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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: 551
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

way under rated. not a rare find, but a great irish red none the less, copper red in color, a nice finger thick head that stick a little. the taste is crisp and has a mellow hop flavor, and a nice lingering finish. the mouth-feel is tingley and sharp, and it goes down a nicely as any other red on the planet. when (not if) you happen upon this give it a try, be it on tap or in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 10:28:25 | More by irishevans
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4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. It poured a dark amber to almost caramel color with a small off white head. The head didn't last long and there was no lacing on the glass. The smell was a bit malty, but the taste was sweet, with a hint of hops. This is a very quality beer in my opinion. This is a good beer for watching the game, or even make a good session beer. I would definatly recomend this beer to anyone. Just a little harder to find in my area though.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 12:55:26 | More by KodyBrannon
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4.28/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer by my bartender when I asked him to just give me a random beer. I was relatively surprised to find out that I enjoyed the heck out it. I ended up ordering two more. It's easy to drink and has real fine taste. At first it has a little bite but as you sip it you will be refreshed. I highly recommend this beer, as it is easy to drink. I plan on having this beer again when I get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

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4.23/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty great beer. I got a single bottle and drank it from a large mug. The appearance was a beautiful red with vibrant carbonation, the smell was great and the taste was, to me, above average. It left no bad after taste and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I still don't know the exact alcohol content as it is not labeled on the bottle, but it is a really great beer. Overall, great beer and I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:29:14 | More by dictatorial
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4.18/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Dutch-Irish Red poors nice, but is a little lighter than I like my Red's. It gathers a well developed blonde head, though, and drinks smooth.
This is a nice Red, although if I close my eyes and think "Heineken", I taste a Heineken. I'd like to side-by-side with a true Irish pub-tapped pint...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:56:08 | More by IrishRacer
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4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-beautiful amber/red body with thick foamy white head. Head fades to the perfect size and stays there while lacing sticks to the glass.

S-nothing noteworthy of the smell. maybe faint malt and carmel to it.

T- the taste is very simple. sweet malt (maybe carmel) that finishes clean. The taste is not strong or bitter. finishes clean.

M-light carbonation with medium body. very smooth.

D-the simple taste and exceptional mouthfeel make this an extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 22:51:27 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, small white head, some carbonation is visible. Smell is slightly sweet with carmel malts, slgiht metallic, and a little hops. Full malt flavor, which quickly and smoothly fades into a nice hop finish. The malt does have a richness to it that is very satisfying. I think think this is a very good example of the style. Well rounded and full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 17:12:38 | More by TastyTaste
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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
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4.11/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, clear. Good amount of rising carbonation. Thick frothy head.

Faint amoma. Caramel malts and earthy.

Deep caramel malts, bready, slight dark roast. Bright fruit character. Hop bitterness is mild, mainly leafy-earthy. Finish is very crisp, a little dry. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 06:57:33 | More by mjurney
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be the Irish Catholic in me, but I really like this brew. I consider it an old stand by when I go out to a pub and I get tired of Guinness. It had a very nice deep radish color, with a white head that lasted a while. The taste had some undertones of citrus, but a lot of hops. Aftertaste was smooth and rolled down the ole esophogas pretty easily.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2003 20:36:14 | More by JISurfer
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4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise from a can! This beer is a gorgeous deep amber with a full, consistent head. The deep hue is a very attractive feature, and I find myself looking at it over and over. The smell is somewhat subdued, though a nice sweet aroma is present.

The taste is surprisingly good. Its got a wide malt flavor, slightly peaty, and a wonderful aftertaste. The rusty, almost husky feeling left reminds me of my palate when I was in GB. Pretty darn good for a can.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 15:22:09 | More by freed
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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.