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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 627 | Reviews: 326
Photo of sitarist
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with an orange hue. Two inch white head fades quickly. Very little lacing.

Smells like bread, not much else.

Taste some sweet malt, and grass. Not much better than a macro.

Lighter body with lots of carbonation.

Not a lot of flavor but this is a refreshing beer. I have no problem drinking these, I just wouldn't pursue it.

Photo of Brad007
2.2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Label appears to have been redesigned as it's now known as red ale, not red beer.

Pours a light amber color with more of a blond tint and a two-finger head into my pint glass. The head fades, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is full of sweet malt and not much else if at all. Seems about right for the style. Malt has a bit of a macro smell.

Taste is full of sweet malt with what feels like an off-flavor that takes up most of the palate. Tastes commercialized and nothing like a red ale.

Mouthfeel is full of the off-flavor and not much of the actual malt. Perhaps the bottle is older? No real "brewed on" date or "best before date".

Avoid unless you can try it on tap.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Poured a reddish orange with a thinner white 2 finger head that disapeared pretty quickly and left no trace. Very slight hops and malts on the nose, grainy with a sweet fruity smell. For taste there's not much going on, malts and grain pretty much dominate. Hops completely disapeared. The mouthfeel was pretty decent, lower carbonation with a barely bitter finish. But don't make up for the lack of taste.


Photo of Cyberkedi
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp and malty, rather typical but not displeasing. It pours a nice clear orange-amber with a fairly thick pale butterscotch head that sticks around for a little bit. Flavor is malty with a hint of hoppy bitterness and just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Texture is smooth, tingly, just a bit on the watery side. Fair to middlin' overall - not great, but worthy of a try.

Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold/brown. Fluffy head with big bubbles fades quickly.
Sweet fresh malty smell.
Starts with an alcohol taste and in the finish it tastes a little like apple cider.
The feel is a bit watery, but this is a very easy drinking beer. Its one of those I won't go looking for it but I wouldn't turn one down either.

Photo of evilbunnee
2.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a smell that reminded me of some of the cheaper, lower quality beers from my past, which was a shame, since I really enjoy this beer. I would consider it a higher class, middle class beer. The taste is sharp, and fools you into thinking it has a higher alcohol content. The color is nice, and the head was satisfying. I drink a six pack of this about once a month or so, but it is not going to always be a beer I take over other brands and styles. Definitely my favorite Irish red, however.

Photo of alleykatking
2.62/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice deeper amber light copper mix color. Two finger light tan/dirty white head stays for a little while. Nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Upon smelling this I am dissapointed. The grainy upfront on the aroma is almost something to be laughed about. There is a light malt in the underbody of this nose...not much though. The grainy smell of this reminds me of something that BMC would try to pull and call this a Irish Red. It has the same scent to me as Natty Light or maybe some Coors Light.

T- Roasted malts come through this in the taste with the upfront. Holy shit there is a little more to this beer! The malts kind of die down once the middle comes into..well nothing really. The flavor just dies with the malts and bring in a disturbing grainy quality to this beer. And it was going so well in the front end of this. So to sum it up front end equals alright and rest of the beer equals adjunct tastes.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nothing is too over the top in this beer....hell nothing is there except for some adjunct taste in the aftertaste and some light roasted malts on the palate.

D- This beer was sadly a one and done for me. I was looking forward to trying this beer out and well....it wasn't anything I should have tried I think in the long run. Glad that I didn't have to buy this beer.

Photo of roddwolff
2.81/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It´s assumed that i can´t drink because i have 22 days with cough, but i have to die someday. Once poured my ¨Club America¨mug: Look: Bright coppery red color, foamy head is thin and very white, i like the contrast with the beer; Smell: Regular, toffee malt and herbal notes; Taste: Roasted malt, toffee and hibiscus with a background of pine hops, well balanced; Mouthfeel: Clean and slightly woody, medium bitterness, very soft body; Drinkability: Very acceptable but i was waiting for more.

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 Eldalonde
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a beautiful color of brown and red. The head is real nice in that it stays with the beer and it laces the glass. It has a rather lively carbonation when first poured. Overall, this beer looks great, but it just doesn't taste near as good as it looks. The flavor can be rather disappointing. Having said that, it's not a bad beer. It goes well with food and the flavors improve as it sits.

Photo of PapaEugene
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A regular supermarket beer in The Netherlands. The one time I tried to order it in Dublin the barman was looking at me if I was a totally crazy. Never heard of Irish Red.

A: A dark yellow/light amber color and a thick white head.

S: Malts, caramel and some hops.

T: Again malts, caramel, hops and some raisin fruitness. Slight metallic tint.

M: Medium carbonation, light body.

D: Allthough not impressive as a taste pallete, I still think this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. can. Has a brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, fairly mild. Taste is also sweet, a bit of malts and quite refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours from the bottle really more of a pale straw/gold, but ends up a deepish amber, though in no way is it truly red. The head is a beige/white mix sith a creamy layer on top of small, tight bubbles, about four fingers tall. not much active carbonation, and all together pretty standard looking with an over aggressive head.

S: A little malty, but I have a sneaking suspision this is just a Adjunct Lager type thing with some food coloring. I get no hops, but upon some investigation, a little spiciness and roast, I suppose.

T: Thin, bland, perhaps a little malt, but not much. A touch of bitter. Not bad I suppose, very quaffable, but other than that...

M: Thin and watery, not flat, but no crispness whatsover.

D: Very drinkable, but why would you want to? Even Killians is better than this.

Photo of thekanna
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent amber color with a large head upon a turbid pour.

S: Some sweet malts and yeast. Nothing too unique.

T: A nutty yeastiness bequeaths a sweet red bean-like malt and some phenols.

M: Goes down extremely smooth and creamy, with very light carbonation.

D: Not bad for providing refreshment and cutting through sharp flavors. I had this with lamb biryani at an Indian restaurant and it was a nice relief from the spiciness of the dish.

Photo of illidurit
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very effervescent light amber color with a thick creamy off-white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma is cereal grains and a metallic twang reminiscent of copper. Flavor is sweet caramel up front, tangy toasty notes in the middle, and then a lasting grainy finish with a bit of mineral character. Not too bad actually. Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated.

Photo of GRPunk
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a nice, 2-finger, off-white (nearly tan) head. The body was a rich, copper color with lots of tiny carbonation rushing to the surface. The head fell to a very full lace and left lots of sticky rings around the glass.

S- The aroma was mainly doughy malts with some earthy hops adding to the balanced mix. Maybe a little light.

T- Very refreshing flavor. It was a nice mix of grainy malts that give a good caramel flavor that is cut with the earthy hops noted in the aroma.

M- Strong carbonation provided a tingle on the tongue, add that to a little hop bite, and you know you're drinking a beer. Full malt profile provides a little grainy kick. Pretty solid.

D- A good beer. The style celebrates subtleties. I can see drinking a few in a sitting, but all said, I'm not going to seek this beer out.

Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a reddish orange with some slight white head but no lacing.

The smell is a bit malty with a some slight hints of hops.

The taste is a little spicey with a bit of a toffee and caramel flavor.

This beer goes down easy but downs have a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Is a pretty easy drinking beer and is light in ABV making a for a good session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear reddish amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Hay and wet grains. Slightly sweet malt and bittering hops.

T: Malt up front with a sweet taste that lingers through the mild bitter finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Dry and crisp.

D - Easily drinkable and somewhat flavorful. Nothing special or memorable.

Photo of GreyMorel
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Not red, but rather an amber color with some gold around the edges. Refridgerated bottle poured a dence off-white head with decent retention.

S - Very simple, with malts being prominent

T - Also very simple. Malts upfront followed by hops. Clean finish.

M - fairly crisp with good carbonation

D - Drinkability is good. The simple taste, clean finish, and moderate carbonation combine to produce a beer that slides down happily.

Overall a good beer. Not something that your going to sit and ponder, but a solid drinker you can grab without wory.

Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A dark cooper body...I wouldn't say red...an off white head that disappeared quickly...no lacing

S - Some malts coming through...nothing special

T - The malts are there...but they aren't strong but yet they aren't lacking...a slight metallic taste...once again nothing special

M - Medium body...a tad thin

D - After all that's stated above...I could drink this beer as a session beer...it was a nice choice at the Irish pub

Photo of TubaManJack
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Tap to the rescue--> I honestly don't believe that I am the first to have it this way. Speak up people.

Appearance- A nice light tan cream head, which lasts to the end of the glass, what a nitro head delivers. The body is a pale red, but this is being generous.
Smell- A weak watery scent of roasted grains and slightly of caramel.
Taste- A soft grain feel with a hint of hops. Some toasted malt and nice roasted grain notes, much better than the nose indicates.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The Nitro helps reduce the body into a lighter creamer version of its former self and help smooth out the beer. It also has the tendecy to make it like water but sadly it does change this beer to much for the better.

Summary- The unloved child of the Murphy's family and for good reasons. Stick with other Irish Reds.

Photo of BierBreath305
2.33/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1. This beer is not Irish.
2. This beer is not red
3. This beer is not an Irish Red

Brewed and canned By Heineken in Holland. Go figure, because it smells just like a Heiny and has the same fluffy head that disappears completely in about 35 seconds. Taste is also similar, maybe just a touch more malt than a Heineken.

In my opinion, the only thing that differentiates this red can from a green can is the ever-so-slightly darker color of the beer.

Don't waste your money, this beer is not what you think it is. Not even close. Murphy's Stout kicks ass but this is mislabeled garbage.

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

Appearance- Pours a very thick and fluffy head. The color is something of a golden reddish color.

Smell-Adequate, nothing to be repelled or absorbed by

Taste- Drinkable, not a lot going on otherwise.

Mouthfeel- A bit light, without the crispness of a good red beer. Not offensive by any mean.s Adequate.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable. Certainly not a bad beer, I've had better Red beers, but hard to mind drinking it either.

A significantly average beer, nothing really horrible, nothing extremely great

Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale copper in color with a light foam head that quickly breaks up when poured into a pint glass. I am not able to pick up anything striking on the nose. The taste seems a bit odd and is reminiscent of some macrobrew or over produced craft beer that I have had but cannot place. I wouldn't call it a great beer for sure. It is pretty common. I suppose I could see some being into it, but it just doesn't get it done for me.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on tap at the local pub. Little to no head, but that is basically how all pints are poured there. Arrived a darker, but very clear red. Very thin aroma, can't really characterize it. Taste is smooth and light, not nearly as full as I would have expected from an Irish red. Very drinkable though, due to its overall lightness.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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