Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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Reviews by BarryNL:
4.13/5 rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Very bright (obviously filtered) deep copper colour. Thin head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a minimal layer which lasts all the way.
S: Toasty malt aroma. No real complexity, but a decent aroma nonetheless.
T: Caramel and toasted grain. Clean with no real detectable hops but a nice bitterness on the finish. Clean and uncomplex.
M: Reasonable body, smooth and clean.
D: Very drinkable - this is a reasonable session beer - the bottled version if 5% but a slightly weaker 4% version would probably make a nice session pint.
Overall, this is a pretty much spot on example of the style - if you don't like it then you probably just don't like Irish Reds. The finish could be a little drier and it could be a great beer if it was upped to 6% or so with a bit more of everything but it's a competent, if uninteresting, example of the style - exactly what you'd expect from a big-name brewery. To be honest though, complexity is not a characteristic of this style.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2008 18:10:51 | More by BarryNL
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/29/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance and solid complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid Irish red ale. Nice balance and solid robustness of bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:15:04 | More by superspak
3.01/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The color was deep mahogany with a burnt like hue that was capped by a relatively stout mass of brownish foam.
The nose was very light but I could detect the malted barley, toast, roasted nuttiness and light biscuit.
The flavor seemed spot on the nose with light flavors but appropriate barley, roasted nut and toasted biscuit.
The feel was dry and easy but thin.
Expected more out if this but it'll do pig, it'll do.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2014 19:13:08 | More by KYGunner
3.55/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patches surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a lighter aroma of earthy hops.
T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavor of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with very light hints of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.
M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.
O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable but not anything overly special - I could easily have a couple of these in a session but it will not likely find a regular place in my fridge.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 20:47:47 | More by dbrauneis
Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.