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Murphy's Irish Red - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 628 | Reviews: 326
Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red color, small white head, some carbonation is visible. Smell is slightly sweet with carmel malts, slgiht metallic, and a little hops. Full malt flavor, which quickly and smoothly fades into a nice hop finish. The malt does have a richness to it that is very satisfying. I think think this is a very good example of the style. Well rounded and full bodied.

Photo of pentathlete
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Arrived in a tulip pint, a pale red with a small head that fell to a foamy platform. Plenty of carbonation. Smell was nearly non-existent. Bland. Taste is bland too, somewhat bready with some malt. Thin finish. This is nothing special. No off flavors, nothing bad, an easy drinking ale, but not much of interest here.

Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at McNally’s Public House in Elmhurst, IL. The beer was poured in a Imperial Pint glass. The beer is a decent, clear amber with a tan head that disappears about ½ way through. Decent lacing.

The beer could use a bit more of an aroma. I got just a bit of grain/malt and some bread smell.

I thought the taste was decent. Slightly sweet with a bit of light toasted bagel taste. The hopping is very much in the background, but a little floral taste emerges about ¼ of he way through the beer. Not complex or bold tasting, but it did stand-up to my blue cheese burger.

The mouthfeel was a trifle thin, but the carbonation seemed about right for this style. Easy enough drinker, but there are better reds to search out first.

Photo of cokes
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Satiny, gloomed amber with a fluffed off-white head.
The nose is full of cabbage, caramel and paper, and mostly repugnant.
Luckily it improves, tastewise. It's a prototypic Irish red, with a lightly earthy, caramel maltiness, with hints of walnuts, and maple. It's dinged with some wavering cabbage vegetal coloring, and a papery astringency. But not to the breaking point. It finishes with brittle herbs, and a minor arid leafy bitterness.
Light bodied, lowly carbonated. Drinkability seems to increase with each sip, but it still can't muster much more than average.

Photo of Hibernator
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently picked up a single of the Murphy's Red to sample. I had it out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. I was unable to find a freshness date, but on the back of the label there is a code that reads 419452850950.

The beer pours a light brown color. Nice fluffy head on top at first, but after a few minutes it turns to a 1/4 inch white lacing. Surpisingly, this beer leaves some really nice webbed lacings on the sides of the glass.

The nose is bready and grainy. I detect a slight skunk scent in there too. Maybe from the hops? I also get whiffs of caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied brew with a nice creamy flavor to it. Smooth with a sweet caramel malt presence. Dry hops on the finish. The major feel of this beer focuses on the bready and grainy qualities in the mouthfeel. Average to slightly above average drinkability level. Not bad, but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in the Netherlands for Murphy's. Color is reddish amber with a rather large head. The smell is lightly malty with a rather strong presence of grain aroma. The taste is moderately sweet with plenty of grain taste. A light herbal hop taste is barely in the mix. Finish is sweet and mildly drying. This is a pretty good overall beer for when you're in a mood for something fairly simple, but still tasty. However, for an ale this beer tastes very lager-like, and it seems the typical graininess of other beers from the Netherlands has found it's way into this beer.

Photo of studentofbeer
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium brown, like wood or watered down coca cola. very clear. nice ivory head.

smell is odd--some breadiness, a tiny bit of caramel, but i get a decent amount of sulphur and noble hops--smells more like a lager like spaten premium than a red ale. gotta wonder if some heineken hops or yeast found there way into this beer since it is brewed by heineken, though it is supposedly brewed to the original recipe.

fuller mouthfeel than i expected-- slightly creamy with a full but not overwhelming carbonation prick. taste starts off pleasant enough but there isn't a lot of flavor there-- a bit of roasted flavor and sweetness, combined with slight astringency on the side of the mouth. finish is a little off though--a bit salty and metallic, approaching the slightest earthy/skunk flavor. hops seem a bit rough in the finish. very dry overall.

this beer is average. certainly drinkable, nothing resounding in the flavor department. flavor is muted overall, and i don't like the finish much. this is basically mid-brow ale (that barely has any ale qualities). doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Billolick
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, "brewed according to Irish tradition" in Holland! Go figure...Pours clear and the expected reddish shade of amber. Light tan frothy head, with decent retentive powers exhibited. Leaves creamy, medium bubble extensive lacing. Nose is some sweet malt, and alot of sulpher. Light bodied brew, mostly just sweet malt picked up, low hopping levels. Slight sulpher again picked up. Metalic, cabbadgy off flavors present, make this a forgetable beer and surely not one to seek out with much effort.

Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty deep red with a large foamy head that doesn't stick around for too long.

Smells of deep caramel malt and grainy lager. Pretty nice, actually. Light and crisp.

Quite the refreshing taste, too. Citrusy malts give way to smoother, sweeter notes of caramel in the back and a slight, nutty aftertaste and dry hoppiness that I can feel but I don't taste. Not too complex, but what's there is pretty nice.

Wonderfully creamy body, too, and the low carbonation make this a great session ale.

Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can 30905 a generous date code

Color is honey towards brown, thin head, leans toward macroesque.
Some sweet malt, no hop character discernible.
Taste has some character- woody and sweet with a slight metallic tang.

This brew screams food accompaniment, certainly not Irish food, but good with spices.

Once again- the can seems a wise choice for an import here. Fresh and fit.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear copper to amber color. Thick white creamy head disappears quickly. Small patches of lace on the glass. Some caramel notes, grainy along with a typical pale lager smell. Sweet caramel malt, astringent and hints of fruit. Fair amount of floral hop bitterness. Dry finish. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent beer. The dry finish takes away from the drinkability for me.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable red ale. Minimum carbonation, and not much of a head to speak of. Poured out to more of a amber/brown/golden color than red, but none the less remained consistant with what one would expect from a red beer. Overtones of a lightly dry brew with hints of maltiness. A touch on the bitter side for my taste. Worth a try.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice red ale. The color is a deep amber with a nice chunky head and hefty peninsulas of lace on the glass. The aroma is of mushy somewhat DMS malts mostly. Theres a little bit of hops, grain husk and fruity esters as well, but flawed malts are dominant. The taste is hoppy and caramelly with a thick spicey malt flavor as a base. The hops have a cedar quality. A dry somewhat crisp yeast and a hop bitterness rounds out the finish. The mouthfeel is meadium to full bodied and quite grainy.

This is a decent Red Ale with a much better flavor than aroma. I recommend trying this though its nothing amazing.

Photo of paterlodie
2.23/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, happy that I am not working in this beer segment! Have to say I always loved the Guiness... what is a stout but from Ireland like every BA should know and from what I think is a good beer. This though is somthing else... nice colour, .... what is the only thing I like about this one.... bad foam, worse taste that has nothing but malt and oxidation smell. Flat and oxidated taste and no aftertaste at all... guess one of the worst beers of a big brewery that I know.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Nine Fine Irishmen in Las Vegas. This beer is a reddish amber color with a thin light beige head and very little lacing. Roasted malt aroma is difficult to detect. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, similar to other low-end Irish beers like Killian’s. Sweet malt flavor with a touch of caramel and hops. The finish is slick with just enough hops to even it out. The beer is OK but definitely not worth the $6 price tag at this joint.

Photo of beragg
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had never had a real Irish red ale so when I found out this was contract brewed in Holland I was little disappointed. It poured a deep red with a large head quickly receded. The smell was odd at first, not inviting at all. When I tasted it though it was better. Still it didn't have that much taste and it was thin almost like an American lager. It seems like I'll be able to drink a few of them, but otherwise, I don't think I'll drink this beer again.

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap from Murphy's Irish Pub, in the Young Building at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Nice 3/5" light beige head over the deeply reddish brown brew. Aroma is of medium malts, with a slight hoppy presence. Taste is pleasantly malty, with a well-balanced flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonably good, with the sessionability of this brew being quite good.

Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weak malt scent that I guess has pale and light crystal malts. It seems like there are some adjuncts as well along with lager yeast. The taste is average as well. It is a bitter beer with some maltiness, but not much. It is dry and watery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer just sucks. It has terrible aroma and taste. It's one and done for me.

Photo of redmosquito
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap: Nice red hue and good solid head. Roasted malt aroma, no hops and not much yeast. Nice sweet roasted malt taste, with slight metallic taste (which I attribute to rotation). Good mouthfeel. Overall a descent beer, I would say it is tastier than Killeans, and I’d order it again.

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was a good looking red ale with a moderate head that left lace rings around the glass as I drank.

The smell was slightly sweet and skunky. This did not bode well.

The taste was grainy and smoky, with a slightly bitter lingering smoky aftertaste. Not good at all.

This is not what I expected from an Irish ale. It was rather disappointing.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with one finger of head. Not too much lacing. The smell is sweet with caramel malt, maybe a little toffee. The taste has a little bit of a coffee flavor, almost espresso bitterness. Some toffee sweetness, but a slightly dry finish. The body is good and thick, and the drinkability is nice right at 5.0% abv. Not too bad for my first Murphy's.

Photo of claytri
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear red bronze with a matching head. It's smell is sharp of malt and hops. The taste is a little surprising as it is maltish with a hint of berries. The feel is oily and a little thick. I have enjoyed this beer with a variety of foods and by itself. Nice to find it on tap at Fran's in New Hope, PA.

Photo of tavernjef
2.34/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at The Liffey: Clear reddish brown, thin smooth vanilla hued cap, specks of lacing sticks. Aroma has much ado about nothing, I wiff and wiff and I get hardly anything. Faint of all faint sweet malt. Flavors are just as offering, hello, I'm I drinking something or not. Very mild, very faint, and very quick malty sweetness with a smidge of toastyness. Irrefutably tasteless. No off flavors, just no flavors. Feel isn't watery really, just thin and lacking. I had this in a bottle some time ago and it was so bad I decided not to review it. Saw that it was on-tap so I figured, maybe, it might be a bit better. Um....nope.

Photo of merlin48
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is an enigma. I have the same bottle as pictured, and on the front label it has a blurb that says, " brewed to the original recipe since 1856". On the back label, it says, "Product of the Netherlands". The pour is remarkable. A nice copperish amber body with a dark ivory head that is long lasting, and deposits generous sheet and patch lacing down the glass.

Aroma begins the downhill slide. Skunky, eurohops that evoke medicinal, dirty, dishwater. Smells similar to a Heineken.

Mouthfeel is average, with light to medium body and high carbonation.

Taste resembles the aroma, with a bitter, euroskunk, nasty dishwater flavor. Malt presence is understated with a slight note of caramel. Some Heineken taste here.

An Irish red beer brewed in Holland. OK. The Dutch and Irish are the friendliest people I've met in my limited world travels, and I've had enjoyed superior beers in both countries. This pseudo-Irish red beer, that begins with such an exceptional appearance fails to impress, when it gets past its superior looks. Is this now brewed by Heineken, or what?

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sure looks the part before the crown is cracked. Good looking thick-necked bottle with an impressive red, green, cream and gold label. It doesn't look too shabby after the pour either. Pristine orange-copper with a large, light beige head that's more firm and rocky than expected. Scraps of lace are starting to stick and I'm left with a respectable partial coating on the inside of my glass.

The nose is unimpressive. Lightly toasted malt/grain with a faint, indescribable off-aroma. The flavor doesn't impress either. Caramel malt and scorched grain with an unpleasant bitterness and faint metallic notes. The not-all-that-pleasant melange of flavors deflates into a watery muddle in fairly short order, resulting in a brief finish. The body is closer to light than to medium and there's isn't much in the way of carbonation.

On re-reading, the beer isn't quite as bad as my description would suggest, but it definitely didn't live up to my expectations; which weren't all that high to begin with. Average at best.

Murphy's Irish Red reminds me of a redhead who fails to make the finals of a beauty pageant: decent looks but utterly without substance, and a bit too nasty to be in the running for Miss Congeniality. Now, about that tall brunette who's a Phi Beta Kappa...

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Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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