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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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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.

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4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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