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Brian Boru Old Irish Red - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 184
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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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a 3 finger foamy white head with very nice retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, and toffee. Has a hoppier aroma than I would expect from an Irish Red Ale, but I won't complain. Smells very nice.

The taste is very hoppy, with plenty of grapefruit flavor. There is also pineapple, toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. This is a nicely balanced beer with sweet caramel and toffee malt, being balanced by the grapefruit and pineapple flavors from the hops.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and easy to drink. This is a well made beer, and it is hard to believe that a beer with 5.50 % abv is packed with so much flavor. The best Irish Red Ale I have had by far.

Photo of brettski
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Ruger
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into DFH signature glass. Almost a four finger off white head with good retention and medium lacing, the color is a hazy copper.

S - Smells like citrus and very strong grapefruit which overpowers the whole smell. Doesn't mean that's a bad thing.

T - Starts off with sweet grapefruit and other citrus a little pine. And a very little malt sweetness along with the bitterness in the end.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had, I love the low to medium carbonation, makes it a pleasure to drink

Photo of TCMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, long lasting cream colored head. The beer color is copper.
The smell is of hops, citrus, and bread.
The taste is awesome. It has that similar taste, as a lot of 3 Floyd's beers, but that is a taste I don't tire of. A little malt, biscuit, and hop flavor. No hop bitterness.
Easy drinking, and delicious.

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DSlim71
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear copper-red with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some strong pine notes, sweet caramel malts, and a bit of toasted bready notes.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some grapefruit and some light bitterness and some sweet toasted malts in the background. Through the middle, the malts come through a bit stronger with some biscuit and pine malts as well. The finish is a mix of pine and citrus hops with some bitterness, sweet biscuity malts, and a bit of floral flavor.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, resiny, and light bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent red ale with a bit more hops than normal for the style. The balance is really nice and the beer has a great malty profile.

Photo of karatebartender
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Auracom
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased from Marion Street and poured into a Bruery tulip on March 22nd, 2011.

A - Bright, clear amber-orange color. One-finger of a soapy, white head. Fair retention, good lacing.

S - Strong tropical hops and resin, some floral underneath. Fresh grass. Malt backbone of light caramel, roasted and buttered popcorn kernels. Slight green tea.

T - Lots of freshly-baked white bread. Not much sweetness and rounded hops in the background. Citrus. Backend roasted grain. As it warms, much more of that bizarre popcorn note.

M - Smoother than expected, medium body, average carbonation. Very light, dry finish with soft malt aftertaste.

D - Consensus seems to be that this is brewed very much out-of-style, but those FFF house hop notes work well here. I doubt I'll revisit again but worth the purchase.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Surly pint glass.

Beer pours a nice reddish/amber hue, just about what you'd expect from the style. Leave a marginal head that vanishes quickly with next to no lacing. The smell on this leans heavily towards the malted end of the spectrum. I like to smell a bit more hops, but perhaps my expectations for the style are off. There are some nice caramel and vanilla notes as well. The taste is strange. In addition to the malt forward character of this beer, it has a taste as though it's heavy in alcohol despite being only 5.5% ABV. Very odd. The mouthfeel is very malty in a way that sticks around and coats your mouth for an extended period of time. There's an astringent quality to this that I'm not too keen on, and again, it gives off a feel as though it's really boozy. Overall, this is average. Not one of my favorites from FFF.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Cheezus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of thepubliclauren
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BrandonDZ
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of HopRod66
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tut2528
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light amber color with high transparency, looking like a very light brew. Pours about and 2 fingers worth of head formation which calms down rather quickly and leaves a very nice heavy lacing.

S: wow, this was not what I would have expected for this style. I get a huge amount of pineapple and some grapefruit along with a big hoppy note. There is a huge awesome toffee present that complements this, and I definitely get an aroma of honey. Pretty awesome for an Irish Red.

T: There is a lot going on here. Toffee comes through here again along with sweet honey and citrus. The fruits are more mellow than in the nose. Middle of the brew, I find an interesting earthy wood character. It makes for an noteworthy transition to a dominating hoppy aftertaste allowing for a nice finish.

Overall, Three Floyds did an amazing job with this brew IMO. The balance is fabulous and the complexity is awesome (for this style of beer). I found the transitions in the taste to be "spot-on" and it makes for a highly drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. The beer is amber and slightly hazy with a nice tight head. Hops come through quite readily on the warm, toasty nose, giving it accents of fresh lemon.

It wouldn't be a Three Floyd's beer if it didn't have a nice hop profile, and this one is no exception. Nice, slightly sweet toasted malt flavor balanced by lemon and orange zest from the hops. It reminds me of an ESB. There's also a faint cedary hint at mid-palate and a pleasantly dry finish. According to the label, the beer is brewed with honey. The honey does very little to sweeten the flavor, but merely balances out the hops. The beer has a medium body (ideal for this style) and a firm mouthfeel. It is a very nice-drinking beer!

This is an exceptionally easy-drinking, nice tasting beer. Very sessionable. Given its hop profile, I don't know if this is necessarily a good representation of the style, but it tastes damn good.

Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.