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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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322 Reviews
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Reviews: 322
Hads: 655
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 322 | Hads: 655
Photo of rvdoorn
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours a reddish color with a small head.
Smell: Sweet malts, bread, some hops and butter.
Taste: Malts, butter, nuts and a slightly bitter spicy aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall: Simple mass consumption beer, no taste layer, not complex at all, nice for pub quiz and (the real) football though.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking red color. The head was white and fizzled away not leaving a lacing because. The aroma was mostly malts and other grains. Not much hops in there. The taste was smooth and was full of caramel malts. The mouthfeel was a little thin and wasn't as interesting I was hoping for. Overally I was a bit disappointed with this brew.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours reddish with a medium-large white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Sweet malt dominates. Butter and spices. Some bitter hops in the back.

T: Sweet malt, slightly roasted together witm bitter hops. Buttery creamy and some nuts.

M: Smooth. Aftertaste is short. Body as well as carbonation is medium.

O: An Irish Red Ale isn't to complex as a style, this one was no exception.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: More of a light brownish than a reddish color. Nice lacing.

S: Bread. Malts. Some hops.

T: Apple/pear flavors. A little toffee flavor that lingers around.

M: More of a personal preference, but I think there is too much carbonation in it. It also has a crispness to it that I'm not too fond of.

Overall: This is just an overall average beer. The flavor is a little too light for me, and there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I lived in my home - Galway, Ireland - for nine months. I vowed to do me best to try every Irish beer that existed. I succeeded largely, but a few select brews escaped me: 8 degrees brewing, because it's new; Guinness exports like the Nigerian one, and Guinness Red; Biddy Early's brews, because it closed down; and this beer, Murphy's Irish Red. I even searched Cork for this beer, but found no luck. If Abbott's Alehouse in Cork didn't have it, and the Porterhouse(s) and Bull & Castle in Dublin didn't have it, where could I possibly find it? The answer ended up being Berlin, Germany, in the specialty (laden) beer shop. I had to leave Ireland to find this Irish beer. Go figure.

I served this 33cl bottle in a Guinness pint glass ('borrowed' from the King's Head pub in Galway), in me friend's gaff in Berlin, Germany, the very day I purchased it. Temperature was about 10 degrees celsius, though the bottle label recommends 5-7 degrees. It was summer in Germany; what was I meant to do? Reviewed live.

A: A decent upward bubble show - somewhat rare for an Irish red. Six finger head of nice cream and decent thickness. Good retention, about four minutes or so. A copper-amber colour. Semi-transparent. Quite appealing.

Sm: Amber malt/hops, some cream, maybe even some slight ester hops - but I doubt it, as esters are rare in most macro Irish brews. Very slight hints of caramel and maybe even some nut. Pleasant and light in strength. No alcohol comes through.

T: Irish red me arse. Nuts pull through like a sweet light English brown ale (not surprising Murphy's should emulate English styles, the bastards). Some amber malt/hops enter in to a lesser degree, but don't quite resolve to the climax as the nuts do. Hoppy but limited to a simple barley foundation. Built poor for the [alleged] style, but decently for a lighter brown ale. For once, beeradvocate didn't screw up the beer categorization! The brewer did. (By the way, Killian's is not an Irish red either, and Irish reds are not widely consumed in Ireland with the exception of Smithwick's).

Mf: Smooth and wet, with limited coarseness on the climax. Not akin to an Irish red per se, but matching its true style. Refreshing enough I'd say.

Dr: 5% ABV is concealed - not that that's a difficult feat to accomplish. It refreshes on a Berlin summer's day, but would be better served a bit colder. Perhaps the label's advice was sound. It's a decent beer, but I understand now why we don't serve it in Ireland: none of the lads would give a shite. Very affordable in Berlin. I think it was something like two euro.

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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is burnt amber verging on more of a coppery orange. The head looks good, a thick white pillow about one finger high that retains its form for a good while and deposits a good amount of patchy lacing.
The smell is somewhat nondescript; there's malt in here with a touch of biscuit and caramel, but not much else other than a typical grainy note and a light earthiness. I don't mind a malt-forward red by any means, but I also struggle to get even what is here.
A bit more comes out in the flavor. Malts are the main player, with the biscuit and caramel coming out up front but with an additional toastiness and a bit of extra toffee-like sweetness. There's even a nice nuttiness that's drawn out toward the finish. A little bit of a hops presence comes off at the front then fades under the malt.
The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is just a touch too spritzy for my liking. Otherwise a nice crispness stays the whole way and it's fairly smooth overall.

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Photo of alankwak
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, solid red color with nice finely bubbled head retention and great lacing.

S: Light malty odor with little hop presence.

T: Awesome nutty notes and a light smoke hint followed by some hop bitterness.

M: Nice medium/full body with this Ale.

Surprise! This wonderful beer can be described as a Brown Ale "light" which would be true to it's style. Smooth and clean it is obviously well brewed with a great process, quality yeast and water.

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Photo of hiku7
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear light rusty brown with a tall cream-color head.

Smell is of mild woody hops, yeasty bready must, apricot, and a slightly phenolic spiciness. Taste is the same, plus toasted malt with some toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily and dry.

Overall, this is a decent session beer with enough aroma and taste to carry you through a few pints.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint. I double checked, and yes, it was nitro.

A - Clear amber coloration, thick, fluffy head, excellent retention and some visible lacing.

S - Mostly spicy with a hint of malty sweetness.

T - Grain and toffee shows up initially, followed quickly by a caramel sweetness, and then it all vanishes. Another sip bears the same burden. The flavor comes and goes so quickly it is hard to savor.

M - Clean and creamy medium body obviously, then a disappointingly watery finish.

D - Doesn't require much thought or effort to enjoy, because there simply isn't much here. Nothing bad, mind you, just nothing that sticks around.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass served from the tap.

A: Pours a dark amber color forming a one finger white to yellow creamy bubbled head. Low retention and few lacings left

T: Sweet. Mild smell of caramel malts. Bit grassy hops. Bit metallic

T: Follows the nose. Strong taste if sweet caramel malts followed by the taste of grassy hops. Good bitter end. Bit metallic too

D: Very light body. Low carbonation. Dry and bitter end. Good drinkability

O: Good session ale. To be enjoyed in a British / Irish pub

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Red Ale has a thick, creamy, slightly beige head and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is mostly neutral, but faint barley malt is detected. Taste is interesting and good: malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, and some touch of fruit, with a nice amount of hop bitterness at the end is what one finds here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Murphy's Irish Red Ale finishes refreshing, enjoyable, easy drinking, and semi-dry. Overall, I liked this, and I recommend it.


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Photo of GreeneDog
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer looks the part of a great red beer. To be honest I was very excited to try this beer. I have also been on a can lick as of late. Sadly it taste like a instant made, Mr Beer if you will. Smell, look and feel are all good to above average. But the taste is way off, taste like it is out of a can. I will review again when I find in a bottle.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper, rich, effervescent, small head and some lacing

S-Some malt, nothing powerful

T-Sweet, malt and grain provided most of the flavor

M-Crisp, just enough carbonation, smooth drinking

O-I happened to like this quite a bit. I was skeptical going to something lending itself more towards mass production, but I was happy with the beer and would buy it again if I wanted Irish Red.

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Photo of JMad
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a red copper color with a thick foamy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of grassy, lemony hops with a slight aroma of toasted caramel malt.The flavor is pretty much the same with the bitter lemon and grassy hops, there is an aftertaste of toasted bread. The feel is light with some stinging carboination and a dry finish. I thought this was a decent beer, it hasn't got very good reviews but I would drink this any day.

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Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like icea tea in a glass. It's very clear, with a slight red hue. Pours a nice white head that craters quickly and then dissipates.

Smells like sour rye. Kind of pilsnerish.

Tastes better than I thought it would, but still not great. Similar to the smell, a combination of sweet and sour/tangy with some peppery spice. The longer the beer stays in the swallow, the more sour it becomes.

Light to medium bodied at best, the more you drink the worse it feels on the palate. It eventually becomes a cross between bitter and sour.

It's not a very good beer. Has few redeeming qualities and not something I'd want to drink again. Not even sure I want to finish the glass.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear, copper-red coloring with LOTS of carbonation. Pours a huge off-white head that cascades down to a manageable two inches. Caramelly nose with bubble gum/cotton candy notes, as well. Slight toasty scents, also. The beer has extremely light flavors riding a crisp and light body. Sweet flavors ranging from nutty to caramel, but lacking in any robust features. The beer tastes watery. Low malty aftertaste, the beer has a weak and rapid finish, which is the only merciful thing about this. Disappointing.

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Photo of bastardface
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer by my bartender when I asked him to just give me a random beer. I was relatively surprised to find out that I enjoyed the heck out it. I ended up ordering two more. It's easy to drink and has real fine taste. At first it has a little bite but as you sip it you will be refreshed. I highly recommend this beer, as it is easy to drink. I plan on having this beer again when I get the opportunity.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours an Amber colour, with a white head that dies quick but does lace.

S - Plenty of sweet malt.

T - A little malt and stewed fruit but not much else.

M - Overcarbonated for me and medium to light body.

D - Not a great beer but OK for a session

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Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Erin's Snug Irish Pub in Madison, WI.

Poured a very dark amber color with a good amount of head on it.

Didn't smell a whole lot besides malt.

The taste was pretty good, nothing spectacular but nice. Some bitterness in the finish.

Very smooth, good mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer, nothing overly exciting but it was a good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first taste of their Red Ale...I dig their Stout.

There's a bunch of numbers under the imported by on the label. I'm guessing that the first numbers, 0321 means it was bottled on the 321st day of 2010.

It sure has a very nice deep amber gold colour, produces a 1 inch head of foam and loads of lacing.

The smell is grainy, toasty, some caramel malt sweetness, a hint of some citrus. Not too shabby.

The taste is kind of a let down. There's some toasted malt, maybe a bit too much and dominating, a bit of sweetness, some bitterness for bitterness sake because it sure doesn't resemble anything citrus, and with that said and done, after about mid palate, things turn decidedly watery.

Light body, medium carbonation, okay mouth feel.

I'm not a big fan of this Irish Red but I'm glad I tried it. 5 more bottles to go. Maybe I'll throw some in a stew of some sort.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber gold and clear with some nice lacing. The lacing is quite respectable despite its othe qualities. It smells of lightly toasted malt and not much else. It tastes like it smells, pretty one dimensional, not bad, just nothing special. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some carbonation. I could probably make this a session beer if nothing else with more character is lurking about. Cheers.

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Photo of ColoradoRocket
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Faint orange hue, one finger head, active carbonation, minimal lacing.

Smell - Musty Malt.

Taste - Heavy malt, metallic finish.

Mouthfeel - Minimal water like mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, not great.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.44/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours amber color with a small, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and piny hops. Body is quite thing. Flavor was a big disappointment - stale, earthy hops. At least I did not have to pay for this. May be I'll rerate it when I have a chance.

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Photo of wfcoyne
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Beautiful amber color. Settles after a few moments leaving some lacing.

S - Malt. Lots of it.

T - Pretty average. Malty. Some complexity but nothing wowing.

M - Thin and unexciting.

D - Goes down fairly smooth. Not unpleasant. Easy drinker for those who usually stick to domestics.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.54/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a golden copper color, with a foamy off-white head of three fingers. As the head diminishes, a thick lacing is left around the glass. The liquid is otherwise crystal clear, with normally active carbonation. The aroma is simple, as it is composed, primarily, of heavy malts and a tinny character. To counter, there is the faintest hint of sweet hops. The taste begins with big malty flavor. This comes through bolder throughout the middle, as there is a suggestion of roasted malts bringing it forward. The aftertaste is mildly sweet with an enormous bitter metallic character, likely secondary to the brew's hopping. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery, in keeping with the light body and low carbonation of the beer. The brew goes down as smoothly as any light beer, with the metallic flavoring keeping it from being a great drinking beer.

Overall, what we liked most about this beer was the relatively deep colors of the brew itself. However, the generous tins and metals given through the nose, and followed in the taste, make this lighter beer less than satisfying.

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.