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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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
460
Ratings:
976
pDev:
10.89%
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Ratings: 976 |  Reviews: 460
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made one mistake with this beautiful beer. I started drinking it too cold, but luckily it started warming up enough where I got to see some interesting character come out of it.

Pours a deep clouded ruby with a light tan head. Nose is caramel and sweet. Flavor is slightly sweet with a leafy caramel character. At first I felt the flavor was dropping off too fast, but then I realized it was just too cold. As it warmed, the flavors became smoother and stayed longer. There's also a nice hearty aftertaste you get as well. Good carbonation and thick and nice on the liquid. Definitely drinkable and a good one to try.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tattorso for this one!

Pours dark red with a thin bubbly off-white head that becomes a thin disappearing patch. Little to no lacing sticks.

The smell is of the FFF house character along with caramel, some brown sugar and pineapple.

The taste is of toffee, sweet citrus and pineapple. Sweet with a sour fruitt touch. A FFF spin on the style makes it different.

The carbonation is understated, though some swirling in the mouth gives it some life. It is medium-bodied.

It is malty, with a definate house character (that happens to be a nice one). A bit too much on the pineapple for me, though the maltiness has a nice taste - just overpowered by house taste and a bit too much hops for the style. A different, unique, spin on the style.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just arrived yesterday.

It pours a light bodied pure copper in color with a nice shine and good clarity. It reveals only a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is nice and fresh. It gives off aromas of citrus alongwith pine and a touch of onion. Not really typical for the style. The flavors are very light and crisp. It features light pine, light onion, and fades into some light toffee and amber malts. Probably as complex as it can be but most importantly, drinks very hoppy for the style. It's light and drinks pretty light in body. It's very refreshing. Overall this is a really nice Irish Red, probably the best around.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/02/05- Received via a mail order with Archers Liquors.

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating to be found.

Appearance- Larger 1 inch head forms. Decent lacing with a nice auburn colored body.

Smell- Citrus and pine scented hops with maybe the wee bit of toasted malt way in the back.

Taste- Gets hoppier as you go through the bottle. At first there are tastes of both hops and roasted malt. Then the hops take over. They aren't super intense hops though. A more calmer red ale as compared to the hop bombs Red Rocket Ale and Imperial Red from Bear Republic and Lagunitas respectively.

Mouthfeel- A bit more than average carbonation, just the tinyest bit watery.

Drinkability- Seems like the in thig to do is to make a Red Ale taste like an IPA. Oh well, it was pretty good whatever it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, getting some cherries, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, cherries/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while ago, but finally got around to drinking it.

A - One finger of dirty white foam with surprisingly excellent retention and a bit of lacing. Brown-red hazed look to the brew, with a bit of a glow to it.

S - Very malt forward, lots of caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, but also a hint of tomato and earth. The hops have faded a fair bit since I had this on-tap in early April, but there's still a bit of tropical & floral hoppiness still kicking. It's a little too sweet in general.

T - The taste is a lot of toffee and honeyed bread, with a touch of floral hoppiness and ripe fruit (apple, strawberry). There's a mildly grainy aftertaste that is a little bit unpleasant. I actually like the taste a little bit more than the smell, but not enough to bump it up to a four.

M - Medium bodied, and the carbonation is mild, but it's still a little gritty (much like its namesake I suppose). Finish is pretty dry, with some residual stickiness on the top of the mouth (that sustains the unpleasant aftertaste unfortunately).

D - The low ABV and mild carbonation make it easily drinkable, but I'm just not into the taste all that much. I have no idea how this compares to other Irish Reds, but I'm assuming it isn't all that representative of the style (being a Three Floyds brew). Still, if this was among the better options on-tap somewhere I'd have no problems having a pint.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy amber color with a healthy 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some soft pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: big caramels, fresh cracked pepper, grapefruit, and a pretty strong bitterness. A pretty hearty red ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied. Caramel candy and malts linger briefly on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this brew. Several pints can be consumed in a session. Worth a look.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Three Floyds imperial pint glass because I am able to.

Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, head breaks leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. More hoppy than expected but still awesome. Earthy and piny. I like the aroma.

Drinkability is high, I'll say that first. Medium body, heavy on the finish, chewy bitterness, some nice mild sweetness at lead off, almost a fruity beginning with a 65 IBU finish. Overall a great great beer from Three Floyds.

This beer is part of my #1 beer per style project, best Irish Red Ale currently on beeradvocate.com, and I agree.

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Photo of Eziel
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel malt with hints of cocoa and a trace smokiness.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet honey and caramel with a nice fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a clean finish.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking red ale. Nice malt subtleties and an attractive ABV.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a fine malt scent that is full of caramel and toffee aroma. It also has a tremendous hop aroma that is citrusy and highly bitter. The taste is good. It has a smooth caramel flavor with a bitter hop edge. It goes down easy and finishes dry, yet sweet with loads of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a great red ale. It has awesome aroma and taste; a real treat.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is a little sweet with a tea and hops aroma. There is an herbal note to the hops used that also ads a hint of metal to the scent.

Taste is slightly sweet and very full flavored with a certain herb tea quality. Good full flavors here, good malt level and multiple layers of hop flavors. Herb tea in the best sense of the word tasty and not at all harsh.

Mouthfeel is good, full but not uncharacteristically thick.

This is one very easy to drink beer. The beer that proves that Irish ale isn't just a marketing gimmick to sell Killian's red. Tasty ale that will appeal to a regular beer drinker with lots of extra flavor that a real beer fan can love.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was like a lopsided battle, like none ever seen before. On one side was a host of purported Irish paragons; Killians, Caffreys, & Finnegans. Standing alone, wind whipping through his hair, was Brian Boru. He was brashly-hoppily American, yet grounded as only a grounded malty Irishman could be. A legendary warrior with a holy hop scepter rumored to be blessed by the American Hop-Goddess herself.

Unexpectedly Boru sprung forth at his red Irish opponents. He was bitter, where they were mellow. He had a backbone strengthened by pure malt, where they were barely supported by misappropriated adjuncts. Bruno’s scepter swept forth like a clean lemon acidity separating & curdling milk. They fled before Bruno, the beast that was suckled at the teat of the hop nectar goddess.

Before friends Boru was sweet, but, quiver all ye foes for he shall unleash his bitter wrath upon all who displease him.

The women loved him, for when he passed lusty remembrances of rolling in the hay, with scents of pine needles, citrus, roses, and fruit waft through their minds.

In the end it is the unique dichotomy between the Irish & American that makes Boru so likeable, hoppily brash, yet smoothly malty, what is not to like.

So far only availible at the brewery, go out and get some if you have the chance.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. A lot of Irish reds are inoffensive beers brewed for those who for some odd reason do not like a proper pint of stout. They are OK but not great. This one is different. It pours hazy reddish amber under a 1” fairly persistent cream colored fluffy foam collar that provides intricate lace. Floral grassy hop aromas rise from the glass and the hops – more spicy and herbal on the tongue, rule. The biscuit malt provides light sweetness and traces of caramel. The hops, provide character and depth. The body is medium and the carbonation medium low. The beer is excellent and full of flavor.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a perfectly clear copper with close to a 1 finger head of foam and looks to have some nice lacing. Looking at it in my glass, there are very few bubbles, heck, every once in a while, I see one rising from the bottom and that's it. Kind of cool.

The smell is completely dominated by the Amarillo hops. I can sense nothing else; that in itself isn't a bad thing just a curious thing for an Irish Red but I'll say, I hope there's more to this brew in the taste.

First sip in and the hops start things off, as expected, with loads of bitterness but the road to flavourfville diversifies with a very nice toffee presence(it says so on the label and it's no lie;^). Some roasted notes here as well and, another mention on the label, a quite distinct flavour of Rye.

Yeah, the flavours are all coming together now even though I started this sitting off with Brian Boru at room temp. Call it a palate adjustment if you will.

On the light side of medium bodied with the carbonation near medium levels as well. Weird how I didn't see a lot of bubble action but the carbo turns out to be just right.

Drinkability? The taste and relatively low abv makes this a very good quaffer indeed so I'm super pleased to have had 22oz at my "command". A delicious Irish Red Ale.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to kstrickler for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy yet pale reddish copper color that produced an immediately dissipating off-white to gray head.

(S)- A spicy apple & pineapple aroma teamed up with a bit of fig, toffee, and dry honey.

(T)- Dry honey, but with plenty of pineapple & peach fruits. Finishes with some musky toffee dryness. Almost candy-like but not in sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a relatively good balance. A bit thinner in the body than I expected, but this does have some age on it.

(D)- An interesting irish red made interesting with 3 Floyds behind the wheel. Good citrus-like hops and honey. An enjoyable beer despite its bottle age. I am sure this would only be better fresh!

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