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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ireland’s first and last Ard Ri (high king) of the whole Gaelic race, Brian Boru was born in Munster Ireland around 940. His 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. Brian Boru Irish Brand Red Ale is a very rich caramelly ale with toffee, citrus, and pineapple aroma. Brian Boru is brewed with several malts and Amarillo hops. Slainte!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 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. Boru’s scepter swept forth like a clean lemon acidity separating & curdling milk. They fled before Boru, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Growler from Munster: creamy red caramel poured from the jug, offering a large orange/brown waterfall of bubbles. Characteristic Three Floyds piney aroma, but with more sugary sweetness. Also reminded me of orange and grapefruit penny candy. . .creamy palate, with toasted pine cones, tangy grapefruit and orange zest. Not as bitter as Dreadnaught or AK, but plenty of hop flavour. I noticed the malt more as my glass warmed: wheaty bread and toasted rye. After thoughts of gooey caramel and a bit of vanilla. I wonderfully drinkable beer for me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Draft at brewery. Bit of a murky brown red body with an off-white head. Very VERY piney aroma. It may as well be a pine tree. Tastes has... piney hops with some orange citrus in it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
My mouth still tasted like the Warrior hops in this bad boy,this morining. Murky,brown-first glass had specks. Green,sappy,hop aroma. I just couldn't smell any malt,very hoppy. Creamy,well carbonated,medium body. Some malt(toasty,bready),with tons of grapfruit. Finish is resiny,sappy. Very drinkable, though,hopped all to hell. I had a few!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Small biscuity malt with spruce and orange citrus hops. This rating isn’t very descriptive, but the beer was enjoyable to drink. It reminded me of a malty APA featuring sprucy hops. Re-rate 5/23/05. Bottle. Clear but dark brown-red body. Nutmeg/coriander spicy spruce hop aroma with a brownie, deep caramel and butterscot candy malt backing. Wonderful aroma! The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the tempting aroma. The same hops are there but the malt backbone isn’t on the same level as in the aroma. Bitter hops and a bit of dry peat in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2004
On tap: Muddy brownish red with off-white head and good lace. Nice piney and juicy nose with additional hints of caramel, nutty, celery, light spice and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts bitter and buttery. A spicy and toasted malt midsection. The finish was slightly chalky and hinted of grapefruit. Lively and refreshing mouthfeel, smooth. A solid amber to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick day. Recommended.


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