Brian Boru Old Irish Red | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by Gueuzedude on 03-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
976
Reviews:
460
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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187
Gots:
66
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my favorite red beer ever

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a 2-finger cream-colored head sits atop an iced-tea colored brew. Sticky lacework down the side. Very inviting.

Aroma - huge orangey, piny nose, bursting with citrusy freshness.

Taste - a malty sweet start with orange, pineapple and pine bits in there. The hoppiness is exceedingly intense and low-key at the same time. Flavorful yet restrained.

Mouthfeel - a blanket of smoothness in the mouth, lower level of carbonation has this practically sliding down my throat.

Drinkability - perfect balance of big beer flavor and approachability. A top-notch beer for 'crossover crowd' tasting parties. One of the most sessionable beers in bomber format I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber- it produced a 1/2 inch head that subsided into just surface skim, and left decent lacing on the way down. The ale was deep reddish brown, like tea. Powerfull and pleasant citrus aroma - citrus, grapefuit, some pine, pretty much all hops, no hint of malt-. Taste was similar- grapefuit, and orange hop dominating this ale. Doughy, pleasant, bready malt hanging way in the back, quietly providing backbone, not at all sweet, and without any roasted acridness, there was even a slight aftertaste of tea. And all the time grapefruit, oranges, lemon, hops, and hops, and very dry - hey!! : This is really an IPA in disguise! Mouthfeel was smooth and full, very satisfying, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability- This goes down easy ! This is an excellent ale and I will certainly enjoy it from time to time.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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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.

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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow, I just drank this one tonight and I am so impressed by this beer... I nearly gave it 5 stars across the board! The only thing I can say about this beer that isn't positive is the beer is just hard to drink by yourself... you just want to keep having everyone take a taste of how magnificent this beer is! I loved this Irish Red, I usually get me a Smithwicks when I go out and eat but damn it do I wish they would have this on tap when I went out to eat... everywhere I go out to eat!

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4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber purchased at 3 Floyds.

Pours clear with a full white head. Aroma has complex hops and malt. Hops are piney and citrus. Malt is dark caramel and munich/ vienna (?). The flavor combines the complexity of the hop/malt aroma and finishes smooth and dry. The drinkability is off the charts.

It's called Irish Red style by 3 Floyds, but this is really an exceptional Amber American Ale.

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4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly hazy (yet still clear) coppery amber brew. Head dims but stands tall at half height, with delicate, if somewhat sparse, lacing. Aroma is malty to style, yet the piney hops are an integral part here as well. Taste is almost perfectly balanced, with ample grains and hops complementing each other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb for the style, going down creamily and with ease. Best red I've had at least in a long time, if not best period.

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 976 ratings.
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