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Brian Boru Old Irish Red - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

460 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 460
Hads: 977
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 191
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sparkling crimson pool radiates below a vanilla crème foam escarpment. Tiny eddies of miniature bubbles gather and spurt up in jets through the crystalline liquid.
Amarillo hangs damp and lusty in the air. Pink grapefruits droop against pungent herbs, as spiderweb wafts of blue Jamaican smoke drift and sprawl lazily.
The bedrock of caramel and rye toast is unremarkable malt ground, unassumingly scattered with stray nuts and bark, but it provides a fertile enough soil to sprout a canopy of dense, thick trees; this towering flora is the ubiquitous mascot of ThreeFloydsia.
This particular specimen is an unprecedented fruit-bearing Evergreen, sagging low with bulbs of grapefruit. Rarely does the Amarillo genus grown so large or glint with such dazzling foliage. The buds of this plant are collected by the indigenous tribes and burned for their sedating and mildly hallucinogenic properties.
In the shadowy underhangs of these forested pinions, bitter sap oozes down, similar in consistency and character to pine pitch. It is an echoing, dusky brightness overflowing with life. The air underneath is humid, but breezy, and seems carry a pharmacological essence of its own, as each easily drawn breath revitalizes and stimulates. It should be noted with caution that hyperventilation has resulted as individuals clamor for more and more of this enchanted ether.

This is otherwise noteworthy for its minor geographical oddity: it is the absolute most distant location from Ireland in every direction.
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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear medium amber with an off-white head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was grassy and citrusy with a strong hop presence. The floral hops lead the charge with caramel hiding in the background.

The flavor was lightly citrus hop flavor with nicely accomplished hop bittering that was much more restrained than expected after the hop presence in the aroma. The flavor evolved into a caramel/toffee presence and well balanced malt and hop bittering.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel and nicely crafted citrusy hop bitterness that lasts long into the aftertase. The body was medium and well done. The finish was also crisp and leaves you definitely wanting more.

22 ounce bottle purchased at OUAV in Richmond for $5.99. This has very little Irish about it except the label and is an American Amber. (885 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely loved this brew on-tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago so I had a friend pick me up a bottle from Kahn's on his way to Lafayette. It appears to pour just a shade darker than from tap, a nice ruby tinged with a light brown supporting a 1 finger pale tan head. Citrusy notes of Amarillo are strong in the nose as well as a nice carmel malt-ish sweetness. A little bit of chocalate rounds out the aroma. Very impressive for an Irish red. Taste is very crisp. Although one could easily say that Three Floyd's over uses Amarillos, I love the edge that they give to their brews. The intial citrus punch soon fades into a sea of sweet malt finishing with notes of caramel. Superbly drinkable. I'm not usually a fan of ambers/irish reds but I absolutely love this beer. I'll surely miss Three Floyd's after moving away in a few months. (834 characters)

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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just to start, this is easily the best red ale I've ever had.
Pours deep mahogany, red, with a dollop of amber red foam.
Smell is just fantastic. A bright, amarillo grapefruit nose, supported by roasty goodness.
Nice roasty maltiness on the tongue, with a presence of strong amarillo hops. Borderline pale ale, but still exceptional.
Medium bodied, but flows over the tongue nicely. Would have liked a bit more support of the massive flavor, though.
Exceptionally drinkable. That is all there is to say about this one. (528 characters)

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4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited to see that Three Floyd's bottled this one this year. Pours from the bomber a nice bright red with caramel tones along with a creamy, bubbly khaki head. Aromas start with big, fresh grapefruity citric Amarillo hops. There's a sweet caramel underneath with hints of candy toffee. Mangos, pineapples, oranges....so wonderful and vibrant I could sniff it all day long.

First sip brings a nice, smooth creamy caramel maltiness that soon gets overtaken by the huge hop presence. A cornucopia of fruity hop notes that leave a nice bitterness on the way down. There's a bit of nutiness in there as well. So damn good...Three Floyds has taken an Irish Red, kicked it in the ass and made it their own.

Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth, creamy body that is rather full. This goes down so easily I could drink it all night. I must say..this is the Irish Red I want to be drinking on St. Patty's Day. Three Floyd's has done it yet again. Highly recommended. (965 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer named after a rumored ancestor poured a dark reddish amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and slight bit of caramel. The flavor was of of malt, hops, caramel and and slight hint of pepper. The finish is slightly astigent with a definate hop edge to it. Leave it to the Three Floyd folks to twist the formula. (437 characters)

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4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leave it to Three Floyds to break the mold on a straightforward and common beer style. This beer is a dark clear reddish-amber color with a tall and foamy beige head. Thin patches of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is amazingly floral, with hops and malt in the wings. Medium-bodied and very hoppy, with some citrus, malt and caramel flavors. The finish is bitter and hoppy yet somewhat smooth. Stacked up against the rest of the Amber Ales out there, this one definitely raises eyebrows. (495 characters)

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,020 characters)

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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out bright orange-amber and sits a clean reddish-amber in the glass with a good sized light tan head. Fades to a faint skim, leaving good lacings up and down the glass.

Smells highly citrus, big grapefruit and orange notes. Thick caramel strands across the background with toasty hints of almonds. Not your usual Irish Red, then again, when has 3F ever been usual?

Tastes mildly sweet up front with an instant hit of citrus fruit. Grapefruit, orange, bits of lime and a touch of mango. Caramel infused toastiness builds up the base. Light nuttiness, lending almonds and walnuts sits inbetween. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering citrus notes across the board.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth with nice carbonation. Medium bodied, easy to handle.

While this is far from anything one might expect from an Irish Red, this has definately been stamped by 3F, with signature citurusy hop flavors and bold, yet tasty, proclamations of beer enthusiasm. Still pricy for a bomber, but worth a shot for the season. (1,027 characters)

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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,311 characters)

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.