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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: 597
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 Stingray5
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a short white head. First disappointment was lack of aroma. Just not much happening. Malty maybe? Feels a little generic here. Mouthful on the thinner side, taste was better, with a caramel malt sweetness. Adjuncts detected. No noticible hops.

Funny, on the back of the bottle it read "Product of The Netherlands". Contract? Did Ireland move and I didn't get the memo?

Photo of surfmeister
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: beautiful copper beer with firm, resilient head, best aspect of brew
Smell: nice malt presence, a bit nutty
Taste: started with a nice malt burst but then my taste buds were assaulted with a "dirt/iron" taste, which they couldn't recover from, I guess some describe this as "metallic", ruined beer for me
Mouthfeel: OK, but hard to evaluate when you don't like the taste
Drinkability: did not want a second one

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Irish-style Red was brewed in the Netherlands by Heineken.
It pours a tannish, red-tinted amber, with a fast fading white head.
The aroma is mostly of cut hay and peat, with a vague scent of cracked malt. The malt body is liquid and smooth. The fairly malty taste is offset by tea-like and a light citrusy bitterness. A light metallic bite is noticed in the back of the throat, as is just a touch of Euro hop taste. It's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find more, unless maybe on tap.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned, this is not really a true Irish beer, but no matter what its origin may be this is simply a "red" beer that is pretty generic all around. Also, I simply hope that it is a "placebo effect" that took place while drinking this, but I thought I detected some Heinie similarities in this beer.

Murphy's Red pours a nice medium amber color, but it certainly is not red. Nice clarity. A rather eye-pleasing expansive off-white colored foam head forms and thins out within a minute, but leaves decent lacing. I could swear that I was smelling a Heineken. Perhaps not as sulfuric, but the skunky smell was there with a cheap-grain smell backbone to it and a light fruitiness that brought to mind the green-bottled monster (mind you, this beer was bottled in brown glass). The mouthfeel was generically thin and fizzy. The flavor is mostly of some toasted malts, and maybe could be considered to be a little on the sweet side. A light fruitiness is detectable to an extent, but there is very little in terms of hop bitterness. Again, I could swear there is some very light "Heinie" flavor in there. A heavy, toasted grain quality arrives in the aftertaste, bringing with it a distinct nutty type of flavor. This beer is deprived of any alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Not a bad choice for an easy drinking session brew, but there is better (and cheaper) out there. Murphy's is probably better off sticking to stouts, but this is an offering that would probably please your average Joe 6-Pack.

Photo of theozag
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You may remember the Murphy Brewery, Cork, Ireland, from such delightful beer reviews as "Murphy's Irish Stout," but look closer... I mean CLOSER. Read the fine print for Red Beer and you'll see that although this brew is crafted under Murphy supervision, it's made by Heineken in the Netherlands. A problem? No, not really, but don't let anyone pick a fight with you claiming this is a true Irish beer.

Pours a gorgeous dark amber-brown with a thick off-white head. Smell is sweet, slight, and simply pleasant. Starts with a creme-like flavor and a tasty malt smoothness. Full-bodied with flavor suggestions of cinnamon, rich creme, and perhaps some semi-sweet chocolate. Just a little hop bitterness throughout. Finish is not remarkable. Aftertaste is *thick* but not terribly heavy.

Photo of diablo14
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have to say i love this as a session brew. not complex, but tasty and satifying all the way. i could drink pints of this all night long, and really, its brewed for that exact purpose.

red in the purest sense of the word, with the creamy head you expect from any irish beer. nose lacks a fair bit, with only marginal sweet malt aspects and not much else. fortunately the flavor has a lot more. has a great backbone of malt with an oatmeal presence and some dried fruits and nutty aspects. not too fizzy , it lets the hops come to the fore on the back palate in a firm, but not forceful way. awesomely smooth and creamy, the sweetness of the beer is balanced by the gentle hops and a subdued but lingering bitterness. lovely!

a supremely good drinking beer, murphys red sets the benchmark for any in the style. perhaps others have done better since, but these fellows have brewed something anyone can drink and enjoy. i know i always do.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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!

Murphy's Irish Red from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
74 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.