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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: 605
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 soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Appealing, very red color, but less than a half-finger of head and no lacing whatsover

S - Mostly malt scent, slight roasted, with a hint of coffee

T - Nice, roasted malt flavor, stronger than the smell but not too strong

M - Highly carbonated, to the detriment of the flavor

D - A good red, but too carbonated in that it masks the flavor. Fairly drinkable, although there are better reds out there at better prices

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

Although this beer claims to be "brewed to the original recipe since 1856," I highly doubt that to be true. Perhaps it is the macro brewing techniques surely used by Heineken that drain character from this beer. I would call it overly crisp for a red, not enough rawness to the characteristics. It has the distinct bittersweet malt notes of a red yet they seem to float around in a watery texture. Endnotes are just a fade out of earlier flavors with mundane hop bitterness. A highly macronized red “beer,” I guess it lost its characterization somewhere in the process of macronizing.

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

Gave this brew a try last evening and I can say that I feel it was a somewhat disappointing choice. The brew was poured to a amber color with a good sized head that broke down quite quickly leaving a little lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to be really just malts that I think gave off a nut and caramel like scent but that could also be coming through in the flavor as that is really what I am picking up after taking a sip. Not a bad brew, just nothing to write home about. Probably a few years ago I would have thought that this was a good brew, now it seems just average at best.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/06 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: I had trouble picking up much of a smell, but there’s a little caramelized malt and tea.

T: Taste is light and malty, with flavors of caramel, tea and a touch of hops. Leaves a faint after-taste. Just like the smell, the taste isn’t very strong.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very flavorful, but easy to drink and not too filling, it’s a good beer to pound if macros are your only other choices.

Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper in color with a short 1" head that last a while. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness is single component in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: malt is up front with a touch of nuttiness and very mild bitterness. Your tastebuds will get bored with this after a while.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief lasting malty sweetness sticks to the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: a dull and boring session beer. Better on tap than in bottle, but still not one I long for.

Photo of beveritt
2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 16oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Can states "Brewed to the original recipe since 1856." Except that now it is brewed in Holland by Heineken in Holland. Doesn' sound very original to me.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 inch foamy head, that falls very quickly to just a few islands of foam, maintained by ever-rising bubbles. The beer itself is, surprise, red, maybe more of a deep amber. Perfectly clear.

Smell: This smells like what I think of when I think of cheap beer. Sweet, but not malty. Hops are grassy and slightly skunky. The scary thing is that it is supposed to smell like this, you can't skunk a can.

Taste: Ugh. Sweet and smoky, almost a chemical-laden flavor. It tastes like burnt food.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation.

Drinkability: My first and last. I picked this up beause I heard a rumour it was not going to be made much longer. Personally, I don't think that would be much of a loss to the beer world.

Photo of beeragent
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, ending in a nice hazy red finish. 1/2 inch head, that faded quickly, leaving little lacing along the glass. Little nose on this one, but what is there, is a slightly sweet aroma. The mouthfeel is medium. The taste is suprisingly better than expected. Slight amount of sweetness, but not overpowering. This being my first experience with an Irish red ale, I cant really compare this to any others. Overall, this is a very tasty beer, and a very easy beer to session.

Photo of Phocion
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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
2.15/5  rDev -32.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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
2.79/5  rDev -12.8%
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
2.16/5  rDev -32.5%
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
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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
1.58/5  rDev -50.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.