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

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 65 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

hilgart1, Mar 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

HopRod66, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of tut2528
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

tut2528, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 22, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bierbrauer, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Snowrs, Mar 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Chrixsus, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CMB2012, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Florida9, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

denimdemon, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

chanokokoro, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rutager, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Billakowski, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jaycase, Mar 18, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-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

Bakerwine, Mar 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kawilliams81, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BFro, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of mayor55
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mayor55, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Morey
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Morey, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jstewart1130, Mar 17, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jsulko, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CPditka, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alpinebryant, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

brealbg, Mar 16, 2012
Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.