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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - light amber color with a decent head that settles a bit and is retained a thin collar

S - slightly toasted malt aroma with some grassy hop notes

T - sweet decoction-like malt taste with a modest, but definitely noticed noble-like hop finish; very clean, lager like, no yeast fruitiness (not even subtly) noticed

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is an incredibly boring Irish Red. It's so clean and lacking any sort of ale character that I'm inclined to believe this is a lager - after all, the title is Red 'Beer' and...I noticed it was brewed and bottled by Heineken. In fact, it reminds me a lot of how Heineken tasted in Amsterdam as there really isn't even much toasted malt character to it. I suppose it's a decently done 'beer' but I was very disappointed with this, as I really wanted an Irish Red ALE.

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

I was expecting more from this beer. Still, it's not bad and I can think of many beers that I would take it over.

A: 'Red' name on the label is misleading. This is Gold colored beer, plain and simple. It's a nice looking, however. Very good clarity. Dense white head that dissipates a little too fast. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: I sensed apple, grass, caramel and vinegar notes. Hops are subtle but present.

T: Slightly tart with a somewhat dry finish. Taste reminded me a bit of apple cider. Malt is sweet, but balanced by a pleasant bitterness.

M: Light body with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Not bad. Not great. Right in between. A decent session beer that I wouldn't turn away. But it's not at the top of my shopping list.

Photo of JDV
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber, reddish, transluscent pour with frothy offwhite head. Smell at first is a touch skunky, metallic, malt and a touch of yeast as it sits for a bit. Milt metallic malt taste at 1st, with a light bitterness throughout. I liked this a bit better as it warmed up a bit, actually, which I usually don't. This is fine, and drinkable, but I wouldn't miss it much. I thought Smithwicks was much better for the style.

Photo of pumarocks
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a servicable head. The first one I opened tasted skunky akin to a heineken or grohlch minus the gree bottle. It has a sweet carmel flavor with toasted bread. How can this taste skunked in a brown bottle? Is this the heineken that did not make the cut and is passed off as another brew? Will try again if i see it on tap.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, contract-brewed by Heineken. The beer is a crystal-clear light amber, with medium carbonation, and a three finger tan head that I can tease above the rim of the glass - as the head settles it forms pits and peaks, and delivers nice lacing. Pretty simple in the nose, with grains, adjuncts?, a dash of hops, and some sweetness. Quite clean on the palate, with caramel and toasted malts providing the base, upon which skunky/spicy and grassy hops build a fairly pronounced hop edge; tastes more like a lager than an ale due to the cleanliness. The body is lightish, dry and smooth, with medium carbonation and some lingering hop oils that add to its medium finish. Overall a good go-to beer that is tasty and easy-drinking.

Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a large head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Small amount of lacing is left behind. Some particulate is suspended in the brew.

The smell is something unexpected. Almost has the characteristic of Belgian yeast. It is somewhat spicey and sweet.

The taste doesn't really have much malt characteristic. Again the yeast and it's spice and sweetness dominate. Almost like a dubbel in taste but milder. It has moderate carbonation and a light/medium body. Finishes with a sweet aftertaste. Reading the other reviews this beer must suffer from some QC issues with flavors all over the place.

Photo of RedBeerHead
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours red amber with a thick three inch white head. Smell is best classified as a bitter hoppiness. This beer actually comes across a being pretty good until you taste it. The taste is excessively bitter and it seems like you are actually tasting the glass, not the beer. I've heard good things about this beer when it's served on tap. I'm guessing there are problems with bottling and transportation.

Photo of hwwty4
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off, I really like the bottle that this came in. Its a shame that the beer didn’t taste as good as the bottle looked. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Poured clear copper with lots of red hints with a nice off white head. Aroma is of grains and hand soap. Not like the nicely scented Dial but of plain, scent free, cheap, bought it at Aldi's hand soap. Taste is slightly sweet and creamy not much else. Mouthfeel is a heavier, medium body with a oily sensation that doesn’t make the taste linger...odd I thought. I am pretty sure I drank this in Ireland and really enjoyed it, but I will definitely never seek this beer out again.

Photo of BarryNL
4.13/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.35/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.69/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - slightly lighter than the previously sampled Smithwick's. A good creamy head of substance. It falls back pretty quickly, leaving interesting columns of lace behind.

Aroma - skunky at first, clears to a crackery, grainy nose. Nothing real exciting but not bad.

Taste - a nicer toasted quality than the Smithwick's. A hint of skunk/metallic here, but covered better by a small measure of hops on the finish. Still not much of a fan due to the metallic flavor, but this is better.

Mouthfeel - moderately crisp wth a decent body.

Drinkability - I would not willingly order a beer with the metal edge this one has, but this is marginally better than Smithwick's on just about every front.

Photo of nickynick
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance of this beer was of a light amber color with an off white head. Not much lacing. Smelled of spicy hops. Taste was light. Some bitter hops. With a faint taste of sweet malt. It became sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel was light, but ok for a red ale. Drinkability was ok as well. Went down fairly smooth.

Overall I found this to be a drinkable beer, that had some ok flavors. I would drink it again. Probably would buy it again as well. It was pleasing, but not overly complex.

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

Appearance: deep amber almost light brown colour (in my opinion its better feature). Very clear. The not very large head is off-white with impaired retention and no lacing.
Aroma: fruity, mostly vinous and sweet malts.
Taste: sweet malts balanced by grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: dry, medium to low carbonation, average alcoholic presence and a medium to full body.
Finish: combination of sweet and bitter. Short-lived aftertaste.

Overall: Murphy’s Red is not a top of the line beer but it is quite interesting and enjoyable. It is well-balanced and nice to drink. Worthy a try but easy to forget.

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

The colour is clear red-brown. The low head is airy and off white. Almost no lacing.

The smell is very neutral. Some sour notes, some malt and a hint of bitterness.

The taste is a bit roasted. Malty flavours of sweet bread and almonds. Some sour notes. The bitterness is discreet, but it is present in the background. The aftertaste got some sweet malt, yeast and a sour hint of vinegar.

The carbonation is strong and lager-like; the liquid is a little watery.

Well. To quote singer Björk: “There’s more to life than this!”

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

Had one at basement floor temp 58 degrees and one at fridge temp...

a - amber with a perfect head thick

smell - average to good amber caramel smell

taste - well made and complex taste...malty

mouthaction - normal but better when served in the 50-60 degree range

drinkability - a slow sipper a little sweet for me

Photo of shadow1961
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murphy's Red Beer pours a couple fingers of foam over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is barley malt-
about the same as a lot of other Dutch lagers I've had- for this is
brewed in the Netherlands, as the label says, under the supervision
of Irish brewers. The flavor is slightly toasty barley malt up front with
a grassy/herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. There's not a
thing wrong with this but aside from the label, the brown bottle, and
a darker color there's not a whole lot to distinguish it from the Dutch
Pilsners the brewery this came from brews the rest of the time. It is
worth a try.

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

This particular product was brewed in the Netherlands, purchased in South America and imbibed here in the Pines. Smells like a typical caramel brew, very malted. Poured the bottle into a pint glass with a tremendous creamy head. Color is a rust brown. The head is very structured. Upon tasting, this is a heavy beer with good body. Very malty brew, but it does have a semi bitter hoppiness present throughout, from start to finish. Thisis a well balanced beer with consistent flavor. A little too sweet for my tastes but quite respectable.

Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty average beer. Pours a good color, very clear copperish amber. Big white head that fades to a small white head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is not strong, malt is the most familiar aroma. Taste is very average. The first sip is malty with a kind of earthy flavor. As you drink some more, it is slightly malty with a hops bittering finish like a lager. Mouthfeel ok, I didnt see it as too thin. Drinkability is fairly good. I had mine on the deck with some pistachio nuts after doing some outside painting. Just right for this kind of evolution as a thirst quencher, but it is not one I would seek out. O'Haras is a much better Irish Red Ale.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, served chilled, in a 20oz pub glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a good sized beige head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some spotty lace.

S - earthy/malt aroma.

T - good malty flavor upfront with a bittering finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I could put down a few of these with some corned beef & cabbage on March 17th.

Final Note: A Grand Irish Ale!

Photo of janubio
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour, rather than red, with a creamy head that does not hold for too long. Aroma of butter, spices, caramel and sulfurous.
Dry rough flavour, mouth of caramel, buttery, some hidden hints of coffee and tobacco. Very good one, and easy to drink at any moment.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.3/5  rDev +34%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a big fan of this beer a few years ago and had not drank it in a while I saw it on tap at a bar in the Detroit Airport and thought it was time that I rated it.

Appearance- It poured more of a caramel color than a red. It had just the right amount of foam and left a good lace on the glass.

Smell- A little bit of hops but more malt and yeast.

Taste- Not very bitter and a little more sweet almost balanced. There was slight metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Very balanced.

Drinkability- A good versatile beer for just drinking, eating or darn near anything.

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

Poured a rich brown rather than red. Creamy rich head atop a clear liquid. Smell is somewhat nutty with a mild malt characcter and almost no hops. Taste is mild slight nuttiness a bit of sweetness. The aftertaste is dry despite the sweetness. Body is medium to rich with a light carbonation. Overall a quaffable brew and better than the avg macro but nothing great.

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice simple Irish Red. Nothing too special. It pours a deep amber color, with medium head and nice lacing.
I can't detect any hop aroma.
The flavor immediately tastes like a full beer, but then it goes away quickly. This may add to drinkability, but it detracts from the beer character.

Overall: crisp clean roasty malt flavor that diminishes quickly. Probably too expensive to be a session beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that provides good lacing

Smell: Vague hints of sugar water solution

Taste: Starts out with a slightly tart unbaked dough flavor that builds in a grainy direction, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors disappear and are replaced with....nothing, nil, nada; after the finish the grainy flavors reappear, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style and not a good interpretation

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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