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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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Photo of acrawf6


3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear brownish amber with a foamy head that is just a touch tan.

Smell. its got a nice toasty aroma to it, creamy roasted malt with a touch of hoppy kick.

Taste. more bitter than i thought, making it quite dry. I dont really get much sweetness at all. Toasty malts i think dominate the taste. malts, with the carbonation, give it a little peppery spiciness to it. after letting tit warm on my tongue i get a citrisy hoppiness. aftertaste seems to give me an alcoholic taste to it, though it's only 5%. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good. good amount of carbonation. i think it has very nice balance and medium body.

Overall, i am very pleased with this beer. Nice enough complexities to let me enjoy one, but also a beer i think i could have for the whole night.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 04:19:28 | More by acrawf6
Photo of goochpunch


3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out the color of dark iced tea with a thin, white head. Decent sheet-like lacing. Smell was of toasted malts and not much more. Pretty one-dimensional. Tasted very sweet and grainy. Decent enough hop bitterness in the finish. Really, though, just like the smell, there wasn't much in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was OK; a bit watery for my taste. Overall, this was fairly average. Neither bad nor good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 06:02:10 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a thick frothy heah. There is a thin layer left. The color is similar to sweet tea with a reddish tint. The smell is a bit bitter. The taste is not a strong point on this beer. There is a bit of harshness that is hard to overcome. This lingers into the mouthfeel. The drinkability would be higher if not for the sharpness. Smooth it out a little and get rid of the bite and this beer would be much better. Average for a red beer but there is much better out there in this style.

Serving type: can

03-18-2006 23:47:53 | More by Enola
Photo of Naes

New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out very dark amber with a two inch white head. Retention and lacing is good.
The aroma is nothing special, just a trace amount of malt.
The flavor is a bit watery up front but has a slight toastyness and finishes with a slight hop presence.
Mouth feel is a bit watery, but carbonated quite well.

Serving type: can

03-13-2006 01:06:17 | More by Naes
Photo of BEERchitect


3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but I'll take the exception from this good brew. Other than being a safe beer with little standout characteristics, there are very little to frown at. A solid caramel malt flavor that hinges slightly on maple syrup flavors and toffee. Lightly bready, but mostly toasty and nutty. Low butter-popcorn flavors. These characters come out in the aromas and subdue into the flavors and expecially the finish. Lightly malty finish keeps from becoming as clean as desired, but still a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 23:31:46 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of hanco005


3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—clear reddish orange with fluffy white 2 inch white head, then flops down to about 1/4 inch, leaving extreme lacing

S—mild hoppy scent, spicy and peppery

T—hop and caramel malt flavors take hold right away, but quickly fade away

M—a bit thinner than I expected, nicely carbonated

D—a good red ale. Could definitely enjoy this in a long drinking session. Easily enjoy 4-5 more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 23:56:28 | More by hanco005
Photo of Redteketed


3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear red copper, with an reasonable head, little sticky to the glas.
Smell: a light hoppiness and malt
Taste: a little bitter, hoppiness and burned malts, dry, burned, hopbitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: light/medium (in scale of: very light/light/medium/ chewy/need knife and fork)
Drinkability: good.
For Irish Red it is an average beer, but still perfect for social drinking

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 22:12:56 | More by Redteketed
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an Irish beer that I couldn't find in Ireland, even in the supermarkets. I like Murph's stout well enough, but the Irish reds have been leaving me mostly flat.
Attractive rusty brown color with a thin but committed cap of head. and a hoppy, brassy odor with hints of adjuncts but overall okay.
Unfortunately, the strongest flavor isn't malt or hops but metal. Not horrible, abrasive metal, more mellow but still quite strong. Mouthfeel is crisp but overall the metal flavor is a little too aggressive entirely for this beer to be a big winner.
This is drinkable but certainly not well crafted nectar of the kind that most of us seek most of the time. Instead, this beer is good for tailgating or social events where the crispness is more important than the taste, which isn't this beer's strong point.

Serving type: can

02-01-2006 23:14:29 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DogFood11


1.8/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Red to copper in color, Head retains during the pour but no more. Trace lacing, mild carbonation.

I've been on a Can kick lately. Lots of toasted character, hops are bitter, slightly astringent, enough so to kind of turn me off of this beer. Sweet up front then ultra bitter middle and gritty in the aftertaste. Grinding sharp hops clash with the sweetness in this brew, I think this is what made the mouthfeel and drinkability so poor.

Not for me man....

Serving type: can

01-28-2006 21:08:55 | More by DogFood11
Photo of KarlHungus


3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear blood red color with big bubbles of visible carbonation. The head is large, creamy, white, and long lasting. The aroma is mildly sweet with some butter, and cream notes. The taste semi sweet, but kind of watery. The mouthfeel is light bodied with too much carbonation; so much that it masks the flavor. Overall, this brew is okay, but I don't think I will be purchasing it again.

Serving type: can

01-13-2006 22:32:56 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of allengarvin


3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appropriate amber color, clear, with moderate but fading head. Grainy malt aroma, fairly neutral. Clean, lightly malty flavor, with low hops, making for a sweetish beer. A faint touch of fruitiness. Short and simple finish. A tad watery.

A completely ordinary beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 02:57:16 | More by allengarvin
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/brown color hiding red tones that sneak through the glass when held to the light. Head retention is minimal.

The nose is caramelly and malty. Maybe sawdust?

Taste is mostly malty with a creamy, sweet taste. I also notice a slight wood/nut like character.

Mouthfeel is good. Not real thin, but less than medium bodied. Drinkability is good also. A nice pre-dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 04:46:59 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of ypsifly


2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undated 12oz with a back label indicating that this is actually brewed in Holland by Heineken, poured into a pint glass.

Clear reddish amber with a frail, beady head of white that falls to a thin ring rather quickly.

As soon as I cracked the cap, the skunked hops were evident as it filled the room. Caramel malts underneath...wayyyy underneath the Pepe' le Pew.

Doesn't taste as bad. The caramel malts and biscuit flavors come through, but somehow seem generic. There's a decent bite of hop in the middle that carries through to the finish with some lingering in the aftertaste, but its generic all the way through.

Light mouth with decent carbonation. Drinkable once I got past the nose, but way too boring for another.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 04:45:07 | More by ypsifly
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a light copper around the edges that faded to a dark burgundy in the middle of the pint glass. The head was smooth and off white. Smelled of dry ash and sour red grapes. Tasted of sweet roasted caramel malts with a dry and crisp hop balance that reminded me of a lager. Very simple yet assertive flavor. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a light small bubble carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 22:41:55 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Dukeofearl


2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This fine Irish product was brewed "under supervision of Murphy Brewery" by Heineken in the Netherlands, and lovingly shipped to the US (Globalization, what a cool thing).

Pours a moderate cream ale/ginger ale color (more yellow brown than red-brown) with a decent head when poured that settles to a moderately thin head.

Aroma of malt and yeast, mildly sweet biscuit with a slightly sharp end (hops). All the notes are there, but gently so.

Flavor is odd. In general, red ales are not a favorite style of mine, but this one just tastes off. Sour stale oily hops. Malts that don't really taste enjoyable. Just not enjoyable. I poured most of this out so I could have something good.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 02:07:17 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of whynot44


3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, deep reddish brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma is toasted malt with a hint of spiciness.

Taste is lightly toasted malt and fresh bread with a definite hops bitterness from the start and a somewhat woody dry finish.

A little rough but drinkable, with a somewhat lingering metallic bite in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 05:24:31 | More by whynot44
Photo of kosmoraios


3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up as a single in a build-your-own sixer at World Market. The first thing that comes to mind as I drink this beer is "simple".

Pours a pretty clear amber color - almost looks like it has been darkened with coloring of some sort. The head is watery and thin. The aroma is of a weak sweet-toasty malt. Taste is not very complex, with a simple malty flavor and a tinge of commercial-grade hops. Very carbonated - some acidity on the tongue. Pretty drinkable as a session beer, but a bit too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 00:25:51 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of 57andcounting


3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An Irish Red brewed in the Netherlands by Heineken. Oh well, what?
Not bad for the price. Pours a deep, more brown then red color with a full head that sinks to a nice lace that lasts. Has a strong malt smell. The malt predominates the initial taste ending with a touch of fruit. Nice light mouth feel and easy going down. You can drink more then one of these. For the price, I keep a six-pack of this beer around to impress my Budweiser drinking buds without spending a lot of money.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 20:42:08 | More by 57andcounting
Photo of shererjt


2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale red and clear appearance but lacking deep color. Moderate carbonation with a nice off-white head. Not much aroma; some malt, a bit of adjuncts, but that's about it. Medium body with not a lot of flavor. The malt in particular is lacking for a red. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel. Rather bitter aftertaste--the malt/hop balance is off, especially for the style. This affects the drinkability a quite a bit. The bitterness is greater at cold temperatures, so don't drink this one too chilly.

This is not a bad beer, but it's not a good one either. I remember liking it quite a bit back when it was "Murphy's Irish Amber", so I'm not sure if the beer has changed or my tastes have. The stout is still wonderful, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 03:16:43 | More by shererjt


3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murphy's Irish Red is a deep amber hue with a 1" light beige head. The head settles to about half an inch and has great retention throughout. Great lacing!

The aroma is roasted malt. There is some light hops and a faint toffee smell. There is a good twang to the aroma of this beer.

Nice and malty. Light toasted flavor with an earthy background. Sweetness in the middle is well balanced with the roasted malt in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin although it is nothing that hurts this beer overall.

Rates very high in the drinkability section. Well made and very smooth brew and would be a pleasing session choice. I am very impressed with this Irish Red.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 01:56:43 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of Hunter


2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Started strong with the presentation but things fell off from there. Nice red color, brassy aroma, metallic taste and unpleasantly sharp aftertaste. Maybe this is better from the bottle/tap? Certainly drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

Serving type: can

08-01-2005 00:24:25 | More by Hunter
Photo of palliko


3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light, pale brown with a hint of red. Foam is good, lacing remains. Aroma consists of loamy and metallic hops that overwhelm any malt that might be present. The mouth feel is not unlike drinking half and half, taste has some roasted toffee malt mellowed out by the bitter hops. Finish is surprisingly clean. But there are better beers for less money.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 14:54:51 | More by palliko
Photo of jokelahoma


3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a little pale for a red beer, to my tastes. Certainly not bad, but more coppery, in a pale ale sense, with yellow and brown overtones. Not a "red" in that sense. Nice head that lasts several minutes before falling into a tight but thin cap on the beer. Good lacing.

Aroma is typical "dusty" English hops smell. Or at least they smell dusty and earthy to me. A tinge of metal in the nose, but not overwhelming. Not a great deal of malt nose at all.

Taste is predominantly malt. Very smooth and creamy. Just enough bitterness up front to keep it becoming too sweet to drink. No real hop flavor to speak of. Just a tinge of bitterness up front, then a smooth, almot oily malt presence. Quite a bit of caramel in the flavor, and a hint of roastiness. I'd have preferred more of a roast malt flavor, but this isn't bad. Not inspiring, but not bad.

The mouthfeel is slick. It's an odd sort of oiliness that doesn't last. YOu'd swear at the first drink that you'd be having to swab out your mouth to get rid of the coating, yet it disappears quickly. It's not heavy in the end, although the first impression is a mineral oil type of sensation. Not unwelcome, but strange.

The beer is quite drinkable, if for no other reason than it's rather unremarkable. I'd drink it again, but I'll not search it out, especially at $9 a six-pack here in KC.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 01:26:50 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of TastyTaste


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
Photo of pentathlete


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Arrived in a tulip pint, a pale red with a small head that fell to a foamy platform. Plenty of carbonation. Smell was nearly non-existent. Bland. Taste is bland too, somewhat bready with some malt. Thin finish. This is nothing special. No off flavors, nothing bad, an easy drinking ale, but not much of interest here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2005 01:43:12 | More by pentathlete
Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.