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.

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Reviews:
460
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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Photo of ShrLSU
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red with a cloudy look. There is light tan bubbly foam around the rim of the glass. The nose is of earthy hop scents and caramel malts. A slight breadiness as well. The taste is definitely some earthy hop with a stern malt backbone. The caramel malt and bitter earthy hops are well balanced. I can taste some nice breadiness too. Maybe a slight alcohol tinge? Mouthfeel is pretty low to medium carbonation with a somewhat slick feel down the throat. Overall this is a good irish red. It's solid but not outstanding. I wouldn't pay top dollar for this so, it's a tad overhyped/overpriced but pretty solid.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a wonderfully dark red color with a bright white foam- great carbonation, not over the top. Smells of caramel malts, that grassy three floyds hop aroma, and a bit of fuit maybe? Tastes a lot of caramel malts and once again, the characteristic three floyd's hop flavor. However, it's not very complex (although I don't expect it to be). That earthy, wet grass hops flavor doesn't much suit the malt backbone of the beer either. Mouthfeel is good, what I want from an Irish Red. In the end, while I could drink this beer for a while, I'm not impressed enough to want to. However, I'm still glad I got to try it, being that I can't get it where I live.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with EGledhill. Thanks for the opportunity amigo!

Appearance: muddy ruby red pour with a light brown head. Not much retention but some lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with a subtle hop backbone.

Taste: Caramel malt all the way with a small hop bridge to a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable medium bodied red.

This has been my least favorite offering from Three Floyds but its still a great beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with a good retention and a red color.

Smell is of big red malts. There is this toasted/caramel slightly toffeish aroma that is outstanding.

Taste is very nice . Caramel malts with a bit of toffee is heavenly. There is a big body with a huge malt backbone. There is a bit of hop bitterness and flavor to balance.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Big body. The lingering of the malts is heavently.

How did they get such a great caramel and toffee sweetness in this beer? WOW!

Thanks to Tattorso for this awesome sympathy beer.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear reddish orange with a one inch creamy off-white head that sinks down to a half inch after a few minutes and is retained quite well due to lively carbonation. Leaves some pretty good lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, some tropical fruits, a bit of citrus, and some light earthiness.

The taste has sweet caramel flavors at first, a bit of breadiness, then the tropical fruitiness comes out. After that the hops start to kick in and it becomes more nutty and earthy with a lingering citrusy hop taste.

Mouthfeel came across as medium bodied, somewhat crisp yet smooth and somewhat creamy.Pretty easy to drink.

This was pretty damn good for an Irish Red. I have a feeling it's probably hard to find one in the style that is tastier than this, but at the same time it's not exactly true to style, as I'm sure FFF likes it.

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

This beer pours a brownish-red with a small, oily white head. Aroma is of sweet malt, rosewood, sugar, maple, vanilla, and oak. Very deep and complex for an Irish Red. Flavor is much the same with pinches of nuttiness and a barely noticeable hop taste. Caramel and sugar cane emerge later as it finishes. Considering how simple I have seen some other Irish Reds, this beer is a symphony.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Poured dark copper, some head.

smell - Some hops , caramel and grains here.

taste - Some sweetness up front but ends with a bitterness from the hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I was tinking this beer was going to offer more, but not much going on here. Easy drinking beer, but I hoped it would of been on the sweet side.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear ruby red color with a thin tan colored head.

S- Caramel malts every where here. A little orange zest and pineapple. I could also pick up some nice hops in here also.

T- Caramel malts jump right out at me and are balanced very well by some nice hop bitterness. Could also taste some smoke and fruits maybe even apples.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and very smooth.

D- Highly drinkable and recommended. Well done.

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Photo of kmeves
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red and a greyish head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, caramel, light tangerine., biscuity Malts with some Amarillo. Flavors of toffee, raisins and oranges. More piney as it warms. Definitely plenty of hops, but not especially bitter. Watery medium body, some resin.

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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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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. Thin creamy layer of retention skims the surface and leaves some very nice looking lace behind. Wow! The aroma is lush with the telltale spice and piney goodness of Amarillo hops (or at least something similar) as well as some balancing notes of citrus and thick caramel malts. I'm also picking up maybe just the teeniest, tiniest, bit-o-heat. It's hardly overly noticable or anything but it's definitely there.

The taste is much the same as the aroma with tingling, dry, hoppiness up front that is well balanced by tangy citric character and a beefy backbone of bread, caramel, and toffee. Finishes sweet, tangy, and just slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of a beefy feel and an overall pretty lively carbonation. I was impressed by how easily this went down considering the thick flavors.

Well call me surprised by this one! The hop profile of this was quite the welcome surprise and held up extrememly well considering that this bottle was at least 6 months old. Probably the best Irish Red I've had to date!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one in a trade a few months back and had been holding out on it for a while. Decided to open it up last night to see what I had and I was more then pleasantly surprised. Twenty two ounce bomber enjoyed via a pilsner glass at fridge temp. Consumed on 09/04/2008.

The pour was breathtaking, this was easily the best looking red ale that I had ever seen. Rich ruby notes swirled in here with a nice caramel brown base color. Lots of light haze and loaded of carbonation streaming up to the top of the glass. A beautiful three inch high head of off white the came up over the top and settled down gradually, really pushing the envelope here for sure. This was about as good of a red ale as I could ever envision.

The aroma as well was just very nice. Rich caramel malt notes were coalescing and accented nicely by a nice sharp pine hop edge. Good solid presentation of aroma here as the bready nature was dominant but not terribly so and some nice balance was developing. The flavor was more of the same, and really for the style just dead on. Rich caramel and bready malts balanced perfectly against sharp resin like hops. Long drying finish really brought the flavor to the forefront and left a long lasting impression with me. Nearly perfect feel was medium bodied, chewy, and very well carbonated. Filling enough to coat the mouth, but light enough to be session able, truly very nicely done. Easily a drinker I put this away with no issues at all during dinner.

Overall I thought this was excellent. Perhaps my favorite that I have ever had in the style. Rich, surprisingly complex and easy to drink I could do no wrong with getting this one all the time. I would definitely seek it out as it really is a great example of the style.

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Photo of Reino
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tattorso for including this in a trade. My first FFF offering.

Appearance- An inch and a half of off-white head that lingers awhile, but not an eternity. The color of this beer is where it shines. It is fantastic. A rich, deep red-brown that is very sexy. This beer looks a hell of lot bigger than its low abv would have you think. The color is what I want from this style.

Smell- Sweet, roasted grain and dark caramel with hints of chocolate followed by citrus hops, pungent lemon, and some floral hops, as well. A pleasant mix of malt and hops.

Taste- Like the smell, malts and hops are very well balanced. Roasted malt and a mix of dark caramel, chocolate and plums hit beginning to middle before being greeted by some lemon citrus hops. As I drink, the sweetness of the malts and the twang from the hops meld into a flavor that reminds me of a berry cake frosting, maybe marionberry or raspberry. The finish is dominated by lemon rind and dark caramel/toffee malt sweetness that lingers on the tongue. I like how the citrus makes itself known without being too astringent.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a rich texture enhanced by its lower than medium carbonation. I find the lack of carbonation perfect for delivering this balanced brews malty sweet and hoppy citrus flavors. Drinks very smoothly.

Drinkability- This beer has a ton of flavor, low abv, and a great mouthfeel, making it a great beer to have quite a few of. I could easily sit down and enjoy a few bombers of these Irish bastards. My first FFF beer and I'm not disappointed. This beer has me extremely excited to try their other two offerings in my fridge.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cpferris poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish brown with a dense cream-colored head that lingers for a while and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has a big bready malt sweetness with a hint of pine hops in the background. The taste is a bigger version of the aroma with the sweet caramel malts dominating throughout. The pine hops kick a little up front and come back to leave the slightest bitterness in the finish. The spices and a little orange come across as well leaving a bit of a tea taste on the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy but with strong carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling through the finish. This is a very, very good Irish red, possibly the best I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a coppery-amber color that was medium-dark in nature and was topped off with a slight white layering that quickly collapsed.

S: The nose was malty and sweet with rich, deep caramel highlights and a light floral and citrus hopping.

T: The initial flavor was malty and sweet to begin with just as the nose dictated. A spicy citrusy bite is present upfront which is soon followed by a crisp, dry toasted malting. Fresh flowery hops and lingering dried pine and grapefruit rounds things out finishing dry. Overall the flavor was very smooth, malty and delicious.

M: incredibly smooth, hoppy with a medium fullness that appeared bigger due to the very soft carbonation factor.

D: A great big interpretation of style and definitely worthy of a re-visit. You wont be disappointed here.

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Photo of drseamus
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant red body with a very thin off white head.

S: Slight smoky peaty aroma, but it has a pretty tight nose.

T: Great flavor with a touch of peat and good malty base. Good malty sweetness.

M: Good medium bodied with a nice thick aftertaste.

D: Great example of a dry Irish stout. A nice refreshing version of a non hoppy red.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Ruby red thats almost see through. it also has a large sticky tan head that lingers a bit.

S- Strong odor of hops in this one. also dark caramel malts and a fruity smell.

T- well balanced with roasted malt up front followed my the mild fruits i could smell and a nice hoppy finish.

M- light on the palate with a clean finish.

D- very easy to drink, im glad i picked up this lonely bottle in the liquor store. ill have this one again if i get the chance.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my weizen glass

A: Clear ruby red with a solid beige head that leaves a pleasing lace. Tons of carbonation. Pretty stuff!

S: Wonderful dry hop aroma (Amarillo?) - very fruity with peach and citrus. Behind it is a moderately sweet body with a robust caramel sweetness with a good deal of figs and plums.

T: Starts off with a pleasingly strong caramel sweetness with a great fruity character with plums, figs and a hint of raisins. Citrus hops are present on the finish that's refreshingly medium-dry.

M: Moderately carbonated which works very well with the malty flavors that dominate this beer. Medium bodied, pleasing finish

D: Hooray! A bomber for me!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a rusty light brown with ok carbonation. The head is small 1 finger, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is caramel malt over powered by piney and grapefruit hops.

The taste is about the same, kind of like Big Malt O'Sullivan and Anny Hopsbucket had a baby. The brew is unconventional yes but tastes great all the same.

The mouthfeel seems a bit this and the carbonation could use a kick.

The drinkability is good, the brew should be tried by all.

Prosit MK

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Dark Lord day and wanted a Monday evening pick me up so here it is. Poured at 40 degrees from the 22oz brown bomber into a goblet.

A - A tawny shade of rust w/ 2 fingers of microbeaded med tan. A swiss cheese appearance from above the glass w/ a gentle haze. The lacing is good as the head gradually dissipates.

S - Fresh red fruit, cocoa and some grapefruit notes w/ cooking herbs and a sweet candied nut aroma w/ a gentle pine hop scent

M - Dry grainy combines w/ crisp carbonation and a resinous hop oilyness w/ mild sweetness which increases as it progresses toward cellar temp. There is light roasted aspects to the feel w/ a subtle warmth of alcohol

T - A rich roasty flavor leads into slightly sweet/fruity tastes which bring to mind raspberry and currant w/ melon undertones. The grainy taste is smooth and has a slight pine hop taste echoing the acidity of the fruity malt. The ruby red comes out in the middle pretty hard w/ a grapefruit tartness and a brief nutty toasted taste. This all occurs before the acidity lingers. A sweet/spicy flavor makes the taste balanced w/ a nice tangerine like citrus and gentle warming alcohol flavor as it hits the gullet. The hop twang seems to meet the fruity yeast and malt midway into the bottle and the hops open up more. I like the balance between sweet and spiced tastes most since they are both very strong and represented well here.

D - A really drinkable beer to me. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Hop head red, Nugget nectar, but expect more malt subtlety. This is not mindblowing or hopped to the point your tongue feels coated, but is just well made and ease to quaff. I would say this is not dull in the least, rather it is a very easy drinking red without the Irish character. This has the 3F's stamp all over it and is just what you would expect them to produce for the style. A lot of American hops and this seems juicy w/ easy Summer quaffability. This went very well w/ my aged Irish cheese which gave a contrasting sharpness to the gentle sweetnes of this balance red

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Photo of jtrockchalk
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always excited to try a new red....

A- Beautiful reddish brown but I'm a little surprised by the lack of head and carbonation. Barely a whisp of foam after just a minute or two.

S - Caramel plain and simple. Like a light homemade caramel infused with a little orange zest and pineapple. Very interesting but maybe more subtle than I was expecting for a 3F rendition.

T - Not bad but not blown away either. Malt is prevelant giving you that same caramel citrus as the nose. For less than 6% abv, its a bit warmer than I expected too. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'd like a little more hop presence to balance (my name is Joel and I'm not a Hophead...:-)

M - Thinner than I'd hoped but smooth.

D - Very nice beer. The whole bomber went down very easily. But I'd buy Red Rocket five times for everytime I picked this one up.

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Photo of baos
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

A: Looks just like sun tea, film atop the reddish brown body and everything.

S: Nice clover smell along with beeswax. Carmally malts.

T: Just as refreshing as iced tea as well. i just got home from a really warm car ride. This hit the spot. Orange-zest-beeswax-with-a-touch-of-caramel. Ends nice and bitter and a bit dry.

M: Very nice.

D: Perfect. I'm proud to live in a state where this is made.

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Photo of Atron67
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 from DLD

A- poured a dark red amber with a light off white almost tan head that stayed pretty small but stayed a decent while and stayed as a ring for the glasses.

S- hoppy as you would expect from FFF, pretty delicious hop smell, but it seems pretty wierd for a Irish red, but im gonna go and say this hoppiness is prolly why its at the top of the charts for the style, there is a light sweetness underneath, amber character and delicious

T- smooth light crystal malt character maltiness, then the dry hopped juicy characteristics kick in

M- light clean and pretty tastey, medium carbonation

D- pretty solid, but a little dissapointed, just another slightly different malt with a hop aromatics which dominate.

low malt complexity, not bad but let down for a beer thats spossed to be a little more complex, really let down because the major flavor is a dry hopped wetness

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to mred137 for this one.

A: Poured a glorious deep red with a finger of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Hops malt spice and peat.

T: Tons of malt. A nice slight spice other examples of the style lack. Peat as well. Nothing mind blowing but really solid.

M: Medium body.

D: Super sessionable. By far the best Irish Red I have ever had. While not the most exiting style three floyds made this one interesting.

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Made me say "wow" after the first sip.

A - Deep red with a fluffy, enticing head.
S - Malt, alcohol, fruits.
T - Dark fruits, sweet malt, and tons of flavor that fills the mouth.
M/D - The sweet malt clings to the roof of your mouth and leaves a pleasant taste. Smooth, low carbonation, and extremely drinkable.

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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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