Brian Boru
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #1
Ranked #9,312
4.03 | pDev: 10.92%
Apr 30, 2022
Mar 14, 2004
Brian BoruBrian Boru
Notes: 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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3.73 by aprabhu from Kentucky on Apr 30, 2022
3.06 by cabsandking from Ohio on Apr 18, 2022
4.1 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Apr 17, 2022
3.98 by Giggy from Michigan on Apr 08, 2022
4.12 by miwestcoaster from Michigan on Apr 03, 2022
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Apr 01, 2022
3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia on Mar 29, 2022
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3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

Has an orangish-red color (bright orange glow with a backlight), a bit murky, with good carbonation. A ¾ inch head from a fairly aggressive pour (i.e. once I realized the head was not going to be big, I went from down to side to down the middle pouring). The head is thick, slightly off-white, with good retention. Strings of lacing from tipping the glass.

The aroma has a lot of citrus, some pine even. If I work at it long enough, I do pick up the malts behind (way behind.)

The flavor is primed by the citrus in the aroma as I start to take a sip. The flavor itself follows with citrus, pine, fruit, and just a touch of the bready malts. Not too bitter in the beginning, but the bitterness does start right away, and intensify toward the finish to result in a quite bitter finish, especially after half-way thorough the beer. The aftertaste has the citrus and bittering lingering in the mouth. It's not bitter in the WCIPA category, but this is definitely brewed for IPAmerica, and not Irish-America.

Has a moderate body with a nice bite from the carbonation.

Quite hoppy and quite flavorful and satisfying. But, style-wise, it is a Red IPA, NOT a Red Irish Ale.

I'm rating to style, and even so I feel I am overrating. It is NOT a Red Irish Ale. Not, not, not.

For this beer to be the #1 rated Red Ale - Irish on this site is embarrassing. BA members should be embarrassed.

Mar 28, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Appearance: Clear copper with a small off white head and very good lacing.
Aroma: Notes of caramel, toffee, herbal tea and just a bit of orchard fruit.
Taste: Hops a bit more prominent but earthy, grainy malts still prevail. Lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately bitter, decently carbonated.
Overall: Really like the way all the parts mesh

Mar 27, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 2/10/22

What an odd style to obtain the highest rated example of. Who’s even making Irish Reds anymore? It has to have been over a year since I’ve had one, but I’m certainly excited to tick this one. Let’s see how tou did, 3 Floyds

Pours a dark orange gold with 2 fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This honestly just smells like a maltier red IPA, but I’m not complaining. I’m picking up on aromas of biscuity malt, rye bread, resinous hops, caramel, toffee, white pepper, and light orange zest

In taste it sadly feels a bit muddled, but it’s not really bad. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting caramel malt, toffee, orange zest, fresh pine, resinous hops, and white pepper. The swallow brings notes of red malt, resinous hops, rye bread, white pepper, pithy grapefruit, and light toast

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a oily yet crisp beer. Finishes mostly dry but a bit sweet

This is just a pretty average beer that’s overly hopped, but it’s not bad at all. I could probably throw a few back

Mar 27, 2022
4.13 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Mar 26, 2022
4 by n2492004 from Michigan on Mar 26, 2022
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3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Phoodcritic from Michigan

I agree with others who say this ale is too bitter for the style. It’s a red IPA.

Mar 25, 2022
4 by paulish from New York on Mar 21, 2022
4.21 by stanale from Illinois on Mar 19, 2022
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2.29/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by teromous from Virginia

Just like in the picture for this beer, the bottle date is located just above the paper label on the glass. Without the picture I never would have found it: "BOTTLED 01/25/22 4378"

Appearance: The body is a orange-brown to burnt-umber color and it is very cloudy, allowing only hazy shadows at the edge. The head is a tobacco stained yellow color which is creamy textured and frothy. It has good head retention and some nice sloped sheets of lacing.

Aroma: It has a big aroma of burnt rubber, garlic, and onions. Mostly the burnt rubber aroma dominates but when that seems to occasionally move aside all that is left is this over-the-top garlic and onion aroma. There is also this really odd aroma of freshly broken celery. It's just a really strange smelling beer that isn't appealing at all.

Taste: Up front there is garlic flavor and some grain flour flavor. Some rye comes through up front as well. Towards the middle of the palate it tastes like rye and onions. On the back of the palate it is bitter herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light bodied and overly bitter with an awkward drinkability. Even as its own thing this beer feels out of place and very unrefined.

Overall: It feels like the kitchen sink was thrown at this beer in order to make it worthwhile and all you end up with is the contents of the garbage disposal. The burnt rubber character really killed this beer but also the under-attenuated body and the awkward bitterness. It isn't something I would buy again. I wouldn't recommend buying it.

Mar 18, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

This honestly reminds me of a lighter nugget nectar, which I am very pleased to have gotten a 6 pack of, but if you are looking for a traditional irish red, this is not it. Mostly opaque orangey amber body with a tan head. Piney and citrus hops lead the nose with amber malts and slight grains. Taste adds a pleasant toast component but has more hop resin. Feel is where I have to dock points as it is not traditional at all, super hopped, resinous, malt is there but not the star at all. Great beer but not really an irish red

Mar 18, 2022
4.1 by uncleotis from Illinois on Mar 18, 2022
3.96 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Mar 17, 2022
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a 6pck of bottles of this beer from my local meijer store. It poured a clear amber with off white head that is leaving some lace .the scent had nice mix of malt and finishing hops. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with light sweet malt b!se and smooth bittering hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Mar 17, 2022
3.95 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Mar 17, 2022
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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Bottled 2/10/22

L: Pours a beautiful ruby/copper. Off white head has good retention.

S: Fresh tropical hops. Doesn’t smell like an Irish red but smells good nonetheless.

T: Taste follows the nose with tropical fruit, grapefruit pith, and pine backed by toasted malt.

F: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I’m torn since this is a good beer but not a good representation of the style at all.

Mar 16, 2022
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2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by roberthawkins

I rate this one on the lower side since I can't really go along with calling this an Irish red ale. It's just way too hoppy for that. The dominant flavor and aroma are that of citrusy American hops. It's a decent enough beer, I suppose, but if you're looking for a nice, toasty Irish red this isn't it. Go for a Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing instead. I'm kind of surprised Brian Boru has such a high average rating on here and suspect it has more to do with the strong reputation of Three Floyds than the beer itself. Seriously, how is this the top-rated Irish red on here?!!! Great name though.

Mar 12, 2022
3.93 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Mar 12, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Unbelievable aroma.

Mar 11, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep amber with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head has great retention

S- malty nose up front with notes of toasted bread crust, caramel, toffee and dried leaves. Spicy hop aroma with notes of hemp, floral and grassy notes.

T- well balanced with malty notes of toasted bread, caramel and toffee, followed by hoppy notes of peppery and floral hops, with undertones of citrus peel. The finish is malty with a peppery hop kick on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

Mar 05, 2022
3.75 by DougT from Ohio on Mar 03, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 1/20/22; drank 3/1/22 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange/red rust appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Dry rye, grapefruit rind and faint copper notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry rye & grapefruit flavors up front; pine needle notes on the finish.

Prickly & not my favored profile, but it's flavorful and interesting. Worth it in a pinch.

Mar 02, 2022
4.23 by TerryG from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
3.75 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Feb 28, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured copper colored into a shaker pint glass and was topped with an off white 2 cm head.
The aroma, for me, was very mild, but my nose is damaged from stupidity so it doesn’t surprise me.
The taste though, malty foremost with a smattering of hops and some spices that I didn’t expect, I could say pepper like but not sure that is right. Just don’t know anything closer.
The feel is ideal for the style, very, very quaffable. I could drink a lot of these come March if I could get them.
Wish they sent more up to West Michigan, most places I looked were already out.

Feb 28, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into shaker pint. Cream colored head, pale red body.

Malty, spiced nose.

A caramel sweetness swarmed by tropical sour hops. This was a surprise.

Good carbonation on a medium feel

This is a good beer but not very indicative of Irish reds.

Feb 25, 2022
2.98 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Feb 21, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Danzifer from Ohio

These guys make a good Irish red!

Feb 18, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

At Party Town

Feb 12, 2022
4.29 by norinco from Ohio on Feb 12, 2022
3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2022
4.25 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jun 29, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a murky ice tea color with a short lived cream colored head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted caramel malt and some hops. Flavor follows the nose, malty in front with the bitter hop bite in the finish. Feel is medium bodied and only barely adequately carbonated. Over all a decent beer. Hard to believe this is the #1 ranked Irish red ale.

May 16, 2021
4.09 by cwd from Kentucky on May 03, 2021
Brian Boru from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1049 ratings