Hopefully you’re not drinking that green beer this St. Patrick’s Day because there are a lot better options to celebrate with. At the Hop Cast we love to celebrate with a great Irish Red Ale like Conway’s Irish Ale, a Smithwick’s or even Three Floyds Brian Boru. Brian Boru is an old favorite over here at the Hop Cast and our Camera Girl / Editor, Maeve can’t get enough of it.
Before opening this up to taste, you have to take a look at the bad ass label. Mr Brian Boru himself in his celtic gear, drinking beer out of a giant horn. The Brian Boru pours a dark copper with ruby highlights. A slight small head that leaves a good amount of lacing in the glass. The sweet delicious aroma of hops begins to pour out of the glass. This is a Three Floyds beer so you’d expect a heavy dose of hops. As it starts to warm up more malts begin to come out. The taste not surprisingly is heavily hopped but it’s very well balanced too. Caramel with a citrus sweetness up front and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The malt comes through in the aftertaste to bring it all together. If you’re looking for more of a toasted Irish Red this might not be what you’re looking for. But hop heads will have no trouble putting away maybe ten of these because Brian Boru is one drinkable beast.