Location: Munster, IN
Style: Old Irish Red Ale
A.B.V. – 5.5%
Price: – $6.99/ 22 oz. bottle
“Ireland’s first and last Ard Ri (high king) of the whole Gaelic race, Brian Boru was born in Munster, Ireland around 940. Brian Boru’s 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.”
– 3 Floyds
Welcome to the inaugural post of The Beer Revue! We’re glad that you’re here, and we hope you stick around to throw a few back with us. I’m Mike, and without further ado, here’s the beer!
Being a direct descendant of the legendary Brian Boru, I suppose I was destined to love this beer. I love anything that has to do with Ireland and being Irish as my picture can attest, and I can now happily add this beer to that list, even though (or perhaps because?) it’s brewed in Indiana. This became one of my favorite beers almost instantly, and for many a good reason other than its name.
To start, this is an incredibly well balanced beer. It’s full of character and full of flavor, but it’s also one of the quickest beers to leave the palate that I’ve had. First sip, you can just taste and feel the richness of it. It’s sweet at first but not terribly so, and definitely not for sweetness sake. Toffee really stands out, with a little bit of brown sugar thrown in for good measure. The initial burst of sweetness fades very quickly and is replaced by an awesomely subdued hop flavor which, coupled with wicked carbonation, leaves a clean, crisp, effervescent feel in your mouth. The entire flavor story is over in a few seconds, but it’s such a great one that you’re almost instantly reaching for another swig, another glass, or another bottle.
The beer is thinner than most craft beers I’ve tried, but it’s definitely not watery. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, but it’s very flavorful. It’s a fast, easy drinking beer that helps lighten your mood as you enjoy each taste. All these things add up to a great beer for a party. At 5.5% it’s not going to slow you down, but it will definitely help loosen you up to the fun and keep you coming back for more.
Guinness may be the boss of St. Paddy’s Day, but this year, let Brian do the dirty work.