Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Reviews by Scoats:
Photo of Scoats
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a rather unoffensive beer. I caught a unique taste towards the end, rather pleasant, that made this beer stand out in my mind a little bit. This unique taste wasn't what I would consider malty or hoppy, it was like a flat in between those two types of tastes. There are better beers for less money. Good to drink once a year on St. Pat's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of newk340
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of generallee
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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?

Photo of Billolick
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of timontheroad
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a clear reddish Amber color, two finger head.
Smell: Malty sweetness and biscuity notes, with just a light grassy smell
Taste: biscuit, grassy hop bitterness and some caramel notes
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and light bodied
Overall: not really a great beer, just Ok, fair to middling

Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is burnt amber verging on more of a coppery orange. The head looks good, a thick white pillow about one finger high that retains its form for a good while and deposits a good amount of patchy lacing.
The smell is somewhat nondescript; there's malt in here with a touch of biscuit and caramel, but not much else other than a typical grainy note and a light earthiness. I don't mind a malt-forward red by any means, but I also struggle to get even what is here.
A bit more comes out in the flavor. Malts are the main player, with the biscuit and caramel coming out up front but with an additional toastiness and a bit of extra toffee-like sweetness. There's even a nice nuttiness that's drawn out toward the finish. A little bit of a hops presence comes off at the front then fades under the malt.
The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is just a touch too spritzy for my liking. Otherwise a nice crispness stays the whole way and it's fairly smooth overall.

Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can 30905 a generous date code

Color is honey towards brown, thin head, leans toward macroesque.
Some sweet malt, no hop character discernible.
Taste has some character- woody and sweet with a slight metallic tang.

This brew screams food accompaniment, certainly not Irish food, but good with spices.

Once again- the can seems a wise choice for an import here. Fresh and fit.

Photo of dacrza1
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Snow day #4... and not even in March yet...
Glassware: Kisatsky's pub pint...
Appearance: burnt orange, mildly effervescent body; thick, creamy pillows of off-white head--a classic ale body...
Aroma: malty--bread/dough yeast is dominant; some secondary notes have a floral substance, but they don't seem vibrant...
Palate: a bit too smooth--little resistance to the throat; warm at the back; the balance isn't bad, and the drink itself is no obstacle...
Taste: tart, mellow and pale in its aleness...a bit candied and sugary; caramel ends the experience...
Overall: reminds me of a shade of ale, almost a sample--because the odd lagerish quality, one that fizzes and makes great pace, makes this more of a swiftly produced Irish-themed seller for March...I can accept that I am easily led by holiday displays at Bottle King, but there are cheaper, local brews that can do the same as this...

Photo of cokes
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Satiny, gloomed amber with a fluffed off-white head.
The nose is full of cabbage, caramel and paper, and mostly repugnant.
Luckily it improves, tastewise. It's a prototypic Irish red, with a lightly earthy, caramel maltiness, with hints of walnuts, and maple. It's dinged with some wavering cabbage vegetal coloring, and a papery astringency. But not to the breaking point. It finishes with brittle herbs, and a minor arid leafy bitterness.
Light bodied, lowly carbonated. Drinkability seems to increase with each sip, but it still can't muster much more than average.

Photo of augustgarage
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

An "Irish Red Ale" that is actually a mass market lager?

Pale, clear, rusty burnt orange body with no head. Virtually no lacing. Meh.

Clean vaguely toasty aroma with hints of kettle caramelization.

There is a pleasing maltiness on the palate. Initial sweetness is washed away by a toasted corn tortilla flavor - odd but not entirely unpleasant. Finishes clean and moderately dry. Very low bitterness throughout.

Brisk, light-bodied, albeit sort of flaccid feel.

A bit dull, and a poor value, but easy drinking and with a hint of character hiding in there somewhere.

Photo of secondtooth
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean amber, with a huge head of creamy white foam. Lace is spotty, but present nonetheless.

Nose is grainy and yeasty, with a hint of buttery tone somehow. Hmm.

Flavor is mild and malty. I get a bit of citrus hops in the middle, but it's quite subtle. Finishes sweet and pretty overbearing, though. Fair to average, overall.

Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like icea tea in a glass. It's very clear, with a slight red hue. Pours a nice white head that craters quickly and then dissipates.

Smells like sour rye. Kind of pilsnerish.

Tastes better than I thought it would, but still not great. Similar to the smell, a combination of sweet and sour/tangy with some peppery spice. The longer the beer stays in the swallow, the more sour it becomes.

Light to medium bodied at best, the more you drink the worse it feels on the palate. It eventually becomes a cross between bitter and sour.

It's not a very good beer. Has few redeeming qualities and not something I'd want to drink again. Not even sure I want to finish the glass.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was pouring okay, then it just foamed up really quickly. The color is a amber to red.
The aroma is crushed grain and a mild caramel.
The taste has a watery start, mild bitterness in the middle, finishes with a mild sweetness. Unoffensive.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special, but an easy drinker.

Photo of Stingray5
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a short white head. First disappointment was lack of aroma. Just not much happening. Malty maybe? Feels a little generic here. Mouthful on the thinner side, taste was better, with a caramel malt sweetness. Adjuncts detected. No noticible hops.

Funny, on the back of the bottle it read "Product of The Netherlands". Contract? Did Ireland move and I didn't get the memo?

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass. Pours a clear garnet red. Off white ring for a head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is again sort of maibock ish. Bit more of that red aroma in this one though.

Taste is a bit better than the O'hara's Irish stout I had earlier. Bit like a maibock still but a bit more hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Nice carb.

Overall better than O'hara's but still not that great. Probably won't buy again.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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