irish style toasted amber malts, light biscuity hops (amarillo), caramel, and biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma. Appealing for the style. They're right on the money with this one. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Let's hope the taste is as good as the aroma...

T: Toasted amber malts, clean oats, clean malts, light biscuity floral hops (amarillo, my favourite hop), and light American biscuit malt. A balanced flavour profile, if a disappointingly simple one. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it, but the flavours aren't horribly deep. Some caramel. Solid for an Irish Red, but there's room for improvement here. I quite like it.

Mf: The smoothness lent by the oats is balanced nicely by a coarseness that coaxes out the flavours. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable for an Irish Red. A solid effort from Three Floyds that's up thereon my list of Irish Reds, but it fails to beat the Irish at their own game; Irish brewed beers in the style are definitely superior. I'd get this again, and it's very sessionable, but it's not mind-blowing. A good offering from Three Floyds and one worth trying once or twice. I'll happily murder this bomber by meself.

B-

kojevergas, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

GClarkage, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Gavage, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

oriolesfan4, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

weeare138, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Billolick, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

akorsak, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

duceswild, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Zorro, May 27, 2006
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ejimhof, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, Spring 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, slight pine, and light yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with all around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with moderate hop presence and good strength. Taste of caramel, apple, golden raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, citrus, floral, grass, toast, toffee, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Irish Red style! All around great complexity and balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 14, 2009
Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.