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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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. 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!

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3.7
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
This a good amber ale. Citric, pineapple, and caramel flavors. Finishes clean crisp, and dry.

3.9
SpringsLicker (3681) - Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
Deep clear amber color with a generous off white head.
Fresh clean pine aroma.
Full body, malty and well balanced flavor. This one is well done, especially for a style which is often boring and predictable. Thanks to Sprinkle for this!

3.8
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Brown/reddish color. malty/piney aroma. Malty with piney hops flavor. Caramelly. Pretty tasty.

4.2
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Bottle. Thick, rich clear amber color with a lasting head that produces nice lace. Nice floral hop aroma. Taste is biscuit, citrus hops and fruits (pineapple, tangerine and apple). Chewy hops abound along with toffee and caramel. Some peat but if there is any, it gets overwhelmed. Very nice.

3.8
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2005
Clear reddish amber with a dense beige head. Caramel, pineapples and flowers in the soft malty aroma. Clean sweet malty and aromatic flavour of caramel, toffee, peaches and caramel. Hop bitter finish. Well balanced ale.

3.6
hotstuff (5270) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle. Small sized ivory head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, fine-small sizee bubbles, softly carbonated, and transparent. Malt, caramel, hoppy, citrus notes, and pineapple aroma. Flavor was malty sweet and hoppy. Hoppy mouthfeel. This one was too hoppy for my palate.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a clear dark amber with a frothy and well-lacing off-white head. Has a very nice, fresh, green hoppy aroma with some pine up front and sweet toffee and caramel malt supporting it. Body starts with a pleasant malty sweetness and good hoppy balance leading to a crisp, semi-dry finish. Probably too hoppy to be considered a true amber, but I don’t care. Thanks EddieG!

3.6
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
Red/brown with a diminishing, lacing tan head. Beautiful, sweet nose with flowers (violets), apricots, and musty and grassy notes. Tangy flavor, medium sweet, nutty, with some fruity (orange, apricot) hop tones. Fairly bitter. Good session stuff, though it has something of a cloying aftertaste.

3.4
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottle: Real light malt and grapefruit aroma. Pours dark transparent amber with a white head. Malty up front with a moderate fruity orange and grapefruit hop finish. Seems more like an APA than an amber. Thanks to wolhfs.

2.7
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2005
2005 bottle shared at the 4/17/05 Montreal tasting among Muzzlehatch, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, Beerbuzzmontreal, Olivier and Simon. Pours a clear red-orange-amber, not particularly deep or hugely colorful, tending more towards ambery-copper. Small off-white head is not long retained. Aroma of dry hops, lightly floral, hints of grapefruit rind, a touch of biscuits and very brief glimpses of caramel. Flavor begins with strong, drying hops. Dry, very NOT flavorful and just astringent. Some notes of biscuits, stale brown bread and lightly toasted grains. Hints of grapefruit rind again, faint touches of honey and then water. . .soda water, that is (too much carbonation). Medium-light body, lack of malt kills any chance of me getting excited about this. Reminds me of Robert the Bruce (where’s the thick malting!). I don’t know what excuse there could be, this bottle was no doubt taken care of and it is only a few months old. Maybe they just wanted to brew a grapefruit rind beer. Enough with this crap, I’m ready for Dark Lord!


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