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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: 606
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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 hwwty4
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +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.

Photo of irishevans
4.35/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +8.4%
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 -11.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -11.9%
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 -16.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +14.1%
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 +25%
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 +14.1%
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 +34.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.9%
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 -3.4%
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

Photo of Minkybut
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a pretty gold red with a nice creamy foamy white head. Nice fresh bread smell. Clean smelling clean tasting beer with a slighly nutty/malty taste. Great lacing alo. I liked the beer and will buy again.

Photo of afinepilsner
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Murphy's Red Beer was an amber color and clear. It had a white head that was quickly reduced to a thin layer. The aroma was lightly malty and a touch toasty. The taste was a little sweet malt upront with a dry lighly bitter finish. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. This is definately not best Irish Red Ale out there.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of udubdawg
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a slightly dull-looking reddish brown, with little of the off-white head and no retention to speak of.

Minimal nose, with some sweetness and pale malts noted. Didn't note the bittering hops I know is there.

Better flavor then I remember. Lightly roasted malts up front, sweetness in the middle, and a bittering finish with an almost grassy flavor. A bit spritzy, but overall a decent mouthfeel on the light side of medium.

Not something I want everyday, but seems very well suited in terms of drinkability for this particular holiday.

Photo of BeerSox
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear amber hue with a strong red tint. A light tan thick head slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. Solid ringed lacing down the glass.

Toasty malts with a little bit of caramel and butterscotch. A light floral hop aroma is in the background.

Highly toasted malts, almost giving a burnt flavor. A little bit of a slippery butter flavor comes in here and there. There are just enough hops to create a good balance. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry, with a little bit of lingering grain.

Not a bad Irish Red Ale. A good amount of tasty toasted grain. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a red/burgandy color with a foamy, off-white two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and that's about it.

T - It tasted of malt, clove and grains.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - An okay red beer. Not as good as Murphy's Stout.

Photo of skizziks
2.47/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a nonic. Very carbonated. 3+" of light beige foam leaps up during the pour. Oddly adjunct lager aroma detected at arms length. Head slowly collapses as a rocky mishmash of shaving cream and bubble bath. Lots of sticking on the glass and good retention. The beer is a very clear ambery-copper or maybe coppery-ambery.

Aroma is weak and watery with more of that adjunct lager character. Stale malts. Maybe a very small amount of herbal hops. Lame.

Hmmm, I let this one warm up a little too much, pretty much cellar temp. Still, not much flavor here. A light sweetness of honey with some grain husk and a hint of roastiness. Sweet mingles nicely with the bitter on its way back and the bitterness with some late carbonation show it the way down the gullet. Grain husk and bitter linger. Astringence (husk) sticks to the cheeks a bit. All very quick and mild.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery with some building foam of carbonation. Medium light body. I'm sure this beer is better about 15degF colder, but I don't get the feeling that it gets that much better. Most likely the last I'll ever have.

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.