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 (1206) - 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.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lovely looking beer, the color of which seems more than appropriate for St. Patís. Nose doesnít match up. Malty, but somewhat thin (unusual for FFF). Flavor is crisp, refreshin, and full of malt, citrus, and other flavors. As easy drinking beer and DEFINITELY a top notch amber. For a style that is often ho-hum at best, this brew has reinvigorated my interest.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, if youíre looking for the typical St. Patrickís day Irish style red ale.....this ainít it! And coming from 3 Floyds, would you expect it any other way? Nice citrus hop aroma - Iíd guess Amarillo and it says so on the bottle. But itís also piney and flowery along with the grapefruit. Taste is sweet smokey malt up front turning exceptionally hoppy the last 3/4 of the sip. Body is medium - not too thick - you could drink a lot of this. Iím not a big fan of Amber Ales anyway, so Iíve gotta give them credit for giving this one some kick
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, hoppy as hell smell; the odor attacked me when I opened the bottle. Deep pretty red color. Thin,weak head that barely lasted, thin mouth feel. Heavy Hop taste. I will be buying another bottle to share with friends.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leave it to Three Floyds to break the mold on a straightforward and common beer style. This beer is a dark clear reddish-amber color with a tall and foamy beige head. Thin patches of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is amazingly floral, with hops and malt in the wings. Medium-bodied and very hoppy, with some citrus, malt and caramel flavors. The finish is bitter and hoppy yet somewhat smooth. Stacked up against the rest of the Amber Ales out there, this one definitely raises eyebrows.