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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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74
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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

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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Photo of irishevans
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.

irishevans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of KodyBrannon
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.

KodyBrannon, Aug 31, 2007
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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.

bastardface, Mar 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

Can truly be called one of the "Nectars of the Gods"

buzzarooski, Yesterday at 06:28 PM
Photo of dictatorial
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.

dictatorial, Nov 27, 2012
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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...

IrishRacer, Mar 14, 2013
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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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 07, 2007
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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.

TastyTaste, May 13, 2005
Photo of 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.

BarryNL, Jan 04, 2008
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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

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

Aroma:
Faint amoma. Caramel malts and earthy.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

mjurney, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

JISurfer, Mar 14, 2003
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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.