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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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Reviews by AnotherBeerGeek:
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

08-10-2013 01:04:12 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a rich,deep amber color with a light to medium head,aroma is malty and toasty.Flavor ismalty but not quite sweet enough in my opinion with some decent toasted malt elements.I think a better than average amber ale, when I want a good amber I would definently buy this one.

08-27-2003 20:46:25 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-10-2014 20:37:03 | More by davemarc87
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2.8/5  rDev -12.5%

Had a point at some Irish Bar in West Allis before a recent Cub’s/Brewers Game…

A: Thin brownish red with a solid white head, good retention, and great lacing. Excelent carbonation streams.

N: Sweet malts and, uh, nothing else

T: Sweet bready malts, almost no hops, caramel.

MF: Light and bubbly.

D: Downable like a light beer.

08-17-2006 21:55:17 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

03-24-2013 06:16:46 | More by Tiernan
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

12-31-2012 14:32:12 | More by tbryan5
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2.7/5  rDev -15.6%

A: a dark brown/amber color.

S: i'd have to say it smelled nothing more than a cheap amber.

T: no overwhelming taste or redeeming qualities, a cheap college session beer.

MF/D: rather flat leaving the drinkability rather average, however a step up from a cheap light beer. i'd banish it to the beer pong table.

07-13-2010 04:24:12 | More by newk340
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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

08-25-2012 03:26:22 | More by BK2084
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +15.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date or abv. on the bottle. Also of note, on the back label it reads that it is not brewed by the Murphy's Brewery in Cork, Ireland. It is however brewed buy Heineken Brouwerijen in the Netherlands under supervision of Murphy's Brewery.

Appearance: The color of the body is a beautiful amber hue with very good clarity. Its head is a creamy off white colored foam which is slow fading. A quick swirl of the beer will keep a small cap of foam on top till the last sip. The head also makes some cool slick and spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: It has a light modest nose with light toasted gain notes equaled by some herbal like hop notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor takes after the aroma. It has some pale bready and light toasted malt notes. It has mellow sweetness and more of a raw grain character. This is complemented by a balanced herbal and an almost floral like hops which has just a very slight lemon/orange peel note as well. It finishes fairly dry with mellow hops bitterness and the palate is light to medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is nice easy drinking Red Ale.

03-11-2010 15:15:47 | More by generallee
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2.13/5  rDev -33.4%

This one is an enigma. I have the same bottle as pictured, and on the front label it has a blurb that says, " brewed to the original recipe since 1856". On the back label, it says, "Product of the Netherlands". The pour is remarkable. A nice copperish amber body with a dark ivory head that is long lasting, and deposits generous sheet and patch lacing down the glass.

Aroma begins the downhill slide. Skunky, eurohops that evoke medicinal, dirty, dishwater. Smells similar to a Heineken.

Mouthfeel is average, with light to medium body and high carbonation.

Taste resembles the aroma, with a bitter, euroskunk, nasty dishwater flavor. Malt presence is understated with a slight note of caramel. Some Heineken taste here.

An Irish red beer brewed in Holland. OK. The Dutch and Irish are the friendliest people I've met in my limited world travels, and I've had enjoyed superior beers in both countries. This pseudo-Irish red beer, that begins with such an exceptional appearance fails to impress, when it gets past its superior looks. Is this now brewed by Heineken, or what?

06-22-2004 10:24:05 | More by merlin48
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

12 ounce can, "brewed according to Irish tradition" in Holland! Go figure...Pours clear and the expected reddish shade of amber. Light tan frothy head, with decent retentive powers exhibited. Leaves creamy, medium bubble extensive lacing. Nose is some sweet malt, and alot of sulpher. Light bodied brew, mostly just sweet malt picked up, low hopping levels. Slight sulpher again picked up. Metalic, cabbadgy off flavors present, make this a forgetable beer and surely not one to seek out with much effort.

03-15-2005 02:36:37 | More by Billolick
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2.8/5  rDev -12.5%

A: This beer poured a beautiful red, almost a brilliant amber. The head, when poured straight into the class produced solid, and stable head which released some different aspects of the bouquet.

S: The smell that I first smelled when I poured the beer was a fairly harsh hops, but after a while the aroma mellowed out, and became very plesant, however, still not my favorite smell.

T: Wasn't a beer that really stood out, average at best.

M: Fairly watered down for my taste.

D: Not something that I'd pickup for a regular day.

Overall, it's a nice variation from the regular path, but not something that I'd get to drink with the guys. Cheers.

12-11-2009 01:26:35 | More by NicholasCasber
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

09-12-2012 20:09:30 | More by wattoclone
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

11-16-2011 02:21:47 | More by bpfrush
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

08-13-2013 20:26:50 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.03/5  rDev -5.3%

Lots of clarity to the brighter red hued beer. Aroma was largely neutral, like most red ales, just a smidge of sweetness.

Again, a little bit of sweetness, and not much else makes up the flavor profile. Light toasting and grain. Really not a whole lot going on, how can you tiptoe around saying its pretty plain? No hops. Light body, some metallic notes. Meh.

08-24-2011 15:54:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3/5  rDev -6.3%

01-26-2014 12:56:15 | More by williamjbauer
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3.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Oxidized copper penny color, chill hazed clearish. Nice 1/4 inch head of good duration and one that forms sticky laces. Spicy cinnamon toast aroma. A medium brown sugar malt, a bit of orange impression. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly nutty with "Red Hot" spicy hops and a relatively dry impression for an Ale. This is certainly pleasant and drinkable enough though it lacks a bit of distinction.

06-15-2003 12:46:11 | More by ADR
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -6.3%

Distinctive brown bottle (with different label than on BA), emptied into a pint glass.

Crystal clear brown beer, leaning more towards orange than red, and topped by a generous if short-lived tan head.

The aroma and taste are a bit odd but seem familiar. Examining the label I see this is a Heineken product, then it hits me ... this tastes a lot like Heineken, at least a lot more than an Irish red ale should. Only the slightest skunkiness here, until the finish; less than a typical US bottle of Heineken. There is a much strengthened and improved malt profile, again in comparison to a standard Heineken lager.

Decent mouthfeel with good carbonation. Medium body, Semi-dry finish.

O: So what we have here is something more like a (Heineken, if there were one) amber than a traditional Irish red. Frankly, I think Coors (Killians) makes a better Irish red.

01-19-2012 01:13:40 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +25%

12-13-2011 19:50:37 | More by valkyre65
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

09-11-2013 08:58:04 | More by Sinedd
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United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -13.1%

Not bad, but just a little bit watery in the end, no real standout character, i guess they focused this beer to a wider audience, drinkable.

06-03-2002 17:33:03 | More by rastaman
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3.6/5  rDev +12.5%

I had this one at Erin's Snug Irish Pub in Madison, WI.

Poured a very dark amber color with a good amount of head on it.

Didn't smell a whole lot besides malt.

The taste was pretty good, nothing spectacular but nice. Some bitterness in the finish.

Very smooth, good mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer, nothing overly exciting but it was a good beer.

02-21-2011 01:40:51 | More by richkrull
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2014 05:25:25 | More by LXIXME
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3.33/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer is the color of tarnished worn pennies with a whitish head. The head is quick to fall but the beer is still impressive in color.

Scent is lackluster. There are lightly toasted malts and grains but it smells weak, watered down and not to fresh. Masked is a light caramel with no evidence of a hop in sight.

Taste is well rounded but still less then stellar. The sweetness of the grains are somewhat pleasing but I get the same pleasure from drinking a coors light. Kind of a harsh statement but none the less true. This beer has no real character and the flavors are muted and dull like the scents.

Mouthfeel is in the same boat, not fantastic just ok. This beer reminds me of drinking a weak iced tea that has been brewed with some dirty tap water. An above average beer but only inches above that line.

02-06-2009 02:33:31 | More by jbphoto88
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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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