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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: 579
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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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
Photo of LarryKemp
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was served in a green (actually aqua) glass which made it hard to tell the color of the beer. Maybe that was just as well because I was roundly unimpressed with this beer. The aroma and taste were bland. The menu said it had a "touch of malt and slight hops." To my taste I could not detect much of either. It finished as bland as it started. It was as drinkable as a tall glass of water.

LarryKemp, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Mark
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle came out of a beers of the world box set that I received as a gift. This beer poured a medium amber, head was thick and retained very well. Lacing was pretty good with some nice sheets concentrated at mid glass. Aroma was sharp and slightly cheap smelling, reminded me of a macro almost. Taste was malty and on the sweet side, nothing really stood out but it was fairly smooth. Thinnish mouthfeel and drinkability nothing to write home about. It's not awful but it's hardly good either. Probably won't have it again

Mark, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark copper color with an airy white foamy head. Aroma consisted of malt, hops and a touch of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth. The first thing I noticed was the smooth malt sweetness of the flavor. It's followed up with a bit of caramel and biscuit. Crisp finish has the perfect hop balance to it in regards to the bitterness. A very mild red beer.

Winter, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a massive slightly off-white head. The aromas of semi-sweet corn (?) and a faint alcohol smell. All is quite faint. It again has a corn taste, but this time a cooked corn taste that is lightly sweet and mildly hopped. Light grain and faint malts also exist, but just barely. It has a light bodied mouthfeel and finishes with a lightly dry bitter hop. Everything about this beer seems light. And strangely enough, although it is light, it is not that drinkable. Not well balanced at all. Just fair in my book.

BeerAngel, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a bubbly white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is sweet malts and is a bit earthy and musty. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts with a bit of caramel and a slick, oily hop finish. A nice if unremarkable brew. I have some fond memories of sitting at a bar and drinking these all day long one St. Patty’s Day many years ago.

Morris729, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat hazy deep amber color on the pour with a pleasant sized head and oodles of fine lace. The nose is mostly malt, lightly sweet and pleasing to the senses. Start is malt and sweet, the top middling and the finish nicely carbonated with a modest but pleasant hop bite and the typical dry lingering aftertaste, quite good in its own right, but give me the draught version, which is becoming quite scarce here in Arizona.

Gusler, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown in color with a thick off-white head that lingers well after the pour. Lots of broken lace with slight carbonation. Fairly strong aroma of toasted malt with some earthy character as well. Taste begins with rich, slightly sweet toasted malts, little in the way of hops, finishes with mild earthy flavors. A decent, but unremarkable amber.

Pegasus, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper / golden color, with a nice white head. On the nose there is a decent sweet malt aroma. On the palate decent malt flavor, touch of caramel in there, very drinkable brew. Lacks a well rounded flavor, but good malt character and very drinkable.

WilliamPhilaPa, Aug 31, 2002
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An American-style amber Irish amber - hmmm, seems a little odd. Nice head, but it didn't last long. Amber color seemed thin, a portent of the rather watery mouthfeel. Aroma is a little sharp, with a hint of mineral. Slightly tart, with some just-there caramel malt. Finish is mildly acidic. Not much going on here.

Brent, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of DarthMalt
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours real foamy (hard to keep it in the pint glass). Mineral, ale-water backbone (like a Bass) with a pleasant malt character. Barely noticable hop presence. Goes down easy. Doesn't kick much. Great session beer.

DarthMalt, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of Wildman
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was a dark brownish amber color that left a white head with some nice lace. A slight aroma of malt, but barely even that. The flavor was of malt. The finish of is was very light and the beer seemed watery. I was rather disappointed with this, since I was hoping this on tap would be better than the other macros they had.

Wildman, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but just a little bit watery in the end, no real standout character, i guess they focused this beer to a wider audience, drinkable.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2002
Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.