Brian Boru Old Irish Red | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red

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

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.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A hazy, thick red hue topped by two fingers of off-white head that displayed good retention. This thing looks pretty delicious.

S: Smells like it has a great balance; nice bready malt aroma with a hop character that seems it could be too bold for the style.

T: Damn. Judging from the scent, I was definitely wrong. This strikes a perfect balance between hops and malts, an unholy union of the two. Just enough malt character and hop bitterness to make for a fantastic brew. A very refreshing finish, goes down quite smoothly and leaves a faint hop residue in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is on point, perfect. Somewhat silky texture, which is also quite a balance between being over-carbonated or too weak.

D: Outstanding. This is a beer that exhibits incredible balance, great mouthfeel, and an overall immaculate beer. The versatility of this one is off the charts; I honestly don't think there's any time that I wouldn't want to crack one of these.

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Photo of JoePat
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beer pours a dark copper coler with a very light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing behind as it disipates.
It smells like Amarillo hops very floral on the nose.
The flavor is sweet malt very smooth with amazing hop flavor.
This beer is very drinkable and the mouthfeel is smooth and clean.
This has to be the best red ale made if not the only good red ale.

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4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. This beer pours reddish brown with an unholy darkness to an Irish Red Ale that was truly awesome! The smell is classic Floyds in that it had a fresh, flowered hoppiness to it not found in any other Irish Red Ales. The hoppiness transfers over in the taste as well, mixing with orange and herbs on the tremendously long finish. The mouthfell was just right. Not too heavy or too thin, but perfectly balanced. I ended up having 4 or 5 throughout the evening, and at 5.9% alc (which suprised me when I found out) it was easy to drive the hour and a half home. It's a shame this beer isn't around longer, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an amber/copper color that is barely see through. Medium head that quickly disappears leaving a thin layer throughout the tasting.

S: Wonderful smell. Smells of fresh american hops and pineapple. Completely different then any irish red I have smelled before.

T: Hits you initially with a powerful amount of hops. Not your typical cascade taste but still distinctly american. It is a large amount of hop taste for an irish red but it doesn't taste unbalanced or out of place. Hints of caramel and pineapple are present. Finishes with some caramel notes.

M: Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation

D: Really enjoyed this hoppy irish red. I personally haven't had anything like it in the style so I would venture to call it my favorite irish red. Extremely drinkable. I could drink a 6-pack of this (if they made one) relatively easily. Another solid Three-Floyds beer. I enjoyed the original take on an old style. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Who is this Brian Boru on my undated 22 oz. bomber from Munster's Liquor Stop near Three Floyds brewery.

Brian Boru, youngest son born to head of one of the royal free tribes of Munster in 940. He would ultimately be come "ARD-RI" of the entire island of Ireland. There has never been another High King of Ireland - before or since.

This Old Irish Red pours into a Stone Barleywine glass filling it with crimson mahogany topped with a tall beige sticky head that endures and coats the rastal's walls with patchy lace.

Floyds, skilled tatticians with hops, have packed this red ale with fresh juicy citrus (Amarillo) aromas that fill the nose and ultimately the room. The pineapple fading to become more grapefruit and orange with warming. I am having flashbacks of all the well hopped Munster brothers (Alpha King, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead and Pride and Joy).

Also like its kinsmen ( Robert the Bruce, Thulza Doom, and Dark Lord) Brian Boru is backed by a quality tasting malt profile. Caramel flavors support the hop flavors of this medium bodied Irish Red. So quafable it is sure to conquor you.

Thanks, Joe, for luring us to this well stocked Indiana packy. Its been 2 days since I have had a brew from the masters at 3F and I am feeling the hop NEED!

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 976 ratings