ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very hoopy and fruity aroma. The moderate heads has a little staying power, but thereís plenty of lacing on my glass, from the bottled beer. Itís hoppy, but I expect that from the makers of Alpha King. It starts sweet, but it just didnít do it for me. The hops produce a harsh aftertaste I just donít appreciate.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Damn, another reason not to dislike Amber Ales. Caramel copper colored. Nice off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma. At times this beast smells like Juicy Fruit gum. Initial sweetness is offset quickly by the Floydís judicious use of hops. Very piney at times. A well done Amber!
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby tinged copper. Medium foamy tanned head. Nose is very hoppy and piney. Not what I was expecting for an Irish Red Ale, although, were I to simply smell this, I think I could "pick out" Three Floyds. Taste is hoppy and piney but has a nice malty character to it and even some light hints of caramel despite how dominant the hop profile is. Body is medium with moderate carbonation and light lingering bitterness. Finish produces a reduced hop profile, some earthy notes, light caramel and some pleasant sweet maltiness. I want to say that there is some pumpernickel bread notes in here was well. Or is it poorly made rye bread (not a knock on 3F). Different and just what I was looking to drink after work!
Gachupines (847) - USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting taste here, felt like I was drinking a combination of a red ale and an IPA. The amount of hops in this definitely puts a spin on the style. Overall I enjoyed it, but it probably wonít be a regular purchase.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper body topped by a rocky manila head. Decent glass lace. The aroma is strong and hits you the second the cap is popped. And that aroma, contrary to what you might expect with a beer labeled Irish Red Ale, is loads of pine and citrus hops. There arenít this many hops in all of Ireland, unless of course they replaced the potatoes with hops and that is why they had that famine. Anyhow... The flavor is not as nice as the aroma caramel and light bread trying to come through but like a street urchin in the hands of a drunk Irish cop the malt is being bashed into oblivion by the heavy hand of sire OíHoppolly. Bitter throughout. Medium smooth palate. Decent enough and a liberal take on the style (call it Irish Red or Amber Ale).
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intersting to say the least but for some reason it just didnt do it for me. First off the nose is hot. Lots of hops but not overly agressive. The taste has this hops in it and thats all good but there is this strange flavour that is supposed to be amber but to me it just doesnt do it. The others that had this with me absolutely loved it tho, so maybe its just me. Overall, not that bad and its from three floyds so you gotta give it a shot.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this on a whim. Very glad. Pours a tawny amber with more significant brown leanings than anything else. The aroma is sticky pine, and tangerine citrus hops. Spicy, floral, and crisp. The flavor consists of great malts. Lite sweetness where you can detect caramel, grain (biscuit?), and wood. Mineral. Well hoped but balanced with hop flavors including a start of grapefruit and orange, which moves to a spicy finish of hoppiness. The body is a bit more watery than I suspected but clean and solid. Iím not usually a big fan of red ale but Iíd drink this all the time. Hello beer fridge!!!!
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very hoppy smell with some citrus hints. taste is of pine and fruit with hops.. i agree with a few posts down.. this is just a slight change on the other three floyds brews. nothing super spectacular but it was good and now i have the bottle for my collection.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fridge Temp. A serious true red in a English pint. Smells just like a pack of hops pellets. Awesome. Flavor is more expansive hoppiness, not overwhelming or too much citrus. I am not getting the grapefruit everyone is describing, this seems much more piney and herbal to me than west coast hop monsters. Brilliant, eminently drinkable, I wish the was always in every beerstore in America. I need cases of this!!!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 I donít know what to say about this one except that this ainít no Irish Ale, its a red IPA or amber ale. Lets see now, 3F have made a west coast IPA(Alpha King) and Imperial IPA(Dreadnaught), a black IPA(last years Alpha Klaus), a Barleywine IPA(Behemoth), a Imperial Stout IPA(Dark Lord), a white IPA Gumballhead Wheat and now a Red IPA(Brian Boru). First Iíll say Iíve enjoyed all of them, and with this one priced at between 5-6 a bottle I really apprecaited this one. I havenít had all their beers but the ones Iíve had are getting repetitive.