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

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 155
Gots: 66 | 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 bierbrauer


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

22 oz. bottle purchased locally ($8.99) at Whole Foods. Poured into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

A: Clear, light copper with off-white head that settles quickly and leaves a slick of fine bubbles across the entire surface. Some occasional effervescence. Lacing hard to assess in small glass.

S: Very strong hop-forward nose, full of fresh pine and citrus.

T: Sweet. Malt first, followed by more malt - biscuit, caramel and earthy rye. A whisp of citrus and very, very slight bitterness. No alcohol.

M: Light/medium carbonation and medium body; creamy; neutral finish; no heat.

O: Interesting contrast between the hops in the smell and the relative absence of them in the flavor. The aroma is its best characteristic. Quite extreme.

03-22-2012 01:35:58 | More by bierbrauer
Photo of Snowrs


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-20-2012 23:33:34 | More by Snowrs
Photo of Chrixsus


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-19-2012 13:50:30 | More by Chrixsus
Photo of CMB2012


4/5  rDev -1%

03-19-2012 04:00:20 | More by CMB2012
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Dark reddish amber in color. Forms a two finger head of very light tan colored head. Decent retention and some light lacing.

S: A fairly strong blend of caramel malts and citrus hops. Grapefruit and a little toast.

T: Toasty malts on the front end before turning to citrus and grapefruit happiness and a moderately strong bitterness. Some caramel malts and a lingering tastiness on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A hoppy Irish Red with a restrained malt bill in the Three Floyd's style.

03-18-2012 20:14:19 | More by Florida9
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-18-2012 18:21:36 | More by denimdemon
Photo of chanokokoro


4/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours a red-orangish amber with a off-white three finger head which reduces to heavy lacing

S: Caramel, malt and very slight citrus undertones

T: Opens with a slight citrusy hop bite,, transitions to tones of bread, malt, and citrus rind, and closes with a return to mild citrus bitterness

M: Well-carbonated, medium-light body provided by a perfect malt backbone, very slick

O: This brew is exactly what you might expect: an Irish Red with FFF's signature delivered by an added level of hoppiness. A very enjoyable brew. Slainte!

03-18-2012 05:26:07 | More by chanokokoro
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Hoppy St. Patrick's day and thanks to yeahnatenelson for the perfect timing in getting this one to me.

Appearance. Pours a glowing, clear amber-orange with a finger of pale amber head.

Smell. Nice toasty malts and caramel. Some piney hops too.

Taste. Big toasty malts, some piney, floral hops and just a little bit of soap.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice amber here with some interesting flavours going on.

03-18-2012 02:21:19 | More by Rutager
Photo of Billakowski


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-18-2012 01:51:28 | More by Billakowski
Photo of Jaycase


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

a: dark copper. thick head

s: citrusy hops

t: citrus hops with malt backbone. some caramel

m: smooth. bit of creaminess to it. medium body

o: Don't have much experience with this style. Good flavor. Nothing extraordinary but good nonetheless. One to have on St Patrick's Day.

03-18-2012 01:12:03 | More by Jaycase
Photo of Bakerwine


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

-orange copper with yellow/red-green streaks poured from 22 oz bottle, slightly dull/clouded core with moderate- CO2 stream

-nose gives red-fruited caramel with banana-y yeast - citrus and floral - hops are powerful and over the top - creme brulee, wet cement and sandalwood

-palate is more citrus (orange and dried) - hops take over - big attack - The bitter from the hop is balanced and pleasant - the flavor of the hop is dominant. finish is medium length and lacking complexity

-Festive with fun packaging and some overt flavors, but not necessarily interesting or exciting

03-18-2012 00:09:54 | More by Bakerwine
Photo of kawilliams81


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- dark golden with a 2" off-white head. Nice amount of spotty blotches.

S- toast, spices, and citrus

T- toasted malts, lots of spices, rye, and citrus hop bitterness (of course)

M- medium body and carbonation. Very clean and easy drinking.

O- good beer and very good Irish red. Will have again around St. Paddy's for years to come.

03-18-2012 00:08:14 | More by kawilliams81
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-17-2012 22:45:16 | More by BFro
Photo of mayor55


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

22 oz bomber in tulip glass. This is the 3rd time I've had Brian Boru. Thick off white head. I'm a pretty experienced beer drinker, but I overflowed this. Heavy lacing. Regular 3 floyds west coast citrus nose. FFF is the best. Classic Irish red with FFF signature. Happy St. Patrick's day. Bomber #2 ready in fridge.

03-17-2012 21:57:01 | More by mayor55
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-17-2012 20:07:42 | More by DrGonzoDDS
Photo of Morey


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

22oz bottle with no freshness date. Come on FFF! I happen to know that this is a fresh bottle, but still. That being said, I couldn't think of a better beer to kick off my B-day (which also happens to be St. Patrick's Day). Cheers!

Pours an amber-red color with one finger of off-white head. The head has settled quite a bit after 7 minutes or so, but there's some pretty good lacing and retention. Pretty good clarity, although there is a slight haze to it.

Nice citrus notes in the aroma following the pour. I'm definitely getting orange and grapefruit along with a good amount of toasted malt and grains. Very impressive.

The malts actually hit the palate first, but it isn't long before that citrus from the aroma starts provide some bite and flavor. There's some bitterness, but it doesn't linger. The malts surface again near the back end making for a rather traditional Irish Red finish with the hops lingering just a bit.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a carbonation that sits between medium and high.

Overall, this is the best Irish Red that I've ever had by far and away.

Morey's Bottom Line: Picked this up for $6.99 in Ohio because I wanted to drink an Irish beer on SPD. This is tasting better than the month old Nugget Nectar that I had last night...no joke.

03-17-2012 19:15:05 | More by Morey
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-17-2012 04:43:45 | More by jstewart1130
Photo of jsulko


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a reddish color with a large white foamy head.

Smell is malty and sweet.

Hops come through on the taste, more than most Irish Reds. Sweetness also present throughout.

Very smooth finish.

A style I had started to move away from but Three Floyds really hits it well and makes it one of the best.

03-17-2012 04:24:59 | More by jsulko
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-17-2012 04:00:06 | More by CPditka
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours a bright copper orange color with heavy white lacing and a solid white head that stuck around for a few minutes.

S: Strong citrus aroma, plenty of caramel and roasted sugars, some irish yeast somewhat like a doughy soda bread.

T: Taste surprised me a bit. This is definitely the hoppiest Irish Red ale that I have had with a strong red malt backbone and a strong bittering presence. Bitterness mostly made up of early bittering hops without flavor and a strong citrus presence.

M: Light to medium body, just about right for the style, lighter than say Killians Irish Red. Medium to high carbonation.

O: This is a very good Irish red ale. I am sure that traditionally speaking, this is overhopped, but it really is an enjoyable beer for me.

03-17-2012 00:13:22 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of brealbg


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-16-2012 12:16:41 | More by brealbg
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

03-15-2012 18:29:54 | More by Saviorself
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

03-15-2012 04:17:30 | More by christophmathis
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2012 04:43:35 | More by Beezee
Photo of Knapp85


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A big thanks to Billakowski for sending this one out my way! The beer poured out as a nice looking red/amber color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppier than I expected with some malt aromas coming off of it also. The taste of the beer gives off this really interesting musty/aged flavor. The flavors kept me guessing on what it was that I was tasting. The other flavors were of caramel and some bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall it's a good brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

03-13-2012 04:40:00 | More by Knapp85
Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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