Brian Boru Old Irish Red | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brian Boru Old Irish RedBrian Boru Old Irish Red
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
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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber. And nice too to have something not widely tried yet. Higher than average carbonation on hops and malt and caramel. More hophead feed. Grapefruit, floral aroma in hops.Mid-sip toast. Medium mouthfeel. Not the best Three Floyd.Radekfest #2.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Billakowski for sending this one out my way! The beer poured out as a nice looking red/amber color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppier than I expected with some malt aromas coming off of it also. The taste of the beer gives off this really interesting musty/aged flavor. The flavors kept me guessing on what it was that I was tasting. The other flavors were of caramel and some bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall it's a good brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is an Irish Red that I can get on board with. It's absurdly out of style because of the hops, but it makes me compare Brian Boru to other toasty hoppy beers like Nugget Nectar. Off base here?

The beer pour convincingly enough. A medium ruby colored beer turns lighter toward the edges but holds true to the color of an Irish Red. A light froathy head forms on the beer and holds firm at about 1/4", leaving some lacing behind.

IPA-like hops fill the nose giving a lot of orange zest, ruby reds, and pineapple-- all layered on a malt profile that consists of sun kissed caramel, barley, light toffee, and bread crusts. Those hops have no business in an Irish Red, but secretively I love the hop presence here.

...and the hops continue with fresh bright fruits of citrus and tropical, thus religating the malt character to a supportive role. The hop flavor is smooth, rounded, and fades seamlessly into a dry and bitter finish. The malt character has depth, complexity, and elegance all on their own but it's hard to stop and take notice because of the power and seduction of the flavorful 'C' hops.

Soft, malty, and creamy at the forefront of the mouth but the beer quickly turns to a toasty caramel mid-body. Then the toast turns bitter and increases deeper into the finish.

Maybe a better descriptor of this beer is an IPA-strength Amber Ale but with the amber-ness of an Irish Red rather than an American Amber... yea, that makes no sense. Maybe just drinking this wonderful beer is enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brian Boru Irish Style Red Ale. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded Three Floyds pressure cap served into a generic highball glass in a hotel in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served straight from a ice bath. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, fair thickness and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a semitranslucent nontransparent rich amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks standard for the style; no overt flaws here.

Sm: Irish style toasted amber malts, light biscuity hops (amarillo), caramel, and biscuit malt. A mild strength aroma. Appealing for the style. They're right on the money with this one. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Let's hope the taste is as good as the aroma...

T: Toasted amber malts, clean oats, clean malts, light biscuity floral hops (amarillo, my favourite hop), and light American biscuit malt. A balanced flavour profile, if a disappointingly simple one. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it, but the flavours aren't horribly deep. Some caramel. Solid for an Irish Red, but there's room for improvement here. I quite like it.

Mf: The smoothness lent by the oats is balanced nicely by a coarseness that coaxes out the flavours. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable for an Irish Red. A solid effort from Three Floyds that's up thereon my list of Irish Reds, but it fails to beat the Irish at their own game; Irish brewed beers in the style are definitely superior. I'd get this again, and it's very sessionable, but it's not mind-blowing. A good offering from Three Floyds and one worth trying once or twice. I'll happily murder this bomber by meself.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a full head that beautifully laces the pint glass

Smell: Rich caramel aroma blended with orange rind and pineapple; each whiff places one smell or another in the foreground

Taste: Starts out with a rich caramel flavor that is joined by the hops, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness comes to the front but remains balanced, very much like a hoppy Amber Ale

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of the style but this is a very nice beer; as with Gumballhead, the Floyds have taken an often insipid style and turned it on its head

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Irish Red has to be my favorite session ale from 3 Floyds...

It pours a unique deep burnt scarlet, with visual fortitude. Mild aroma of earthy peat and rich malts. Taste mirrors the smell, a light and malty sweetness is predominant.
Hops are present, but not off the charts, thankfully. The sweetness is toned down, but rich like molasses. Mouthfeel is similar to an English Mild, with lower carbonation.

Unique version of the style, and recommended...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly dominant. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt caramel and some overpowering hops. Seems to me this another one of those 3F recipe where they take a traditional style (Pride & Joy, Robert the Bruce) and drop some major hops on top of it. A bit too one-dimensional for my own taste.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a cream-colored, small, bubbly head. it left minimal traces of lace,

S - It smelled of biscuity sweet malt with a moss/peat aroma. Also, a slight grapefruit citrus smell.

T - It had a nice sweet caramel maltiness with a hint of toffee and chocolate. An earthy hops presence is mild and understated.

M - It was sharp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good irish red ale. Very different from most, but still quite good.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Dyan in our last trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Crimson-colored and quite hazy. The off-white head never rises very high, but it does retain nicely. Great looking stuff, I've never seen a beer quite this shade of red before.

Smell: Very malty with a subtle peat/smoke aroma beneath. Caramel, toasted grains, even a bit of roasted tea leaf. Unusual.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big malt flavors of caramel and toast, mildly fruity, subtle tobacco and smoke. Nice complexity while still retaining a medium body and a refreshing quality. Earthy hops and a hint of coffee appear briefly in the finish but don't linger on the palate too long.

Notes: This one was a big surprise. Absolutely the best Irish red ale I've had.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, Spring 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, slight pine, and light yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with all around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with moderate hop presence and good strength. Taste of caramel, apple, golden raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, citrus, floral, grass, toast, toffee, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Irish Red style! All around great complexity and balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Plenty of off-white head sits atop a red-copper brew. Lots of lacing as this one goes down.

S: Definitely comes off as a malt bomb with a touch of sweetness and a bit of an earthiness. Some hops make their way in behind the caramel and toffee notes.

T: Sweet, but definitely not too sweet. Typical malt profile for the style, but with a little something extra, likely from the hop presence, which is high for the style, but definitely not too high for the beer.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy.

D: Very, very drinkable. Irish Red is not by any means my favorite style, but this was one of my favorite beers of Spring '09.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's.poured from the tap a deep bronze with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head,mixed aromas of sweet caramel and spicey/leafy hop made it very appetizing.A big lightly sweet toffee presence really showed itself along with a hint of caramel melding into a big spicey hop finish with notes of of leafy mint lingering.A solid and somewaht complex red ale a good combination of malt and hops,another winner from FFF.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a cold Sunday afternoon, I'm in the mood for a nice malty fall like ale. Thanks to AndrewNations for providing me with another awesome 3F beer.

A nice 1.5 finger fluffy head rises up and fades at a medium pace. The beer is semi clear loaded with bubbles a ruby reddish brown leather color.

Nose of fruits actually, a juicy like ripe fruit aroma, not anything in particular, like a fruit punch. WIth that is some light orange peel and some pineapple. Also some malts, not the maltiness I expected, light crystal malts. Also some honey, and apple cider.

Taste starts with a nice fresh wort taste, some light sweetness and fresh malts. A bit of crystal, and plenty of oats as well here giving it some creamy flavors and feel. Also some fruits, a bit of apple cider again, hint of citrus and orange peel. A bit of honey. Some light bitter hops, fresh grassy and herbal hops, a bit of citrus and spicy hops too. Again not as malty as I expected. As it warms some light whisky and very light oak flavors start to come through. Not sure where they're coming from, but it's there. Finishes a little more bitter, some light spicy and herbal hops and slightly dry. Slight caramel and touch of syrupy molasses finishing it, as well as a bit of the fruits.

Mouth is medium bodied with lighter but decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad, with some very light syrupy flavors on the finish, a nice bitterness that comes on in the finish but nothing heavy. Low abv and the nice combined flavors bring a decent drinkability.

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4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish brown with a light tan head and leaves a thick lace.

S: Strong hops aroma with a little bit of caramel & citrus malt sweetness.

T: The hops that hit you in the smell are certainly there in the taste along with the expected bitterness which gives way to a tea-like flavor and some malt sweetness. Then the hops come back in the finish and stick around in the after-taste.

M: Very crisp and smooth with medium body and medium carbonation. Excellently balanced with a clean finish.

D: The beer isn’t to filling and is extremely flavorful. I could certainly go with this one for a long time.

I had been waiting to try this beer for some time and it was certainly worth the wait (I know I said the same thing about the Dreadnaught, but it’s so true.) especially since I know I won’t be disappointed by Three Floyds.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Brian Boru Old Irish Red from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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