Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish RedMurphy's Irish Red

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of Phocion
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy golden-red with a surprisingly stubborn and rocky white head.

Aroma is weak and one-dimensional. Sweet roasted malts and just a trace of very light hops.

Taste is almost identical to the nose, but a little more pleasant. Creamy roasted/toffee malts with subtle dry hops in the background. Not much else to say.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Although this beer is anything but impressive, it isn't offensive either. Good session beer, but nothing for a special occasion.

Photo of Phatz
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a red brown amber color with a huge off whit head and moderate lacing.

Smell: A hit of Heineken Hallertau hops, bread malts grain and some toastyness along with a hint of sweet.

Taste: Straightforward Irish amber. Bready malt flavor that is crisp and dry with hops in the finish, that pinch the back of the throat like ginger.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel that fades off in body.

Drinkability: This is an extremely sessionable beer. It is the type of beer I would get in a pitcher while playing pool at a bar the guys. Not something I need to sip in PJ's before bed. It is nothing special, but it is easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of CU570M
2.17/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not sure what to say about this beer. It was a sharp tasting beer with full flavors, but It taste a lot like a lot of other beers i have tried. I see this beer has gotten pretty good scores but i honestly didn't find anything special about it. The best thing about this beer was the bottle.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale ruby orange with decent clarity and streams of fast rising bubbles. An effervesent three finger head of dense cream shows excellent retention and lots of sticky lace patches. Clean nose, some mild toasted malt and english hop aromas. Sweet toasted malt and english winter barley flavors upfront, followed by tons of dextrin and a mellow clash of herbal hops. Semi-drying aftertaste, light sweetness, and very balanced hop bitterness. Light bodied with medium-carbonation; an exceedingly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes easy with a touch of residual caramel and mild english hops to match. A session ale for sure.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m hosting the next Bengal’s game this Sunday (vs. Pittsburgh) so I decided to get a beer that’s a non-macro and a general crowd pleaser – bought a pony keg and cracked it last night (Had to be certain it was fresh, right???).

Looks: Pours light copper with hints of red when viewed at certain angles. It has an average frothy white head with decent (not great) retention and small amounts of lacing.

Smell: Smells heavy of sweet malts like caramel and faint hints of corn. Nothing fantastic or complex, but nothing unappealing at the same time.

Taste: A simple, light and dry Irish Red Ale with a slight hop trail. Carbonation is a little high at times on the middle of my tongue, but not to the point that it detracts from the overall mild taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy to put down – lighter drinking than Killian’s.

Drinkability: Despite the relatively low ratings on BA, I enjoyed this beer years ago in college and I still consider it a good session beer.

Regardless, I’m sure it will disappear quickly during Sunday’s big game…


Photo of veech
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a favorite of mine way back when I first started drinking imports and craft beers and it disappeared in my local market for several years. It has resurfaced at the World Market and i'm glad it did. A: Deep red with a very creamy head that lasted till the last drop with excellent lacing. S: Sweet malts dominate with mild hints of almost oak wood. T: Smoothe delicious maltiness that is a little milder than the appearance and nose would suggest. M: Thick enough to represent the beer without hurting drinkability which is strong. Even though Heineken took over Murphy's I still enjoy this beer.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with massive slightly off-white head. Smell is minimal with a slight metallic note present. Taste is very enjoyable with a nice malty sweetness in the doreground blanaced well with a strong hop bitterness. Finishes very refreshing and craving another taste. Good session beer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had a point at some Irish Bar in West Allis before a recent Cub’s/Brewers Game…

A: Thin brownish red with a solid white head, good retention, and great lacing. Excelent carbonation streams.

N: Sweet malts and, uh, nothing else

T: Sweet bready malts, almost no hops, caramel.

MF: Light and bubbly.

D: Downable like a light beer.

Photo of Drew966
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murphy's Irish Red Beer pours a slightly reddish light brown with a thick off white head from a sixteen ounce can. Smells inoffensive if uniteresting. Mild tasting, caramel present, some hops. Not bad, probably tastier than Killian's anyway. Worth a try.

Photo of SteveO1231
2.15/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. brown bottle, no fresh date. Pours a golden copper, foamy white head. Not much lacing. Scattered carbonation. Pale malt aroma, light with smells of adjuncts used by major beer producers, perhaps corn and rice? It smells like a BL. Light bodied, mild sweetness, smooth, floral hoppiness, leaves a sour dry finish. Rather boring, easy drinking, probably appeals to the masses. This beer is a more expensive and darker BL to me.


Photo of kindestcut
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I will buy this beer from time to time when I'm looking for a simple beer. There's certainly nothing complicated about it. I admit, it's quite disappointing given the quality of Murphy's stout. The aroma is rather weak, with traces of malt. The beer does look red but tastes very little like other reds I've had. The flavor is a little malty, not very hoppy and with a faintly tart aftertaste that resembles many Dutch beers. All in all a mediocre beer only good for washing down food or quenching a thirst.

Photo of wingman14
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark redish gold with a thick white head. Smell is nothing out of the ordianary, a bit of hops, a bit of malt. The taste is sharp and strong, with some bitter notes. Tastes like a hyped up macro, but not by much. I love Murphy's stout, so this one is a bit of a disappointment for me. It has average carbonation, a light medium mouthfeel, and a good balance of flavors. I could drink these a lot but not for the price. If I had to choose I would pick a cheaper Irish Red and not find a huge difference. Worth a try if you are into the style.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brownish tinit to a red body with a nice solid 1 finger off white head. Good lacing.

S - Not much worth mentioning here.

T - Grainy, toasty, malty with a hoppy background.

M - With the nice mix of malt and hops I'd put this one in the vacinity of a medium mouthfeel.

D - Quite drinkable.

Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

Had a nice creamy 1/2" white head which has decent lasting power. Lacing was somewhat spotty. Beer is a reddish/brown with no visible carbonation.

Aroma was very light. Nothing vey discernable.

Taste is light with some hop bitterness and caramel malts showing up.

Mouthfeel is light and lifeless.

Overall, it is a very drinkable beer but uninteresting.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild and slightly malty. Kind of bland.

Taste is slightly malty upfront with a hint of hops. A slight hint of chocolate at the finish. Fairly bland.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Not hard to drink, just bland and uninteresting.

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

I really enjoyed this brew. Light red/dark brown color with a small head. Leaves a good, thick lacing on the glass. Taste is slightly bitter, but refreshing. A good session beer. Goes down smooth. Much prefer this to Killian's. Good session beer. Can't wait to have some more of this beer in the future.

Photo of Dithyramb
1.5/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sampled via a 16 oz pint at Frisco’s in Columbia.
Poured the required amber with no real head retention or lacing. A bit of floral hops on the nose. Slightly caramel hoppy, but it came off as being way too biscuity and harsh. Not very drinkable and surprisingly bad from the same folks that make the stout.

Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber colored with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top. Some serious head retention.
Smell is good, caramellic marmelade and some straw. Fruity from the yeast.
Taste is fruity, dry with distinct caramellic notes, some maltbitterness and actually pretty clean. A good beer of which I could have a couple, not overly complex or big-bodied. Just a good pub-beer.

Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$2.19 at Jack's for a 16oz bottle. Brewed and canned by Heineken in Amsterdam. "Brewed according to the Irish tradition to offer you refreshment with an easy to drink specialty beer taste. 5% ABV.

Pours out to a skarkingly clear dark orange, forming a nice creamy slightly off white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is clean and wet and nondescript...the aluminum can is evident in the nose, but it's not detracting. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink with a medium body. The taste begins with a touch of aluminum, followed by some faintly floral hops, some mild vienna malts and roasted barley, mild bitterness, some faint malt sweetness and herbal hops linger in the aftertaste. As I progress through the can, I notice a few things: As it warms, the metal taste becomes more aggressive. There is a mild roasted barley astringency in the finish. The hops are probably hop extract..the bitterness is there, but it's more chemical.

This beer isn't too bad. It's easy to drink, but for the price I can get much better session beers. The aluminum can flavor is bothersome overall, so I'd be interested in trying it on tap or in bottle. Even had I not known, I would say that this beer definitely tastes like Heineken...not many beers do and this, while different, certainly does.

Photo of gnoff
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle at "Rockbaren" in Gothenburg.

Brownish color, white head.
Sweet scent, malty a bit watery taste.
I remember the draught one to be better than this bottle.

It might have been the serving and it being too cold, but I still believe the draught version is better in this beer.

Photo of scottoale
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16fl.oz aluminum can pours a mahogany-red beer, with a white foam cap. As the head dissapates, a nice bit of lace is left behind.

Kind of a green, peatmoss odor from the malt, with faintly sweet, veggie kind of hop aroma, waivering in the tail. A little musty or earthy, with grassy notes as well.

Slight nuttiness in the initial malt flavor, not very sweet, but rather bland that turns green grassy, artificial sweet in the end. The hops don't seem to bitter this brew much, the balance is that of a teeter-totter...strange.

The body is limp, kind of watery and weak, it reminds me of iced tea. Not much punch in the alcohol dept. so I find it hard to recommend this strange red beer.

Photo of plaid75
1.48/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Leo's, Garden City.

I tried this one on draft this afternoon. It poured very red. In fact, the color was so red that I am convinced food coloring is an ingredient here. The head was a sudsy 2 fingers with little retention and little lacing.

The smell was non-existent. No hop aroma.

The taste started off as a sweet malt experience that literally lasted one second before disappearing completely. It was like swallowing water.

The mouthfeel was awful. Again, the lack of flavor made me feel like I was drinking a flavorless malted liquid. Not a good feeling.

All of the above made this beer one of the most undrinkable I have ever had. I am ashamed to admit that I actually walked out before finishing the pint, which I NEVER do.

I have never been so unpleasantly suprised by a beer.

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.

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.

Photo of Enola
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.

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.