RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 On tap at Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. The head was slightly yellowish with a beautiful amber coloring. The aroma is sweet caramel and you know the hops profile of Three Floyds. Strong oranges with a touch of pine. The taste is sweet toasted caramel. The body is light with wood and a touch of pine. Very nicely done. Tried this agian in the bottle after it aged a few months. Slightly more mellow. Still, very nicely done.

shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
Very pretty red amber color with not much head. Lots of hops in the aroma, but not sharp. More of a mellow hop character. Well balanced with malt. Really nice flavor. Not an Amber ale though. Three floyds has a problem with style.

Oakes (18851) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
Brigh amber-red colour. Massive, one-dimensional amarillo aroma has my yawning. Sweet, warming body with hints of caramel and some well-extracted malts. Balanced by soft, woody hops. Slightly acidic finish. Despite the overblown dry-hopping, it’s actually a pretty tasty beer.

TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours reddish orange color with a big totally retained off white head. Aroma is BIG Amarillo hop presence, very christmas tree like aroma. Flavor is caramel malt with a bit of hops, but not near as much hop flavor as the aroma would suggest. A bit of spiciness as well. Obviously about as good as ambers get, and eminently sessionable.

EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 I am continually surprised by the subtlety of this beer. A complex malty beer with a gorgeous red color. Beer is hoppy at the nose but not so in the flavor. Actually a significant malt presence is felt with a toasty flavor reminiscent of the old Chicago Brewing Red Ale. Definately drinkable, not overbearing and worthy of this rerate.

jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2005
Beautiful glowing fiery amber with a big off-white head. Great aroma of pineapple, citrus and piney hops and caramel. Flavor has notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine and then gives way to pineapple and tropical fruits. Pleasantly sweet. Given the hoppiness, the taste is surprisingly not that bitter at all. Very well-balanced. Has a lingering fruity finish. Medium body with a silky texture and moderate carbonation. Great head retention, some lacing left on the glass. I really enjoyed this one.

radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Bright amber in colour. Standard Three Floyd aroma - lots of hops - pine and citrus. The flavour was a bit milder then that aroma let on but still lots of citrus (grapefruit and pine) with only some light caramel malt near the back. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium-high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering slightly dry bitterness.

IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
Deeper amber color, tan head. Full aroma, very citrusy and piney hops, some malty sweetness. Flavor leans on the hops a bit too much, pretty bitter, not enough malt to back it up. Medium to full body, a touch dry. Pretty nice beer though.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Aroma of citrus and pine, copper, small toffee head. Flavour is a milder hoppiness then the nose, malt is nicely done here. Well balanced, medium bodied. A great session ale, I think.

joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Dark mahogany w/ beige finger of foam. Fresh, dewy, piny, woody hop aroma. Medium, moderately resiny feel. Flavour is surprisingly malty (caramel, toffee) & balanced w/ a piny, orange-y hop character.

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