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Brian Boru Old Irish Red (beer review)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Featuring one of my favorite all-time St. Patty session beer  – Brian Boru!

5.9% ABV. Irish Red Ale from Three Floyds Brewing based in Munster, Indiana. Acquired by request through trade. 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. Poured from bomber into a dimpled mug. Pours a clear, deep ruby color with a thick off-white beige head. Retains very nice lacing throughout the drinking session. Beautiful! Nose picks up pine-y hops, citrus, caramel malts, biscuit, buttered toast, toffee, some pineapple, and resin. Flavor of pine-y hops, honey, resin, grapefruit and orange citrus, toast, herbal notes, and definitely a nice share of caramel malts. Light-medium bodied, with average carbonation throughout and a dry, bitter finish in a very good way. Crisp, refreshing, and extremely well-balanced for the style. Perfect amount of hops and bitterness. This brew has become my favorite for the Irish Red Ale style. I’m actually surprised to see this at under 6% ABV, so it’s definitely sessionable! theBeerAuthority: A-. Available in Metro DC?: No.

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This entry was posted on March 14, 2012 by in Beer.

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