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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: 591
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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 bditty187
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear auburn-bronze hue, similar to iced tea in color, the off-white head reached a height of a finger plus, it was rather rocky and impressive, superior retention. Plus it laces well. The nose puts a halt to the good vibes the appearance created. In fact, the bouquet was rather awful and not indicative of a Red... Ale? The smell is analogous of a lager, especially a typical Euro-lager (it is called “beer” on the label), the scent is largely naked with little maltiness, a suggestion of caramel, and a dose of grassy hops that don’t harmonize well with the malt. As for the taste, there is very little going on with the flavor profile; the caramel malt influences are weak and the hops are grassy and inappropriate in my opinion. It is largely clean, somewhat dry and somewhat sweet. There is very little complexity and no development on the palate from start to finish, which is quick. The aftertaste, however, is very metallic, nasty. Forgettable. Medium-body in body, indifferent carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is ordinary and empty. This is a major yawner. Give me a pillow. Skip this one.

An Irish Red brewed by Heineken, yeah! Actually my bottle just says “Murphy’s Red Beer.” I purchased a single 12-ounce bottle in Lincoln for a $1.50.

bditty187, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 14.9 oz can brewed by Heineken in Amsterdam.
Amber in appearance with a large frothy off white head..quite attractive actually.
The smell is pretty weird though..it smells like Heineken Lager just a little more malty.
The taste is mostly malty, a slight buttery tinge,sweet with small hop bite at the end.
A very creamy and smooth beer on the tongue.
Its a drinkable ale..would make a good session beer.

Reidrover, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of dpend
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label says brewed and canned by the Heineken Brewery.Hissed at me when I opened it.Poured nicely,head was an inch above the rim of the mug and took it's time settling.Aroma was weak with sulfur.Taste was more sulfur.Mouthfeel was watery and finish was dry,bitter and once again sulfur tasting.This may be a bad batch, but I think Killian's tastes better overall.I've only had Killian's on tap and this can could have kicked around a hot warehouse for awhile so my comparison my not be fair.I enjoy the Murphy's stout, so I'll have to try this on tap to be fair.

dpend, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Brewed according to Irish tradition to offer you refreshment with an easy to drink speciality beer taste" boasts the label. We'll just see about that, won't we?
Pours a clear, reddish hue with full froth atop.
Aroma: rather sweet and soft, rather akin to the smell I associate with typical lagers, though, and come to think of it, the label doesn't call it an "ale", just "beer."
Fairly mild arrival on the palate, flavorful at first, then fast fading, with an utterly insignificant finish. No hops anywhere, but tasty, caramelly malt sweetness and a hint of fruit. Very light bodied, with little texture, no impact on the palate at all, really.
Although not bad in any way, this is a frightfully forgettable beer, one of those you want when you don't want to know that you're drinking beer. Terribly dull, but a notch above that Killian's stuff you see everywhere you go.

feloniousmonk, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a Moscow beer bar. It came out a deep burgundy red under a creamy off-white head that left nice lace lines as it accompanied the liquid down to the bottom of the glass. The nose is strong with malt and just a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but firm-bodied. The taste is malty strong, with a good hoppy aftertaste. A pleasant enough brew, this serves well as a back-up when there is nothing more interesting to try.

Globetrotter, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours a dark amber color with a nice head that sticks around for a little while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts, but not too strong. The flavor is very strong, but it's nothing to write home about. The taste is only slightly smooth and the aftertaste is pretty dry. It's a little sweet, but this seems to be just an average beer.

clvand0, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
1.9/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is slightly malty and corny. A light bodied Irish Ale. Light malt flavors that get overwhelmed by the corn adjunct. Not very hoppy. Not much flavor, and not much else to say. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and very sweet.

beerguy101, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The label states it was brewed by Heineken for Murphy's. Ok. That explains the heinie smell. It pours to a thin white head an an articficially clear caramel color. Aroma is of euro-lager and weak malt. Flavor is powerfully bitter with malt coming up the rear--backwards when you think about it. Finishes dry and bitter...not bad at all. This is a beer I would not personally stock but if it were between this and a Heinie...

EagleTalon, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich,deep amber color with a light to medium head,aroma is malty and toasty.Flavor ismalty but not quite sweet enough in my opinion with some decent toasted malt elements.I think a better than average amber ale, when I want a good amber I would definently buy this one.

oberon, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing about this on the Murphy's website. Probably the same as the "Red," but just in case...
Brewed by Heineken in the Netherlands "under supervision" by the Cork brewery.
The color is transparent brown. While the bottle suggests serving it chilled, I'm warming mine to find supple, cream, roasted nuts and vanilla aromas. In the mouth it gets the balance right between roast, hop and caramel, and it does it with a cleansing, lean texture. Quite aggressively carbonated, this beer. The finish sports an assertive, crisp bitter bite that is pleasantly distracting.
Ultimately this is a pretty predictable, uninspiring beer. Not rotton at all. I'm sure this is how it was designed. I hope Heineken can make a profit from this brand so that the company will thrive into the future and continue to bring us niche-like beers based on recipes from lots of different places. In the meantime drink Wexford or Guinness or something.

putnam, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of freed
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise from a can! This beer is a gorgeous deep amber with a full, consistent head. The deep hue is a very attractive feature, and I find myself looking at it over and over. The smell is somewhat subdued, though a nice sweet aroma is present.

The taste is surprisingly good. Its got a wide malt flavor, slightly peaty, and a wonderful aftertaste. The rusty, almost husky feeling left reminds me of my palate when I was in GB. Pretty darn good for a can.

freed, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color, with a touch of copper, and a fluffy light brown head of good size. Aroma is sweet malt, with just a bit of bitter hops. Taste starts with sweet malt slighted toasted with weak caramel, moves to a slightly bitter hop taste, and finished crisp, but I got a little metal taste in my bottle. Body was a little thin, with moderate carbonation.

A little thin and lacking in flavor, drinkable but forgettable.

fattychubs, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled 13 September 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: deep amber color with a white head:
Taste: Malty, slightly sweet,
Comments: Absolutely nothing spectacular here, but it's drinkable. It certainly better than anything BMC offers.

jcalabre, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oxidized copper penny color, chill hazed clearish. Nice 1/4 inch head of good duration and one that forms sticky laces. Spicy cinnamon toast aroma. A medium brown sugar malt, a bit of orange impression. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly nutty with "Red Hot" spicy hops and a relatively dry impression for an Ale. This is certainly pleasant and drinkable enough though it lacks a bit of distinction.

ADR, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda going from memory, for I served this to some guests, oh six weeks back. It poured bronze color with an ivory head that faded fast. Carbonation was medium, so it had some fize to it, but lace was ok, not thick, but present. The aroma was of toasted malt. The taste was also with a grassy bread-like hint to it.The mouth was left crisp, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not a bad burger/ Irish stew beer. I thought it was a better guest beer than Carlows "Molings", of Ireland, that I also had at the time.

chilidog, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear reddish bronze hue. Vanilla white, well retained one fingered head leaves respectable lace. Non descript caramel malt and grassy hops along with a tinge of nectar like sweetness in aroma. An unfortunate metallic twang is perceptible as well. Faint toasted malt upfront in flavor is followed by a slightly coarse hop bitterness that seems overkill considering the meager, token caramel driven malt presence. Mild butterscotch eeks in mid palate along with vaguely floral hops. Lightly bodied, but passably smooth in mouthfeel. Very well attenuated, with functional residual sweetness at best. Finishes dry, with a hint of sulfur and very mild bready sweetness. Not particularly good, but innocuous enough for easy quaffing. Akin to a Killian's Red / Pete's Red Rush hybrid, but maybe a bit better. Thirst quenching at best. An Irish Red it ain't...

marc77, May 30, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an out of the ordinary beer for what i expected. To start off, if for the irish the colour it pours is name-worthy red (or a red to be proud of) they're colourblind. i set that rather brownish detail aside.

The smell is not very perceivable but it does have an interesting and a nice malty smell to it, although not as inviting as other malt (and truly red) beers.

The taste, mouthfeel.....well it starts off sweet and malty with a kind of woody feeling and as it progresses you can notice a considerable bitterness to it, not so appealing. it also lacks body (or density, figure it out)....

In conclusion, not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Andreji, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed under license in Denmark? Why? Anyway, this is a very good looking beer that poured out a very dark amber, almost light mahogany color. A full, rich, ivory head capped the brew and held on for quite a while leaving some pretty darn good lacing. The look is better than the nose or taste, though neither are bad. The nose is mostly malt with some light hops kicking in as the head fades. The taste is mostly malt, but balanced more than many other Irish brews. There are some slightly disconcerting notes of metallicity. Feel is full, smooth and crisp. Light, but lingering aftertaste.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After pouring this beer with the color of a golden amber, with no red hue what so ever. The smell and was of roasted malts and a hint of a bitter hoppy nature. The taste had a sort of chemical and metalic balance to it. Not a beer that I would purchase again. Smelling it again, it also had an aroma of hair spray? Not promising!

BeerManDan, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of tang214
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a rather brown amber color. I found it to be quite pleasing for some odd reason. It has a nice head with good staying power. You can really smell the full flavored hops. The taste is excellent but the malt flavors really are much better if the beer is served at room temperature. This is a very good brew and would really drink it much more often if it wasn't so expensive.

tang214, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good irish amber beer! And possibly my favorite from Murphy's. This beer pours a dark redd-ish amber colour with a nice head to it. The aromas are unique, but I can smell hops, malts, roasted malts, and smoke. This tastes like more of the same. Very unique and very good. The mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well.

francisweizen, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of Scoats
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a rather unoffensive beer. I caught a unique taste towards the end, rather pleasant, that made this beer stand out in my mind a little bit. This unique taste wasn't what I would consider malty or hoppy, it was like a flat in between those two types of tastes. There are better beers for less money. Good to drink once a year on St. Pat's.

Scoats, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a clear, reddish tinged rust colour. a thin but persistant head is backed up by some carbonation and a slight lace. a thin malty nose is complimented by an earthy and slightly grassy hop aroma. light toasted and biscuity malt tastes are paired with a light and crisp mouthfeel, making for a both flavorful and crisp, refreshing lager. bits of perfumy and earthy hoppiness abound from start to finish. not too bad and quite drinkable. just good enough to appeal to both the mass swill drinker and the particular palate. i probably won't be revisiting this one, though.

budgood1, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be the Irish Catholic in me, but I really like this brew. I consider it an old stand by when I go out to a pub and I get tired of Guinness. It had a very nice deep radish color, with a white head that lasted a while. The taste had some undertones of citrus, but a lot of hops. Aftertaste was smooth and rolled down the ole esophogas pretty easily.

JISurfer, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of DrainBamage
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured a slight redish color. Not as dark as you might expect in a red beer. Small amount of head lingered in the glass. Smelled a bit like Heineken, but not quite as skunky. Mouthfeel was refreshingly carbonated, a bit more carbonated than in lager, which is nice. The taste isn't anything special, but is not bad either, rather average. Drinkability wise this is an ok beer. A couple of them go down nicely, but the desire for more than that just isn't there. I'll get this again, but not in the near future.

DrainBamage, Mar 14, 2003
Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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