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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 3/3/12

I love the label, the story of Brian Boru, and drinking a hoppy Irish red ale. Old Irish Red Ale at that.

Pours beautifully into my 3 Floyds pint, head forms thick and rises well above the rim of the glass. The body is a deep copper color with some chill haze casting over it.

Aroma has killer hops with a citrus/pine/tropical fruit medley pretty amazing nose to this beer. Underlying malt profile is well hidden by hops but it's there with a nice softness and hints of caramelized notes.

First time I had this is was a bit aged, which this beer shouldn't make it out of the Spring to be honest it should be gone by St Paddy's. Ohio supposedly didn't get much so I'm fortunate that my local got a case. This beer fucks George Killian's horse in the arse with hops, it has what every Irish Red is lacking...hop character.

I'm surprised that this beer has a honey addition, finishes extremely dry and well balanced no overt sweetness left behind, it had to have been fermented out. A nice upfront bitterness that gives of some pine/earthiness and citrus pith on the palate, with a soft oat addition giving the body a bit more girth.

Mouthfeel has bone dry finish which appeals to us hop heads who simply can't get enough, the body is pretty light for how much is going on in this beer no thickness no cloying aspects simply pleasurable experience thus far.

Drinkability amazing I could literally drain bottles of this stuff, I'm happy to say I have a pilgramage planned for late April. I may see some of you folks there. Salute, to 3F's for being amazing and for fuckin' George Killian's horse in the arse with hops of course.

Appears a deep caramel copper body, with a light tan beige head dwindles slowly I'm salivating just thinking about this one. Hop aroma flowing strong with no one else in mind. Herbal alcoholic flow again on I can't believe it let's do some more damage to our brain cells. What a great flow of aged hop aromas that come our way flowing oh so nicely. Flavors flow well so easily the malts blend nicely with the hops I'm burping up the combo of the two. Flavors contain caramelized biscuit malts with strong herbal slightly piney hop flavors really goes well together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy but no overplayed flows really easily. Drinkability twenty two ounces is effortless enjoy this one and raise your glass to Brian Boru I'm about to Google his ass sounds pretty badass.

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4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Dark Lord day and wanted a Monday evening pick me up so here it is. Poured at 40 degrees from the 22oz brown bomber into a goblet.

A - A tawny shade of rust w/ 2 fingers of microbeaded med tan. A swiss cheese appearance from above the glass w/ a gentle haze. The lacing is good as the head gradually dissipates.

S - Fresh red fruit, cocoa and some grapefruit notes w/ cooking herbs and a sweet candied nut aroma w/ a gentle pine hop scent

M - Dry grainy combines w/ crisp carbonation and a resinous hop oilyness w/ mild sweetness which increases as it progresses toward cellar temp. There is light roasted aspects to the feel w/ a subtle warmth of alcohol

T - A rich roasty flavor leads into slightly sweet/fruity tastes which bring to mind raspberry and currant w/ melon undertones. The grainy taste is smooth and has a slight pine hop taste echoing the acidity of the fruity malt. The ruby red comes out in the middle pretty hard w/ a grapefruit tartness and a brief nutty toasted taste. This all occurs before the acidity lingers. A sweet/spicy flavor makes the taste balanced w/ a nice tangerine like citrus and gentle warming alcohol flavor as it hits the gullet. The hop twang seems to meet the fruity yeast and malt midway into the bottle and the hops open up more. I like the balance between sweet and spiced tastes most since they are both very strong and represented well here.

D - A really drinkable beer to me. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Hop head red, Nugget nectar, but expect more malt subtlety. This is not mindblowing or hopped to the point your tongue feels coated, but is just well made and ease to quaff. I would say this is not dull in the least, rather it is a very easy drinking red without the Irish character. This has the 3F's stamp all over it and is just what you would expect them to produce for the style. A lot of American hops and this seems juicy w/ easy Summer quaffability. This went very well w/ my aged Irish cheese which gave a contrasting sharpness to the gentle sweetnes of this balance red

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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Finnman for this one, I finally get to review a FFF beer!

Pours a somewhat hazed orange tinged brown (more orange when held to the light) with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average & lacing

S: Breadyness & leafy hops

T: Leafy hops, toffee, dryness & caramel up front. Some oakyness & more toffee as this warms, along with leafy hops & fruittyness (apricots & figs). Finishes with a bit of orangey & leafy hops, more figs & just a smidge of vanilla, plus just little booze at very end

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & great balance, plus a little stickyness

Drinks very easy, a solid Irish Red, that is pretty true to it's roots. I could session on this, but would rather move on to the Dark Lord...

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
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-

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3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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